Smart phones have changed a lot over the past 12 months. In January, a 5.5-inch “phablet” seemed absurd. Today, millions of people use one. And that’s just one example of how our smart phones have changed. Although 2012 was the year of the first quad-core smart phone as well as the year of the first 1080p smart phone, the best way to characterize the Android ecosystem during the past 12 months is its impressive global smart phone OS market share during the third quarter, one that rests at 75%. Android was on three out of each four smart phones sold during the time period!
Samsung Galaxy S3 is the one that is at present occupying the throne and is ruling over the other Android based smart phones. The highlighting features of Galaxy S3 are the S-Voice, a 4.8 inches screen, eyeball movement tracker, S Beam and the heavy NFC technology. The Samsung Galaxy S3 is, without a doubt, the most important Android smart phone of 2012. Probably the most important detail about Samsung Galaxy S3 is that it is the best selling Android smart phone to ever reach the market, as in November, global Samsung Galaxy S3 sales had passed the 30 million unit mark. The Samsung Galaxy S3 was the first device in the Galaxy S series that has reached the United States on all four carriers without any major changes, contrary to the trend that other manufacturers usually follow in releasing customized version for each carrier.
The US version uses a dual-core 1.5GHz Krait processor paired with an Adreno 225 GPU and 2GB of RAM, while the international version makes due with just 1GB of RAM, but is snappier (both in benchmarks and real life situations) in most cases than its LTE-equipped brother, thanks to its 1.4GHz quad-core A9 CPU and Mali 400MP GPU.
Even by the most recent standards, the Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone rests at the top end of the performance and user experience chart.
Also Samsung Galaxy S3 Premium Suite has only been recently announced, it could not count in the context, but the extra software tweaks (plenty of them actually useful) that the smartphone is about to receive only adds to its reputation.
Stuff Magazine awarded Galaxy S3 as the Smartphone of the year 2012.
The South Korean firm’s flagship Android handset saw off stiff competition from Apple’s iPhone 5 and iPad, plus Google’s award-winning Nexus 7 tablet, to pick up the top award of the night.
It also grabbed the coveted Smartphone of the Year title, rubbing further salt in the wounds of its current market, and courtroom, rival Apple.
Despite missing out on five awards, it wasn’t all bad news for Apple which saw its MacBook Pro with Retina display secure the Computer of the Year award.
Stuff magazine editor Will Findlater believes the high calibre of entrants shows Apple faces stiff competition in a rapidly progressing mobile market.
’2012 has been a landmark year for technology, particularly in the tablet and smartphone spaces,’ he said.
‘While Apple’s gadgets have been exemplary, its competitors have made even greater strides – and the Galaxy S3, with its 4.8-inch HD screen and unique interface innovations, shows that Samsung has made the greatest strides of all.’
Google was the night’s overall winner with a total of four awards, with its affordable Nexus 7 device named Tablet of the Year and its Project Glass virtual eyewear securing the Most Wanted Future Gadget title.
Meanwhile, low-cost British-built Raspberry Pi Model B microcomputer triumphed in the Innovation of the Year category.
‘Gadgets are providing convenience and entertainment options that have never before been possible,’ added Findlater. ‘This is an exciting time for tech.’
The winners of the Stuff Gadget Awards 2012:
Video Gadget of the Year– Humax DTR–T1000
Tech Accessory of the Year– Synology DiskStation DS212j
Smartphone App of the Year– Strava
Tablet App of the Year– Sky Sports for iPad
Cloud App of the Year– BBC.co.uk & iPlayer
Home Gadget of the Year– British Gas Remote Heating Control
Gadget of the Year– Samsung Galaxy S3
Smartphone of the Year– Samsung Galaxy S3
Tablet of the Year– Google Nexus 7
Camera of the Year– Fujifilm Finepix X10
TV of the Year– Sony KDL-46HX853
Computer of the Year– Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display
Audio Gadget of the Year– Philips Fidelio SoundSphere DS9800W/10
Sat-nav of the Year– Google Maps Navigation
Sports Gadget of the Year– Nike+ Training TR+1
Tech Transport of the Year– Renault Twizy