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PhoneArena Awards 2011: Best smartphone

0. phoneArena posted on 14 Dec 2011, 10:46

Well, folks, the big moment has finally arrived. The last and most exciting category in the PhoneArena Awards of 2011 honors the year's best smartphone. And don't think that we intentionally left out the prestigious title for last just to tease you. In fact, it wasn't easy...

This is a discussion for a news. To read the whole news, click here

posted on 14 Dec 2011, 21:30

100. ngo2dd (Posts: 896; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)

I am right the Sgs2 people are as bad. Please prove any of my statement wrong

posted on 14 Dec 2011, 23:14

106. ilia1986 (unregistered)

They just did. That's why your post is moderated, troll.

And LTE is not a factor since it isn't available yet in most of the world.

posted on 14 Dec 2011, 11:41 5

32. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)

Really thought the gs2 would win it and like many think it deserves...many others sites have declared the s2 as phone of the year already and considering its been on the market for 8+months already and to still be ranked as one of the best is a feat in it self...honestly the only thing nexus has going foe it is ics and he display other than the s2 is superior in every way...removable memory,better camera.and also has the exynos chip which is held in high regards....

posted on 14 Dec 2011, 11:44 8

33. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


posted on 14 Dec 2011, 11:55 8

34. Meth7 (Posts: 20; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)

GS2: Deserved it for sure. A total domination since its release.
Nexus: Despite its excellent specs and features, it's still a little odd to give the best phone award of 2011 to a phone that has not even been released until the very end of the 2011.
4s: minor improvement from its predecessor, yet some people are willing to spend hundreds on a product if it comes with a bitten apple logo on.

posted on 14 Dec 2011, 12:05 1

35. rawdeal (Posts: 21; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)

it should go to samsung galaxy note...

posted on 14 Dec 2011, 12:10 4

36. Tux4g63 (Posts: 121; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)

I have yet to see a legitimate response from anyone on why the iphone 4S deserved to be second...

I thought by now, miz or taco would have jumped on this one.

posted on 14 Dec 2011, 12:12 10

37. Meth7 (Posts: 20; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)

Do you know why 4s deserves to be the second? Because it has a bitten apple logo on its back. shhhhh

posted on 14 Dec 2011, 14:50 4

67. Tux4g63 (Posts: 121; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)

im sorry, your right. I forgot I was supposed to be brainwashed by anything that comes out of Cupertino.

posted on 14 Dec 2011, 12:55

51. biophone (Posts: 1994; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)

Why don't you read the article it says why.

I can explain what I like about it:
How about siri or the app store or the retina display or the excellent camerea or itunes or how about its design or its ease of us. What about the quality materials its made out of or its excellent battery life. How about it excellent calling quality or its great support from apple. Maybe its the choice of cases avaliable or maybe its the gaurenteed future updates. Not saying there werent other good phones but the iphone is a top phone and deserving of second place.

posted on 14 Dec 2011, 14:49 9

65. Tux4g63 (Posts: 121; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)

If you take out your text, "How about siri," you could have fooled me for a review on the iphone 4. Which, at the time was groundbreaking, yes, but not a refresh more than a year later winning an award for 2nd place.

I almost feel like this is saying, hey folks we changed the tail lights on this here car model, oh and added voice navigation this year, so yes, of course we deserve 2nd place for "Best Car of the Year."

posted on 14 Dec 2011, 14:59 6

72. ilia1986 (unregistered)

Siri? OK. I'll give you that.

App store? Android market + infinite number of 3rd party sites
Retina display? No pixelization on the SGS2 due to the SA Plus display, despite the lower res. I've seen in in my own eyes. In addition - SA Plus blows the living hell out of LCD.

Excellent camera? Same can be said on the SGS2

iTunes? Why on earth would any sane person want to LIMIT themselves into just ONE method of transferring stuff from the phone to the PC and vice versa? Android has DoubleTwist, BT file transfer and many many many other ways of communication with the PC. Oh you got the Appstore on your PC? Well I've got the Android market from ANYWHERE on the internet.

Design? Considering the fact that the SGS2 packs much more powerful hardware, a larger battery a better screen, and more connectivity ports - it's a damn good product design-wise.

Quality materials? Really? I kinda heard that having a phone with GLASS on it's back side isn't very quality-like at all. You know - if you drop it and stuff.

Calling quality? prove that SGS2's is somehow inferior.

Great support from Apple? What support? The fact that they didn't implement Siri on A4 devices? OR the fact that they cut native photo editing options out of iOS 5 for the 3GS? Or the iOS 4.0 fiasco on the iPhone 3G?

The choice of cases available? Are you kidding me?!

Guaranteed future updates? Really? Look at the iPhone 2G - the original iPhone. Same hardware as iPhone 3G. But for it to run iOS 4? Noooo. You gotta give em their cash to upgrade. On Android, however - you can run ANY firmware you want, install ANY custom rom you like. Heck, even the G1 could run ICS for god's sake. Yes it was clunky - but it could! just to prove a point.

The iPhone doesn't deserve a millionth of the attention and praise it's given. And no bloody "revolutionary" feature like a stolen app - Siri for example - is going to change that!

There - I said it all. :)

posted on 14 Dec 2011, 23:07

103. biophone (Posts: 1994; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)

I dusagree on many aspects. I can't go thru it all due to the fact im busy lately but here is somw things to consider. Before I start please try and be open minded I respect the android platform and realize its faults and strengths. Try to take a subjective look at the iphone and what its trying to accomplish. Well first of all the many fault with your argument is yes android does have some of things I mentioned but its not as polished. For example the android market has alot of junk inside and is hard to navigate. Where as the app store is clean and simple. Itunes is again easy to work and alot of variety of content. Another thing I will talk about is support. Since there isn't fragmentation in ios you get updates faster including security updates. Older hardware is even supported in older phones. To respond to the fact the iphone 4 had alot of these features well sure it did but that doesn't make the i4s any worse compared to the competition. Plus there are some differences such as improved attena/proccesor/camera/siri/radio. This is a more substential update then other phone gets look at the bionic to razr for example. Is it not a positive for the razr the web top dock because the bionic has it? I think it is still a positive. So as far as best phone goes the fact the iphone4 is great doesn't make the i4s les great. Another treason you can add the i4s as second best phone is gamming. It has a great gpu with a great app store. Along with the screen its a top mobile gaming phone.

posted on 14 Dec 2011, 23:09

104. biophone (Posts: 1994; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)

Sorry for the grammer issues don't have the timr to fix it:(

posted on 15 Dec 2011, 09:30

119. ilia1986 (unregistered)

biophone - I was open minded in my previous post.

As for yours:

Android is not polished - true. But only when it comes to OEM versions. You have an Android phone? Good. Out there, somewhere on the web lies a custom rom that fits to your phone and your respective tastes\needs perfectly like a glove. That's the whole beauty of it.

Android market hard to navigate? Well don't use it. You got yourselves a lot of other 3rd party sites, with top 20 top 50 top games top apps, etc etc. There are zillion of sites dedicated to finding apps that you might want\need based on several categories. If the Android market wouldn't be as great as it is now - it wouldn't have been the second most popular application store, now would it?

iTunes might be easy to work with - but if you happen to be near any other computer - and you don't have WiFi nearby - and you want to download an app which weights more than 20MB - forget it. Not so with Android.

Support - I have brought the example of the iPhone 2G. You so far has brought none. Just because existing phones get slightly faster fixes and patches than official Android OEM versions doesn't really matter - because you don't have to use an Android OEM version. Heck if you know of a security hole - chances are someone too does. And if he or she is kind enough - they will just tell you to go to file X on your OS, and change line 566435 from 0 to 1 - or something along the line. This is Open Source. You don't depend on one single company to provide support for your products.

You are comparing the iPhone 4 to the iPhone 4S to the Bionic and Razr. This is absolutely wrong since Android works differently. In the Android ecosystem a phone which gets released after another certain phone - is not necessarily better than the previous one in all aspects. Especially as we are talking about phones from different collections. The Bionic and the RAZR have NOTHING in common aside from the fact that they are both made by Moto. It's a different product line entirely. Each one focuses on different aspects.

As for the iPhone 4S GPU - you might be right there - but gaming is just one single use out of many - for a mobile phone.

Now I never said that the iPhone 4S is a bad phone. It's a great phone. I got an iPhone 4 - I know. But the 4S isn't nearly as good as the SGS2 is - because of the reasons I wrote about earlier. And most importantly - as I said - it doesn't really deserve all the praise and noise people make out of it. Huge amount of great phones out there. A lot of them are better than the iPhone 4S. Some of them even better than the SGS2.

posted on 14 Dec 2011, 19:21 1

96. andro. (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)

You essentially pointed out most of the features of a year old phone now called iphone 4s and which now coincidentally is featuring more faults and flaws than its previous incarnation last year.

posted on 14 Dec 2011, 12:17 6

39. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)

The galaxy nexus and the iPhone 4S don't deserve to be here, the SGSll deserves the top spot, follows by probably the Motorola Droid RAZR, with the SonyEricsson Xperia Arc for its great design. All the Nexus brought was ICS, although that's it.

posted on 14 Dec 2011, 14:07

59. davidvvassallo (Posts: 39; Member since: 02 Jul 2011)

The galaxy nexus came first because of its neat desighn and 720p and because of a huge step forward with ICS so yea it did get a bit help there but its performance is much better than SGSII because it doesn't have that crappy UI touchwiz. And the Iphone 4s did deserve to be second even though it did have the same design of the iphone 4 it still is a bit ahead of android because of its massive app store and great screen and its great performance

posted on 14 Dec 2011, 14:11

62. henrickrw (Posts: 408; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)

So what is going to happen when the GS2 gets ICS?

Think before writing

posted on 14 Dec 2011, 15:12 1

75. davidvvassallo (Posts: 39; Member since: 02 Jul 2011)

We are talking about the present and not what is going to happen and even removing ICS its still got that great screen. Just because you bought the SGS II doesn't make it the best phone. and from hardware specs the SGS II beats the Galaxy Nexus at camera but looses at updates, Screen(which for some reason isn't important for you), NFC, barometer(which helps looking on GPS faster) and ever thing else is the same so yea the galaxy nexus
wins overall. Why don't you think before you write.

posted on 14 Dec 2011, 17:24

84. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)

better resolution yes but not brighter and amoled plus has better colours. exynos has proven to be the best android processor,has better camera,removable memory.....so taking away ics yeah the nexus is ''superior'' than the s2 lol

posted on 15 Dec 2011, 06:17

115. davidvvassallo (Posts: 39; Member since: 02 Jul 2011)

exynos is fast but its never been proven that it is the fastest and the Galaxy Nexus has better benchmarks rating than the SGS II and because the apps are made specifically for the Galaxy nexus they run even smother on it and the screen is not brighter although you are right about the removable memory

posted on 15 Dec 2011, 13:12

121. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

the Galaxy Nexus performs better right now because of Android 4's Hardware Acceleration that the Galaxy S II lacks.

posted on 14 Dec 2011, 16:21

79. Cwebb (Posts: 501; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)

This is the 2011 awards. Last I checked the GS2 doesn't have ICS

posted on 14 Dec 2011, 12:19 6

41. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


Motorola Droid RAZR

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc

posted on 14 Dec 2011, 12:19 2

42. RamyRamz69 (Posts: 390; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)

Razr > GS2 IN MY OPINION. The custom UI is better, thinnest smartphone in the market, more PPI, gorilla glass, front camera capable of 720P videos so yeah :P

posted on 14 Dec 2011, 12:48

48. EvoHero (Posts: 38; Member since: 15 May 2011)

Eh, I'm not a fan of the "Motorola Bulge" where the camera is. It may be thin, but the weight isn't distributed evenly, which increases the risk of it being dropped imo. That's a lot bigger deal to me than it being a millimeter thinner than the GS2.

posted on 14 Dec 2011, 14:34

64. jacko (unregistered)

i have the razr and i dont notice the bulge as much as u say must be u yanks just have small hands

yes im an proud aussie

posted on 14 Dec 2011, 12:20 4

43. Slappye (Posts: 3; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)

Can someone answer this question? No knock against the GN, but considering the hardware on the other phones, the upcoming CES, and the fact that almost all new smartphones will come with ICS AND current smartphones (SGS2, Razr, Rezound, etc) will be getting the ICS update in 2012, what does the GN offer, besides ICS, that makes it a "MUST GET NOW"?

posted on 14 Dec 2011, 16:26

80. Cwebb (Posts: 501; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)

The Super AMOLED screen that all the SGS2 fanboys are jacking off to with a 720p screen and the fastest updates to Jelly Bean and beyond. If you don't already have a phone at its level I would get it

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