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Hottest smartphones of the year

This past year has brought a slew of creative smartphones to the market, from Amazon's 3-D display on the Fire Phone to LG's curved screen on the LG Flex.

But for day-to-day use, these are the devices that experts recommend. CNBC boiled down analysts' top picks into 10 go-to categories for your discerning smartphone user.

—By CNBC's Evelyn Cheng
Posted 14 Nov. 2014

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