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PhoneArena Awards 2012: Best Phone

0. phoneArena 17 Dec 2012, 12:04 posted on

Cue the drum roll, pop the champagne, and throw the confetti up in the air! Get ready for the grand finale in our PhoneArena Awards of 2012 series because today we are announcing the year's best phone. And as you might expect, the winner in today's category is a smartphone - a smartphone that is great in many ways, which is why it truly deserves to be honored...

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posted on 17 Dec 2012, 12:07 21

1. Captain_Doug (Posts: 997; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

huh, DNA beat out S3? I like the DNA more but it seems like the S3 would've gotten the nod.

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 12:12 33

5. dsDoan (Posts: 229; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)

I have a GS3 myself, but I don't see anything about it that is better than the DNA. Whereas, the DNA has a few impressive hardware advantages over the GS3.

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 12:13 52

8. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10456; Member since: 14 May 2012)

Released 6 months after the Galaxy S3, it SHOULD have better specs.

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 12:31 16

42. dsDoan (Posts: 229; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)

Which device was released first doesn't matter. This list covers all devices released in 2012.

What matters is which device has the best specs today.

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 14:48 7

105. Sailingmaster (Posts: 24; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)

By that logic, no one should release a phone before November if they want a shot at winning a Phone of the Year award (and the trendy sales that come with it)...

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 07:31

222. TeritorialDemon (Posts: 20; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)

I agree with you. They should take this statement into consideration. Other than that, love the article!

posted on 22 Dec 2012, 10:30 3

198. Abbath (Posts: 99; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)

if that is the case then where is the Note 2?!? It has many impressive features and is faster than the SGS 3...Huge *removable* Battery, Expandable storage, very useful features along with the stylus,

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 22:33 9

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


1.Y is the Google Nexus 4 & IPhone 5. I question this cuz they seem sucky to me

2.And where the fudge is the GN ll?!?

posted on 19 Dec 2012, 12:03 1

181. iDroid8 (Posts: 155; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)

PA puts that in category of phablets, hence GS3 takes its place

posted on 23 Dec 2012, 12:10 1

199. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)

Agreed. Where is the Note II? Or, as I like to call it, the GS3 on roids.

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 12:14 27

10. abdane (Posts: 494; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)

GS3 better battery, GS3 removable battery, GS3 sd card slot, GS3 have andorid true multitasking ( HTC removed it because sense lags ) Samsung > HTC

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 12:18 8

21. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)

You're talking about the One X... Altho I'm not sure if it's the same with DNA.

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 12:26 4

32. dsDoan (Posts: 229; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)

Are you really calling 2100 mAh a victory over a 2020 mAh battery? You won't notice a difference in battery life based on that minuscule battery size difference.

Removable battery and SD card are not features that the masses care about.

Every Android device has the same multitasking capabilities. Any launcher could add the same Samsung feature that you are referring to.

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 12:32 9

43. doubler86 (Posts: 320; Member since: 26 Jan 2011)

I go to Verizon stores every day and they say that customers always don't buy the DNA because of the fact that it doesn't have removable battery and sd card slot. That is expected with Android.

As far as battery life goes, without rooting and keeping them stock, Samsung does a much better job with power management compared to HTC. I've tested out both phones and the S3 gets about 2 to 3 more hours on the same settings, but if you put samsung's power saving mode which slows down the processor when you're not using it, it out last the DNA by closer to 4 hours

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 12:44 2

47. dsDoan (Posts: 229; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)

I call bollocks on that first statement. Your mainstream consumer is not going to buy a phone based on whether it has an SD card or not. Your or me? Sure, we might. But we're not the average consumer.

I wasn't referring to battery life. The GS3 may well get better battery life. I was referring the to the mundane difference in battery size.

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 14:51 3

106. Sailingmaster (Posts: 24; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)

"Removable battery and SD card are not features that the masses care about."

You really need to support that with some documentation. My agents gets calls for phone recommendations and the vast majority of them drop interest in the DNA as soon as my agents go over the lack of MicroSD card support or non-removable battery while discussing features.

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 15:38

114. Lboogey6 (Posts: 281; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)

I shouldn't have to add a launcher but this is crazy feature wise what does the dna do a big bright screen big deal tv's have gotten bigger and brighter guess what sales declined they made smart tv's more functionality

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 03:34 6

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

You obviously have no idea on what you talk about.

Oh and if you ever get the chance, try putting this on the DNA:
-1GB of music
-1GB of photos
-1GB of videos
- One full HD movie

..and you'll be left with only about 4GB for apps!
Not even enough for two high end games!

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 20:20

195. gelo0291 (Posts: 16; Member since: 06 Nov 2012)

then buy an HTC J Butterfly instead

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 06:28

164. AamirSIII (banned) (Posts: 187; Member since: 04 Oct 2012)

u really out of masses man cause most of the people use android because of very easy file sharing unlike iOS and thats the reason u can download Full HD movies and vids of even higher resolution(like for Nexus 10) and then easily transfer them to either their device via computer or transfer them to their microSD cards and then put em in the device... i myself have 2 64GB cards for my data use... i no longer use USB cause i can take any of my office or personal data on to my tablet or mobile and take that anywhere i want!
THATS the use of microSD cards for masses u dumb ass....

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 21:09

191. metalpoet (unregistered)

My main selling point for most Android phones that my company offers is that they have expandable memory and removable battery compared to a locked down device like the iPhone.

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 12:28 1

37. true1984 (Posts: 823; Member since: 23 May 2012)

only the verizon version doesnt have an sd card slot

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 12:30 3

41. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)

The DNA is the Verizon version. If they're talking about the international version, then they should be calling it HTC Butterfly.

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 12:53 2

53. amiroo (Posts: 269; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)

ooo!! my friend htc butterfly have a sd card..its also water resistance..its better if there was butterfly till dna..
butterfly is powerfull in all the way..its not important if s3 s battary is better than dna with only 1 hour higher scores..
instead of full hd display, more power & better performance ,better design & build quality & beat audio & better ui are advanteges dna against s3..

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 15:51

169. htc_prep (Posts: 303; Member since: 09 Oct 2009)

Better is all in the eyes of the beholder I have both the s3 and evo 4g lte. Both sprint. Both rooted. Both stock ROM with respective skins removed ( as in the Rosie and twlaunch apk files removed through root explorer). Apex launcher. same apps on each phone. I track the battery with juice plotter and I can honestly say they have pretty equal battery life with my evo lte lasting longer In stand by and standard cellular use. And both die in 4-5 hours under heavy use.

I don't pull my battery that often so remove able doesn't matter.

And my ego has 16 gigs internal with a hot swap capable SD slot.

Each phone and oems devices have pros and cons

But to say Samsung > HTC is a matter of opinion and jot facts.

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 13:14 7

64. AamirSIII (banned) (Posts: 187; Member since: 04 Oct 2012)

what about the better camera? what about the brighter screen? what about the Super AMOLED? what about the nature UI? what about the expandable memory??? what about lighter weight?what about its slimness?what about USB ON_THE_GO?? what about MHL port connectivity?what about the better Video recording?how about being future proof? how about quadcore processor?how about FM radio with recording? how about choices of colors? how about better browsing cause of better Java engine? how about future updates? how about Resale value? how about S-Voice? how about better and more diversified video and audio Codecs? how about document viewer and editor? how about 50Gb of Free Dropbox space? how about Active-Noise Cancellation with dedicated mic?
I can go on and on DNA is a good phone but as a matter of fact DNA is NOT AT ALL BETTER THAN S3!
no matter u take me as a fanboy or something or what PA or you or any one else say, S3 is the best phone! EVER!

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 13:39 3

81. dsDoan (Posts: 229; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)

When I saw you using things like MHL, USB On-the-Go, and noise-cancelling mic as your supporting arguments, I decided not to give a full reply. These, and other features you mentioned, are implemented on both the Galaxy S3 and the Droid DNA.

If you're going to attempt a condescendingly ranting argument, be sure to do your research first.

Both are great devices, but neither one dominates the other as you seem to think.

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 16:40 3

120. AamirSIII (banned) (Posts: 187; Member since: 04 Oct 2012)

lol dude i just mentioned all the features that are in REALITY the true difference between S3 and DNA! as i have already said, no matter what u say S3 is better!

and btw, just check the comparison done by phonearena itself and u would come to know.
i didnt say DNA is bad, i just said S3 is better and it will remain better for some time...
and its not ONLY about implementation of the features, its about their sound execution with the software which, DNA just could not being HTC device.
its camera is worst, smaller battery, HTC Sense Hiccups, non removable battery and most of all, No expandable memory!
these features are NOT available in DNA!

not gonna reply u any more cause just found how dumb u are...!

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 20:21 2

196. gelo0291 (Posts: 16; Member since: 06 Nov 2012)

F*ck you bitch.

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 13:16 1

67. tedkord (Posts: 11619; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

Personal preference. Where the SGS3 wins for me is in the replaceable battery and microsd slot. Those are must haves for me. (Though I'd forego the battery if it had a 3500 or more built in)

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 13:41

82. Captain_Doug (Posts: 997; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

Design and build quality. (my opinion)

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 19:58

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

I'm not a fan of TouchWiz by any means, but Sense is a nightmare.

HTC: It's 2012, not 2010. Android 4.1/4.2, not 2.3. Get with the program.

posted on 19 Dec 2012, 12:01

180. iDroid8 (Posts: 155; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)

I see the better Nature UX, better handling, SAMOLED display, native video calls, expandable storage and removable battery

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 12:53 21

54. MeoCao (unregistered)

My picks are:

1. Nexus 4
2. Droid DNA
3. Note 2
4. Optimus G
5. One X+

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 00:13 4

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

remove optimus G and put Nlumia 920 there and I'm sold.

Again, optimus G is a flop (for me of course). No proper integration of software and hardware.

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 12:55 6

56. richardyarrell2011 (banned) (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)

I can't help but laugh at this list. I get 17 to 22hrs daily of battery life with 9 to 11hrs of on screen time daily on my Samsung Galaxy Note 2. And they claim these above devices are the best sure it is. None of these above devices get close to the battery life as the Note 2.

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 13:45 1

85. Captain_Doug (Posts: 997; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

Look up the word niche. That's why the note 2 isn't on the list.

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 14:23 4

99. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3724; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)

Then the title should say, "PhoneArena Awards 2012: Best Phone (Except Niche)". Something that the Galaxy Note 2 is not anyway. Please explain to me how a phone that will sell more than 3 out of the 5 on this list is niche. You look up the word.

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 17:05 1

123. droiddomination (Posts: 203; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)

look up the word dum azz. bahahahahah!!!

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 15:30

168. Captain_Doug (Posts: 997; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

Really? A 5.5" phone isn't a niche device? Maybe in another year but for now, it isn't mainstream. I haven't met a single person who would actually use it as a daily phone. Again, I'm sure it's a great device, but it is not for everyone... or the majority... or anyone I've talked to... I haven't even seen anyone hold one outside of a store.

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 16:38 3

170. Khemistry (Posts: 5; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)

Well, for starters, according to Merriam-Webster Dictionary... pretty much the most respected dictionary out there, out of all of the definitions for 'niche' that are listed, NONE of them have anything to do with numbers or popularity. So that's your first fail.

Next, for the sake of argument, let's assume that the term 'niche' does have to do with numbers and/or popularity. The Note II most certainly will outsell every phone on this list, sans the Galaxy S III and perhaps the Lumia. The Note II has only been on-sale for approximately two months, yet it has sold well over 5 million units. That is very impressive for a device that only had a limited market, according to very early analysts. That's far more than what most other phones will ever see. That's your second fail.

Just because you live in some Joe Block small town where no one owns anything outside an iPhone or some crap Motorola Droid phone, doesn't mean that it speaks for what's going on across the nation. The 2013 Lexus GS is flying off dealership lots, yet, I've only seen TWO. Using your asinine and ignorant logic, I would have to surmise that the 2013 Lexus GS wasn't selling, even though it's an absolute fact they are.

Get a clue, moron. BTW, I own a Note II, and I haven't seen anyone else with one, either. However, I ran across someone who posted a photo taken on the NYC Subway, showing THREE people all talking on the Note II. He could argue exactly the opposite of what your claimed. And does my one experience of seeing no other Note IIs, mean that they aren't selling?

posted on 19 Dec 2012, 01:44

177. Captain_Doug (Posts: 997; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

I checked Merriam-Webster. #2D says a specialized market. Way to leave that out. A specialized market is not mainstream or of commonplace. So, a niche device would mean a device intended for a specialized market.

I also, don't live in a "Joe Block" small town. I live in a large college city with many of the latest and greatest devices parents can afford their kids. Way to assume though.

Also funny how you picked the Lexus GS. Also a Niche automobile. Your average joe certainly won't be dropping 50K on a sedan.

So now you've lied and assumed and belabored the point not to mention resorting to name calling where I was merely stating my opinion and experiences. You should spend more time interacting with real people. Talking to people on the internet has made you lose your manners. Maybe you never had them. Anyway, if you'd like to discuss or debate, I'm in. Just be sure to leave your childish behavior at home.

posted on 19 Dec 2012, 12:07

182. iDroid8 (Posts: 155; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)

At the pace we are going, you just gotta wait 1 year to make it mainstream

posted on 19 Dec 2012, 14:10

185. Captain_Doug (Posts: 997; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

I said a year...

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 00:18 4

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

I gotta say that I want to put Note 2 on the list. But not only because of "battery life". If we talk about battery life, RAZR MAXX HD beats note 2 with great margin.

The thing about note 2 is that, the note taking itself and superb multitasking. Multi-window and SPen, not to mention 5.5" screen with the best amoled around (non-pentile), the monster battery, and one of the best call qualities.

Here's my list.

1. Nexus 4
2. Note 2
3. Droid DNA
4. Lumia 920
5. iPhone 5 (we can't remove this from the list. it's still has one of the best GPUs around and great selection of quality apps)

That's my complete 5.

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 00:15 2

143. darkskoliro (Posts: 1076; Member since: 07 May 2012)

smh, samsung fanboys are just about as mindless as apple fans

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 19:57

190. jameshoe (unregistered)

haha!!!!! Sony & Blackberry just lost the war of phone

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 07:35

193. apexKBC (Posts: 92; Member since: 10 Dec 2012)

Phonearena u hav just gone crazy
1) ip 5 better dan DNA,920 & s3

2) wers note II

3) i think phonearena listed these items randomly like a draw>.>>>>>>>>>>

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 12:08 43

2. abdane (Posts: 494; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)

okay first, where is the GNote 2 ? and how is the iPhone 5 better than the DNA and GSIII and the Lumia ??? My God !!! iPhone is a disgrace to that list ! :P

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 12:26 15

33. bbblader (Posts: 590; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)

not a disgrace dude it may be a disgrace to its predecessor because it almost has nothing new but its still a good phone but the gsiii dna and lumia should have been on top of the iphone

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 04:04 2

159. apocalypsebc (Posts: 148; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)

PA should set up a poll that lets us give our votes of the top 5 of choises from multiple phones of this year! Then we can all see PA votes and the user/bloggers votes like we do when we rate a phone and PA rate a phone with results showing side by side. I still cant believe the Lumia 920 didn't get the top spot for the camera when the I phone had that purple tint thing going on and it made the list. If someone say it was a fix for that, then Nokia has done the same thing with a fix. So lets fix that PA and Is the Video camera also part of the camera rateing? Again the Lumia 920 beats all with no shake! I see why alot of people critisize PA sometime. Lets get some users award rating going on PA!

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 12:10 46

3. Just_a_boy (Posts: 183; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

iPhone better than Lumia 920 is that a joke?

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 12:14 28

11. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10456; Member since: 14 May 2012)

And the Galaxy S3?

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 12:16 2

12. pkiran1996 (Posts: 166; Member since: 22 Oct 2011)

Do you think Galaxy S3 is better or worse than Lumia 920?

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 12:17 25

18. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10456; Member since: 14 May 2012)

In terms of camera, 920 without a doubt. In terms of features, Galaxy S3 is ahead.

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 12:17 9

19. abdane (Posts: 494; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)

i think its equivalent actually, just GS3 have more advantage in software, i mean, WP8 is still need more improvements, especially the store !

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 13:12

63. WakaFlakaD (Posts: 481; Member since: 30 Apr 2011)

Mind to share your thoughts on your statement?

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 13:30

74. zuckerboy (banned) (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)

should I buy lumia 920 or ip5 ? I am going to buy phone but I am confused please help me

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 13:53 5

89. akishakoi (Posts: 65; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)

go for the Lumia 920

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 14:16 1

94. zuckerboy (banned) (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)

thx but lack of app on wp plartfom worries me :(

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