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2012 smartphone of the year

Guys! What's your pick for 2012 smartphone of the year? :D

- iPhone 5
- Samsung Galaxy S III
- LG Google Nexus 4
- something else entirely??

Most Useful Answer JanSt  Dec. 19, 2012 at 14:08

Can I say, "none"?
Else: Note 2 (SGS3 is just too ugly imho) & iPhone 5.

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matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 19, 2012 at 13:46

I'm going to break this down into categories because phones are so varied:

Money No Object: Note 2 (S3 if you don't count the N2 as a viable phone)
Best Value: Nexus 4 (only at the Play Store price of £289 delivered)
Best Budget Device: I'm undecided in all honesty, possibly the Orange San Diego
Best iOS Device: iPhone 5 (though it's an absolute rip off in all memory capacities)
Best Android Device: Note 2 (S3 if you don't count the N2 as a viable phone)
Best WP8 Device: ATIV S (I think that's finally been released, if not, Lumia 920)

Overall Winner: A tie between the Nexus 4 and the Note 2 (replace the Note 2 with the S3 if you don't count the N2 as a viable phone).

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 19, 2012 at 14:08

Can I say, "none"?
Else: Note 2 (SGS3 is just too ugly imho) & iPhone 5.

Stelph  Dec. 19, 2012 at 15:09

Id break it down by OS
iOS - IPhone 5 - Duh
- Best budget - iPhone 4s (does everything the 5 does but without the larger screen)
- Best Tablet - iPad mini (a truely portable tablet, retina display is still pointless)

Android - Best - Galaxy S3 (solid phone wins buy credit of allowing a micro, Note doesnt count as it is a Phablet)
- Best Budget - Nexus 4
- Best tablet - Nexus 7 3G (ultimate tablet and first to really address the stupid price hikes of 3G tablets

Most important smartphone release - Nexus 4 - simply because it has shaken up the market by showing a quality phone doesnt have to cost half a grand

Smiff  Dec. 19, 2012 at 15:38

got to be the SG3 for being a good phone, and an Android phone that normal people know about (sorry Nexus). i'd never buy the SG3 because i think it's too expensive but obviously lots of people like it. so well done Samsung.
on the budget end, the Huawei G300 has converted several people in my family from feature phones to first smartphone. And Sony have done well this year with their Xperia range.

Pondlife  Dec. 19, 2012 at 16:55

Best budget - iPhone 4s (does everything the 5 does but without the larger screen)


Really hard to feel that something at 85% of the cost and still £450 is budget ...

matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 19, 2012 at 17:20

Best budget - iPhone 4s (does everything the 5 does but without the larger screen)


Really hard to feel that something at 85% of the cost and still £450 is budget ...

Ouch, £450 for a year and a bit, outdated phone?! That buys you a Note 2 and pays the remainder of my SIMO contract. People must be mad to pay so much for so little...

Pondlife  Dec. 19, 2012 at 17:47

16gb n7 and a 16gb n4 for the same money..

matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 19, 2012 at 17:52

16gb n7 and a 16gb n4 for the same money..
Good luck getting hold of an N4 for £279 though...Also, once N4 stock is readily available, the 2nd hand value will plummet.

Still, on a purely theoretical basis, you are right.

Any sign of your N4 yet?






£279+159+10=£448, that's actually £81 less than a base model iPhone 5 haha :D.

pensi  Dec. 20, 2012 at 00:57

I'm going to break this down into categories because phones are so varied:

Money No Object: Note 2 (S3 if you don't count the N2 as a viable phone)
Best Value: Nexus 4 (only at the Play Store price of £289 delivered)
Best Budget Device: I'm undecided in all honesty, possibly the Orange San Diego
Best iOS Device: iPhone 5 (though it's an absolute rip off in all memory capacities)
Best Android Device: Note 2 (S3 if you don't count the N2 as a viable phone)
Best WP8 Device: ATIV S (I think that's finally been released, if not, Lumia 920)

Overall Winner: A tie between the Nexus 4 and the Note 2 (replace the Note 2 with the S3 if you don't count the N2 as a viable phone).

matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 20, 2012 at 01:39

I'm going to break this down into categories because phones are so varied:

Money No Object: Note 2 (S3 if you don't count the N2 as a viable phone)
Best Value: Nexus 4 (only at the Play Store price of £289 delivered)
Best Budget Device: I'm undecided in all honesty, possibly the Orange San Diego
Best iOS Device: iPhone 5 (though it's an absolute rip off in all memory capacities)
Best Android Device: Note 2 (S3 if you don't count the N2 as a viable phone)
Best WP8 Device: ATIV S (I think that's finally been released, if not, Lumia 920)

Overall Winner: A tie between the Nexus 4 and the Note 2 (replace the Note 2 with the S3 if you don't count the N2 as a viable phone).

Looks familiar :p. I'll take that as an extended "+1".

Smiff  Dec. 20, 2012 at 01:49

after giving this some more thought.. definitely the G300 for phone of 2012. yes seriously. who could have imagined 5 years ago you'd be able to do all these things for a £100 phone (some got it for £70 i think). it can do basically everything those other phones can do, and without even feeling cheap to most users (like say the SanFrancisco did 2 years ago).

in 2nd place, i guess Nexus4 for hardware+software specs at that price, although it's kinda cheating by being subsidized by google and not being very available...

for money no object best phone, how high can you go? diamond encrusted iphone? SG3 dipped in gold? does it matter?

http://www.gsmarena.com/compare.php3?idPhone1=5048&idPhone2=4594

in case you're wondering, no i do not have a G300! heh.

iphone doesn't even get a mention because the most notable thing it did in 2012 was cause a big stink by dropping google maps.

Pondlife  Dec. 20, 2012 at 05:32

16gb n7 and a 16gb n4 for the same money..
Good luck getting hold of an N4 for £279 though...Also, once N4 stock is readily available, the 2nd hand value will plummet.

Any sign of your N4 yet


Already did ;) Well it'll definitely settle at below the price for a new one, but it's not going to be doing a Nokia style plummet.. Tbh isn't something that usually concerns me as never sold a phone before.

Yep, did mention in passing on another thread it arrived yesterday. It is lovely but I don't think I can get used to the size of it. Downloading was so fast on it, it was restoring my apps faster than I could tell it I didn't need that one or that one... Speed test gave a few ping readings in the 50ms range too.

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 20, 2012 at 14:10

Smiff has a point. The 300 is astonishing for its price. Like a budget N4

Pondlife  Dec. 20, 2012 at 14:21

Which has one feature that the n4 lacks, and arguably a better size. Definitely good value. Be even nicer if it ever got JB, though that sadly looks unlikely.

That said in use the n4 does wipe the floor with it, but then it should do..
And I'm probably not keeping it..

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 20, 2012 at 15:56

not keeping what? the N4 or the floor?

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 20, 2012 at 15:58

oh, and re the 300 - unlike the N4 it looks and feels cheap...

Pondlife  Dec. 20, 2012 at 16:07

Well ultimately neither, but n4 more imminently.
Yeah the 300 does look slightly cheap and creaks a little, but then it is cheap. Would have looked better if the black version had ever arrived...
That said the San Diego which was briefly £115 after cahsback earlier in the week doesn't but then I guess that wasn't that cheap when made.

Smiff  Dec. 20, 2012 at 16:26

oh, and re the 300 - unlike the N4 it looks and feels cheap...

only if you're the kind of person who reads (or writes) mobile phone blogs. one of the people i configured a G300 for is shall we say.. very rich but not knowledgeable on phones. she would guess the price of the G300 to be less than an iPhone, but only by £50 or £100. when i explained an iphone actually cost 8x as much, she was amazed (and in a good way).
put both phones in a case and give it some perspective maybe?

G300 = phone of the year for me and lots of people.

What will £100 get us in 2014? 2013 is a bit predictable. 2017? (another 5 years) :)

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 20, 2012 at 18:08

Nope. I ised the G300. I used iPhones. The G300 feels cheap. Looks cheap, too. It IS an amazing phone for the price (and even more), but it shows its price. If someone doesn't notice, that's cool. I'm not the style police.
Having said that: I find the SGS3 looks and feels like a £150 chinese clone... Sorry. We can disagree. No harm.

matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 20, 2012 at 18:24

Having said that: I find the SGS3 looks and feels like a £150 chinese clone...
It's that white, high-gloss back cover which makes it look so cheap and nasty. It's the same with the white Note 2. Talking of the N2, unsurprisingly City Link, despite saying they would, did not deliver mine today, which is especially annoying as I took the day off to wait for the them to come. I would phone them, but after half an hour on hold I gave up...

Not. Happy.

Pondlife  Dec. 20, 2012 at 20:35

Real amateur outfit so doesn't surprise me either.

matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 20, 2012 at 20:57

Real amateur outfit so doesn't surprise me either.
When I saw that Amazon Germany had sent it via City Link, I had a feeling it wouldn't be turning up on time...I was right.

Pondlife  Dec. 20, 2012 at 21:10

But they have such great reviews...
http://www.reviewcentre.com/reviews93418.html

matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 20, 2012 at 21:41

Ironically, it got from Germany to Milton Keynes in well under 24 hours, getting it from Milton Keynes to near Nottingham is taking far, far longer.

There was only one delivery option, or I would have picked one that definitely wasn't CL.

Pondlife  Dec. 20, 2012 at 23:22

Odd, as many of the amazon.de orders on hukd didn't come from Germany but a uk warehouse was expecting it to be the same.
As long as they don't go for the delivery method you see on youtube and just lob it when near anyway.

Worryingly I don't find them the worst delivery company...

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