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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, 23:20

139. Lakuta1978 (Posts: 52; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


1 iphone5
2 iphone 4s
3 iphone 4
4 nexus 4
5 lumian910

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 23:31 5

140. networkdood (Posts: 6244; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


iphone 5 is second? Wow, that is very generous

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 23:32

141. redmd (Posts: 857; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


where's the Note 2?

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 01:31 2

149. iDroidWin (Posts: 117; Member since: 07 Dec 2012)


PA. Please get something straight. You gave Galaxy Nexus a spot on worst phone of 2012. Why? Software updates were slow. Lets see iPhone 5. Nothing new. Fast. Every other phone on that list is fast. Camera. Same. Name one thing that is special about iPhone 5 to give it the 2nd spot. Add to it a terrible software update (if you want to call it that), it doesn't deserve to be in top 3. Top 5, may be. SG3 has been awarded phone of the year on other sites. Premium suite is awesome. Lumia did most of the innovations this year. Droid DNA, best screen, but pixel rendering eats into processing capabilities and makes it slow. Still snappy though. Brilliant design, better than iPhone 5 (scratchy back panel, heating issues, flawed touch with no recognition for diagonal swipe) . Thin and light enough with a bigger display and battery. My ranking would be Nexus 4 (only because of value for money), Samsung GSIII, Lumia 920 (this phone deserves some credit for innovation and design, hefty but solid), iPhone 5, Droid DNA (Performance of DNA is good but not the best). PA, you are doing it wrong. Most disappointing award category for me. I need to stop visiting this site.

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 03:21

155. jopancy (Posts: 55; Member since: 25 Apr 2012)


I used to think PA was unbiased. But now I know different.

"It may be a bit on the heavy side and the Windows Phone app selection still leaves some room for improvement,"

the above reason is a very lame excuse to rank Lumia 920 lower than Iphone 5, which "...isn't just a phone, it is a status symbol". And that makes it #2???!!

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 02:05

154. Cababa (unregistered)


Ok so here's the thing,I own a galaxy note 2 and I completely disagree with you guys,this is the best phone right now, awesome battery, nothing here lags (thanks to the quadcore goodness this beast has), outstanding camera, lightweight, all the spen features, listen to me,there is NO other phone that will give you the same features right now.
And the size you ask? It is completely pocketable,and that comes from a short 5'5" guy who always wears skinny jeans, and if you think that people will look at you, well f*k them, if you care about what other people think then you have problems
Btw i sent this with my note 2 ! X)

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 04:46

160. andyPA (Posts: 5; Member since: 06 Dec 2012)


Apple has a good ecosystem & that's only reason i love their product, but lately they lacks "innovation". Which i recall they made screen larger, faster processor, exchange glass cover with aluminum back cover, new connector, and first phone to use nano sim? nah it's not so innovative.

If you already had an iPhone 4/4s just stay with them, it isn't worth updating to the iPhone 5 (especially in Indonesia we aren't ready with 4G connectivity). Oh yes i am Apple user to, though i am not an iFan (hate me right?)

In my opinion Nokia Lumia 920/GS3 is much better.

posted on 19 Dec 2012, 01:46

178. iDroidWin (Posts: 117; Member since: 07 Dec 2012)


Apple has good "integrated" ecosystem. Google is practically a cloud in itself. Contacts, Mail (GMail), Pics (Picasa / Google+ instant upload), Music (google Play), Calender Events/ Tasks (Google calender), Facetime (hangout). All of this = greater storage and better cloud than Apple. But again, all of these includes separate apps and setting time, so less integration in the OS. Google can and should do it with 5.0. As for smartphone compatible products, I am more comfortable with standards than propriety.

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 06:00

162. shuaibhere (Posts: 1297; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


S3 made the standard for the todays smartphones....it should be in #1 spot.....

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 07:09

165. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1010; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


It's nice to see a Windows smart phone make the list. they will just get better because they
have the Windows "NT" kernel which makes them have a more powerful OS than any Iphone or Android smart phone. The only problem may be that some People do not like the Modern UI tiles seems strange to me so many people like smart phones with dead do nothing ICONs on their smart phones screen.

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 10:25

166. dreeemer (Posts: 27; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)


FUNNY. Phonedog.com gave the Note 2 a clear win over the Droid Dna in the dogfight 2 weeks ago! Not even good enough to even be mentioned on this site. Still trying to knock Note size? THERE ABOUT THE SAME SIZE.
GTFOH!

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 09:20

188. dreeemer (Posts: 27; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)


Same site also gave it the win over the iPhone 5a month ago...
One thing the Note 2 addresses that the S3 (& other galaxy phones) hadn't addressed is CLIPPING. Dark scenes in movies (like Harry potter) are almost completely BLACK except 4 bright spots in the scene. Even w/brightness ALL THE WAY UP. Its HORRIBLE on my original note. Its a software problem, but no one has address it yet...
Plus, a better pixel arrangement makes better picture; even tho it has Less density. Density isn't the end all, be all in screen quality!
More refinement & versatility than ANY PHONE ON THE MARKET. Niche? All phones are getting bigger! Plus, most rarely actually TALK. I barely use minutes, even tho i gobble up almost 5 gigs a month. Plus,i Bluetooth when i SO talk.
All in all, a horribly myopic review. I'm very disappointed.

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 09:32

189. dreeemer (Posts: 27; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)


Same site being phonedog.com. It beat out the Dna & IPhone 5, but no mention here... Only knock i see is when ppl say its not comfortable against the ear WHEN NO ONE TALKS, or uses Bluetooth.
All i wanted was a fair, balanced, unbiased look at ALL phones. I came out being thoroughly disgusted with this site.

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 10:59

167. gazmatic (Posts: 504; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


nokia offers more... it offers what no other phone can...

every single android feature can be hacked and ported from one to another...

there isnt a way to stand out of the croud

just buy a generic, cheap chinese knockoff with high enough specs and install a launcher, root it and start porting features

heck, my n9 got ice scream sandwich while people are still stuck on gingerbread, then it got jellybean while others are stuck on ics

people need to understand that outside of america and the play store there are no subsidies...

we get the products at full price...plus tax... plus VAT...plus customs

one can pay well over $1000 for a $600 product

there is no bang for your buck outside of america and the play store

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 17:06 6

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


This list was almost like a premature April Fools joke. I literally thought it was a joke until I thoroughly read it, and realize that these idiots who are paid to put out informed opinions, listed these devices. I've seen reviews from much more respected tech sites, which have a totally different ranking of best devices in 2012. For the Samsung Galaxy Note II to not be on this list, automatically wipes away any credibility this article has.

If people want real and informed opinions about cell phones, go to websites like PhoneDog or Engadget. They both tend to ride Apple like a horse, but when it comes to comparing non-Apple devices, they are usually spot on. What I like about PhoneDog, is that is shows two separate rankings: they show they top cell phones as rated by real-world USERS who vote for them, and then they show the top cell phones ranked by top mobile tech reviewers. PhoneDog does a weekly top smartphone ranking.

Here are the current best smartphone rankings on PhoneDog, ranked by actual consumers in the last week:

1) Samsung Galaxy Note II
2) Nokia Lumia 920
3) Samsung Galaxy S III
4) Google Nexus 4
5) HTC DROID DNA
6) Apple iPhone 5
7) HTC One X+
8) Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD
9) HTC One X
10) HTC 8X

The top ten CURRENT smartphones, voted on in the last week by professional tech reviewers are:

1) Samsung Galaxy Note II
2) Apple iPhone 5 (Yea right!)
3) HTC DROID DNA
4) Google Nexus 4
5) Samsung Galaxy S III
6) Nokia Lumia 920
7) HTC 8X
8) HTC One X+
9) Apple iPhone 4S
10) LG Optimus G (Sprint)

Here's the actual link... phonedog.com/rankings/smartphones/

This article talks about the Samsung Galaxy Note II holding the #1 spot by both experts AND real-world consumers, for three consecutive weeks...

phonedog.com/2012/12/18/three-consecutive-weeks-an​d-the-samsung-galaxy-note-ii-is-the-1-smartphone/

Oh, and I see there's a lot of battery life debates. All of this talk is a moot point without proof, and part of that proof includes actual total hours on battery AS WELL as total screen-on time. It doesn't matter if your battery can last a week off the charger. It you can only get 2 hours of screen-on time, that's a fail. I can post proof of what I get on my AT&T Galaxy Note II. My best time has been 55 HOURS on battery and 4.5 hours of screen-on time. Here's the photo proof...

i612.photobucket.com/albums/tt206/Khemistry84/Best​BatteryStats3_zps03838777.jpg

If the HTC DROID DNA can post something similar of exceeding, congratulations to HTC. I won't slaughter that phone for the sub-par battery life a lot of reviews have confirmed.

posted on 30 Dec 2012, 17:28

206. aguten97 (Posts: 3; Member since: 30 Dec 2012)


the abttery is fine for me on the dna. but if someones a heavy user dont get it. the battery will die quickly if not moderate use. also i do like the phonedog rankings better, i just dont like that the lumia and the iphone are usually high on their rankings over the optimus g which is way better than the lumia in most cases. i also dont see the point in the customer ratings. i think the note 2 is the best phone, but i dont think its such an accurrate description of how good a phone is. it just shows how many people buy it. the note 2 is the best. 100 percent. the lumia and the gs3 are both great but the lumia and gs3 should not be in top 5 of phones

posted on 19 Dec 2012, 01:39 4

176. anshul0000 (unregistered)


change ur name to iPhonearena....

posted on 19 Dec 2012, 04:21

179. jameshoe (unregistered)


so proud that nokia is also on the list from a thousands phone

posted on 19 Dec 2012, 12:41

183. solomonsteve (Posts: 73; Member since: 19 Dec 2012)


why are iPhones always placed second on this website. seriously Nexus 4 placed first, ok. is there really any large difference between the Nexus and the Droid DNA? But yet still the iPhone seems to grab the second place .how??? Just think about it....

posted on 19 Dec 2012, 13:45

184. tunisien14 (Posts: 7; Member since: 31 Aug 2012)


where is the note 2

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 05:56 2

186. EasycapExpertti (Posts: 15; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


Nokia Lumia 920 is no doubt the best smartphone at this moment:
1. 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.
2. It has 3pcs HAAC (High Amplitude Audio Capture) microphones and so the recorded audio is distortion free also at the loudest music performances and it can record also very low bass sound vs its rivals has nonHAAC mics and so the recorded audio at music concert recordings is mostly distorted and they can't capture low bass sound.
3. Nokia Lumia 920 is the first smartphone which has pentaband LTE support.
4. Nokia Lumia 920 is the first smartphone with OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) system which makes it possible to get better photos in the low light and makes more stable videos.
5. Nokia Lumia 920 is the first smartphone with integrated wireless charging.
6. WP8 is smooth, efficient and simple. MS Word & Excel seamlessly integrated.
7. You can make free internet calls via Skype
8. Free Apps: City Lens, Nokia Drive, Nokia Music, Smartshoot, Whatsapp etc.

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 07:34

192. 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 21 Dec 2012, 16:02

194. urossss (Posts: 4; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)


You can not choose the write phone ;) I mean DNA has the moast beautiful screen, nexus 4 has the best android, if you remember where phones were in april and what they are now after the s3 it's big diference.. So we can not choose the write phone but we can say that they are developing with the speed of lite :D

posted on 22 Dec 2012, 09:08

197. dimil1 (Posts: 4; Member since: 22 Dec 2012)


To me the best phone is the phone that offers the best ecosystem and content of apps and media along side with minimum change of getting apps with malware. You can guess which one I mean...

posted on 23 Dec 2012, 12:37 1

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


My list would be as such:

1. Note II
2. Lumia 920
3. GS3
4. Droid DNA
5. Nexus 4

The iPhone 5 shouldn't even be on this list, as it brings nothing new to the table.

posted on 30 Dec 2012, 17:23

205. aguten97 (Posts: 3; Member since: 30 Dec 2012)


i would have 1.note 2 2.droid dna 3.gs3 4.iphone 5 5. nexus 4
i dont think the lumia should be up there. its great but i just dont understand why people think its in the top 5

posted on 31 Dec 2012, 06:06

207. EasycapExpertti (Posts: 15; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


Because Nokia Lumia 920 is the world's best and most innovative smartphone 2012:
1. 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.
2. It has 3pcs HAAC (High Amplitude Audio Capture) microphones and so the recorded audio is distortion free also at the loudest music performances and it can record also very low bass sound vs its rivals has nonHAAC mics and so the recorded audio at music concert recordings is mostly distorted and they can't capture low bass sound.
3. Nokia Lumia 920 is the first smartphone which has pentaband LTE support.
4. Nokia Lumia 920 is the first smartphone with OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) system which makes it possible to get better photos in the low light and makes more stable videos.
5. Nokia Lumia 920 is the first smartphone with integrated wireless charging.
6. WP8 is smooth, efficient and simple. MS Word & Excel seamlessly integrated.
7. You can make free internet calls via Skype
8. Free Apps: City Lens, Nokia Drive, Nokia Music, Smartshoot, Whatsapp etc.

posted on 03 Jan 2013, 18:04

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


1. Note II - Because of software features and the s-pen
2. Lumia 920 - More new hardware features and higher build quality than any other phone on this list.
3. GS3 - Software features
4. Droid DNA - First 1080p smartphone
5. Nexus 4 - high end hardware with an extremely low price

That is why I put them in this order.

posted on 26 Dec 2012, 22:17

202. jameshoe (unregistered)


most surprising thing I have ever seen, NOKIA Lumia 920 is on the list

posted on 28 Dec 2012, 22:22

203. nasznjoka (Posts: 265; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


Well executed this is iPhonearena decion though every tech site in this year acknowledge the best phone of 2012 as SGIII they were just shy to give the crown directly to iPhone 5 so they killed it with LG nexus then their 'brick's even soccer awards don't consider skills but success of a player the entire year BIAS. BIAS. BIAS.

posted on 30 Dec 2012, 17:21

204. aguten97 (Posts: 3; Member since: 30 Dec 2012)


i have the dna and not the note 2, but i think its crazy that the note 2 isnt there. i thought it should be 1 if not 2 or 3

posted on 31 Dec 2012, 12:24

208. Gio1897 (Posts: 5; Member since: 03 Dec 2012)


No LG optimus G?
Its better than s**tty Iphone
Its better than 11GB DNA
Its better than old gen Android the S3
and I like nokia but the WP is not there yet.

Very bad choices Iphonearena!

posted on 02 Jan 2013, 17:57

209. srgonu (Posts: 40; Member since: 13 Feb 2012)


Best phone is Samsung Galaxy Note II from my experience

posted on 03 Jan 2013, 07:08

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


Samsung galaxy S3 hands down the best all-around smartphone.

posted on 03 Jan 2013, 07:10

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


'Seems the "LIST" should be "THE LATEST PHONES OF 2012",

posted on 03 Jan 2013, 07:13

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


TECHRADARS "20 best mobile phones in the world today" are much more CREDIBLE.

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 03:00

215. android2012 (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Apr 2012)


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