PhoneArena Awards 2011: Best smartphone
0. phoneArena 14 Dec 2011, 10:46 posted on
Well, folks, the big moment has finally arrived. The last and most exciting category in the PhoneArena Awards of 2011 honors the year's best smartphone. And don't think that we intentionally left out the prestigious title for last just to tease you. In fact, it wasn't easy...
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109. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
1. Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Google and Samsung did really great in advancing the Android Platform with the their new Flagship device for the end of this year and into next year (aside from Samsung with their damned plastics) they've made Android something to really drool all over that HD Super AMOLED display for. i will however hold out hopes for a Motorola Nexus next year.
2. Samsung Galaxy S II
when the Rumor Mill started feeding us rumors for Samsung's Galaxy S II i was uninterested. the original Galaxy S series didn't really bring anything appealing to me. Super AMOLED technology was gaudy looking to me, the Hummingbird was seemingly not any better than the OMAP3 chipset being used in high-end Motorola handsets, slick plastic exteriors, very untimely updates. why will the second wave be any different i asked. how wrong i was. Super AMOLED + turned out to be a GORGEOUS display, Exynos was taking SoCs down and taking names, the amazing accelerometer features, the EU variant was impressively thin for a device of it's caliber & Sammy even improved with the build quality. this phone took off and reigned supreme in the Android space for quite a while not seeing any real competition until the Droid Bionic. the Galaxy S II held it down in 2011 and deserves to be recognized.
3. Motorola Droid Razr
the Droid Razr continues to amaze consumers, readers & writers alike with it's amazing craftsmanship, it's nothing short of a technological marvel of this time. when this thing was rumored a few weeks before the Droid Bionic FINALLY became a reality no one in their right minds thought it was going to be a 4G LTE device. it was much too thin to be conceivable but boy did it surprise the folks. it was however an unfortunate surprise to early Bionic adopters like myself but oh well. this device truly deserves a spot at the top.
Honorable Mention. Apple iPhone 4S
it is an iPhone guys, as much as i don't care for them Apple does do a good job with them. this year's model however did disappoint a lot of people with high expectations or in other words everybody but it became an extremely successful disappointment and my hat goes off to you for that Apple. another reason this phone deserves it's mention is because of the Golden Egg it's lain, Siri. the Intelligent Search Engine at it's finest. it's on the road to becoming a practical voice searching software and it's leading the way to a voice searching revolution. i'll look forward to witnessing these advances.
112. RamyRamz69 (Posts: 390; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)
Not trolling or anything, I am an Android fanboy, but TO BE HONEST, I've compared two LCD displays (Sensation EX and Xperia Arc) to Galaxy S2's, and somehow both of them turn out to be brighter...Also something that I hate with the AMOLED displays is that if you use them on maximum brightness the phone overheats and turns them back to 70% >.>
Overall here is my ranking:
1.Motorola Droid Razr
2.Samsung Galaxy S2
3.Google Galaxy Nexus
113. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 660; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)
Nick T, seems like the majority is disagreeing with your rankings, any explanations? Do u want to answer? Please do, I'd like you to. We are waiting. Your articles are for these people, and people you're writing for disagree with you [considering the fact that they themselves use these phones], I'll be at the iStore waiting, LOL
114. nightmare (Posts: 28; Member since: 25 Nov 2011)
iphone is basicaly an app launcher(ios) the design was awesome last year bt its goten super boring.siri is just voice recognition in android whch can talk back,dual core is not even exploited since the app launcher cant multitask.it should b position 12+ not 2!
116. davidvvassallo (Posts: 39; Member since: 02 Jul 2011)
Will you all just shut up because the iPhone 4s came 2nd. and stop saying iphonearena you all sound retarded.
117. Justsadd (Posts: 20; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
4s is a rubbish....now is gs2 world...so gs2 is the phone of the year.
124. Martine (Posts: 102; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)
today PhoneArena has lost all its credibility
Shame on You!!!!!
All of you!!!
125. maddada (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)
fu** this im removing this site of my bookmarks and unsubscribing from thier youtube channel. how is the iphone (or arguably even the galaxy nexus) better than the gs2 >??!
128. caseychanfc (Posts: 3; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)
When SGS II came out, it remained at the top of the smartphone food chain for over half a year, and is arguably still at that position now. Hence it should rightfully get first - for being extremely future-proof
129. atheisticemetic (Posts: 377; Member since: 18 Dec 2011)
Sorry the Nexus is better. Hands down....
I understand having .3 X 2 cores in processing speed might mean something (especially if rooted and overclocked), but with what applications (currently out) you are actually processing, the difference is minimal.
This is the first screen to actually do 720 that i have found (humbly correct me if i'm wrong, but if it's not 720 it's not high def period; iphone comes in close second with 640, which still isnt HD).
More storage (remember expandable isnt always good as far as compatibility in sd cards with apps).
So i get to watch my movies in True HD, have more storage without purchasing separate equipment (and risk preformance), and get ICS stock? Havent even mentioned which carrier you're using. Hate on Verizon all you want, but they have a much larger LTE network, not to mention that ATT customer care sucks.
Dont try to convince me that the S2 is a better phone....network alone should be humbling.
Lastly get that Itrash off this list!
133. rjbp64 (Posts: 28; Member since: 15 Dec 2011)
I'm actually pretty disappointed with phonearena as well. I have had both the Rezound and the G. Nexus and for sure the better phone has been the Rezound for multiple reasons. 1. 1.5 dual core processors are much faster that the Nexus 1.2 processors. Run any benchmark with both phones and you'll see the difference. Or you can just YouTube it. 2. The screens are both True HD screens but one has to look atit this way. The Rezound has a screen size that is .35 inches smaller than the 4.65 screen but the same amount of pixels. That makes for a much crisper, and true images than the Nexus, not to mentionit uses the entire screen size100% of the time and not just when you're wathing movies like the Nexus. 3. Cameras both front and back are much better than the Nexus. 8 MP back, 2MP front that both can record in 1080,720P and leaps better than the 5/1.2MP cameras. Yes I know its not all about the MPs and its about the sensors as well but anyone who has the Rezound and the Nexus can relate. 4. Although only the Nexus has ICS right now, they will both be sporting it by the end of the first quarter of 2012. So that's not an issue at all. 5. Call quality and Ear buds and the Rezound run circles around the Nexus. 6. Expandable storage. We all know that the Nexus LTE version has a set storage capacity of 32GB and the Rezound comes with 16GB internal and a 16GB SD card out of the box but the Rezound takes the cake due to its Micro SD slot. I have a total of 48GB of storage in my Rezound. I am currently sitting this on my break so if I had more time I would obviously hash out some more reasons but for now, you get the picture of why phonearena dropped the ball!!
134. rjbp64 (Posts: 28; Member since: 15 Dec 2011)
I'm actually pretty disappointed with phonearena as well. I have had both the Rezound and the G. Nexus and for sure the better phone has been the Rezound for multiple reasons.
1. 1.5 dual core processors are much faster that the Nexus 1.2 processors. Run any benchmark with both phones and you'll see the difference. Or you can just YouTube it.
2. The screens are both True HD screens but one has to look at it this way. The Rezound has a screen size that is .35 inches smaller than the 4.65 screen but packing the same amount of pixels. That makes for a much more crisp and true image than the Nexus, not to mentionit uses the entire screen size 100% of the time and not just when you're wathing movies like the Nexus.
3. Cameras both front and back are much better than the Nexus. 8 MP back, 2MP front that both can record in 1080/720p and are leaps better than the 5/1.2MP cameras. Yes I know its not all about the MPs and its about the sensors as well but anyone who has the Rezound and the Nexus can relate.
4. Although only the Nexus has ICS right now, they will both be sporting it by the end of the first quarter of 2012. So that's not an issue at all.
5. Call quality and Ear buds. Rezound runs circles around the Nexus in both areas because of the larger ear speaker from the HTC.
6. Expandable storage. We all know that the Nexus LTE version has a set storage capacity of 32GB and the Rezound comes with 16GB internal and a 16GB SD card out of the box but the Rezound takes the cake due to its Micro SD slot. I have a total of 48GB of storage in my Rezound.
I am currently writing this on my break so if I had more time I would obviously hash out some more reasons but for now, you get the picture of why phonearena dropped the ball!!
137. atheisticemetic (Posts: 377; Member since: 18 Dec 2011)
" 1.5 dual core processors are much faster that the Nexus 1.2 processors."
and what processes are you running on your phone that would capitalize on this difference? Similiar to when SLI first came out, there werent even games able to maximize the performance. Perhaps rooted and overclocked you could see a larger difference, however .6 is minimal and dare challenge someone to tell me in DETAIL what they are using to capitalize on this difference.
"The screens are both True HD screens..."
This is true, however pixels are DATA not a distance (as in inches)... so in reality the Nexus has a better screen because it supports the same resolution using a larger screen. you're confusing this with an image being zoomed in...this is NOT the case. a 40 inch 720 television would look the same as a 52 inch 720 as it's just a larger version of the same resolution. The black bars that run up and down you see on commercials (like ESPN) are examples of trickery HD where they shrink the image to make it look "HD." This is not the case with your rezound vs my nexus. Also .35 isnt that much of a difference to notice either way...can we even call this a pro or a con for either phone? this should be a wash :/
the pro here is that you get more storage, the downfall is that you risk compatibility with certain apps (is it SDHC or just SD, which brand is it? and etc). Secondly, are you using all of your 48gigs? :)
Hope you're enjoying your Rezound nonetheless
138. rjbp64 (Posts: 28; Member since: 15 Dec 2011)
Now that I really think about it, I did jump the gun on the HD screens but as far as the processors are are concerened, I know I didnt. I do have to admit that the blacks are far better on the Nexus because of its LED screen and i came to the conclusion that i can see the Rezound much better in sunlight than the Nexus and both were on full brightness.
I now have both the Nexus and the Rezound and ehen running quardrant on both, I have yet to see the Nexus out perform thr Rezound out of 5 consecutive tests. I also found the Rezound also outsprints the Nexus in loading webpages and youtube HD videos.
As far as the capacity, i actually have 36GB being used in my Rezound because i have an ish ton of music and video and the SD cards are SDHC so i am not lossing anything as far as compatibility.
Including all that i have said and my OTHER THREE points that i mentioned on my first post, i still see the Rezound being a better phone but thanks for commenting.
139. atheisticemetic (Posts: 377; Member since: 18 Dec 2011)
thats a lot of music!
i would however like to run some of my own tests after the next Nexus "patch"
i will say that the Nexus downfall at the moment is the "reception bug" that seems to be lingering every now and again.
140. rjbp64 (Posts: 28; Member since: 15 Dec 2011)
Rrgardibg the screens, wouldnt you agree that pixel density is important though? I mean the Rezound pixel density is 342ppi vs the Nexus which is 316ppi which again makes for slightly sharper images and text.
If you really think about it, the Nexus doesnt use its full screen all the time like the Rezound. It actually only uses 1058pixels, out of its 1280, vertically when surfing the web and stuff like that because of its onscreen buttons, but when youre watching a movie, thats when the full HD kicks in.
136. gamemaster8888 (Posts: 3; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)
i think the droid razr would be my choice rather than the galaxy nexus, because my friend have a droid razr xt910, and my other friend got a sg2, We compare them in indoor and outdoor shots, videos, internet connectivity, design and os. We have conclude that droid razr is much faster in all aspects, design and durability., and as i have said Samsung is a crap company, dont be fooled by those korean company like samsung. They are all crap.
141. AlexBurnout (Posts: 2; Member since: 08 Jan 2012)
SGS II doesn't deserves the third place. Why people like it?