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Top 5 Smart Phones 2012

Updated on August 29, 2014

Smart Phones

When it comes to smart phones, the iPhone has always been the one to beat, not only is it the market leader outselling other brands by a huge margin but the iPhone was always miles ahead of the competition when it came to technology.

People lined up in the street for hours outside Apple stores recently hoping to get their hands on the iPhone 5, the latest version of the smart phone that promises to be better than anything that has come before it.

Rivals of the iPhone are rapidly catching up technology wise and some are proving to be a popular alternative to Apple's best selling product.

iPhone 5

Apple's iPhone king of the smartphones?
Apple's iPhone king of the smartphones? | Source

iPhone 5 Pros And Cons

The iPhone 5 is thinner and lighter than the previous version, with a 4 inch screen it is also bigger than previous versions and the screen is much brighter too.

The iPhone 5 also promises faster broadband Internet speed as it will be the first smart phone to utilise super-fast 4G.

With an 8 mega pixel camera that allows you to take panoramic pictures and Siri voice control the iPhone 5 aims to keep Apple ahead in the battle of the smart phones.

The only drawback of the iPhone 5 is the measly 8 hours talk time.

Blackberry Bold

Blackberry Bold 9650
Blackberry Bold 9650 | Source

Blackberry Bold 9900 Pros And Cons

The Blackberry Bold 9900 is the thinnest and lightest Blackberry phone ever, it keeps the full qwerty keyboard for those who prefer typing but it also has full touch screen function.

As with all Blackberry phones the Bold is available on almost every network and service provider in the world and it is a much cheaper option than the iPhone or Galaxy S3.

The Bold 9900 comes with a 2.8 inch screen and a 5 mega pixel camera.

Supports Blackberry messenger and has just over 6 hours of talk time.

Samsung Galaxy SIII

The Galaxy S3 is the nearest contender to the iPhone.
The Galaxy S3 is the nearest contender to the iPhone. | Source

Samsung Galaxy S3 Pros And Cons

The Samsung Galaxy SIII, is the best challenger to the iPhone and rightly so, with a 4.8inch screen that stays on until you stop looking at it using a feature called Smart Stay.

If you want to make a call you don't have to push any buttons just get their details on screen and lift the phone to your ears and it will dial the number.

The camera is an amazing 8 pixels and has a cool burst shot feature that takes 20 shots continuously giving you the chance to get the perfect action shot.

The Galaxy SIII gives 11 hours of talk time.

The Nokia Lumia 610

The Nokia Lumia 610 one of the cheaper options for those looking for a good smart phone.
The Nokia Lumia 610 one of the cheaper options for those looking for a good smart phone. | Source

Nokia Lumia 610 Pros And Cons

The Nokia Lumia 610 is one of the cheaper smart phones on the market but it is still a good choice of smart phone..

Working on the Windows 7 platform the Lumia is perfect for those who like social networking.

The screen is 3.7inches and is full touch screen, the Lumia also has a 5 mega pixel camera.

The Nokia Lumia has a massive 8GB of storage and offers around 9-10 hours of talk time.

HTC Desire 3

The HTC Desire 3 is not much bigger than your bank or credit card.
The HTC Desire 3 is not much bigger than your bank or credit card. | Source

HTC Desire 3 Pros And Cons

The HTC Desire 3 is another phone which is easier on the pocket being one of he cheaper options in the smart phone market.

The Desire is a quality built phone which feels light to the touch, with a 5 mega pixel camera that takes excellent pictures and 4GB storage the Desire is great for those who like a lot of storage.

The HTC has a 3.5 inch touch screen and has great sound quality thanks to their "Beats Audio" feature.

The desire is around the same size as a credit card and offers around 7 hours of talk time.

Your Choice of Smartphone

Which of the phones above would you like to own?

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    • online4wealth profile image

      Nosa Stephen 

      6 years ago from Lagos, Nigeria, West Africa.

      This information is revealing. Thanks

    • aykianink profile image


      6 years ago

      Cool stuff. Thanks, Distant.

    • Distant Mind profile image

      Distant Mind 

      6 years ago

      Some are using their old BlackBerries, a lot are switching to iPhones or Android smartphones and very few are buying the new BlackBerry devices like the above-mention Bold. In the 2012 smartphone context, the BlackBerry small-screen-small-buttons designs seems very out-dated and the competitors are constantly adding enterprise-friendly functionality. I know many business people switched over to the humungous Samsung Galaxy Note, for instance.

    • aykianink profile image


      6 years ago all the businessmen and businesswomen became iPhone fans?

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      Distant Mind 

      6 years ago

      RIM (BlackBarry's manufacturer) are currently working on a brand new operating system that is supposed to revive the company. I see it as an unlikely scenario and it seems to me that the company could easily go Kodak's way or become a very marginal small player catering to a specific type of user. Their current handsets are not really that good and simply cannot compete with Android devices, the iPhone and even Windows Phone.

    • aykianink profile image


      6 years ago

      Hm...good point about that, Austin. I want something that is pocket friendly so I can avoid carrying a laptop bag but can still do quick and easy writing on the road.

      @DistantMind, I keep asking myself when BlackBerries are going to 'come back'...

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      Distant Mind 

      6 years ago

      This list is a bit unconventional. I didn't expect to see a BlackBerry or the Nokia Lumia 610 on a smartphone top 5. It's nice to see things from another persons point of view sometimes.

    • Austinstar profile image


      6 years ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

      The netbook is a nifty baby computer with a full keyboard. Excellent for watching movies, reading, researching, email, gadgets and whatever. I can carry it like a small book and it will even fit in backpacks or purses. I wish it were a bit faster, but I'm sure they will come out with a faster one soon.

    • aykianink profile image


      6 years ago

      That actually does sound pretty sweet. Especially at that price. Hm. You know, I've been debating a small phone or 'pad' that will easily fit into my pocket, and then a foldable keyboard that will easily fit in my pocket. (I HATE typing with my thumbs.) Any good, small keyboards that are easily put into a pocket?

    • Austinstar profile image


      6 years ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

      Sure aykianink - I have a Toshiba NB505-N508BL 10.1-Inch Netbook (Blue) which is very easy to carry around and has a battery use of about 8 - 10 hours. Full wireless access to the internet is just like any pc. I also have the Kindle app and use it to read books. Any Windows app can be installed as far as I know.

      Intel Atom Processor 1.66GHz

      1GB DDR2 RAM

      250GB 5400RPM Hard Drive

      10.1-Inch Screen

      Windows 7 Starter, 8 hours Battery Life

      Then I have a Samsung t139 flip phone that fits right in my pocket that I use only for phone calls.

      No one phone has the capability of these two items + the price can't be beat. The Toshiba was less than $300 and the phone was $40 (no monthly fee) I have a T-mobile account and I can refill minutes as I go which is generally less than $5 a month and I use free wi-fi on the Toshiba.

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      Philip Cooper 

      6 years ago from Olney

      Great information. Thanks.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I have the iPhone 4 and I'm sticking with it until it dies. The thing that bugs me about the iPhone 5 is that you have to buy new adapters for it ... for instance ... last year we bought me a Bose dock for the iPhone and if I were to get the 5 I'd need to purchase an adapter for it to go into the dock. On the other hand I would like that 8 mega pixel camera.

      Great review.

    • aykianink profile image


      6 years ago

      Austinstar, can you post more details please? I'd love to see your exact setup.

      Cool hub, Jim. Thank you.

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      Randy McLaughlin 

      6 years ago from Liberia, Costa Rica

      I recently did a lot of investigation about phones. I had an old iPhone 3G and it was giving up the ghost, battery-wise, and I was tiring of its slowness - otherwise it worked fine. After a lot of research, I bought an HTC Droid Incredible 2, which cost me a bit more that the Desire. The HTC sense operating system/Android 2.2 works fine for me and I enjoy the 720 p HD video and the 9 GB camera. The phone is fast as well. I have even done one review on Android Apps. I am enjoying the freedom of the Android operating system.

      One thing I like about my HTC is that I can buy an extended battery and put it in for more than twice the talk time - and it is easy to install. I also put a 32 GB scandisk card in it for storage. Very user customizable. Not like an iPhone!

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      Ov Strickland 

      6 years ago from El Segundo, CA

      Wow. Nice review. I've been choosing between iPhone 5 and HTC Desire 3. This is very helpful. Thanks for sharing, jimmythejock!

    • Austinstar profile image


      6 years ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

      I prefer my netbook + my T-mobile to go phone combo. With the netbook, I get full computer capability with a real keyboard. With the T-mobile to go phone, I only spend about $50 a year for phone service.

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      Penelope Hart 

      6 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Now this is the information I've been looking for so thanks! Voting. and sharing and FBing. Great research done for us.


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