The Biggest Smartphones of 2012

Published On February 28, 2013 | Mobile

When looking back at 2012, the year can be seen as a year for the smartphones. Stiff competition in the smartphone market led to the large variety and styles of smartphones available for purchase.

In a new mobile phone world where the smartphone has dominated, nearly half of the adult American population owns one of these powerful mobile devices, according to Pew Internet. There were many popular phones on the market in 2012, but who came out on top? Here are the biggest smartphones of 2012.

iPhone 5

To start this list off, Apple was a large part of the smartphone market in 2012 with the release of its new iPhone 5. Available at AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint, the iPhone 5 sold more than 26 million iPhone units in the last three months of 2012 alone.

The iPhone 5 features a significantly larger screen size as compared to older models of Apple’s iPhone, measuring in at 4.7 inches tall and 2.3 inches wide. Siri is much more intelligent in the iPhone 5, and is now able to launch applications and is less apt to perform an Internet search for your command. The iPhone 5 starts at $199 (with contract) for the 16GB model.

Galaxy S3

The Samsung Galaxy S3, available through T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T, Verizon, and U.S. Cellular, is jam packed with interesting features. Particularly interesting is the Smart Stay feature, keeping the phone’s back light and screen lit as long as you maintain eye contact.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 also features “S Voice,” the Galaxy’s version of voice command programming. The Galaxy S3 sold more than 40 million units and starts at $199 with contract for a 16GB model.

Droid DNA

A smartphone available exclusively through Verizon, the HTC Droid DNA is projected to sell around 37 million units in 2013. Available for around $200, and as low as $100 when on sale, the HTC Droid DNA is in the same price range as other competitive smartphones. It boasts a jam packed smartphone with killer battery life for a very competitive price.

The HTC Droid DNA is a slim package at .38 inches thick. As tiny as it is, the DNA still packs a punch with its quad core 1.5 GHz processor.

Lumia 920

The Nokia Lumia 920, AT&T’s exclusive smartphone posted sales of around 4.4 million for the last three months of 2012 under Lumia branded smartphones. As this phone is available only through AT&T, it had complete price control.

This didn’t go to the company’s’ heads, however, as the Lumia 920 is a bargain at only $100 when not on sale. The device boasts innovative features such as the Local Scout maps and Nokia Drive applications.

Droid Razr Maxx HD

A Verizon exclusive, the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx HD starts at around $250, and even drop as low as $50 on Amazon Wireless with a Verizon Contract. Said to be a true iPhone 5 rival, the Droid Razr Maxx HD sports an absurdly extended battery life totaling 32 hours of battery life, eight hours of straight GPS navigation usage, and the SMARTACTIONS feature to save even more battery life.

The smartphone also has water-resistant nanocoating to prevent spill damage. The Droid Razr Maxx HD also features an HD screen and HD camera, both for photos and videos. It also runs the latest version of the Android OS, 4.1 Jelly Bean, which is packed with new and helpful features on its own. The Motorola Droid Razr Maxx HD has been one of the greatest selling smartphones since its release.

Looking back, 2012 was definitely the year smartphone technology. Looking forward to future releases is unimaginable after such amazing models that graced the smartphone market in 2012. But there are sure to be some shockers this year.

Which phone was your favorite and why?

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