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PhoneArena Awards 2012: App of the year

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PhoneArena Awards 2012: App of the year
It isn't what your smartphone can do, it's what you can do with your smartphone. And for the most part, what you can do with your smartphone depends on what app you have installed on it. Speaking of apps, we got to try a lot of them over the past 12 months – some useful and easy to use, others not so much. A handful of these apps, however, stood above the rest, so we decided to dedicate an entire post to them.

Ladies and gents, today's category in the PhoneArena Awards of 2012 is for the app of the year! And actually, we won't be honoring a single application. Instead, we've decided to share with you our 5 favorite apps of 2012, just because the nominees for the top spot were so many. 

Now go check them out below and tell us what you think about the apps we've picked. Would you agree with our selection, or you'd rather recommend some other app as the best one introduced this year? Sound it off in the comments!



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posted on 10 Dec 2012, 12:34 67

1. smallworld (Posts: 488; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


App of the year : iOS Maps...

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 12:40 11

2. Insignificant (Posts: 192; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


DAMN YOU! YOU BEAT ME TO THAT JOKE!!!

I suppose you used Google maps then.

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 18:45

35. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


I have NEVER heard of those last Three apps

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 17:22 10

26. dr_fajardo12 (Posts: 118; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)


what about nokia city lens?

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 18:33 13

31. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


smallworld's being sarcastic.

city lens is awesome.

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 18:38 4

32. MC1123 (Posts: 1256; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


lol... funny truth!

but what about steet view (not that im using it)

but city lens and steet view are great apps!

then again, the world is currently ruled by either android or iOS!

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 18:22

30. MC1123 (Posts: 1256; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


lol....

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 12:45 1

3. Insignificant (Posts: 192; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


I think it's the messages app of iOS (which is actually regarded as an app by Apple, check if you don't believe me).

The static keyboard on the iPhone 5 changed everything again. And shows that Apple are headed in the right direction (which is subjective, as this is according to iOS maps only though).

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 13:29 16

7. ultimatebatman (Posts: 52; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)


how the heck is messaging an App of the year? You Apple fanboys really know how to grasp at straws. Google has the top 3 on the list because they actually innovate, performance be damned (worth noting that they also innovate with non-apps like Butter that save increase fluidity), unlike Apple who refuses to add anything new for fear of causing a flutter in their archaically simple OS.

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 13:36 4

9. Insignificant (Posts: 192; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


*facepalm*

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 14:27 7

18. Insignificant (Posts: 192; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


It was sarcasm ffs...

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 17:27 5

27. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


We really have to start using the /s to show sarcasm....lol

posted on 11 Dec 2012, 07:12 2

43. Insignificant (Posts: 192; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


We really do. I honestly can't see how that wasn't picked up, especially due to the references about the static line glitch, 'it changes everything again' AND iOS maps in 1 comment.
I've seen a comment before which too was anti-Apple, but the sarcasm picked up. Are the readers here braindead?

posted on 11 Dec 2012, 09:47 2

45. AFnerdTP (unregistered)


lol!! your tone was just so serious.. and s**t, you know we have had stupid people like that in comment sections.
i do see it now that i read it again. pretty funny.

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 14:41

48. Zero0 (Posts: 592; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


I'm going to be totally honest, I didn't expect Chrome to be on here. The iOS version is good for syncing and pre-loading pages, but is a bit crippled due to App Store limitations. The Android version is often criticized, and many say that Google should have left it in beta longer and stuck with the stock browser.

Google Now, though.

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 13:43 7

10. sorcio46 (Posts: 435; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


message app of iOS = whatsapp restricted to iOS users -.-

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 18:38 5

33. bayusuputra (Posts: 963; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


Yeeesss!!!

totally agree!

with iMessage, you are excluded from the rest of the world who don't use iMessage! So cool right? So exclusive!

And yesss! the keyboard! which other keyboard changes pencil to pen*s? So cool right!!! Oh, and that static line, WHAT-A-FEATURE!!!

posted on 11 Dec 2012, 07:13

44. Insignificant (Posts: 192; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


It was sarcasm you idiot, and even if you didn't pick that up, I even wrote a comment about it before you posted this. Fail.

posted on 11 Dec 2012, 19:59

46. bayusuputra (Posts: 963; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


F U! I know it was sarcasm! So I add it up! chill, dude..

you think that I don't f-ing know it was sarcasm when you yourself don't know that I wrote another sarcasm just to add up to what you said..

who's the idiot now?

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 13:51

50. Insignificant (Posts: 192; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


Damn, sorry, I was just so frustrated at other comments hating that comment, I'm now guilty of the same thing, which makes me a hypocrite.

posted on 11 Dec 2012, 20:00

47. bayusuputra (Posts: 963; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


probably you just mad you get all thumbs down for your sarcasm comment, and then calling me idiot..

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 12:48 2

4. josephnero (Posts: 558; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


UCCW for me

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 12:51 7

5. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


I have no bones to pick except for the browser choice.
I find Dolphin, Boat and Maxthon far better than Chrome

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 14:11 2

12. crankyd00d (Posts: 191; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


I will agree the performance of Chrome leaves much to be desired, but the others just don't have the syncing abilities Chrome has, they really are useful if you use Chrome on your PC

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 14:20 1

16. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


True.. but it's just not such an issue after you put a little effort in building up the browser manually.. at least in my case.

The speed and smoothness of latest Dolphin with JetPack on S3 is just impossible to turn back to.

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 15:27

22. BattleBrat (Posts: 1476; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


Dolphin JetPack 'eh? Thanks for the tip....

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 15:08

20. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


The stock Motorola ICS browser is great.

This is probably the best one, but only for Motorola phones. I have a Samsung tablet, and TouchWhiz on ICS is terrible. The browser crashes all the time. For that, I like to use Firefox.

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 13:27 1

6. aco96 (Posts: 241; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)


Nokia City Lens in my opinion. Btw, chrome is the worst app I ever installed

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 13:30 1

8. Peter27 (Posts: 233; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


is PA being recently scared of putting anything apple there so the readers dint hate them, as I haven't seen anything apple in recent awards. they probably learned its not worth here as everyone is Android fan. or does apple really have nothing to offer anymore?

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 13:55 5

11. tedkord (Posts: 12217; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


The latter.

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