Brian’s DogGone Best Phones Of 2012

Android has had an amazing year. There were so many powerful and aesthetically pleasing devices released all year long. That’s one of the things I love about Android; There are so many available options to choose from. So if I dislike the phone I’m using, I don’t necessarily have to stick with it (I swap out phones around every 4 months). Without further ado, here is my list of 5 of the best phones of 2012 (purely opinionated of course).

5) Sony Xperia TL

Let me just preface this by saying I’m hugely susceptible to product placement. So after hearing that the Sony Xperia T would be the “James Bond” phone, I was instantly intrigued. The Sony Xperia T is a wonderful candidate to be James Bond’s phone. It features the following specs:

  • 4.6-inch Reality HD display that uses Sony’s proprietary Bravia engine
  • 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor
  • 16GB internal storage with microSD card slot expansion
  • 1GB Ram
  • 13MP rear facing camera
  • 1.3MP front facing camera
  • Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.1 Jelly Bean in the near future)

I love the slim, sleek black design of the Sony Xperia T. The phone features a very simple design and also a curved back that makes this phone feel great in your hand. Sony’s overlay UI is very simple, fast and beautiful, and it’s awesome that it features a “Skyfall” theme packed with 007 ringtones, notification sounds, wallpapers and more.

The Sony Xperia T is a great phone with a beautiful design. Despite lacking a quad-core processor, it features some pretty great specs (especially the 13MP camera). The James Bond endorsement is just the icing on the cake. Even though this is in 5th place for my DogGone Best Phones of 2012 list, I believe that I may be sticking to this phone as my daily driver.

4) HTC One X+

The HTC One X+ is what the HTC One X should have originally been. It features an upgraded quad-core processor, bigger battery, and a better front-facing camera. Here’s a breakdown of all the specs:

  • 4.7-inch Super LCD 2 display
  • 1.7GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor
  • 16GB internal storage with no microSD card slot expansion
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8MP rear-facing camera
  • 1.6MP front-facing camera
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with Sense 4+ UI

The HTC One X+ is a really powerful phone with some of the best specs in the US market. The lack of a microSD card slot is a dealbreaker for many people, and it honestly should be a feature available for all smartphones.

Also, for me, the design isn’t the greatest. The camera layout on the simple back cover just seems so hideous to me. If it was just a simple back with a non-bulging camera, I think I would love this phone.

The high-end specs and the fact that it’s an HTC device makes me love this phone, but because of the design and because of the lack of MicroSD card support, I’ll rank this as #4 on my DogGone Best Phones of 2012 list.

3) Samsung Galaxy SIII

The Samsung Galaxy SIII is the most iconic Android phone of 2012. Surpassing well over 30 million sales, this phone is definitely a huge asset in Android’s huge global market share. Here is the US Samsung Galaxy SIII’s specs:

  • 4.8-Inch Super AMOLED display
  • 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor
  • 16GB internal storage with microSD card slot expansion
  • 2GB RAM
  • 8MP rear-facing camera
  • 1.9MP front-facing camera
  • Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.1 Jelly Bean in the near future)

The Samsung Galaxy SIII was the smartphone king upon its release and held its smartphone throne for several months (which is ages in the tech world). It converted many users over to Android and it’s becoming so common to see just like the iPhone.

So for it’s high-end specs and huge impact on the market, I feel that the Samsung Galaxy SIII deserves 3rd place on my DogGone Best Phones of 2012 list.

2) HTC Droid DNA

When the HTC J Butterfly was announced in Japan, I absolutely wanted it to be released in the US. I instantly fell in love with it. The design, the specs, the color; everything seemed perfect to me. The device is so sleek and so simple, I knew I wanted it.

The Verizon Wireless version of this device is black with red lining on the sides, which is still beautiful, but I would’ve loved it if the device was available in all red as well (lucky Verizon Wireless workers). The HTC Droid DNA features the following specs:

  • 5-inch Super LCD3 1080p display
  • 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor
  • 16GB internal storage with no microSD card slot expansion
  • 2GB RAM
  • 8MP rear-facing camera
  • 2.1MP front-facing camera
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean (Android 4.2 Jelly Bean in the future)

The HTC Droid DNA is possibly the first smartphone with a 1080p display and it started the trend of the 5-inch 1080p smartphones. The only thing I dislike about this phone is the lack of a microSD card slot.

Despite that, this phone has top-of-the-line specs and an absolutely beautiful design that stole my heart. Thanks to that, the HTC Droid DNA is ranked #2 on my DogGone Best Phones of 2012 list. The only reason it’s not #1 is because of the…

1) LG Nexus 4

The LG Nexus 4 was an instant success. It sold out within minutes of its release, partly due to an error on Google’s part, and most likely due to the phone’s really low price point. You can get the LG Nexus 4 off-contract for only $299 for the 8GB version and $349 for the 16GB version. Despite having such low prices, this phone doesn’t sacrifice on its specs. It features the following specs:

  • 4.7-inch True HD IPS Plus display
  • 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 8/16GB internal storage with no microSD card slot expansion
  • 8MP rear-facing camera
  • 1.3MP front-facing camera
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean (with first dibs on future Android OS upgrades)

The LG Nexus 4 has a beautiful design and I was a bit skeptical about the back cover design (it’s a holographic design that shimmers in the light), but after a little while I fell in love with it. It’s a really simple design, but very attractive.

The device’s specs are pretty amazing, except for the lack of a microSD card slot. The price point is an absolute winner and if that weren’t enough, being the first in-line for Android updates will surely be enough to sell you on this phone. So because of all of this, I ranked the LG Nexus 4 as #1 on my DogGone Best Phones of 2012 list.

Those are the phones that I believe are the best of 2012. Your list will probably vary from mine (maybe immensely), and you will be able to voice your top smartphone list soon. If you have any questions or comments you would like to ask me, feel free to chime in below. Happy holidays!

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