So, what better time to look at the best blowers of 2012, starting with those toting Google’s ever-improving Android OS. Here’s our five favourites.
5 HTC One X
HTC has had a pretty torrid year, with sales down and a deal with Apple over patents reportedly leaving it having to pay around $8 to Cupertino per Android device sold.
But the One X phone shows it can still make amazing hardware. Not only does it have a beautiful overall design, its 4.7-inch screen is a thing of beauty and its eight-megapixel camera is a more than ample compact snapper replacement. With a Jelly Bean update on its way out as we speak, this is still a phone worth buying.
4 Samsung Galaxy Note 2
Sammy’s monster follow-up to its first ‘phone-tablet’ may be a touch too big for smaller palms, but still makes a great compromise between the two forms.
This is currently Samsung’s leading Android mobile, its vast 5.5-inch panel and quad-core CPU taking it well beyond most rivals. A phone that has garnered much love from press and public alike, it paved the way for bigger blowers to make a real leap in 2013.
3 Sony Xperia S
The first phone from the Big S after it bought out Ericsson and went it alone after years of so-so devices, the Xperia S marks a true return to form. The design is superb and acts as a timely reminder as to why Sony has been a big player in tech for decades and the Bravia Engine ensures things tick along at lightning pace.
The only issue is its lack of Android Jelly Bean, slow upgrades seemingly a habit Sony hasn’t ditched from its days of working with Ericsson.
2 Google Nexus 4
It might be a latecomer, but boy has the Nexus 4 shaken things up. A truly high-end device that starts at a piffling £239 for an 8GB model and £279 for a 16GB version, it’s half the iPhone 5’s price and every bit as good.
Forget the occasionally average design and marvel at that vast 4.7-inch display, the latest Jelly Bean 4.2 software including all of Google’s newest OS features, a camera that knocks spots off of every competitor and maps that batter Apple’s woeful effort.
1 Samsung Galaxy S3
The undoubted top pick. Since its May release, the Galaxy S3 has become the go-to phone for anyone not feeling the allure of the iPhone.
Its eyeball-stroking super AMOLED panel, bleeding edge Android updates and slim profile make, not to mention expandable storage up to 64GB (a huge boon compared to top-end smartphone rivals) put it in a league of its own until Apple and Google/LG waited until the year’s end to roll out decent competitors.