2012 Year in Review: Best 5 Android Smartphones

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Which Android smartphone is your favorite of 2012?

  1. Samsung Galaxy S III

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  2. HTC Droid DNA

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  3. Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX HD

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  4. LG Nexus 4

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  5. Motorola Droid RAZR M

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  6. "Other" - I have a different favorite for this year!

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  1. buldog

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    Razrm, just wish it was a Maxx with HDMI:(
     
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    I might get booed, but I still think the Verizon Galaxy Nexus is the best device out there. The sheer amount of development for this phone is insane and it's STILL going strong. This phone never gets old and stale. Spec-wise it's been trampled to death though by every phone out there, but to me it still performs very well despite the crappy battery life. I haven't been jealous of anything newer yet.
     
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    tie between note 2 and maxx hd.
     
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    sorry but i love my s3... been a great phone and the s beam is awesome. i love Samsung... wish i had the cash to buy the note 2 though

    but the s3 has worked flawless(knock on wood)
     
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    I personally think it's a pretty good list. Not because the phones are newer or anything but because each of those phones brought something new to the game. The all brought something that made them stand out and made them top sellers.
     
  6. dgstorm

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    Calling it a horrible list without sharing your perspective is a bit trollish my friend. I have zero problem if you disagree with our choices, but please share which phone's you like better and why. These five phones were chosen by several of us at HQ after much discussion. I can definitely see several valid arguments for different phones being on this list. Please weigh in with more than your "two cents" because we want a whole $buck-fifty worth of input! ;)
     
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    I love my galaxy s 3. Best phone I have ever owned. Anyways here is my opinion on the top 5.

    1. Galaxy S lll
    2. Galaxy Note 2
    3. Motorola razr maxx hd
    4. HTC One X
    5. IPhone 5
     
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    I like your choices. I do think a lot of great phones were released in 2012. There are all kinds of options at different price points to serve all different purposes.

    I wouldn't put the Droid DNA in the phablet category. It's definitely more of a phone form factor. The additional 0.2 inch display diagonal over the GS3, with possibly less bezel on the sides, doesn't put it in phablet category. Sure the GNote was at 5" but keep in mind the aspect ratio was different making it wider in the hand. The GNote 2 has the same aspect ratio as the DNA but a difference of 0.5" diagonal over the DNA is pretty large.

    There has never been a Nexus phone that I liked. Even if you go back to the G1, the screen resolution was too low (my WinMo devices were already 480x640 for a number of years and there was no going back), and the OG Droid had a keyboard which I had tried in a mobile years earlier and new that wasn't the form factor for me. The Nexus One had the Snapdragon S1 processor which was terrible - by far the worst of that generation with a 65nm die size (more heat, worse battery life) and lousy GPU (the Adreno 200 was bad). The 1GHz OMAP from TI and 1GHz Hummingbird both had a 45nm die size and much better GPU's, with the one on the Hummingbird being the best. Too bad Samsung didn't know how to integrate a GPS on their phones. As far as Nexus's go we then had the Nexus S which, for some dumb reason didn't have a notification LED - forget that! Then the Galaxy Nexus came out. Nice but battery life wasn't great and it was a very unreliable phone on Verizon making it useless. Also, it's too bad Nexus devices moved to OLED. Everyone should stay with LCD. I have a Maxx HD. Yeah, current OLED tech is very good and the screens look fine and are not bad outside but still, LCD uses less power for a given brightness. Also, Nexus devices need MicroSD slots and what dev doesn't want a real MicroHDMI port!!! I'll take better hardware and wait a little longer for my OS update. Especially since ICS - Android has really grown up!
     
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    Wow, putting the Note 2 on I can at least understand as well as the One X but the iPhone 5?!?!? I'd put the DNA back on instead of the One X and the Razr M instead of the iPhone 5. I'm for swapping out the Nexus 4 with the Note 2. The DNA is a better representative of the S4 quad than the N4 and it has a 1080p 5" display. The One X camera is represented by the DNA and the CPU by the GS3 and DRMHD.

    Here are the problems I see with all iPhones:
    1. display is too small
    2. no notification LED
    3. no app to app direct sharing of data like the share menu in android - only apple sanctioned sharing
    4. no real widgets - only on lock screen and only ones apple makes available
    5. no MicroUSB
    6. no user replaceable battery, MicroSD slot, or MicroHDMI port - pick and choose your favorite(s)
    7. no standard bluetooth file transfer
    8. too much glass to break (iphone 4/4s)
    9. exposed antenna's (iphone 4/4s) easily touchable which can hurt signal strength - there is good reason, based on physics which even Steve Jobs couldn't control, why nobody else did this before apple
    10. smallish battery - at least the iPhone 5 does move to a 32nm die size but this still isn't as efficient as the 28nm die size of current android phones (other than the Exynos quad which is also 32nm)
    11. Apple has stifled innovation, starting with the first iPod. They release inferior products at high prices and their incredible marketing sells them, flooding the market with products that have the bare minimum of features. This lowers the bar for what consumers expect in a device which slows innovation. The first iPod did nothing but play music when competitors had recording abilities, FM radio's, and standard connectivity for starters.

    Sure the iPhone may be a good choice for some people but I'd argue that WinPhone 8 is a better choice for anyone considering an iPhone unless there are apps not available that they absolutely need.
     
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    1. Samsung Galaxy Note II
    2. HTC Droid DNA
    3. Samsung Galaxy S III
    4. Motorola Droid Razr Maxx HD
    5. HTC One X+
     
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    I'm just putting DNA as the best phone had it since Sunday and have loved every minute with it. Just really glad to be off of Sprint and enjoying some 4g LTE sweetness
     
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    Note II FTW!!!
     
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