This year was fantastic for smartphone releases. Earlier this year we saw the Samsung Galaxy S III, which was a worldwide phenomenon selling over 30+ million units. Nearing the end of the year, Samsung finished with a bang by releasing their Galaxy Note II, a larger version of the Galaxy S III and the Galaxy S III Mini, a smaller version of the Galaxy S III. Without hesitation, I can say that the Galaxy Note II was my number #1 smartphone of the year with the Nexus 4 and Droid DNA a close runner up. Here’s why:
Samsung Galaxy Note II — Samsung’s “phablet,” the Galaxy Note II, is no slouch, as it is packing a 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos CPU, 2GB of RAM and Android 4.1.2. For a smartphone, these specs phenomenal. They make multitasking a breeze, multi-window functionality has little to no lag whatsoever, and it is just an overall great smartphone loaded with a plethora of features that I could not even begin to start listing off. One of the huge draws with the Note II is how large the screen is and how sharp and clean it looks. For me personally, the big draw was multitasking functionality, and I can safely say that the Galaxy Note II does not disappoint. One thing that was disappointing though: S Beam. It turns out, not everyone has a device with NFC capabilities like the ads make them out to be. That said, you will rarely, if ever, use S-Beam.
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Google Nexus 4 — Google’s Nexus 4 no doubt had a rocky start (and is still a bit rocky), but it’s no slouch either. The huge advantage of the Nexus 4 is the prioritized updates along with its very cheap pricing, as it is $299 and $349, respectively. One disadvantage is the glass back the device has. Set the device on a surface that it will begin sliding off of that surface (this is a worse issue when you use the Energizer wireless plate for charging your device). This problem is easily fixed by purchasing a Nexus 4 bumper though.
HTC Droid DNA — It is pretty safe to say that this is the first true (and notable) 1080p HD smartphone we’ve seen in the market yet. So. Many. Pixels. While there isn’t a huge difference from any other smartphone, excluding wireless charging and beats audio, it is a really nice smartphone and is cheap considering how much the Galaxy Note II costs.
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What is on your list for the top 3 smartphones of 2012? Be sure to let us know in the comments section below!