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Which SmartPhone was Best of the Year: Apple, HTC, Motorola or Samsung?

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By BVN Staff

There’s no doubt 2011 marked a huge year for smartphone sales as these phones etched closer to overtaking average cellphone sales throughout the U.S. Of the biggest achievements this year, we saw the highly-anticipated release of Android 4.0, Motorola’s debut of its first Android-based RAZR and the long-rumored iPhone 4S – finally!

Apple, HTC, Motorola, and Samsung all earned bragging rights for contributions to the smartphone market. Each made notable and/or distinct products, but this tech writer wants to know from readers, which smartphone was the most significant in 2011.

Here’s a brief rundown of my top five choices for best smartphone of 2011:

iPhone 4S: Rumors about the successor to the iPhone 4 set the web ablaze, dominating tech and general news headlines. The rumors of a larger screen and 4G capabilities turned out to be nothing more than that. It was reported that many Apple enthusiasts initially felt let down by the iPhone 4S, but Siri, Apple’s voice-control software, turned into the talk of the town. Voice-control may not be anything new for smartphones, but Siri’s intelligence made it a standout feature on the iPhone 4S.

HTC EVO 3D: Think 3D is a fad that should be limited to your movie-going experience? The release of the HTC EVO 3D proved 3D isn’t just for theaters. Right now, it’s not clear precisely how much staying power 3D has considering the number of 3D-capable smartphones released in the U.S. can probably be counted on one hand, but it was good to see HTC taking another leap with its expansion of the EVO brand.

Motorola Droid RAZR: If you didn’t own or see a Motorola RAZR in the mid 2000’s, you were probably hiding under a rock – a very large rock. This super-slim phone was one of the most successful cellphones in history. Motorola resurrected the RAZR name in November hoping to reclaim some of the original RAZR glory, this time wrapped in Android 2.3. The latest RAZR is a formidable smartphone that won’t weigh you down at 127 grams, and most of the body comes in at a mere – and impressive – 7.1 mm thick.

Samsung Galaxy S II: This smartphone truly brought the trifecta of what premium smartphones should embody with a stunning design, high-end features and superior battery life. As such, this 4.5-inch smartphone didn’t get lost in a sea of Gingerbread smartphones.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus: Some people might sum up the Samsung Nexus Galaxy’s appeal in two words: Android 4.0. But The Samsung Nexus Galaxy has more appeal than its designated OS. The latest Nexus is a solid smartphone with its dual-core processor and 4G capabilities. Throw in a 4.65-inch display, an HD Super AMOLED screen, and a fortified glass display and you have a strong contender here in the Galaxy Nexus.

Honorable Mention: BlackBerry. RIM certainly had its share of woes in 2011 and a gray cloud still hovers over the smartphone giant. But RIM did get noticed with the release of the BlackBerry Bold 9930, Torch 9810 and Torch 9850 last Summer running OS 7. It wasn’t enough to completely turn RIM around, but it did illustrate that Blackberry is still competitive.

The smartphone and mobile computing marketing will continue to evolve, next year probably bringing exciting new ways to improve how we socialize and share information. However this year, I’d like to know which smartphone made the biggest impact in your view.

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0 # Lillian 2014-07-10 21:33
The Motorola Droid was the release that put Motorola firmly
on the smartphone map. The LG Optimus 3D has a dual-core, dual-channel and dual-memory architecture – all
firsts for a smartphone – but it's the phone's recording, viewing and sharing of 3D
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+1 # Guest 2011-12-30 05:27
The HTC Inspire is my favorite! The powerful features and large display make this a worthy contender.
0 # Guest 2011-12-29 13:58
HTC Rezound all the way.
+2 # Guest 2011-12-28 15:54
I just bought the Samsung Galaxy NEXUS. I couldn't be more impressed with all it has to offer and the ease of learning everynook & cranny. I love it ! I love the size which by the way fits perfectly in my female hand. Super phone 32gb is a lot.
-5 # Guest 2011-12-28 14:07
The BEST smartphone of the year is the htc rezound! Compare it's specs to ANY on the market right now and you'll see: it has a 1.5 dual core processor (most powerful available), it has the highest amount of ram memory available AND an sd card slot, it has the highest resolution screen available and the highest pixel density by far (342ppi) than ANY phone, it has the best audio output, highest meg cam set available that can record in SLOW-MOTION, can edit video straight from the gallery, has a big extended battery available, is much more comfortable to hold in your hand than any of the phones mentioned in this article, and of course it's 4g lte and it's scheduled to be one of the first, if not THE first non-google phone to get android 4.0!...now, does ANY phone mentioned in this article match that?! NOPE!
+1 # Guest 2011-12-28 07:30
The Droid razr is the best phone n on the best network
+3 # Guest 2011-12-27 13:48

I would say the Galaxy Nexus is second to only the Galaxy S2, and a tad better than the iPhone 4S. These would be the top 3 phones in my opinion. I opted for the S2, but you can't go wrong with the Galaxy Nexus.
-4 # Guest 2011-12-27 13:41
Why are the razr and evo3d on here?

The competition is really between the Galaxy S2 and the 4s. Nothing else compares.

And between these 2 it's undoubtedly the Galaxy S2.
+2 # Guest 2011-12-27 13:23
I wanted get the Galaxy Nexus but I heard mixed things. Is it worth buying?
+2 # Guest 2011-12-27 12:51
hands down the galaxy s 2!

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