3. Sony Xperia Z
The Japanese technology giant needed to pull out the big guns this year if it was seriously going to compete in the smartphone race.
The Xperia Z changes all that. Stunningly designed with a massive, gorgeous 1080p 5-inch screen, rocking a quad-core processor and squeezing in 2GB RAM and LTE connectivity, the Xperia Z is an amazingly well-specced device.
But it's also well designed. Water and dust resistant thanks to covered connection ports all over the device mean you can literally drop the phone in the fish tank and rescue it without fear of destroying the phone.
The Xperia Z is the phone we've always wanted Sony to make. Stunningly crafted, packed full of the latest technology, and available at a reasonable price, the Xperia Z should help drive Sony back towards the top of marketshare mountain.