Jan 13 2013

Best Mobile Phones Of 2012

by Mohd in Kuwait, Technology

Continuing my Best Of series, here is my best mobile’s list for 2012. My phone’s list will go through best screen, best battery,best phone for hacks, best camera, best highend smart phone with a friendly budget and best luxury phone but before I start just a simple reminder that all the phones mentioned are my personal choice and not based on any other list made from any tech sites, all the mobile phones are available in Kuwait and Ive tried them personally.


Best Phone’s Display

Its really easy to determine which phone has the best display in 2012 , it hosts the same specs as the famous Samsung Galaxy S3 but unfortunately havent had the huge media spotlight or mania as Samsung had. The phone Im talking about is the htc One X beautiful android with a solid build, if compare its 4.7″ display to the Galaxy S3 or the iPhone 5 its like comparing a 2 year old displays to a true HD display its truly AMAZING.


Best Battery 

No matter what smart phone you have in your hand and how pleased you are with it at the end of the day it comes to how much battery you still have to make those urgent calls or check those important emails. I actually didnt buy this phone but I’ve used it during my business trip to Istanbul, I accidentally forgot my Blackberry back home and I was planning to use it with a Turkish sim so a friend of mine offered me his motorola Razr Maxx to use it during my trip. He is also an iPhone user and when I asked him why he is not using the Motorola he simply replied its my travel phone, and I came to realize what he meant when I kept using it excessively. Im always connected to the internet checking my work emails, twitter, whatsapp, Google+ you name it plus phone calls of course and at the end of the day I return to my hotel with a 40 % charge. All day long heavy usage and a 40% remaining now thats a BEAST. It also felt so durable in the hands with its kevlar back. The camera is not that great but the battery in this beast is phenomenal a 3300 mAh.

Some may argue that Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has a 3100 mAh battery plus great specs and awesome display but in my opinion the motorola may claim this category because its much smaller in general, cheaper 90 KD and The Note 2 is a Phablet not a smart phone.


Best Luxury Phone

Hands down it is the BlackBerry Porsche Design P9981, check out my review on the P9981 Here. The design is extraordinary as if it came out of a sci-fi movie.


Best Phone for Hacks

Its so obvious its gonna be the Nexus 4, a pure android experience and a device loved by developers. Usually Nexus phones has a massive number of ROMs that can be installed on it but since its not available in Kuwait yet and the Galaxy Nexus is pretty old now Im gonna choose the htc One X again coz I know its loved by developers and I’ve tried so many ROMs on it.


Best Phablet

Although i didnt use it but its the only phablet available in Kuwait till now of course it the Galaxy Note 2.



Best Camera Phone

It cant be a phone list without having the iPhone 5 in it, some may claim it to be the best phone of the year but actually I wont specify a certain best overall phone especially coz we had some great phone in 2012. Back to the iPhone 5, although its just an 8 MP camera but we all know its not always about the number of pixels the camera optics and software play a huge role in picture quality.


Best High End SmartPhone & Budget Friendly


The Samsung Galaxy S3, its the best selling smart phone for 2012 and a great overall phone. Quad core, 4.8″ display, 8 MP camera and it retails for only 160 KD. It hosts almost the same specs as the htc One X & performance wise its a beast. For only 160 KD & 6 colors compared to the iPhone’s starting price of 200 KD or htc’s 190 KD Samsung wins this category. Its not a cheap phone but a high end smart phone with a reasonable price.







5 Responses to Best Mobile Phones Of 2012

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  2. vader January 14, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Hi, sorry if this is very late….. I don’t think you can be serious when you say the iPhone5 has the best camera. It isn’t even close to the best. The nokia 808 is leaps and bounds better in *every* respect. Yes, its not just about pixels. Try a 1/1.2 inch sensor and a 5 element Carl Zeiss tessar lens. There is not one review that ever said the ip5 had a better camera than the 808 – even from the apple fan sites! I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt and assume that you never heard of the 808. Heavens knows Nokia did nothing to promote it 🙂

    • Mohd January 14, 2013 at 1:53 pm

      Well ive heard about the Nokia 808 pure view & u r right its more than a great camera for a phone. The reason i choose the iphone 5 coz the 808 has a the worst OS i dont think its practical considering its price. I choose the iphone 5 coz its a great phone with a good camera considering its only 8 MP while the 808 i categorize it as a Camera with phone features added to it.

      All in all i respect ur opinion and i hope u understand why i chose the iphone 5 & not the pureview although u may not agree with it.

  3. Anonymous January 15, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Fair comment 🙂 I mistook it as you thought it was the best camera, not the best “camera phone”. I think you also mean the 808 has the worst GUI, not the worst OS. I am a firmware developer, and can actually reveal that symbian (808 OS) is actually the best OS technically. The OS is the interface to the hardware, not what you see on the screen. Android’s OS is actually linux – Android is a program which runs on top of linux. Symbian is the only OS written specifically for mobile devices and hence has more features and better performance bang for buck. The GUI is dated and somewhat complicated for the average person.

    Anyway, I digress….Current symbian (Nokia Belle) doesn’t have the flare of the other main contenders, so most would tend to agree with you. Having said that, the old i devices are staring to show their age. A simple menu of apps really shouldn’t cut it today. Android is really pulling away. That is actually a bad thing – competition breeds innovation.

    As a quick second thing, the Galaxy Note 2 lasts longer that the MAXX. Tests show it lasts longer – e.g. check out LaptopMag – 9h 27m for the note2 vs. 8:13 for the MAXX in continuous running tests.

    Pretty good pics for the rest 🙂

    • Mohd January 27, 2013 at 12:07 pm

      Well u seem to take the Nokia 808 too seriously and whether u call it OS or GUI the world is watching Nokia killing Symbian and as of 2014 its gonna be a thing from the past.

      and about the Galaxy Note 2 battery life u r right it has a long battery life but i didnt choose it coz in my personal opinion its a phablet ( i know phablet is not a word but i think u know what i mean ).

      Thanks Vader or 808 advocate :p

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