2012 is almost over and it’s been a bumper year for tech-world… From month to month, Smartphones & Tablets got better…better…and much better. All big players – Apple, Samsung, HTC, Motorola, LG, even Google, and Microsoft – released their best and brightest techs throught a year. Actually, the year 2012 should be go down in the history as it is the year when it proved that creativity really has no limit. In 2012, gadget lovers are provided with revolutionary smartphones like Samsung Galaxy S III, Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX HD, Samsung Galaxy Note II, Google Nexus 4, and LG Optimus G. On the other hand, the tablet market has seriously hotted up this year with Apple iPad 4th Generation, Google Nexus 7, Microsoft Surface, Google Nexus 10, and Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1.
Variety is the thing we mostly love about Android… and what it offers every time. In the Android world, tons of new devices have been released for 2012, some were awesome and some were truly weird. Alongside, the most matured player Apple and the popular software company, Microsoft- also delighted us with their innovative creations. Normally, the rating can be done on screen size, software features, hardware performance, OS upgrade potential and, of course, how shiny and nice they are in look. All these factors make it extremely tough for you to find the best Android phone. Just wait, Top 5 Best Android Smartphones & Tablets of 2012 are enlisted below; just check out their details and finalize the your one…Best one!
Note: Top 5 smartphones list is full of Andriod, however you can get varities for finding the best tablet in Top 5 Tablets list.
Samsung Galaxy S III
Samsung Galaxy S III is packed with incredible features that are wowing media, users even the critics alike. That’s why Samsung Galaxy S3 retains top spot in our Android top 5 list. Moreover, it holds the title “Phone of the year”. It has all, from 4G LTE or HSPA+ support to a large 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED screen, to a fantastic quad-core Exynos processor, to an upgrade to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and a slick design.
The device can take an incredible picture and High-Def video with its sharp 8-megapixel camera. It has tons of internal memory and 2GB RAM which make it a multitasking powerhouse. It is equipped with intelligent voice and face recognition technologies that have been designed for everyday use, not just as gimmicks. Another brilliant feature is that if you’re looking at a text message, then simply placing the Samsung Galaxy S3 to your ear will dial through to whom you’re chatting. The phone also packs an impressive 2100 mAh battery. Galaxy S III is available in various colors and priced in the typical $200 price range. As Samsung has sold over 30 million of Samsung Galaxy S III devices, it is perfect sign of its quality and performance.
Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX HD
Droid Razr Maxx HD is Motorola’s fast and stylish device also offers unbeatable battery life. A single charge keeps it powered up for an eye-opening 32 hours of performance. It runs on Android 4.1, Jelly Bean the latest operating system and powered with 1.5 GHz dual-core processor. Another best thing is that it supports Near field communication (NFC) technology and Android Beam so you can easily share contacts, web pages, directions, apps and more with a simple touch and tap. Even with a future upgrade, you’ll be able to use this NFC to make purchases at participating store registers.
Just forget what it’s like to wait with DROID RAZR MAXX HD, as you can surf the web at super speed with the nation’s fastest 4G LTE network. Along with Google Chrome mobile browser, you are able to sync up bookmarks and even view the same tabs you have open on your computer. Here, you can get more battery, more features and more detail-dripping display than the rest yet is only 9.3mm thin. Its 4.7-inch 1,280 x 720 Super AMOLED HD display delivers vibrant visual clarity, thus, better resolution means easier to read texts, web pages, magazines and books as well deeper colors for viewing photos and videos in more true-to-life color. Its HelloMoto!is trotted out Google’s Eric Schmidt, by giving these three Verizon RAZR amigos a hearty welcome. It has 32GB of storage, an 8-megapixel camera on back and 1.3 MP front facing web camera. Enjoy lots of storage with 1GB RAM x 32GB ROM, 26GB user available memory, expandable with optional microSD card.
Samsung Galaxy Note II
This is an updated version of the surprisingly successful Galaxy Note. It is half phone, half tablet hence it would be more for the data-centric person who wants a device that bridges the gap between a full tablet and a smartphone. It offers better clarity with 5.5” HD Super AMOLED screen as well its 16:9 screen ratio helps in perfecting all viewing experiences. Samsung Galaxy Note 2 follows the Samsung Galaxy S3’s more rounded rectangular look as well its innovative design includes a bigger screen while maintaining a slim body to fit just right in your hand.
Massive high-definition screen isn’t the only thing the Galaxy Note 2 brings to the table alongside it comes with Exynos 4412 chipset which contains a quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A9 CPU. Thus, everything about this device is big. Its brilliant processor delivers outstanding gaming performance. This device gets a lot right, including Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, a whopping 2GB of RAM, 8 megapixel rear camera, 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera, 16GB internal memory with microSD storage for up to 64GB more storage, Bluetooth 4.0, LTE, and more. Moreover, the S Pen feature is truly a usable and valuable addition to the Galaxy Note II this year, alongside some software enhancements like Air View that let you view content without even touching the pen to the display also S Note pen-enabled note capturing program. Quick Glance, Smart Gestures, and Smart Stay use sensors on the phone to improve your experiences. Note 2 benefits from other mod-cons, such as NFC support, Gorilla Glass 2, and a long-lasting 3100 mAh battery. Even, it has Mali-400MP Graphics Core as well Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n connectivity. Make sure that Note 2 isn’t for everyone, but if can handle the size and its complicated features, this is the device for you.
Google Nexus 4
It is Google’s 4th Nexus-branded Android smartphone that designed with and manufactured by LG Electronics. This LG-built Nexus 4 offers terrific value for money, if you don’t mind its moderate battery life and lack of LTE support. It’s based on LG’s Optimus G, but has a more rounded appearance. It is powered with 1.5GHz quad-core processor along with 2GB of RAM. The Nexus 4 runs the latest Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) OS, comes with 8GB or 16GB of internal storage. There’s no external expansion, so choose your model carefully.
Nexus 4 has a front (1.3MP) and rear (8MP) cameras. Its back is a flat piece of Gorilla Glass, as well treated with LG’s distinctive Crystal Reflection process and its Micro-USB port can connect the device to an external display. Size wise, it comes in 133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1 mm – that means it is similar to its predecessor however the Nexus 4 is far more stunning to look at and hold. The screen measures a sizeable 4.7in. across the diagonal and 1,280-by-768-pixel IPS unit protected by tough Corning Gorilla Glass 2. The high pixel density (318ppi) is featured for sharp images. It measures 134mm long and 69mm wide as a very similar size to the Galaxy S3. For connectivity, it has dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, NFC (Android Beam) and GPS/GLONASS.
LG Optimus G
LG makes Nexus 4 for Google, but it also released a super powerful flagship phone of its own called the Optimus G. It’s really powerful, and faster than a lot of top-of-the-line smartphones. This would be a great companion with its standard processing power for long commutes or to kill boredom. Its 4.7-inch display features beautiful HD images at 1280 x 768 resolutions. The display is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass and a scratch resistant. It features 8MP rear camera. In reality, 8MP cameras result in grainy on most smartphones, somehow, LG is able to optimize for the Optimus G and delivers clear images with every shot. The global version of the Optimus G (and Sprint’s version) has a 13MP camera.
While the phone is able to connect to 4G LTE networks, if you can manage to stay connected to the 4G network, the browsing and download speeds are decent at best. It is powered with 1.5GHz quad-core processor ultimately handles any game you download and play. The phone features many useful apps, like Android Beam and QSlide. The LG Optimus G’s battery offers up to 10 hours of talk time on a single charge. It is equipped with 16GB of internal storage space, and 16GB memory card for a total of 32GB even you can upgrade the storage space with up to a 64GB memory card. Unfortunately, the Optimus G runs an outdated version of Android called Ice Cream Sandwich that’s over a year old now and may be the reason why it holds last place in the list.
Top 5 Tablets of 2012:
Apple iPad 4th Generation
As Apple iPad 4th Generation scored 10/10, the Apple iPad continues its reign as the slate king as well holds first position in this top list. The best large tablet has all… top performance, a stellar screen, an improved and amazingly good camera, breath-taking library of apps and a speedy Wi-Fi. Thus, it really would be your full package. Apple’s fourth-generation iPad looks almost exactly like the previous model, as well priced the same. There is minor upgrade to the previous model; however its compatible 4G connectivity is the biggest benefit for Australian users. Most importantly, it includes a Retina Display, the new Apple A6X chip, and the Lightning connector that introduced with the iPhone 5 as well ships with iOS 6.0, which provides great platform for audio-visual media, including electronic books, periodicals, films, music, computer games, presentations and web content.
Apple iPad 4th Generation has 1.2-megapixel camera right above the display in the middle of the top bezel, and a 5-megapixel camera on the back upper left corner. The new iPad is the same size and weight as the third-generation model, Measuring 185 x 9.4 x 241mm (WxDxH), and weighing 652 grams. It’s about 50 grams heavier than two mortal enemies, Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 and Google Nexus 10. It provides Battery Life up to 5 hours 36 minutes. There are 16, 32, and 64GB sizes in Wi-Fi-only which priced for $499, $599, and $699 respectively and same-sized 4G LTE variants for $629, $729, and $829 respectively on AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon Wireless.
Galaxy Note 10.1
Those who are really interested in being able to use a stylus with their tablet for real work or just play, the Galaxy Note 10.1 should be on your list. It looks almost exactly like the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 but it has a more premium appearance and of course the S-Pen! The Galaxy Note 10.1 runs on a 1.4GHz quad-core Exynos 4410 processor supported by 2GB of RAM, probably, this is the first time we’ve seen more than 1GB of RAM in any tablet. Here, Samsung’s quad-core Exynos processor and 2GB of RAM help this Note handle side-by-side apps and pop-out video comfortably enough.
This updated version boasts 4G LTE, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, ‘Samsung Premium Suite’ of enhanced apps and 16-64GB of internal storage . There is a 10.1 PLS display at the front of the tablet alongside 1.9 megapixel camera, a couple of sensors and the dual speakers on both sides. It has 5 megapixel camera with a LED flash and the S-Pen slot at the back. At the top, you can find the volume rockers, power button, 3.5 mm headphone jack, infrared sensor and a slot for a micro SD card whilst it holds 30 pin proprietary charging and syncing port and also the microphone at the bottom. Battery life is good with 7,000mAh Lithium Ion cell.
When it comes to the new features, it includes multi-window, which can open up to 16 supported apps at a time in floating windows; easy clip which can ‘grab’ anything on the screen with the stylus and paste it into S-Note and other apps; Air View which can preview content such as appointments, email and videos by hovering the stylus above it and Quick Command which can launch apps and services using stylus gestures. Also, get some existing features like the IR blaster, microSD expansion, HDMI output and USB input that has made the Galaxy Note 10.1 a formidable tablet. Note 10.1 is available in white and blue/black colors.
Google Nexus 7
Unlike others, Google have only recently started finding their pace and start to give a real challenge to the dominating iPad. Google Nexus 7 tablet is one of the most popular tablet PCs currently available on the U.S. market. It is designed and developed by Google in association with Asus also considered to be the first tablet to run on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system. It carries a whole lot of vibrant features in an stylish and compact sized shape. Nexus 7 is slightly soft and warm on the back.
With a stunning 7-inch display a sharp screen, a comfortable design, Nexus 7 is also the perfect travel companion with its all day battery life. As powered by Li-ion 4325 mAh battery, it gives up to 9 hrs of battery life while playing HD video and probably last much longer if used causally. It sports 1.2 MP camera which can be used for video calling or taking pictures. You can also get Quality hardware, NFC support and Bundled Google Play freebies with this tablet. Limited storage option is one of its drawbacks. But, it would be complete with other great specs and a rock-bottom price. Its great success is largely based on its attractive price tag, as its 16GB costs $199, while 3G and Wi-Fi top-end version costs $299.
Google Nexus 10
Nexus 10 is Google’s latest product in collaboration with South Korean electronics giant Samsung. It is Samsung’s first totally home-based, mass-market tablet which use its brand new dual-core, 1.7Ghz Exynos 5 processor. This is also the first chip in a tablet to use the ARM Cortex-A15 architecture. This would be world’s highest resolution tablet PC with Multi-user support and best HD Contents supported by Google Apps.
The Google Nexus 10 of Samsung is powered by Android Jelly Bean 4.2, 2GB RAM and sports larger 10-inch Super PLS TFT HD display with nearly 300 pixels per inch. The Google Nexus 10 is equipped with a 5-megapixel back-facing camera, apart from a front-facing 1.9-megapixel video chat camera. Nexus 10 looked a little more like the Nexus 7, though it’s not quite as comfortable to hold as the Nexus 7, not just because of their relative weights, but it is cold, hard plastic through and through on the back. Its 2GB of RAM is double that of the iPad 4, Asus Transformer Pad Infinity, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 or the Nexus 7. It comes with an enormous 9,000 mAh Lithium polymer battery, promising 9 hours of video, 7 hours of web browsing or 90 hours of music. Off course, Nexus 10 is slightly juicier than a Nexus 7 perhaps less than the iPad 4 with its grotesque 11,666 mAh battery.
It’s like Software Company with a Hardware Hobby… Microsoft Surface is a series of tablets designed and marketed by Microsoft and Microsoft Surface Tab is a Windows OS based Tablet PC. It was announced on June 18th, 2012, at Milk Studios in Los Angeles. Actually, there are two versions: one with Windows RT and another with Windows 8 Pro. The Windows RT model uses an ARM CPU, while Windows 8 Pro model uses an Intel CPU. Both have screens of 10.6 inches (27 cm) with 16:9 aspect ratio. For Surface, Microsoft offers two keyboard covers – the Touch Cover and Type Cover – that connect to the Surface through a magnetic strip. With the general availability release of Windows 8 on October 26, 2012, the Surface RT launched.
Surface tab is powered with NVIDIA T30 Quad Core processor and ULP GeForce GPU. Its bettery provides 360 Hours Standby time. As well, it has 2GB Ram, 32GB inbuilt memory alongside expandable memory upto 32GB through microSD. It sports 1.2 MP Rear and 1.2 MP Front camera and Microsoft Home & Student 2013. Microsoft’s (MSFT) Surface is a great slate for those who want a fresh new take on the modern tablet.