We have nearly come to the end of 2012. It has been an eventful year when it comes to the release of smartphones. Just in a short period of time, the use and advancement of mobile phones has grown rapidly. Here are a few contenders for the title of Smartphone of the year 2012 and let’s see which comes out as the winner:
Samsung Galaxy Note II
Many may not have expected the Galaxy Note II to make an entry into the list, but it has. Despite its over-large size, the smartphone popularly known as a Note II has become a huge success among users. Defying all odds and apprehension, the phone has been welcomed well by people. From the looks of it, the Note II is just a little smaller than a tablet (also called as a Phablet – the smartphone and Tablet hybrid).
Samsung’s gamble seems to have paid off. It is currently one of the most-bought devices not only in USA, but in many countries across the world. The company has improved both the hardware and software for Galaxy Note II. It offers powerful functionalities and a smooth experience. The combination of Jelly Bean and Touch Whiz offers one of the best UI in the market.
LG Optimus G
You must have never thought a phone from LG would make it to the list. However, if you want an unbiased opinion, the Optimus G deserves a position in the top order. It is not that the company produces a bad range of smartphones. It is just that their models tend to be overwhelmed by other models. With Optimus G however, the company has pulled all stops.
You have it all in this phone: 2 GB RAM, 8 or 13 Megapixel camera, 32GB backup, 1.5 GHz processor (quad-core) and 4.7 inches display. It offers the fastest performance and is packed with innovative features. What more will you want in a smartphone?
HTC is yet another leading manufacturer of smartphones. The ‘One’ series gave an innovative direction to the smartphone platform. The HTC X+ model is an enhanced and better version of One X. One of the most notable changes made is to the Sense 4+ which made a world of difference to the User Interface.
HTC has also given much importance to the design of the phone and have come up with a classy build. Another notable feature is the whopping 64 GB backup available in HTC+. It also offers a motion capture option, which is not available in many smartphones today.
Do we really have to write about this phone? It is Apple! What more would anyone want? It is the ultimate phone to own for many. The phone has been made taller and sleeker when compared to iPhone 4S.
The display and user-experience of iPhone is still the best in the market and no phone has achieved the same yet. Though there are many who might complain about the prices, who wouldn’t pay more to get the best in the market?
Google has nailed their target with Nexus 4. It is supported by the latest Android version, Jelly Bean. There are so far no complaints on either software or hardware. The phone can take good pictures even under low lighting. Though the build might look thick, when you compare it with other smartphones it is just a hair thicker.
The plastic does not look cheap and the phone looks rock solid yet feather-light to carry. However, the phone is not short of complaints. For the price you pay (approximately $299), it is definitely one of the best models available.
There are other phones including Samsung Galaxy S III, Nokia Lumia 910, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, HTC Droid DNA, etc which are equally popular among people. Smartphone manufacturers are competing to give the best phone that equals quality and quantity nowadays. Subsequently, it is becoming increasingly difficult to choose the best phone available in the market.
Many might choose the iPhone or Samsung. However, it is not only the quality and features that people look at. The key component is the price. Customers give importance to features and quality only after checking out to see if the price meets their budget. If the hardware and software seem to be worth the buy, many go ahead and buy the phone.
When the price, build, quality and features have to be considered, these phones definitely deserve to enter the list of nominees. Which phone do you think is the best of 2012?