Year in review 2014

Top 10 mobile stories of 2014

CIO.com's Al Sacco rounds up 10 of his most popular mobile stories published in 2014, including an article that compares and contrasts the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, a showcase of quirky-yet-valuable wearable devices and a couple of in-depth BlackBerry smartphone reviews.

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The year 2014 was a particularly eventful one in the world of mobile devices. Countless new smartphones and tablets arrived on the scene, with more features and functionality than ever before, making it even harder to pick the right device.

2014 was also a big year for the wearable technology market, which churned out gadgets like a flapjacks at your local IHOP. Another one of my most popular stories of the year, listed below, is a roundup of the weirdest and wackiest wearables that you just might actually want.

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2014 was also a big year for the wearable technology market, which churned out gadgets like a flapjacks at your local IHOP. Another one of my most popular stories of the year, listed below, is a roundup of the weirdest and wackiest wearables that you just might actually want.

I analyzed — and scrutinized — Apple rumors and controversies in 2014, and the page views numbers lifted two such posts up to the top of most popular stories list.

I also reviewed a couple of BlackBerry's latest smartphones and found them to be more intriguing than many of the most popular devices available today, despite the general market malaise that seems to surround the Canadian company these days.

Check out the following list for a look at my Top 10 mobile stories of 2014. 

1) How to Tell If the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus Is Right For You

Apple's new iPhones are similar in many ways, but if you're considering an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus purchase you should consider these five key differences — especially if you plan to preorder a device without actually handling it. 

2) 6 Things Galaxy Note 4 Does That iPhone 6 Can't

The Apple iPhone 6 and Galaxy Note 4 are two of the hottest smartphones available, but they each have their own individual strengths and weaknesses. Here are six ways the Galaxy Note 4 outperforms the iPhone 6.

3) 6 Things iPhone 6 Does That Galaxy Note 4 Can't

The Apple iPhone 6 and Galaxy Note 4 are two of the hottest smartphones available, but they each have their own individual strengths and weaknesses. Here are six ways the iPhone 6 outperforms the Galaxy Note 4. 

4) 21 Weird and Wacky Wearables You'll Actually Want

These 21 unique wearable devices are all worth a look — and some could genuinely enhance your life.

5) BlackBerry Classic Review: A Killer Smartphone for Keyboard Lovers

The BlackBerry Classic is the best smartphone the company has ever released, according to CIO.com's Al Sacco. However, it's not going to lure away many iPhone or Android users, or significantly increase BlackBerry's market share. And that's just fine with BlackBerry. Here's why.

6) 8 Things Kindle Fire HDX Does That iPad Air Can't 

The Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 is one of the hottest new tablets on the market. But how does it stack up against THE hottest modern tablet? CIO.com highlights eight things the latest Kindle Fire HDX can do that Apple's iPad Air cannot.

7) iPhone 6 Sapphire Display Durability Could be Vastly Exaggerated

Apple's upcoming iPhone 6 is expected to pack a super strong sapphire-crystal screen. CIO.com's Al Sacco lists a few reasons why the new iPhone could disappoint Apple fans seeking more durable displays.

8) Hands On With the New BlackBerry Passport Smartphone

CIO.com spent a week with the new BlackBerry Passport before its official release. Here are five things you'll likely love about the unique and innovative device, along with four more things you very likely won't.

9) 4 Things You'll Love About HTC's One (M8) - and 4 You Won't

HTC's latest and greatest, the One (M8), packs a bevy of unique features. Some are sure to impress, while others will disappoint. CIO.com shed lights on four of the best things about the new HTC One and four of the worst.

10) Apple (Mostly) Not to Blame in iPhone 6 Plus 'Bendgate' Fiasco

If you buy a gigantic phone, pack it into a pair of skinny jeans, sit on it for 18 hours and find that it's bent, Apple's not to blame for the damage — you are.

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