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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, 12:27 1

35. amiaq (Posts: 509; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)

iPhone 5 is iPhone killer device!!

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 12:30 7

40. raunak (Posts: 507; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)

PA is confused... they dont know how to accept it but iP5 isnt better than any other high end phone. In their own review PA said that s3 was better than iP5 and now... and also, 920 beat s3. This list is highly inaccurate... just like in iP5 vs 920 they said that 920's video quality was better but in their camera comparison they again made it look like iP5 was betterPA is confused... they dont know how to accept it but iP5 isnt better than any other high end phone. In their own review PA said that s3 was better than iP5 and now... and also, 920 beat s3. This list is highly inaccurate... just like in iP5 vs 920 they said that 920's video quality was better but in their camera comparison they again made it look like iP5 was better...

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 12:54

55. sithvenger (banned) (Posts: 371; Member since: 25 Aug 2012)

So what

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 12:32 13

45. iNerd (Posts: 2; Member since: 17 Dec 2012)

Lol they ranked iPhone 5 second...

its becoz of sites like PA that the Windows Phone eco cant grow... Pretty lame

lumia 920 > iphone5

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 12:45 4

48. phljcnth (Posts: 485; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

So iPhone won the second place just because it's better than its own predecessor?? Naturally it has to be better! But the upgrade doesn't weigh much if you are gonna compare it to other smarter phones!

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 12:52 1

51. parkwaydr (Posts: 572; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)

The only thing I really don't agree with is the gs111 being ranked so low. That phone is still top tier now after being out for as long as it has. And that's saying something.

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 12:52

52. sithvenger (banned) (Posts: 371; Member since: 25 Aug 2012)

I have an iPhone 5, and its an awesome phone/device. The galaxy note 2 shoulda won though. All these devices r awesome, I woulda had the iPhone #2 behind the galaxy note 2.

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 13:02 2

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

1.Galaxy Note 2
2.Droid Razr Maxx Hd
3 . Galaxy S3
4. Droid Razr Hd
It's all about battery life and the Lg Nexus 4, Iphone 5, and Htc Dna will NOT GET YOU THROUGH A DAY on battery life. Stop posting these aryicles which are NOT TRUE. I get 17 to 22hrs daily of battery life with 9 to 11hrs of on screen time daily on my Note 2. How can any useless iphone 5 or Htc Dna compare??????.....It doesn't folks..........

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 13:14

65. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)

Yes the DNA will. I can prove it, b/c it gets me through the day EVERY DAY. Only day it hasn't is when I've been using it very heavily for streaming video demos at work such as Netflix, Watch ESPN, and other such apps. On a typical day, which does involve music and gaming, I get a good 15 or more hours of use out of my DNA with still at least 25% of my battery left.

richard, I ask you, have you used the DNA? Have you tried it out for yourself? Or, are you attacking the phone strictly on the spec sheet, without having any personal experience at all with the device?

I doubt you have any experience with these devices, as all you spout is pro Samsung and Tmo comments and everything else sucks. Feel free to prove me wrong, and if you do, I'll apologize. Until then, I say you are wrong.

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 17:17 1

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

You got me laughing very hard over here. I have played with constantly the Htc Dna (2) people i see daily have the Htc Dna and the battery life has a lot left to be desired. I have been in this android game long enough. I have owned the Htc Evo 4g, Evo 3d, Lg Revolution, Samsung Galaxy S2 Skyrocket, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Samsung Galaxy S3, and now the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. Nothing on the market period or anything ever made beats the Galaxy Note 2. Software and features alone make this the ultimate productivity/all purpose device ever made. If all your selling point is continues to be some 1080p screen ok great for you but what else are you able to hold on to????. Stop trying to prop up something that has so many faults htc went cheap plain and simple. I know for a fact your not being truthful about your battery life. Stop fronting and post it buddy i know my battery life and on screen time is beyond legitimate. I post mines on Google pkus, Twitter, and Facebook very often. It might not be fair to compare the two because the Htc Dna isn't even on the same wave length as the Galaxy Note 2. But if you look around the devices that do compare to the Htc Dna like the Droid Razr Maxx Hd, Razr Hd, Htc One X+, Htc Evo 4g Lte, Lg Optimus G, Lg Nexus 4. These devices ''PIMP SLAP you Htc Dna drastically. Post your battery life and on screen time so we have some thing else to laugh at. Your only fooling yourself my friends that own this device are sitting here with me right now laughing as i type this from my computer holding the Htc Dna that belongs to a friend the best he has gotten screen time is 4hrs. I know you are wrong very wrong

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 18:05 1

129. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)

If the best he has gotten is 4 hours, why don't you do exactly what you are asking me for and post some shots of it. Don't ask me to do something you aren't doing yourself. I have no problems getting through my day with the DNA, and have no need or desire to prove this to you. I just don't care enough to, and without your own screen shots from your "buddies", all you are doing is fronting.

The Note II is a great device, but it is not for everyone. Not everyone wants a device that huge for their phone. I'm honestly surprised that I am doing well with a 5" phone since I do prefer more portable devices. Also, the Note II is pretty much in it's own class as far as size etc. It's more a tablet that can make phone calls than a phone that works like a tablet. Comparing other "phones" to it just doesn't seem legit.

If you have honestly had all those devices, then I will give you that credit. That said, if you want others to post screen shots and whatnot about their use or you don't believe them, hold yourself to the same standard and post screenshots here too.

I give my opinion and usage and state that it is my experience and opinion, and just that, not facts. You state all of your posts as if it is absolute fact, opinion or not.

And btw, you've not proved me wrong, so I'll not apologize for a word I said.

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 18:11 1

130. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)

And oh yeah, if you are hanging out with your "buddies" wtf are you doing posting here? Me personally, if I was hanging with my friends one of the last things I would be doing is posting on some phone website lol.

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 13:49 1

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

Battery life is just one spec/feature to look at. Although tunnel vision is cool I guess...

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 14:29 2

101. sithvenger (banned) (Posts: 371; Member since: 25 Aug 2012)

Awwwww hush ya big baby

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 14:30 2

102. sithvenger (banned) (Posts: 371; Member since: 25 Aug 2012)

If u don't like it, start your own site and do your own reviews hater.

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 13:06 3

61. dreeemer (Posts: 28; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)

1)How the hell is the Nexus future proof without LTE? Its the most basic feature 4 any smartphone to have. Ru freaking kidding me?
2) The Note 2 (which kills the Nexus) doesn't even get honorable mention?
I'm about to stop following phonearena. WHAT A JOKE....

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 13:11 3

62. wando77 (Posts: 839; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)

A bit surprised at the gs3 being below the Iphone 5. The sheer amount of features rammed in from all the motion gestures for auto dialing from a text when lifting the phone etc to improved facial unlock (with blink detection and voice recognition). Add on top of that the stunning screen, expandable memory, removable battery and quad core processor and personally rather than a slightly better camera I don't see how it doesn't beat the Iphone..... Oh well

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 13:14 3

66. bigbrothermotown (Posts: 2; Member since: 03 Dec 2011)

Stopped reading once I realized Galaxy note II was NOT on the list

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 13:21 3

70. _Bone_ (Posts: 2154; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

Shouldn't the phone of the year award go to the best device at the time of it's release? Both the S3 and Note II laughs all over rivals upon release, and I don't think any of those ranked higher can beat with all the content Samsung packed into their phones (the S3 got everything but the Note II's sylus).

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 16:48

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

Actually, in terms of software, the S III is somewhat close to the Note II, but it's not close to the Note II in terms of hardware. The Note II has a superior Exynos processor, better screen, twice as much RAM, and more. So it's not quite so cut and dry.

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 13:25 4

71. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1032; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)

The GSIII has to be the BEST phone of the year. We havent seen a phone sell like this since the very first Apple iPhone back in 2007. The phone added new features like S-Beam and 2GB of RAM which were both a first in the industry (I believe). plus the SIII is available in more areas than the others and theres not much of a difference between the carrier variants!! You cant go wrong with the SIII when it comes to price, features, availability, and overall value over the length of a customers mobile contract

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 13:29 1

73. gmacattacks (Posts: 24; Member since: 07 Sep 2012)

Google Nexus 4 Hands down $300 for a top of the line Smartphone is unreal and LTE is really really really really really really over rated I hate how damn near every Tech site that reviewed the Nexus 4 knocked it for not having LTE. HSPA+ is more than sufficient.

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 13:31 4

75. optimus-prime (Posts: 2; Member since: 17 Dec 2012)

where is LG Optimus G.?


posted on 17 Dec 2012, 13:31

76. Cesar (Posts: 139; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)

Go on Samsung Galaxy S III !

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 13:32 1

77. optimus-prime (Posts: 2; Member since: 17 Dec 2012)

LG is the best!

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 13:36 2

78. lzsbleach (Posts: 155; Member since: 20 May 2012)

LOL this list is a joke. How did you all miss the Note 2 come on. At first I thought it was just a list of the top 5 devices but then they said the nexus 4 was first and the lumia was last lol. Please tell how does the Iphone come before the DNA and GS3. I understand the DNA winning over the GS3 but the Iphone. Phonearena logic doesnt make any sense.

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 01:12 1

148. bencrypted (Posts: 9; Member since: 27 Sep 2012)

Phonearena Logic? That's a joke, right?
I have learnt not to search for any logic in phonearena articles.

There could be a couple of probable reasons
1. The List is based on personal preferences of the writer(s) at PA
2. PA likes to have more page hits (More Page Hits = More Revenue). And whenever, iProducts are referred to as a better product, the masses will come out to contest the notion (Since most readers don't use iProducts) and make the website popular.
3. The folks at PA are bored to the core, and would like to be entertained. So they write stuff to incite flame wars and have a good laugh at the flaming going on here.

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 13:37

79. nwright94 (unregistered)

I don't think there's any particular order, they're just listing great phones of the year.

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 13:38 4

80. Droiddoes (unregistered)

OMG no way the i5, one of the glitchiest, most shoddilly put together messes all year made the best list. iphonearena.com INDEED

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 17:32 1

125. gmacattacks (Posts: 24; Member since: 07 Sep 2012)

Right! Not Just Phone Arena Bro Every Tech site over glorifies any apple product that every comes out. you would think apple is paying them off!

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 13:42 6

83. matrix_neo (Posts: 334; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)

1. Samsung Galaxy Note 2

2. Samsung Galaxy S III

3. LG Nexus 4

4. Nokia Lumia 920

5. HTC Droid DNA

For me these are the best phone for 2012. I choose them because they are not status symbol, they are popular (S3), some of them are thinner, better batteries, amazing screens, best cameras especially S3 and Lumia 920 and most of all, some of them has innovative features and hardwares. There's certain 1 phone I didn't include, obviously you know it, because there's nothing something new, all the features it has, 2011 phones had already had it. 2012 has many breakthroughs in smart phones, all phones I enlisted has all that breakthroughs. If you disagree, feel free to dislike, I just don't feel that PA's best phones of 2012 really don't impress me and I'm sure lots of PA readers also.

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 13:45 1

84. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)

I think one of the reasons the Note II was left off is it is very difficult to define exactly what it is. The Note II is a device unto itself. It is not a phone, it is not a tablet, but it does have abilities of both. It is a really awesome device, yet it is very difficult to say exactly what it is. Call it sweet, awesome, great, whatever superlative you want, they all fit. But can you really call it a phone? I don't know what to call it besides the previously mentioned adjectives lol.

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 13:45 5

86. jbjr43 (Posts: 50; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)

I own both the DNA and SGS3. The battery on the DNA lasts longer than the Sammy. I would attribute that to the processor difference. I like them both, they both have strengths and weaknesses. My SIM card is in the DNA, if that tells anything...

posted on 03 Jan 2013, 19:21

214. virtualcool (Posts: 6; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)

ahahahahahhaha! DNA battery last longer than
Sammy? really? u mustve confused which is which? LOL!

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 14:24

216. jbjr43 (Posts: 50; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)

Just stating the facts...

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 13:47 2

87. SaM1X (Posts: 9; Member since: 12 Dec 2012)

My picks are,
1 - HTC Butterfly,
2 - HTC One X,
3 - Google Nexus 4 by LG.

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 13:56 2

90. GoldenJoe (Posts: 9; Member since: 14 Dec 2012)

The Nexus 4 does have an amazingly low price, but if price is the main criteria for being the phone of the year, then we're in trouble. I know this is a heavily Android-biased readership, but be realistic. It's not even a 4G device. I remember a great outcry when the 4S was 3G last year. It's funny how a non-removable battery, no micro SD slot, and now no 4G are all acceptable now that Android is doing it.

I'm not even an Android fan, and I can recognize the superiority of the Note II or GSIII over the N4. Moreover, those are the only Android phones the average consumer might be able to name (if they can name any).

To me, there is no chance of moving the iPhone from the #1 spot until Android fixes its multitasking issues and becomes more developer-friendly.

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 13:58 2

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

This article is the greatest PA joke yet.
My list:
1. Galaxy S3
2. Nexus 4
3. Galaxy Note 2
4. Nokia 808
5. Iphone 5
6. LG Optimus G
7. Nokia Lumia 920

In choosing the phone of the year, two key aspects are taken to measure:
- overall quality of the product
- impact the product had for the industry, technology innovation and culture in general

For those who doubt my opinion that the S3 is the clear winner, have a nice reading:






posted on 17 Dec 2012, 18:16

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

If sales wise, I would definitely agree with you on SGS3, but I think GN2 should be at the top if sales is not the case. I think HTC DNA or Butterfly should make the top too. N4 should be the #1 for the best bang for the buck phone of the year.

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 14:16 1

95. gazmatic (Posts: 795; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)

trying to appease everyone eh PA?

well you cant!!!

people will ask why [insert phone here] is higher on the list than {favorite phone here}

case in point....

IPHONE 2ND!!!! in what GALAXY (pun intended)

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 15:14 1

112. tedkord (Posts: 11691; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

Seriously. Its fourth at best.

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 14:23

98. speckledapple (Posts: 892; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)

Curious that the DNA, which has been reported as to having numerous problems, managed to beat out the SIII and basically even made the list at all.

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 14:24

100. gazmatic (Posts: 795; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)

nexus is only cheap for those with access to playstore... it is almost $600 everywhere else

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 14:35

103. aguilitas (Posts: 8; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

iPhone 5? really? just because it has a chewed up Apple on its back doesn't mean it has to be on the best phones list. It's the same piece of crapPhone from last year with inferior quality materials, dated OS and a little taller

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 14:58 2

108. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

Some people in here are a little off kilter, the Note II isn't a bloody phone, it's a phablet...so it wouldn't even make the list.
Not sure about PA phone comparisons but they failed as they do not match this ranking list at all.
Why is everyone going on about the SGS3 being better than the DNA, which area did the SGS3 beat the DNA in that the average phone buyer even gives a rats derriere about? People crowing about battery life, you're joking right they both have comparable batteries and joe everyday doesn't carry spares they carry their chargers. Processors, well the S4 PRO beats what the SGS3 houses and lets see here OS, same OS just both have their RAM hogging OEM built crap and each has it's own weird things tossed in to say this is cool and whatever, they both suck equally on that point. They both lack file managers which they should be fined over, how do you lack a file manager that lets you sort through your own phone memory and remove garbage left by deleted apps. Heck in fact basic things like file manager and just being able to go through less menus both these devices fail because of the OEM wanting to add this and that to the OS and make it more overwhelming to use. Can't count the time my GF asks me about features on her SGS3 and where to find this and that. I have to wade through the countless menus. DNA is more advanced in tech than the SGS 3 and does everything the SGS3 does and is a little more future proofed. So it is slightly better and both are the same size, don't want to hear about expandability or anything, that stuff is moot as those extras are not looked at as much as people on here expect you to believe. I have my music online in my Google Music account which syncs incredibly quick, I never carry movies with me because well, I can stream those off Wifi easily. Going off tech the DNA is the better device overall, NFC, CPU, RAM, BT 4.0, World Phone, 1080p screen, USB 3.0...it's the top phone specs wise and performance wise it's near the top. The screen it pushes wears on the processor yet it still manages to outperform phones with half the resolution. Nothing to do with favoritism, it's still a better phone. If it had the monster battery of the Razr HD Maxx it would sit alone atop the pile with nothing else coming close.

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 01:56 1

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

It's still a PHONE! It's a phone in an almost yet not that close to TABLET SIZE.

Oh god why you people can't accept the fact that Note 2 is one of the best phone released this year. Oh yeah, saying that note 2 is not a phone, then you should consider saying "droid dna" by htc not a phone but a phablet instead because of its screen size.

didn't you realize where the word phablet came from in the first place.

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 03:53 1

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

Go to apps and tap on "my files "
That's your file manager on the S3 Lol

Besides, you heard of Play store?
There are loads of free file managers there that can be downloaded in a minute.
I use Xplorer and it is fabulous.. beats stock windows manager by a mile, imo

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 15:06 3

110. jopancy (Posts: 74; Member since: 25 Apr 2012)

I think Phonearena is just not bold enough to state the obvious truth: that the iphone 5 is not that ''cool'' when compared to the other listed phones.
Between a lumia 920 and an iphone5, I'll pick the lumia 920.
PA, wake up and smell the coffee, iphones are no longer the coolest thing. Get over it!

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 15:37 1

113. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

Probably the easiest list to make.. ever. lol. This years cream of the crop really stood out against the rest. I got no bones to pick with this list.

Go nexus4! woot woot! :)

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 03:45

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

Let me guess.. you use tablet for gaming and movies.
On its own, the Nexus 4 is just not a complete phone.
It has some issues and 12GB of storage to rely on is one massive flaw for a high end phone, no other way around that fact.

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 16:01 1

115. rex1213 (Posts: 77; Member since: 29 Jul 2011)

It's not surprising that the Droid DNA is up there. Awesome design, impressive specs and all. I could only complain about the absence of a micro SD card slot.

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 16:28

117. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)

yep, and even there I've managed to be just fine with the 16GB storage. I love my DNA. It works great for me, and I came from having 48GB of storage in my last phone.

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 16:19

116. Martine (Posts: 102; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


posted on 17 Dec 2012, 16:30

118. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)

Note 2 should be some where on this list. Better overall device if you can handle the size. I still remember when people said 4.3" was too big.

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 16:41

121. ajerseyjr (Posts: 10; Member since: 10 Sep 2012)

Oh men the Iphone 5 is still in 2nd Place.

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 16:52 1

122. user312 (Posts: 68; Member since: 21 Aug 2012)

I'm sorry PA but "a device of iconic status" isn't enough to make it good.

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 17:36

126. jan25 (Posts: 470; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)

i am a Nexus fanboy and i LOVE the Nexus 4, but the lack of LTE and the OK camera automatically puts it in the 2nd place. my list,
1) S3, simply a great device that is still relevant today in any comparison despite its age(for a smartphone)
2) Nexus 4, finally a Nexus that can compete with flagship devices in almost every aspect.
3) iPhone 5, it works great for the average consumer with an OS that is consistent but is aging.
4) DNA, HTC really needs to revise Sense holding back the smartphone experience.
5) Lumia. i would put the HTC One X instead of it for obvious reasons.

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 17:45 2

127. Edmund (Posts: 656; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)

I don't think the nexus 4 should top the list

1. Lumia 920
2. Galaxy s3
3. Lumia 820
4. Sony Xperia TX
5. Apple iphone

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 20:52 3

134. pego99 (Posts: 88; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)

So the best PHONE in 2012 is 5 phones. WTF?

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 21:46

137. lubba (Posts: 1313; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)

This is PA's 2012 list, not ours. We have no control over their usual "opinions". We shouldn't be upset for any reason. Though I assume they enjoy that very much as they can get hits on their website. True 2012 products of the year should be a list of products for us to vote on. Tally up and post.

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