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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...

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posted on 14 Dec 2011, 12:32 1

46. Mozarrt (Posts: 301; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)

An Apple product in the Top 3 and all the Fandroid PA users are in rage.

posted on 14 Dec 2011, 12:48

49. robinrisk (unregistered)

It is not that is on the Top three, even though it should not be on there. But that the actual best phone (Even voted the best phone on the polls) of 2011 is a second runner up to the iPhone.

It is moronic, at best.

posted on 14 Dec 2011, 14:52 1

69. Tux4g63 (Posts: 119; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)

Which if you consider the intelligent arguments put forth, beg the question why the 4S is there in light of the other devices that were released this year.

posted on 14 Dec 2011, 12:53 2

50. ivanko34 (Posts: 617; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)

This is a joke ?

posted on 14 Dec 2011, 12:56 2

52. JPreach (Posts: 2; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)

I have to say that the nexus deserves to be up there for quarter 4 of 2011. I have ICS running on my evo 4G, and it is indeed a marvelous update. My camera isn't even working on this build and I am keeping it as my daily because it is that much of an improvement. So I can understand how it took top honors.

With that being said 2011 was a huge year for Samsung devices, mainly the Galaxy S2. I think it should of been number 1, due to the improvements it made on how Android devices are supposed to be....I really can't wait to see what next year brings. ICS will rule them all :D

posted on 14 Dec 2011, 13:24

54. jeck77 (Posts: 25; Member since: 09 Dec 2010)

You fandroids are unbelievable. Phonearena rated an Android phone as the top phone of 2011 and Android took 2 of the top 3 spots and you're still complaining and acting like little children who didn't get their way. Calm down man, it's just an opinion and it's just a phone. Your lives will still go on after this.

posted on 14 Dec 2011, 14:54 2

70. Tux4g63 (Posts: 119; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)

People come here to get their kicks and have their say about what they feel on technology. If there is one place where it is totally justified to say and act mad about current consumer wireless products...it's here. If it were say...a car forum or a economics forum, maybe not so much.

posted on 14 Dec 2011, 14:10 1

61. mrvid (Posts: 77; Member since: 02 Oct 2008)

I have lost all respect for this site!! How much did Appple pay you?? I would go
1. Razor
3.Anything but an Apple product!!
And I have an SGS2

posted on 14 Dec 2011, 14:19 1

63. danny_a2005 (Posts: 268; Member since: 06 Oct 2011)

The htc rezound is the best phone, iphone doesnt have 4G, the galaxy s2 doesnt have a 720p display, rezound is much better than this two... Nexus is great too.. but iphone and sg2 shouldn't be there...

posted on 14 Dec 2011, 14:50

68. c.hack (Posts: 614; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)

Its a 2-year old Evo with 4G, running Gingerbread that came out in 2010. May as well be a Blackberry.

posted on 14 Dec 2011, 14:56 1

71. Tux4g63 (Posts: 119; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)

The rezound has top tier specs, but the reviews and user feedback show that the design isn't thought to be particularly fresh or groundbreaking, there actually is no hardware enhancement to support the Beats Audio moniker, which would have been amazing in its own right, and the battery life isn't stellar...

posted on 14 Dec 2011, 16:29 1

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

Its about time somebody else made this point. It has the display of a SGN, and Beats (for what its worth)

posted on 14 Dec 2011, 14:49

66. c.hack (Posts: 614; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)

How on earth is the iPhone 4s not 1st? Just to get the Droid trolls off your back. You gave an award to a phone that has not even been released yet! May as well give it to the iPhone 5.

Why would you give an award to just another cheap plastic virus and crapware infested droid phone? Because they bumped up the cpu speed a notch - its still unresponsive and unstable even compared to last years iPhone 4. When are people going to stop grading on CPU speed - PC user's figured it out many years ago. Android is just clunky, sluggish and unstable compared to the iPhone. Its not even a good ripoff.

posted on 14 Dec 2011, 15:01 2

73. Tux4g63 (Posts: 119; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)

The vast majority of smartphone users, by Nielson poll ratings of the most popular OS in the US, shows that the average user is still buying the "clunky, sluggish and unstable" Android.

And to wit, I have asked it before, and I will ask it again, if you look at the other phones here, and the gravity of what the award for "phone of the year" should be, I am still left wondering why it should be considered the best phone this year. Aside from pure sales numbers, and the addition of Siri, which the jury is still out on, what makes this any different for any reason than essentially giving the award to the iphone 4?

The iphone 4 was definately the phone of the year when it was released, and I can honestly say that without reservation.

posted on 14 Dec 2011, 15:21 3

76. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)

Hey c.hack you dumb f**k it released outside of the US.

God you're a f**king idiot sometimes.

posted on 14 Dec 2011, 19:25

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

Ifans tend to be according to demo graphical stats teenagers or those aged between 12-24 and also are quite easily mentally susceptible to apple programming so as a result stupidity and idiocy are unfortunately a stereotypical trait.

The future hold only iphone 4ssssssss and such for them unfortunately

posted on 14 Dec 2011, 23:10

105. ilia1986 (unregistered)

c.hack, what you're the forums' new replacement of taco50? Or maybe you ARE taco 50 who made yourself a new account? In that case your days on this place are numbered.

G'day to you sir.

posted on 14 Dec 2011, 15:59 3

77. xtremesv (Posts: 298; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)

iFans be grateful PhoneArena gave the second place to the iPhone. For me it could be a runner-up within the top 10, not even the top 5. My statements about it:

1. iPhone design, elegant? It's a matter of taste, I loved its design in 2010, now it's boring. Made of cheap glass makes it better than sturdy plastic? I don't think so.
2. Dual-core? First it was not an innovation at all; secondly, iOS is a very basic mobile OS, no third-party widgets, no real background processing (except for music and downloading), so the benefit of a dual core iPhone is minimal.
3. Flourishing ecosystem, tons of apps? Yeah sure but the average Joe won't even use a quarter of the 500,000+ apps. Besides, the true benefit of that growing ecosystem goes to Apple's bank accounts in order to fund patent trolls.

So what we have left: a phone that used to be the greatest but now has been superseeded by many other phones not only one as PA wants us to believe.

posted on 14 Dec 2011, 16:37

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

IMO, it should be 1) SGN (ICS, 720p SuperAMOLED), 2) HTC Rezound [720p screen, Beats (for what its worth), HTC (most trusted manufacturer)], 3) RAZR (thinnest smartphone)
SGS2 just doesn't have a good enough screen to play high-res games on places like Onlive like the 300+ PPI screens of the SGN, Rezound, and even (gasp) the iPhone 4/4s. (Btw, if you don't already have Onlive, GET IT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE! It is the future of all gaming)
iPhone 4s didn't have any innovation what-so-ever, their main selling point is that the phone talks back (which is still in beta), hardware and software that Android and Windows has dominated, and a bitten off apple logo.

posted on 14 Dec 2011, 17:27

85. Twashbush (Posts: 47; Member since: 08 Jun 2011)

I would agree to most of your comment but have been trying all the new phones to decide my next phone that i will be buying within the next 2 weeks. As for the HTC Rezound while the screen looks nice thats about all it has going for it. the beats only work for the google music app. which is likely rarely used by most compared to other apps like Pandora, iheartradio and slacker. so IMO putting the Razr well ahead of the Rezound

posted on 14 Dec 2011, 17:32

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

considering the gs2 is 8+ months old and to be up there as the best is a feat...normally a android device is forgotten after a week but the gs2 is still relevant after 8+ months and is still talked about and being compared too and has been awarded phone of the year by tech sites already such as t3.

posted on 14 Dec 2011, 19:08

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

Then tell me what why the SGS2 is better than my Evo 3d? Its just as old and still has high level specs compared to the competition

posted on 14 Dec 2011, 17:17

83. lukasound (Posts: 152; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)

i already expected that from Phonearena... when i saw that link and tapped it with my thumb, i was expecting to see the iPhone on the first place. so i consider this a victory for Android... if iPhonearena can admit that the iPhone is not the best, than it must be really bad...

posted on 14 Dec 2011, 18:09

89. afnanrahman (Posts: 15; Member since: 09 Dec 2011)

HTC SENSATION should be first on the listt

posted on 14 Dec 2011, 18:52

90. Whateverman (Posts: 3284; Member since: 17 May 2009)

The 4s should have been tied for fifth with the Amaze IMO. The dual core and better camera keeps it competitive even without a new design. But second place was being really generous. I'm sure many disagree, but Siri is still just an app to me. I've had it, used it, and liked it before the 4s came out, but there is very little difference in the Siri I see today. It's like adding Angry Birds Seasons as a "New Feature", then saying its better than the other phones that has the original Angry Birds. That isn't enough to make it a runner up for best phone at all!

posted on 14 Dec 2011, 18:52

91. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

WELL this sure surprise me they CHOOSE THE GALAXY NEXUS over the Iphone 4S. At least phonearena change their heart for once

posted on 14 Dec 2011, 19:05 2

92. canaah (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)

Laughable! I phone 4s better than Galaxy s2.....hahaha what a pathetic observation. I have them both. first lets just establish the fact that the I phone is still 3g. I have the Galaxy s 2 Skyrocket which is 4g LTE on ATT. Not to mention its on a 4.5inch super amoled plus display so when im downloading, watching movies, browsing the web, and using apps the overall experience is so much better, the I phone 4s is clearly inferior. Smart phones are basically multimedia devices the send and receive data. Essentially thats what a smart phone is, so basically why would i want to use 3g speeds when I can use 4g speeds? Why dosent iphone have an attachment option on its email client, pretty dumb to me. I like the fact that android gives you more options in regards to damn near everything. I can download torrents on my Galaxy s 2, cant do that on my Iphone. I like the fact that the galaxy s2 has more than the one home button. Bottom-line the galaxy s 2 is just smarter. I tunes keeps you stuck. I cant drag files from the iphone on to my computer, create or download free ring tones. Personalization and options are fare superior on galaxy s 2. Bottom line just the fact that one device is 4g lte and the other is 3g basically eliminates any debate. really there is to many things that I like about my galaxy s2 to keep going. I phone 4s is cool but inferior to the Galaxy s 2 brand

posted on 14 Dec 2011, 19:25

98. Jay_F (Posts: 236; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)

What a bunch of butthurt nancies. Why care so much about somebody's opinion? Your choice was heard in the reader awards with the GS2 beating the 4S so why don't you take that victory instead of whining in another thread.

posted on 14 Dec 2011, 20:14

99. RageQuit (Posts: 41; Member since: 05 Sep 2011)

The list should go as such:
1. Motorola dynatac 8000x
2. IBM simon
3. Nokia 9000

posted on 14 Dec 2011, 22:06

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

I think the Samsung fanboy are tied with the Apple fanboy.

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