Trying to compare smartphones is getting harder and harder as more companies not only are offering products in 2012, but the products are getting better and better. A lot of this stems from Android and the Ice Cream Sandwich becoming available to developers and manufacturers, as an OS it is beginning to level the playing field and allow makers to focus on features and functionality. Here are the top smartphones to buy in 2012, they represent the best in smartphones but are by no means all that is to come this year.
The Samsung Galaxy S3
One of the best smartphones of 2012 according to every reviewer and tester that gets their hands on it is the Samsung Galaxy S3. It runs on Ice Cream Sandwich, has kept a strong focus on practical use incorporating such features as the “Smart Stay” which uses the front 720p camera to detect if you are reading the screen and prevents the screen from powering down.
It has an extended battery life manager that will impress everyone but heavy users and its design is sleek, slim and modern. Samsung did a lot of work on the practical elements of the phone in increasing its RAM size and switching to a processor that can truly handle 4G. Because it runs on Android, there are hundreds of apps available for use. This is only slight downfall of the S3; the core navigation tries to imitate an app and can get confusing at times.
The AT&T Nokia Lumia 900
One of the other top smartphones of 2012 is the Nokia Lumia 900. This is not a favorite of most reviewers who are blinded by Android and iOS, but this is definitely the best of the windows smartphones. It has two cameras, an 8 megapixel rear camera and a 1 megapixel front facing one.
This is really one of the best business smartphones because uses can access all the standard mobile Windows apps that as yet are still awkward to convert from under the Android architecture. The 900 uses a 4.3 inch AMOLED ClearBlack display, runs on a 1.4 GHz processor and once the Windows 7.8 Phone update is released will become the favorite smartphone of many more.
Apple iPhone 4S
It seems strange to say that the 4S is now in the realm of one of the cheap smartphones that are a good place for a newbie to start, but it is. You cannot get a more solid smartphone then the Apple iPhone 4S. Its reliability and stableness of the iOS architecture, standard features and Apple intuitiveness make it one of the best smartphones of 2012 even though there are newer and flashier Android and Windows phones out there. Those who are “all about Apple” are going to love the 4S because of the coming iOS 6 release. With iOS 6 they will be able to fully plug into their Apple ecosystem and then take it with them on the 4S.