Guest post: Top 10 Smartphones to Buy in 2012

There’s a seemingly endless stream of new smartphones coming along this year and that supply doesn’t look like drying up any time soon either. So, with all of these different mobile gadgets to choose from, which one should you buy? Given that a smartphone often means spending quite a lot of money, or picking a package whether you get it thrown in as part of the deal, you want to get the best device for your cash. Here are ten suggestions from Broadband Genie that’ll keep you going for the next few months…

Although the Samsung Galaxy SIII looks like being one of the top smartphones to watch in 2012, the very good SII is still available and has plenty to keep you going until that newer model gets released. Dual core processor, Android and a Super AMOLED screen makes it a real hit.

Meanwhile, the Apple iPhone 4S continues to be endlessly popular with punters, although it is of course a premium smartphone that comes with a top-dollar price tag. However, for the outlay you now get a better camera, speedier processor and the entertaining voice control option of Siri. Plus the fact this is one of the best looking handsets on the market.

The HTC One range is a new range of phones from this manufactures and the One X is the top of the pile when it comes to features and functionality. There’s some super slick styling going on here, along with lots of powerful processing options. A redesigned user interface now makes this particular Android experience better than ever too.

Similarly, the HTC Sensation XE is still doing good business simply because it has to be one of their best models to date. There’s a dual core processor, longer battery life, which is a real bonus on any smartphone, plus beefier audio tools for a more enjoyable on the go experience. The 4.3-inch screen is way more than adequate too, so it’s a great all round communications and entertainments device.

Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus is another phone to make the must-have list as this sports a 4.65-inch viewing area but, more importantly, was the first smartphone to get the latest Ice Cream Sandwich update of the Google OS. It looks pretty cool into the bargain and has face recognition software too.

Nokia has been doing less well of late but that’s not to say there aren’t still some good smartphones in its range. The Lumia 800 is a recently unveiled piece of kit that ticks all of the boxes when it comes to hot handset features. The camera, as is usually the case with Nokia, is perhaps the standout feature, but there’s a fancy looking design, nice screen and a range of funky different colours to choose from.

Over at Sony, the Xperia S makes a good bet if you’re still of the Android persuasion, although this model comes packed with style and a fabulous 12-megapixel camera on-board. There’s decent performance, lots of great music playing capabilities and the build quality is excellent.

BlackBerry might not be quite as appealing to many smartphone owners because of their slightly old-school design features, but there’s no doubting that they’re still really good for quick off the mark emailing activities. So little wonder they are so popular with business professionals and students alike. Try the latest Bold 9900 to see what the fuss is all about.

Motorola is another run unsung hero in the world of smartphones and their latest RAZR offering comes packed with super features, including a very slimline and svelte design which has tough Gorilla Glass on the screen to make it able to take plenty of knocks over time. The dual core processor means its no slouch in the performance stakes either.

Not all of us have the pennies to buy a premium smartphone though, so we’ll round thins out by mentioning the Orange San Francisco, which is one of the best entry-level smartphones running Android that you can currently lay your hands on. Give it a try – you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

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