I have reviewed some pretty outstanding phones this year. The cream of the crop would be these:

  1. HTC One X
  2. Nokia 808 PureView
  3. Nokia Lumia 920
  4. Samsung Galaxy Note II

Two of the four are from the Android OS camp, one from Belle OS, and another one from Windows Phone OS.

The HTC One X is probably the sexiest smartphone that I have held this year, and a very capable one. To the One X belongs the honour of finally winning me over to the Android side. The heavily Sense-skinned UI did it for me, though it also raised some multitasking quirks.

The Nokia 808 PureView may not be everyone’s baby, but it beats everything hands down at what it does. Even its cousin, the Lumia 920’s camera is only a contender in name for the most part. I daresay that the 808 will be unbeaten in the camera stakes for years to come, same as the N8 was. Till the 808 came along. The 808 PureView is the last of the Belles and certainly a collector’s item.

The Nokia Lumia 920 is a fresh breath of air. Beautifully built, it runs Windows Phone 8, and is an absolute joy to use. I am a big fan of the UI and its simplicity. The 920’s camera is great in low light scenarios and for shake-free pictures and videos. It also has what I consider the best display on any mobile in the world at the moment. It is a compelling smartphone.

Last, and certainly not the least, the Samsung Galaxy Note II that I am reviewing at the moment is almost beyond words. It is the incredible Hulk of smartphones. The more you throw at it, the more it goes. Packing a huge, beautiful display, electronic stylus for lots of creative and business uses, oodles of RAM and beefy processors, the Note II rules the roost. Plus, the lightly skinned Android interface and superb battery life help nail it pretty well.

My smartphone of the year 2012? No contest: Samsung Galaxy Note II. This is the modern touchscreen equivalent of what the Communicators used to be.


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