Top smartphones of 2012

South Africa’s top technology gurus voted the Samsung Galaxy S3, HTC One X+ and the Nokia Lumia 920 as the best smartphones of the year.

With the explosive growth of smartphones globally, tech companies are investing billions into developing the best devices in the world.

However, it is not only about the hardware. The operating system battle between Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android has been making headlines this year. With the launch of Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system the mobile environment has become even more competitive.

MyBroadband assembled a few of South Africa’s top tech gurus to get an informed view on the top smartphones of 2012. This group included:

  • Aki Anastasiou – Radio 702 Technobyte and Tech on Tap presenter
  • Arthur Goldstuck – World Wide Worx MD and Gadget.co.za editor
  • Jannie van Zyl – Vodacom executive and tech guru
  • Jan Vermeulen – MyBroadband journalist
  • Gerrit Vermeulen – Software developer and MyBroadband reviewer

The Samsung Galaxy S3, the HTC One X+ and the Nokia Lumia 920 all received the nod from the panellists.

Samsung Galaxy S3 (selected by Aki Anastasiou and Arthur Goldstuck)

Samsung Galaxy S3 press shot
Samsung Galaxy S3 press shot

The Samsung Galaxy S3 is one of Samsung’s flagship multi-touch smartphones, running Google’s Android operating system. It was officially unveiled in May 2012, and sold over 30 million units to date.

HTC One X+ (selected by Jan Vermeulen and Gerrit Vermeulen)

HTC One X Plus
HTC One X+

The HTC One X+, which is not available in South Africa yet, is the upgrade from the highly rated HTC One X. The touch screen smartphone features a 1.7GHz quad-core processor, 64GB internal storage and 50% more battery life than its predecessor.

Nokia Lumia 920 (selected by Jannie van Zyl)

Nokia Lumia 920
Nokia Lumia 920

The Nokia Lumia 920 is Nokia’s flagship Windows Phone 8 smartphone. The device features a 4.5-inch PureMotion HD+ display, a dual-core 1.5Ghz Snapdragon S4 processor, a camera with a Carl Zeiss lens and comes standard with wireless charging.

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