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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97. gazmatic (Posts: 510; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)
go to nokia's beta page xyo.net for all the apps your heart desires
104. zuckerboy (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)
I have never seen that page I'll take a look dude
119. Lboogey6 (Posts: 264; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)
why would android be completely out of the picture ?
150. iDroidWin (Posts: 117; Member since: 07 Dec 2012)
If you are coming from feature Phone, WP 8 will do. It takes time for you to get into ecosystem. Basic apps are there or will be there. If from Android (as I see you aren't even considering it), I will say ip5. But imo, its a trade down. If you haven't given android any thought, you should.
107. nooraldeen (Posts: 48; Member since: 21 Oct 2012)
Lumia 920. And the apps it just need more time maybe 2 or 3 months and it will get alot of apps. Having a phone that lacks apps is better than a phone that lacks almost everything
111. zuckerboy (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)
Yes 920 has great screen and very fast phone red os very sexy
6. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7317; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Nexus 4 deserves it spot as #1. If anyone disagrees, they don't know how to get the best bang for their buck.
128. jan25 (Posts: 383; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)
exaggerate much? the new kernel is to blame and there has been known people to reach over 5+ hours of battery life with franco kernel. it won't be long until Google fix it with an update.
135. bucky (Posts: 1287; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
I'm not exaggerating at all. I had the phone and its a great phone but the battery makes it almost useless. Add a 3 hour charging time to that too.
I shouldn't have to do the work to make a $400 phome last me past 3pm
7. pkiran1996 (Posts: 160; Member since: 22 Oct 2011)
Would've thought the Note 2 would be included instead and beat DNA. DNA may have the most amazing screen ever but I'd rather have the features the S-Pen delivers which makes use of the huge screen
9. kadalil (Posts: 20; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
seriously????? how's the iphone 5 2nd on this list? the s3 and 920 trumps it hands down.
14. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7317; Member since: 14 May 2012)
That's what I'm saying... Difference between 4S and 5 is the processor and screen size. Yes it's the fastest out there, but other than that, there's isn't that much a difference.
13. akishakoi (Posts: 65; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)
the criteria and the ranking is contradicting. Nexus 4 got first place for price-to-performance factor and I don't argue with that, then how come iPhone5 bagged the 2nd place? its price-to-performance ratio will fall below negative. Lols
15. IliyaBeshkov (Posts: 240; Member since: 09 Jul 2012)
"Nokia Lumia 920: Last but not least, the smartphone comes in a wide variety of flashy colors, unlike the devices we listed above."
The SIII have many colors too(blue,white,grey,brown,black,red)!!
26. rafabr (Posts: 5; Member since: 17 Dec 2012)
Yeah that was a really bad argument. They should have mentioned the wireless charging capabilities instead of colors, or the super fast screen.
72. JWill97 (Posts: 5; Member since: 17 Dec 2012)
you definitely don't know anything about screen. it's just Nokia's marketing gimmick. Lumia 920 has 8ms respond time, while GS3 has 0.01ms respond time (all AMOLED displays are the same), One X's screen has 2ms respond time
132. -box- (Posts: 3707; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Yeah, no. 1) the 920 isn't AMOLED. The 820/22/10 is, but not the 920. 2) the 920 (to my knowledge) has the fastest widely-available screen in the industry.
146. JWill97 (Posts: 5; Member since: 17 Dec 2012)
fastest screen is measured by the responds time. then how can you say 8ms is faster than 0.01ms? I got 1-5, so many Nokia fanshere
151. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
actually, i think it's not about the response time but about the "rendering speed" of the display. Just a thought. Response time is different from rendering speed. :) or maybe I'm wrong :)
187. EasycapExpertti (Posts: 15; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
Nokia Lumia 920 has the best screen - 2.4x faster than Samsung S3's screen and 5.4x faster than iPhone 5's screen (tested with Lagom test). You can use its screen with gloves on. It's the first smartphone in the world to deliver a full 60 frames-per-second (FPS) without any blurring.
36. akishakoi (Posts: 65; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)
he said "Flashy colors" (ex. cyan, yellow, bright red). S3's colors were dull and earthly
50. pkiran1996 (Posts: 160; Member since: 22 Oct 2011)
Well they are trying to represent the natural world...hence the 'Nature UX' and pebble shape.
145. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
akishakoi is correct. Flashy=eye catching=vibrant colors.
They shouldn't have mentioned "flashy" if all they want to point out was the variety of colors to choose from.
People, stop arguing with such thing.
16. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
Hm... iPhone 5 is a good phone... but it's not the best phone... It really should be taken off the list and replaced with Galaxy Note 2.
And guys... these phones aren't in any particular order... otherwise it'll be numbered.
25. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2097; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
It seems to me that it is in order. Read the notes under the Google Nexus 4. They clearly call it #1.
39. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
Yeah, I saw that, I thought that didn't mean too much. If that's the case... iPhone 5 should definitely be lower on that list if it even deserved to stay on there at all.
46. mahmoodh (Posts: 17; Member since: 10 Nov 2012)
it is numbered. read the description for nexus 4 and lumia 920, they call it first and last respectively.
17. Thephonegeek (Posts: 118; Member since: 22 Nov 2012)
Everything is alright except Iphone 5.
20. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5432; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
I would write some nice words about bias but at the moment I'm a bit busy so I just won't write anything...
22. diego21197 (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Dec 2012)
how in the world the droid dna beat out the s3, when the s3 is the most popular android phone and we all know how much units it has sold, when the droid Dna has a lot more flaws, like the storage and the power button and it's only available in Verizon, estupid people
23. TheCynicalTechie (Posts: 56; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
I like the Nexus 4, but it is hardly the best phone. It has a glass, fragile, back, no LTE, 16GB storage with no micro SD, and the camera is meh. I would have put the Galaxy Note 2 first, but I am not making the list.
28. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7317; Member since: 14 May 2012)
$300 for a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, beautiful design, pure vanilla Android, best 720p screen out there isn't enough to make it the best?
And if you haven't been on XDA recently, you can toggle LTE on the phone, only in the most populated markets with AT&T.
38. TheCynicalTechie (Posts: 56; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
The price is great, but this is the best, not the most economical. Also, to even suggest an 8GB phone without a microSD card slot is complete lunacy. It is only useable at $349. The Galaxy Note 2 should be #1, and the Nexus 4 should be put at #2.
109. nooraldeen (Posts: 48; Member since: 21 Oct 2012)
How is the nexus 4 has the best 720 display?!!.the best 720 display is the Lumia 920
174. Zero0 (Posts: 570; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
LTE is, in practice, probably little more than a buzzword. T-Mobile's HSPA+ is consistently pulling 10Mbps down, at least. And this is in a 21Mbps market, not a 42Mbps market. Granted, AT&T's LTE speeds demolish that, and Verizon's are a bit higher, but it is not often that I need much more than 10Mbps on a phone. And yes, faster is better, but after a certain point, it makes little difference.
I wouldn't call the camera "meh," either. It's not the Lumia 920, but it's good.
Glass back and storage I'll give you, but (at least the way I run things), both are non-issues for me.
And the software. Stock 4.2 is fan-freaking-tastic. And when the Nexus 4 gets 5.0 months before just about everything else, that's when the Nexus will really shine.
218. TheCynicalTechie (Posts: 56; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
I am not denying it is a good phone, just not the best phone.
27. Insignificant (Posts: 189; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)
I'm not going to even bother mention the Xperia T, iPhoneArena strikes again.
30. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7317; Member since: 14 May 2012)
To be honest, I don't think the Xperia T deserves to be up there...
59. Insignificant (Posts: 189; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)
Why not? Fine, the TX then. An amazing screen, design, fast capture camera (which is pretty cool), small apps, BE (which does help, you can check).
29. akishakoi (Posts: 65; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)
Criteria: price-to-performance ratio: Winner = Nexus 4
Criteria: price-to-number of innovations ratio: Winner = Lumia 920
Criteria: price-to-number of issues ratio: Winner = iPhone 5
34. ultimatebatman (Posts: 52; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)
This list is very wrong. In YOUR OWN COMPARISONS the GSIII beat almost every phone except the DNA. You guys need to get your heads on straight.
44. akishakoi (Posts: 65; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)
i disagree. It's famous because it's android, with a huge screen, and thin body. other than that, it's easily trampled by the Lumia 920's set of features and innovations. And with its durable and rigid tank-like body, it literally crushes the rest on the list.
49. parkwaydr (Posts: 572; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)
I'm sorry but the only thing innovative about the 920 is the camera. There's nothing new about the phone design itself and windows phone hasn't done anything that no other os hasn't or can't already do.I'm not saying its a bad phone, because it isn't at all, its just not a game changer. Besides what ultimatebatman was trying to say is that p.a rated the gs111 higher against all these phones except the DNA when they did head to head comparisons
68. JWill97 (Posts: 5; Member since: 17 Dec 2012)
set of features and innovation? lol
can you mention what unique feature it has? nothing
the most innovative phone this year is Note 2. but the best phone is DNA. Lumia 920 isn't that impressive actually
92. akishakoi (Posts: 65; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)
1. L920 has true OIS, GS3 none (only digital algorithm)
2. can you use any other object, aside from your finger, to operate the screen of your GS3? No!
3. Pure Motion HD+ screen has faster refresh rate than any other phones out there.
4. L920 has wireless charging, GS3 none.
5. can you drop, smash with a mallet, use as a hammer, drive over your GS3 and expect it to work still? NO!
Now before you say "there's nothing new about this phone" do a little research first because by far, only the Lumia 920 delivered a lot of "FIRSTS" among all these phones listed.
So what's new with your GS3? meh
147. JWill97 (Posts: 5; Member since: 17 Dec 2012)
I can use it using my clothes, or tissue. Yes it has the fastest refresh rate, but GS3 has a far better respond time. use it as a hammer? the screen right? why not? GS3 has Gorilla Glass 2, it won't break by that kind of thing. I'm pretty sure my comment will get a bad rate but that's okay. Btw, can't you read what I wrote up there? It's Galaxy Note 2. Not GS3
you want to argue more? than talk about software also. who felivered the best and most complete features on smartphone? Galaxy S3, and now Galaxy Note 2. Lumia features are nowhere near Samsung. Use your mind to argue with me next time
161. akishakoi (Posts: 65; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)
My reply was meant for you and parkwaydr (more for parkwaydr). I did notice that you mentioned Note2 but its no different to GS3. they absolutely look the same, only larger (pun intended). So my comment is still applicable for both devices. And we all know samsung devices are nowhere near the level of durability of Nokia's. And as I mentioned with my other comment, sticking to the criteria of awarding the best "phone", it is unfair to belittle the L920 just because it runs on WP8. If you give more emphasis on the software then perhaps let's change the award to the best "software/OS". I believe no one can argue that if we strip all phones with their OS and software, leaving them with just the hardware, material, built, quality and innovation, the L920 may be the one that has more. And this should be the basis for the award. And mind you, WP8 is catching up, but even without it, Nokia had tons of features squeezed into that phone that other WP8 or android or iphone devices don't have.
So if you were asking me if I argue with you more, I wanna throw that back to you. Coz I'm clearly using my mind with my arguments. I don't know about you.
175. parkwaydr (Posts: 572; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)
OK I'll put it this way....what can I get from the 920 that I couldn't get from any other windows phone?
219. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)
Actually, both have a 60 megahertz refresh rate. The Lumia has a better response time (this means the screen can better keep up with the refresh rate than the gs3... or the note II).
93. ultimatebatman (Posts: 52; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)
Actually, it isn't. The lumia is nice, but by your comment it's obvious that you simply look to hate on Android. I personally don't hate The Lumia 9 (i find it quite intersting, actually), but there's no denying the power of android (google apps are very important and Windows 8 doesn't have them) and the quality of the features Samsung added to the SIII. Smartstay and most of the UI addons, a 4.8 inch screen, removable memory, a very good camera, 50GB dropbox, etc really push this phone above the competition. Both phones have their benefits and I would easily take either over an iPhone 5.
96. akishakoi (Posts: 65; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)
I'm sorry if I give a wrong impression but I don't hate android and I don't hate GS3. In fact I would love to own one. I'm just bringing in the argument specs wise according to what was written on the comments. Sure GS3 has a lot to offer but if we include the ecosystem (UI, apps, etc.) in the comparison, it defeats the purpose of showcasing the phone itself, the hardware. It's unfair to belittle the L920 just because it runs WP8 with the lowest number of apps. Strip all phones of their OS and apps and leave them with just their design, built, material, and innovation and there we can truly measure their greatness.
133. -box- (Posts: 3707; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
I switched entirely to WP in April, and haven't missed any of Google's services. Granted I wasn't that deeply invested in any of them, but I just find Microsoft's and Nokia's solutions to be BETTER. Not saying Google's are bad, just that I (emphasis) find them unsatisfying. I still use my Gmail account, and it can do everything I want with it through the built-in Mail app. I do lament that outlook.com addresses aren't yet supported in 7.5 (but is in 8), but I can access them through IE.
The glorious thing about Windows Phone is that it doesn't rely on apps to do stuff. It's a lot like using your computer: access everything through the excellent browser, and use apps for games or particular select functions.
57. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)
So true batman. In Phone Arena's own comparison reviews, SGSIII > iPhone 5, then the DNA > SGSIII, then DNA = iPhone 5. That in and of itself made no sense, then this list? The iPhone 5 had to be the biggest disappointment of the year. I prefer Android, that is no surprise, but Apple is capable of so much more than what the iPhone 5 is, and the 5 is barely better than the 4S. Only the bigger screen and LTE added much of anything at all from the 4S to the 5.