Best Smartphones 2012
The war of the phones
Smartphones, like tablets, have known a boom in the past months, boom that was accentuated by the launch of new models at the CES 2012 earlier this month. If this is the first time you’re buying such a device and need advice or your old one broke, we will tell you what we consider to be the best smartphones for this year.
Samsung Galaxy S II
The war between the iPhone 4S and the Samsung Galaxy S II seems to have found a winner: the latter. We’ll first talk about it and then about Apple’s product. The $899 ($550 online) Galaxy S II has an Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system that offers support for 4G goodies, 16GB internal memory plus Micro SD slot for expansion, an excellently speedy dual-core 1.2GHz CPU (which will heat the smartphone up quite a lot), the best 4.27″ Super AMOLED Plus display with 480 x 800 pixels and the possibility to use it even with the sun throwing light everywhere and still get the same amount of quality, 2 cameras and a battery that works for up to 4 hours (and 1 day when in standby). The weight literally makes you feel as if you were holding a feather and the HSPA+ speeds are great: 21.1Mbps. The applications are very helpful, with the Polaris Office office suite being the most popular, and support for Google services is also one of the best offered. Both of the 2 cameras should receive an award for their performance.
Apple iPhone 4S
And now we arrive to the main contender of Samsung’s Galaxy S II: iPhone 4S. This $299.99 smartphone didn’t suffer major design changes to the previous iPhone 4, but it did suffer major changes on the inside. The processor is different: an A5 dual-core 1GHz used by the iPad 2 as well that brings a significant boost of speed and rendering of graphics whether you play a game or listen to music on YouTube. The iPhone 4 had a problem with the antenna whose signal dropped when the user held the smartphone with his fingers placed exactly on it; the 4 S model has 2 antennas and the device is able to select the best of them when the situation requires it. The Retina display on the 3.5″ touchscreen is aided by a 960 x 640 resolution in its plans to deliver the ideal conditions for Internet surfing, photo taking, gaming and the like. A much too big smartphone can look ridiculous on someone with small hands, but the iPhone 4 S has a respectable size, albeit being a bit heavier than the others. Speeds of data transfer are superb, but the device doesn’t provide access to 4G. The iPhone 4 S sports 3 types of memory: 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. The battery of the phone can hold for about 6 hours.
Samsung Galaxy Nexus 4G
$799 Samsung Galaxy Nexus 4G is a real feat for the South Korean company. It features the best Android version, the 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich that is renowned to make navigation extra smooth and fast, a design that goes against the norm by having an inward curve for comfort when the smartphone is used for making and receiving calls, a build that is very solid, a large 4.65″ HD Super AMOLED touchscreen loved by people who want to be able to read or watch something online without squinting their eyes and cursing the lack of brightness or sharpness, a 32 GB storage space, dual-core 1.2GHz CPU with immense speeds, 2 cameras with equal quality results and 4G speeds that are as fast as lightning. The life of the battery is not very convenient, but then again show us 3G or 4G smartphones lasting several days without fail.
HTC is able of much greatness as we have already seen in our tests. Their latest $249.99 Thunderbolt smartphone is by no means a source of disappointment Its 4.3-inch display shows whatever you look at online or not with the most penetrating score of detail, brightness and clarity. Negative sides to this large screen are the weight and size, both more consistent than the norm. Entertainment possibilities offered by the HTC Thunderbolt are unlimited and priceless, but you’ll have to take care how much you play with it, because the battery can die quickly. Android 2.2 OS and a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU complete with an amount of solid 8GB of memory doubled by a 32GB microSD card round up nicely the list of specs and features.
All these smartphones have awesome call qualities. You won’t need to tell your friend to shout so you can hear them, no echoes will distract your conversations and no matter how loud the area where you use them is you will still find it very easy to hear everything the other people on your line are saying.
So that’s a wrap on the best smartphones 2012 list we put down some days ago. It will remain open for new additions since this year is going to be busy with releases.