If you're looking for the best smartphone money can buy, then you've come to the right place. This is where we rank and review the 7 best high-end smartphones of 2014.

We have reviewed every major smartphone launched in the last 18-24 months here at PC Advisor, the result is this high-end smartphone chart that consists of smartphones priced at £400+.

The 7 best high-end smartphones

1. Sony Xperia Z1

Sony Xperia Z1
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  • Reviewed on: 25 September 13
  • RRP: £599 inc VAT

Sony has upgraded its fantastic Xperia Z. The Xperia Z1 feels nicer but is unfortunately bigger and heavier. It's a powerhouse with an all-round impressive specification. Easily one of the best Android handsets around but the high price tag taints this slightly.

Read our Sony Xperia Z1 review.

2. Apple iPhone 5S

Apple iPhone 5S
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  • Reviewed on: 30 June 16
  • RRP: £379 (16GB); £419 (32GB) inc VAT

The iPhone 5S is still a decent phone, but our current advice is to go for the iPhone SE if you can afford it. Although it doesn't have an upgraded screen compared to the iPhone SE, the huge leap in performance and camera quality makes it a much better - not to mention more future-proof - choice.

Read our Apple iPhone 5S review.

3. HTC One

HTC One
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  • Reviewed on: 30 September 13
  • RRP: £449 inc. VAT

The HTC One is up there with the very best smartphones on the market today. It has superb performance, and excellent build quality spoiled only slightly by running hot in use. You can't fault the feature set, and it matches the other high-end products in terms of price. In terms of audio and visual output it is unsurpassed. The interface might be an acquired taste for some, and we weren't overly impressed with the camera. It's not perfect, but alongside the Xperia Z and iPhone 5 this is about as good a phone as you can buy.

Read our HTC One review.

4. Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Samsung Galaxy Note 3
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  • Reviewed on: 26 September 13
  • RRP: £599 inc. VAT

We're not sure you need all the extra features that Samsung packs in, and we could live without the S Pen. And the 5.7in display will appeal only to those who especially want a large-screen phone. Neither is the camera all that great. But be in no doubt about it, the Galaxy Note 3 is a high-quality portable device, offering the best performance we've ever seen, a stunning screen and nice build quality.

Read our Samsung Galaxy Note 3 review.

5. Sony Xperia Z

Sony Xperia Z
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  • Reviewed on: 17 June 13
  • RRP: £520 inc VAT

The Xperia Z is the first smartphone which Sony has really nailed. We love the stylish, desirable and rugged design. The combination of excellent performance, a stunning screen and great cameras make the Xperia Z a force to be reckoned with. There is very little to say about this phone that is negative.

Read our Sony Xperia Z review.

6. Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung Galaxy S4
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  • Reviewed on: 11 July 13
  • RRP: Around £500 inc VAT

The Galaxy S4 is a great phone with outstanding hardware and performance, but it's not flawless. We're disappointed with the build quality considering the handset costs a fair bit more than its rivals and while the S4 is packed with features we find a lot of them to be gimmicky.

Read our Samsung Galaxy S4 review.

7. Apple iPhone 5c

Apple iPhone 5c
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  • Reviewed on: 29 October 14
  • RRP: £319 inc VAT

The iPhone 5C is a nice smartphone. However, we just can't see the need for it in the first place, unless it was cheaper. It's too expensive for what is effectively an iPhone 5 in a plastic shell with minor changes in hardware. There are better and cheaper Android devices on the market and those wishing to stick with iOS should pay the extra £80 for the iPhone 5S.

Read our Apple iPhone 5c review.