2011 was a great year for cell phone users, but 2012 is set to bring even greater features and functionality to users of cell phones around the world. Aside Apple iOS, it appears Google’s Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwichwill be a major defining factor in consumers’ cell phones choices in 2012. After the just concluded CES 2012, it also became more glaring that Windows Phones are still a force to reckon with in the smartphone market.
Let’s look at the best 10 cell phones that users are likely to rock in 2012.
1. Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Samsung Galaxy Nexus was launched towards the end of 2011. Unlike its predecessors, the phone came fully packaged. It was the first phone to sport Google’s Ice Cream Sandwich. It features a 4.65-inch super AMOLED high-definition screen, dual core 1.2 GHz processor, 5MP rear camera and near field technology. Aside the regular (black) Galaxy Nexus, consumers are likely to adopt the White Galaxy Nexus and the Sprint version of the phone (that inculcates Google Wallet).
2. Apple iPhone 4 S
In a previous article, Samsung Galaxy Nexus vs. Apple iPhone 4S, we compared the iPhone 4 S to the Galaxy nexus. The iPhone 4S is very charming in appearance. The phone comes in a sophisticated glass and steel casing and features an 8MP camera. Like the Galaxy Nexus, the iPhone 4 S is very light and has very vivid, sharp and crisp display.
3. HTC Titan II
This is America’s first 16MP camera phone. The phone rocks Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) operating system, 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 processor and 16 GB internal storage plus a 720p camcorder. It features a 4.7-inch display of 480×800 pixel resolution but takes pictures with a resolution of 4, 640×3, 840 pixels.
4. Nokia Lumia 900
Nokia Lumia 900 was officially unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012. The phone features a 4.3-inch clear black AMOLED screen and is the largest of all Lumia devices till date. It runs 512MB random access memory and rocks 1.4 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 16GB internal storage as well as an 8MP rear camera.
5. Samsung Galaxy SII
Samsung Galaxy SII was a really successful product. It rocks a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen, dual core 1GHz processor, an amazing 8MP camera, internal storage plus microSD card; and it runs on Gingerbread (Android 2.3 operating system). It actually appears large, but the phone is quite light and thin.
6. Motorola Droid 4
This is one of the most impressive Android phones with QWERTY keyboard. It sports a sleek slider and five-row QWERTY keyboard. The phone rocks 1.2 GHz dual core processor and 4G LTE data speed and is very compatible with Motorola Webtop mode accessories like the 10-inch and 14-inch Lapdocks, HD Docking Station, and a Vehicle Navigation Dock.
7. Samsung Galaxy Note
The users of Samsung Galaxy Note should be set for a greater experience in 2012, as the phone is expected to receive Ice Cream Sandwich update later this year. Considered a mini-tablet because of its size, the Galaxy Note is big and powerful and is very suitable for taking notes and watching videos.
8. Motorola Droid Razr Maxx
In spite of the fact that Motorola Droid Razr was launched closed to the end of 2011, it is already receiving an update in the Droid Razr Maxx. The most dazzling feature of this ultra-slim phone is its amazingly long battery life – 21 hours when fully charged. The phone features an 8MP camera and 1080p high-definition video. It is also expected to get the Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade.
9. LG Spectrum
LG Spectrum features a 4.5-inch HD display, 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, 16GB internal storage, 8MP camera and support for Dolby Digital Plus. It also supports 4G LTE network and wireless media streaming via DLNA. It is due to launch before the end of January 2012.
10. Sony Xperia Ion
This is the first Sony-branded smartphone. It sports a dazzling 4.6-inch, 720x1280p display plus a 12 MP camera. It rocks 1.5 dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor capable of handling PlayStation-caliber of games; and it runs on Gingerbread, but expects to get Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade later.
This list is definitely not exhaustive but a good try. Let us know in the comments which phones are in your list for 2012.
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