Smartphone Madness 2014 Begins Monday, March 17

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Forget Selection Sunday, we’re kicking off this year’s Smartphone Madness competition with 4G Phone Friday. In our 5th annual competition, there will be no screaming at refs or buzzer beater shots, but there’s plenty of nail biting competition as the most popular smartphones face off for your votes. That’s because who wins is all up to you, dear reader. 

Starting Monday March 17 at 10 a.m. EST, voting will open in Game 1. Apple’s iPhone 5s will face the LG G Pro 2 in a classic iOS vs. Android battle royale. The poll will remain open until Tuesday March 18th at 9 a.m. EST. Each business day for the next eight will repeat this pattern, leading into the Aristocratic 8. And so you can tune in to vote for your favorites, here’s how the bracket breaks down. 

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3/18: Samsung Galaxy S5 vs. Motorola Moto X

3/19: Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs. Sony Xperia Z2

3/20: YotaPhone vs. Apple iPhone 5c

3/21: Nokia X Phone vs. ASUS Padfone X

3/24: BlackBerry Z30 vs. Google Nexus 5

3/25: LG G Flex vs. Nokia Lumia 1020

3/26: HTC One vs. Huawei Ascend Mate 2

A lot of debate and consideration went into selecting the Saccharine 16. We chose these phones based on popularity, features, value and general drool-worthiness. So who do you think should win and what does your bracket look like? It’s up to you to vote and spread the word; the tip-off starts on Monday. 

Anna Attkisson
Anna Attkisson
A lover of lists and deadlines, Anna Attkisson covers apps, social networking, tablets, chromebooks and accessories. She loves each of her devices equally, including the phablet, three tablets, three laptops and desktop. She joined the Laptop Mag staff in 2007, after working at Time Inc. Content Solutions where she created custom publications for companies from American Express to National Parks Foundation.
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  1. Sniggly Says:

    Well, this oughta be fun. I wonder if Microsoft and Nokia will plug the crap out of MSM when their phones come up, just like they did last year.

    I mean, they’re free to do it, but the final four were 75 percent Windows Phones, for crying out loud. It was utterly ridiculous how badly the Twitter plugging skewed the results.

  2. Sniggly Says:

    I stand corrected, it was not 75 percent Windows Phones.

    However, every time a Windows Phone comes up in the voting over the past two years, the vote counts skyrocket dramatically compared to every contest that doesn’t include them, always heavily in favor of Windows Phone.

    I really hope that you guys have implemented some sort of way to reduce the effect of vote dumping by people sent here from Microsoft and Nokia’s Twitter plugging.

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