A massive 46% of you now use your trusty mobile for social networking, whether it’s uploading last night’s embarrassing pub pics to Facebook or tweeting the hilarious things your cat does. We’ve seen some fantastic social features in the big smartphones this year, to make sharing your life with the world as easy as possible, and these magnificent mobiles have stood out as the best social networkers around.
HTC’s Friend Stream is a simple but uber-smart widget that collects your Twitter, Facebook and Flickr feeds into one handy bundle, while also allowing you to post whatever you like to all three accounts at once. You can toggle your notification settings so you’re updated as much or as little as you like, and check in with a button press wherever you roam.
The fantastic range of social widgets is further bolstered by Google+, Twitter, YouTube and message entries, giving you impressive flexibility over how you consume your social content. You can even cyber-stalk your friends individually in the ‘People’ widget, which shows you all of your recent emails, messages and conversations. No matter how you like to socialise, the HTC One X offers tons of ways to do it, and that’s why it’s our social networking phone of the year.
One of Windows Phone 7.5’s best features is its ‘People’ tile, a contacts book with incredible depth and ambition that is still impressively user-friendly. Your Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn profiles are synced to give a three-screen setup, showing the standard friend list, recent contacts (on any platform including text or call), and an aggregated social feed. We’re hoping for even better social networking from Windows Phone 8...
BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900
The BlackBerry Bold Touch 9780 ran away with this award last year, and the Touch 9900 is another excellent social device from RIM. The physical keyboard, BBM and some smart social network grouping makes it a great choice for anyone who bashes out endless Tweets.
Samsung Galaxy S III
Samsung’s beautiful flagship phone came close to breaking the top two with its excellent sharing tools, including an impressively long list of ways to stick your photos online. As with the other Android phones here, you have a wealth of social tools to download from the Google Play store.
Sony Xperia S
Sony’s TimeScape widget may not prove quite as slick as HTC’s Friend Stream, but social network loons will love that their feeds are all bunched together in one easy-to-access stream. If you’d rather keep your feeds separate, you get a full range of individual widgets for keeping up to date with the world.