The numerous smartphones released in 2014 brought new technology to consumers' hands, but which devices stood out among the rest? The smartphone competition increases each year, while many expect Apple's iPhone to lead the pack. However, there are several devices that held their fair share of the market for the year.

Here are five of the best smartphones released in 2014:

1. HTC One M8

 

The HTC One offers plenty of versatility because it is available on Windows and Android systems, FOX News reported. The great design and exquisite display have many experts saying it's the most appealing Windows phone of the 8.1 collection.

The smartphone has a MicroSD slot that was not available in the previous model and has a Duo Camera, which makes this device stand out among other competitors, Christian Daily reported.

2. Google Nexus 6

 

The Google Nexus 6 is steadily competing against other devices in the Android market and the Nexus 6 was the first phone shipped with Android 5.0 Lollipop, 9 to 5 Google reported. To add to that, the Google Nexus 6 is also the largest Nexus smartphone ever created, with a 5.96-inch QHD display.

The device has a metal frame that resembles Motorola's 2014 Moto X. According to the source, one of the major benefits of the Nexus 6 is that it will be in front of the line for any Android updates next year.

3. Samsung Galaxy Note 4

 

According to 9 to 5 Google, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is one of the best smartphones ever released by the company, and the device's construction is headed in the right direction for Samsung.

The Galaxy Note 4 has an enormous 5.7-inch QHD screen with and an aluminum frame to keep the device lightweight. The device also has a decent balance between its plastic back and aluminum siding to make it sleek and not too bulky.

The battery life on the Galaxy Note 4 is possibly the best out of all the smartphones released in 2014, which is perfect for multi-tasking users. It's large screen makes it easier to run different apps at the same time, and it has one of the best displays of 2014 as well, 9 to 5 Google reported.

The device also comes with a built-in stylus and is now possibly considered Samsung's best smartphone available, InfoWorld reported.

4. Motorola Moto X

 

The Motorola Moto X's best quality is its price tag because its listed at just $99, which is lower than most Android and Apple devices. According to FOX News, the Moto X has a 5.2-inch display, which makes it a great phone for consumers that want a larger screen but think 5.5 inches is too much.

One of the special features on the Moto X is the hands-free way to control the device and ask questions. Additionally, the back cover can be replaced with different colors and designs, the source reported. The camera is decent, but it still lacks behind Samsung and Apple for high-quality photos.

5. Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

 

Apple took a major step out of its comfort zone this year and released two smartphones, which both have notably larger displays. According to 9 to 5 Google, the iPhone 6 Plus was Apple's first attempt to make a phablet, with its 5.5-inch 1080 pixel display. The larger smartphone also has an outstanding battery that will last all day. The new design makes both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus extremely thin and lightweight.

While there are several devices available in the smartphone market, users should protect themselves with personal insurance in case their devices are lost or damaged.