Apple, Samsung, HTC, Motorola… Your head can spin with the amount of choices you have when it comes to choosing a smartphone.
Not only do you want a phone that looks sleek and slim, you want a phone with a great megapixel camera, one that’s fast… and a big screen would be nice.
Luckily, with the help of toptenreviews.com, here are a list of 2012’s top five smartphones:
1. Apple’s iPhone 4S made it to the top of the list (are you surprised?) for, what toptenreviews.com called, it’s “groundbreaking features,” which of course includes a voice recognizing personal assistant named Siri.
The feature allows you to speak into the device and turn it into text. But that’s not all. Siri combines “data from GPS location-based services, your address book and the vast resources of the Internet” and even built-in apps to be able to wake you up at 7 a.m. tomorrow morning or let you know if you will need an umbrella later in the day.
FaceTime is another feature offered, making video calls easy and absolute. It’s only drawback is that the front-facing camera is only 0.3MP. The low MP makes the picture quality just under perfect, but a great concept just the same.
From the first iPhone, Apple has “set the standard for portable media players,” showing YouTube videos with a pixel resolution of 960 x 640 and a processing speed of 1GHz. The installed memory comes in 16, 32 and 64GB which can store countless amounts of songs and photos.
Now for the rear camera. Though Apple has been criticized in the past for having a MP lower than other top rated smartphones, Apple fought back with their outstanding 8MP camera which captures your special moments with perfect clarity on its 3.5 inch screen.
The iPhone 4 was the first of its kind to come out with a feature that allowed the user to multitask between apps, calls and surfing the web all while listening to the music player. This was made available thanks to iOS 4.
The iPhone 4 also features FaceTime, which is ready to go with a touch of a button — no installation is required. With another tap of your finger you can switch to the rear camera allowing whomever you’re chatting with to see what is happening on the back of the phone. The front-facing camera also has a 0.3MP.
The phones rear-facing camera has a 5MP camera and an LED flash with a video recorder that has the ability to shoot and edit HD videos.
The 960 x 640 pixel resolution and 1GHz allows the videos and photos taken to show a much crisper image in a 3.5 inch screen. You can choose between an installed memory of 16 or 32GB.
3. Third on the list is the Motorola Atrix with its Webtop application which allows the user “to send or receive text messages, place phone calls and browse the Internet by connecting your smartphone to a PC, which allows you to work on a bigger screen.
This feature is perfect for the business man who needs to store presentations and documents on the phone. It’s one downfall is that the docking station is sold separately.
The phone has the capability to reduce noise pollution and sync your contacts with social media networks.
Not only does it provide basic multimedia features like a music player and web capabilities, but the Atrix also offers video chat on a 0.3MP front-facing camera. It’s rear facing camera is 5MP.
You can enjoy the Adobe Flash support offered on the Atrix’s qHD, or quarter high definition, 4.0 inch screen with a pixel resolution of 960 x 540 and a processing speed of 1GHz.
It’s installed memory comes with 16GB with an expandable memory of up to 32GB if you have more pictures or videos to store.
4. The HTC Thunderbolt 2012 comes in fourth, with a 4.3 inch touchscreen and 480 x 800 pixel resolution. The clarity of the screen will certainly come in handy for anyone who frequently views videos or takes photos on their smartphone.
Other great features include the smartphone’s camera, audio and video. Toptenreviews.com calls this bad boy the “ideal multimedia phone,” as it comes with an 8.0MP rear camera, 1.3MP front-facing camera, 40GB of storage and quality pixel resolution.
Also, the Thunderbold has an installed memory of 8GB and an expandable memory of 32GB, allowing you to save your collection of music, photos and videos.
In addition, the smartphone has 4G capabilities, the Android 2.2 operating system and the 1GHz Snapdragon processor. Toptenreviews.com said, “The phone can also double as a mobile hotspot for up to eight devices, meaning as long as you are in a location where you get a strong phone signal, you can provide wireless Internet to any computing device with Wi-Fi capabilities.”
5. The final and thinnest smartphone on the list is the Samsung Infuse 4G. Toptenreviews.com said it has enough features to become a hand-held computer. The fact that it is a 4G phone with 1.2GHz makes the phone fast with minimal wait time for programs to open.
The Infuse 4G features an 8MP rear-facing and a 1.3MP front facing allowing for video chat allowing for a much more clearer image. With a pixel resolution of 480 x 800, the image quality overall is excellent and vibrant.
The phone comes with 16GBs of installed memory and an expandable memory of up to 32GB.
All the smartphones listed above come with the following: a video recorder, a digital player, e-mail, three way calling, call hold, call timer, call waiting, caller ID, WI-FI, GPS, Bluetooth, Internet browser, tethering and a year warranty.