What a year for Android smartphones! 2012 was really the year that Google’s mobile operating system came of age, not only wiping the floor with iOS devices in terms of the number of device activations, but also in the consistently high quality of hardware that the OS was paired with.
Though Samsung continue to dominate the field, all the major Android players had at least one stand-out handset this year. Huawei came in from left-field to prove they’ve got what it takes to make a dent in the UK market, while HTC’s One series devices were incredibly sleek. The Google Nexus 4 though stole the show, offering a premium Android experience at (almost) a pocket money price.
Scroll down for our pick of this year’s best Android smartphones, and let us know if you agree with our choices!
Samsung Galaxy S3
Proving massively popular this year, the Galaxy S3 saw anticipation for Samsung’s handset hit iPhone-levels of hysteria, with sales so far now upwards of 30 million since its May launch. Now running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, it packs in a 1.4GHz quad-core processor and 1GB RAM, with a lush 4.8 inch HD Super AMOLED display hitting a high 306 ppi. An impressive 8MP camera sits on the rear, while a handful of neat software features (including a picture-in-picture Pop-Up Play option) shows off the power of the internal hardware. At 8.6mm thick, it also remains on of the most svelte handsets available too. 4G versions are now also available.