Our ultimate award - Phone of the Year 2012 - goes to the year's very best smartphone that rocked both your world and ours with its butter-smooth performance, easy-to-use interface and innovative smart tech. There can be only one...
Winner: Samsung Galaxy S III
There was little dissent among the judges – the winner was clearly the Android Ice Cream Sandwich-toting Galaxy S III, with its quad-core processor and tricked-out OS, plus tons of efficient, quirky and downright fun additions to straight-up Android. It’s the second year running that a Galaxy handset has faced down an Apple iPhone in the top two for this Award, and as our panel said, Apple’s iOS has missed a trick by not including the live information that makes the Galaxy’s homescreen so compelling. This year, more readers than ever loved the winner, with 44% of our 26,500 turn-out voting it into first place. The Samsung Galaxy S III is cutting-edge – and an incredibly timely superphone of 2012.
Runner Up: Apple iPhone 4S
Android phones may trump the shortlist, but the iPhone 4S with its sleek, slick iOS 5 and incredible camera is an undeniably attractive all-rounder. Built-in backup and syncing with iCloud helped it steal second place but in a year of increasingly tech-savvy consumers, Android is on fire and the iPhone 4S didn’t offer quite as much to blow our judges away.
HTC One X
With HTC’s excellent Sense interface this capable Android is as smooth as we’ve come to expect from HTC, while its lowlight-friendly eight-megapixel camera ensured it scores it highly. 25GB of free Dropbox is tops, but it didn’t quite offer a full cloud package like our numbers one and two.
Sony Xperia S
Built for media, the high-def, vibrant Xperia S sports an exceptionally individual interface on an Android Gingerbread OS, with a look and feel that’s distinctly Sony. Like the One X though, this impressive superphone didn’t quite manage the same next-level feature set as our winner.
Nokia Lumia 800
Nokia wasn’t the first to launch a Windows Phone, but there’s no other handset whose sleek silhouette matches the streamlined OS quite as much. With deeply integrated social features and a minimalist style, the Lumia 800 lost out for its average camera and lack of upgradability.