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Best Smartphones Guide – Sept 2012

I know that the battle of the best smartphone will never end, especially at this time when companies are launching all sorts of phones with very advanced features.  The newest entrant in the smartphone market, Apple, with the iPhone 5 sure is set to shake things up a bit in the smartphone market although if tech geeks reviews online are anything to go by, iPhone 5 is not as great as its fans may have expected it to be.

The need for a high end high performance device is crucial if you are a modern user who takes work, communication and entertainment everywhere and want to have a device you can rely on at all times.  There are many factors to consider when choosing the perfect device for you including the included features, core specs (for performance), reliability, operating system, compatibility with your day-to-day lifestyle and work and battery life.  At the moment, if you want the finest smartphone or phablet in the market, you need not look beyond this list.  I have covered a few basic s of the features, specs and my own opinion about them if you are spoilt of choice on what phone to go with.


5. [easyazon-link asin=”B007UOIVAU” locale=”us”]HTC One X[/easyazon-link]

There have been rumors of an upcoming HTC high end smartphone, HTC One X+ but this is not yet confirmed.  For now, I think that the best smartphone that HTC has to offer, the HTC One X, passes as one of the finest in the market.  One good thing about HTC is that it is a reputable company with a long history of performance in the US market despite its recent financial woes.  The HTC One X is 4.7 inch Android smartphone currently getting Jelly bean updates (it came with Ice Cream Sandwich back out of the box) and boasts of a 1280 X 720 pixels 312 ppi screen with Corning Forilla Glass protection, 32GB onboard memory an 8MP rear camera capable of taking 3264 X 2448 pixels still images (as well as image and HD video simultaneous recording capability) and a front HD camera.  When it was released in May, this was a phone to beat, and still is one of my favorites.  It is perfect for users who have no clear line between work and play and like to make the most out of the devices they have.

Its 1.5GHz quad core Tegra 3 processor brings out the best out of this beast in terms of performance.  Should you go with it, you will not have any performance issues or experience jittery graphics with performance, not if you are an average user who does not strain a device.  One major setback of the phone though is its Li-Po 1800 mAh battery which I think HTC could have done better considering that this is a high performance gadget and the Tegra 3 processor is more likely to drain power faster than slower performance processors.

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4. [easyazon-link asin=”B007P5NHJO” locale=”us”]Nokia Lumia 920[/easyazon-link]

I wouldn’t blame you for assuming this is another high end Android smartphone – No, not all high performance phones run on Android.  This phone runs on Windows 8 and it was released not too long ago though it has not hit the shelves yet but it looks like a device anyone would love to have.  Windows is losing its edge in the smartphone market, with Nokia and HTC being the biggest gamblers on its success (HTC having recently announced two phone to run on Windows and Samsung working on another).

Nokia Lumia 920 is currently the most exciting Windows 8 phone to be announced and could be the best Windows smartphone of the season – that is if HTC and Samsung do not outdo it with their handsets.  If anyone should go for this phone, it is because of Windows operating system rather than the core specs – although there are no promises on the functionality, dependency and compatibility of Windows 8 phones with common tools and third party applications.  From the look of things though, developers may be able to port applications from the Windows 8 desktop OS to the mobile version with less difficulty.

Back to the phone, the Lumia comes with quite an impressive specs sheet featuring 4G LTE capability, 4.5 inch 1280 X 768 pixels 332 ppi display with Corning Gorilla Glass protection, a Qualcomm Snapdragon dual Core 1.5 GHz processor with Adreno 225 GPU, 1GB RAM and 32GB inbuilt memory, this phone ranks among the finest gadgets in the market.  It also comes with all the standard features that smartphones come with including A-GPS support and GLONASS, MicroSIM card support, SNS integration, wireless charging, Bluetooth V. 3.1, microUSB and NFC.  If you use java applications though you are in for a disappointment because the Lumia 920 does not have Java support.

Other core specs and features include an 8.7-megapixels with a Carl Zeiss lens, 3264 x 2448 pixels camera with autofocus, dual-LED flash and PureView technology and a Li-Ion 2000 mAh battery capable of providing up to 67 hours of music play time.

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3. [easyazon-link asin=”B0096QX6GY” locale=”us”]Motorola Droid RAZR M[/easyazon-link]

Motorola designed the Droid RAZR M objectively: it was working on a a fast, affordable and compact Android phone that could accommodate a 2,000 mAh battery.  Sure enough, one of the most dominant selling points of this handset is its incredible battery which can provide up to 20 hours of talk time according to the specifications released by Motorola.  The phone in itself is compact enough, having a thin bezel construction but with 4.3 inch screen in a small chasis that does not look at all like 4.3 inches.  Its compact build though does not mean that the pbone is slow, it happens to be one of the finest Android devices you could come across.

The Droid RAZR M boasts of 4G LTE support, 4.82 x 2.40 x 0.33 inches build, ruggedness (waterproof), 4.3 inch 540 X 960 pixels 256 ppi AMOLED display and light ad proximity sensors.  It has a 2000 mAh battery that can provide up to 17 days of standby time (408 hours) and an average of 20 hours talk time.  Another interesting specification is the dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor running at 1.5 GHz and an Adreno 225 graphics processor.  These make the phone one of the most impressive performers in the market considering the battery life it offers.

Droid RAZR M comes with Android4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box (Motorola promises to roll out Android Jelly Bean before the year ends), 1GB RAM, 8GB onboard memory with microSD card slot for memory expansion and an 8MP rear camera with LED Flash and AutoFocus and GeoTagging.  These specs are quite impressive and sure enough Motorola has not let down its fanatics when it comes to the phone’s performance and battery life.

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2. iPhone 5

This smartphone guide would not be complete without a mention of the latest entrant into the smartphone market, the iPhone 5.  Not only is this the most talked about smartphone at the moment, iPhone 5 also happens to have created quite an amount of controversy and tsunami in the market, with its elongated design, poorly performing maps application and the case Samsung is going to file against Apple for using 4G LTE.  iPhone 5 actually has very little difference compared to iPhone 4S, but if you are an Apple fan or do nor have an iPhone 4S, then this may be your best choice as it is slimmer, faster and has newer hardware and features.

The iPhone will be shipping today, and it appears that the pre-orders have exceeded what Apple expected and a few fans may be disappointed for now.  A big iPhone fan of mine told me today that the specs of iPhone 5 do not matter because he is upgrading but I insist that the specs matter even if you are a novice user.

The iPhone 5 weighs 112 grams and is only 7.6mm thick but it has a ton of inbuilt features that the iPhone 4S did not have.  Some of the most popular features include 4G LTE capability, iOS 6 operating system, 1136 X 640 pixels 4.0 inches 326 ppi display with oleophobic coating and corning glass protection, choice of 16, 32 or 64 GB onboard memory, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi, USB 2.0 and an A6 processor.

There are a number of disappointing features and specs in comparison with other high end smartphones.  The most notable though is its poor battery, standing at 1440 mAh, the lowest value in this group and the resolution of 1136 X 640 pixels on a 4 inch screen.  It is not surprising though that iPhone 5 will be one of the hottest selling smartphones of recent times (with over 2 million pre-orders before shipping).  But then for Apple fans, the specs do not really matter, but if they do for you, then you will find this listing beneficial.  Note that if you are operating on a budget, then you should rule the iPhone out of your list because this is not a budget phone and will not be considerate on your wallet.  You are better off going for iPhone 3G S or iPhone 4 to save a little cash if you must.


1. [easyazon-link asin=”B00891PTQM” locale=”us”]Samsung Galaxy S3[/easyazon-link]

Since the end of June, I have rated the Samsung S3 as the finest smartphone in the market (no, I am not sponsored by Samsung and neither am I in love with the company), I just love the phone.  Althouhg it failed the drop test against iPhone 5 (read about it on iPhonehacks here ), the S3 is still the finest smartphone in the market in terms of performance and features. Its core features include a massive 4.8 inch AMOLED display, dual or quad core processor, a choice of 16, 32 or 64 GB onboard memory, touch sensitive controls, 1280 X 720 pixels screen, Near Field Communication (NFC), 1 GB RAM, Bluetooth 4.0, 8 MP rear camera (3264×2448 pixels still pictures, 1080p video with Simultaneous HD video and image recording), Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer and Mali 400 GPU.

At the moment, you can get Galaxy S3 in Marble white, Sapphire black, Pebble blue, Amber brown, Titanium grey and Garnet red colors.  It comes with a 2100 mAh battery that can provide up to 590 hours (on 2G) and 790 hours (on 3G) standby time and up to 21 hours talk time and a ton of other features synonymous with Android smartphones.

A few days ago, LG released its high performance LG Optimus G smartphone that I have not had a chance to review and test yet, but from fan responses, it appears to be a high performance device worthy of this list.  For now, I think these are the most enviable smartphones on the market if you are looking for a high end smartphone for office or casual use.

All in all, I still feel that the S3 is the best priced yet high performance smartphone in the market at the moment and would be your best choice if you are an advanced user.  What are your thoughts on these phones?  Let us know in the comments section below and we will put them in consideration when reviewing or reviewing future smartphones.

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