Another year has been put to bed, giving us the chance to look back on the mobile technology that defined the last twelve months. Here’s a look at the top 10 smartphones of 2012.
LG proved they were not to be left behind in the Android wars as the new decade blossomed. Equipped with Jelly Bean, the phone was only available for a couple of months at the end of the year, but still proved to be a hot market commodity in time for Christmas. With shelf scarcity in the beginning of 2013, rumors have it that LG may already be looking to replace the Nexus 4 with the next big thing.
Conventional wisdom says that it will be some time before another company is able to make serious inroads into Apple’s dominance on the smartphone market. Released in late September, demand for the iPhone 5 once again outstripped supply. Built on the iOS operating system, the iPhone5 continued the use of the Siri voice command and introduced Apple Maps, the subject of criticism by both buyers and industry watchers.
One of the largest smartphones on the market, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 follows the original by responding to criticism about the device’s size by…making it even larger than its predecessor. Certainly, the size of the device hasn’t stopped Samsung’s loyal customers from buying them in huge numbers.
Running off Windows Phone 8 software, the Nokia Lumia 920 was released in September 2012 to moderate sales and mixed reviews. It was unclear, however, whether the sales—lagging far behind the iPhone and the Galaxy S3—were due primarily to customer disinterest or to insufficient production.
Speaking of the Galaxy S3, Samsung’s smartphone was released in May of 2012, well ahead many of its competitors in the marketplace. Perhaps due to this jump, it managed to amass sales north of 40 million units by the year’s end.
If Samsung needed any help in the sales department, it certainly got it from its miniature version of the S3. Released just in time for the holiday season, the Mini has impressed critics and customers with its four inch Super AMOLAD Display and small frame housing a powerful punch of state-of-the-art technology.
Motorola’s Droid RAZR Maxx HD may not have impressed critics in the aesthetic categories, but it brought the goods where it counts. With extensive battery life and a display more advanced than the iPhone5, it seems clear that the RAZR brand isn’t going anywhere.
It’s the smartphone known by a plethora of different names. Launched in Japan under the name J Butterfly, rumored to hit America under the moniker of Incredible X, and finally attaching itself to Verizon under the name Droid DNA, this phone offers customers higher pixel density of any competing smartphone, with 440 ppi.
Building directly off of the Windows operating system, the 8X was released in late 2012 and immediately promoted as the signature smartphone for Windows users. With no MicroSD support and limited battery life, however, some critics wonder if it will make a big splash in the long term.
The original One X managed to make many critics’ year end lists when it was released, so how did HTC’s follow up fare? For those who value storage space, the new version blows the old one out of the water, with 64 GB compared to the original’s 16. That said, for those looking for value, taking the plunge on an older model may be a better buy.
-Guest contribution by Brandon Serna with Complex
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