These are the Droids you are looking for…
2012 was truly a breakout year for high-end Android devices. Many top models featured 4G LTE connectivity, NFC, and quad-core processors. With Android surpassing iOS in global market share (68% vs. 17%), 2013 looks promising in terms of delivering new and innovative hardware. I had the wonderful opportunity of reviewing many great devices this year here at the GazelleLab. From Samsung to Sony, and LG to HTC, the competition was fierce. But at the end of the year, there can be only 5 left standing. Below you will find my top 5 Android devices for 2012. Enjoy!
5. HTC Droid DNA: This recent release from HTC and Verizon features the worlds first 1080p HD screen on a phone. The 5-inch display with 440ppi resolution makes competing devices head back to the drawing board when it comes to screen clarity. The DNA comes loaded with Android Jelly Bean (4.1.1) with HTC’s Sense4+ UI running on top of it. The quad-core 1.5GHz Krait chip from Qualcomm provides plenty of power while using apps and surfing over 4G. Other features like Beats audio, Wireless charging, and an exceptional 8MP camera round out the device. Available only at Verizon.
4. Samsung Galaxy Note 2: The popular “Phablet” returns with a slimmer form factor and mightier S PEN. The Note 2 from Samsung improves on every aspect found in the original Note plus more. The new 5.5″ 720p display delivers bright colors and good screen clarity (267ppi). Samsung has packed the Note 2 with it’s latest processor, the Exynos quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex A9. The phone absolutely screams even when compared to it’s little brother the Galaxy S3. The S PEN delivers all new hover and touch features as well as some new tricks. The 8MP camera features a new best face feature to ensure the perfect picture every time. This 183 gram (6.5oz) monster is not for everybody, as skinny jean rockers maybe out of pocket room. Available on all carriers (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon).
Check out my video review for the Galaxy Note 2 here.
3. Sony Xperia TX: The Bond phone is officially back, and features a curved body that sets it apart from the others in terms of design. When it comes to specs the device is no slouch either. The TX packs a 1.5 GHz dual-core Krait chip and 1GB of RAM. The beautiful 4.55″ 720p display at 323ppi is one of the best around in terms of clarity and brightness. The Xperia TX also packs DLNA, WiFi, HSPA+, and the Sony Mobile Bravia Engine. The 13MP camera is probably the best camera out of the top 5, and just takes stunning pics. The phone runs Android 4.0.4 ICS and should see Jelly Bean in February. For those who want to stand out from the crowd, the TX is for you. Available GSM unlocked only with support for both AT&T & T-Mobile networks
Check out my video review for the Xperia TX here.
2. HTC One X+: The One X+ from HTC continues on the success of the original One X but with even more power. The plus model adds a faster NVIDIA quad-core 1.7 GHz chip and a GeForce 2 GPU. The One X+ also packs LTE which lacked on the international version of the One X. The One X+ comes with Jelly Bean 4.1 and also sports an improved 1.6MP front camera. The big bump up from the original One X is the 64Gb of on board storage and bigger 2100mAh battery. Available at AT&T.
1. Samsung Galaxy S3: The new standard from Android is the Galaxy S3 from Samsung. This has been the best selling Android device in 2012, and is considered the one and only iPhone killer. It features a sexy slim design with an amazing 4.8″ Super AMOLED screen. Most recent Droids are still trying to play catch-up even though the GS3 came out back in May. The GS3 packs NFC, WiFi, BT, DLNA, WiFi Direct, S Voice, and 4G LTE into a slim form factor that comes in a variety of colors. This quad-core monster (dual-core in U.S.) has been upgraded to Jelly Bean 4.1 on most carriers around the globe for the ultimate Android experience. The 8MP camera is one of the best in the business and is packed with features like best shot and panorama. The GS3 is still king of the Droids, and the GS4 next year is something all smartphone fans are eagerly awaiting. Available on all major carriers (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon).
Check out my video review for the Galaxy S3 here.
Honorable Mention: LG Nexus 4, LG Optimus G, HTC One S, Motorola Droid RAZR HD MAXX