2012 will probably be remembered for years to come for the plethora of sleek, high-tech-packed gadgets launched. From fashion statement to camera substitute, to convenient carry-on mini-computer, always at hand for messaging, browsing, gaming, providing internet access and serving as music archive, the smartphone took a turn for the featherweight perfect accessory this year. So here is 2012 in smartphones!

2012 in smartphonesThe top two gadgets of this year are products from two old rivals, Apple and Samsung. The iPhone 5, deemed by Time Magazine “Gadget of the Year”, packs some serious power under its sleek hood. The device’s main stunning features are its A6 chip, the 4G/Long Term Evolution (LTE) network compatibility, its FaceTime front camera with 720p HD quality and eight-megapixel iSight rear camera that provides 3264 x 2448 pixels accuracy. With an aluminum back, the Apple smartphone remains the thinnest and probably lightest device currently on the market. The iPHone 5 is equipped with a 4 inch Retina screen, 0.5 inch larger than the original iPhone one, which can still fit easily in one hand due to it being taller rather than wider.

The device can be acquired for a starting price of $199 with a 2-year plan from AT&T, Sprint or Verizon.

Samsung Galaxy S III puts the name smart in smartphone with a stunning 4.8-inch display, LTE browsing capability and a versatile Android operating system. And that is only the beginning. The device’s front camera will detect when someone is looking at the screen and provide the full display light, and as soon as the person looks away the light will be dimmed to save battery. If you are messaging and you decide to call the person directly, all you need to do is lift the phone to your ear and it will dial for you.

The S III also comes equipped with the S Beam function which allows two devices carrying the feature to be able to share photos, music, videos and games by simply touching them back to back. The device’s Social Tag feature allows the owner to automatically tag their friends in the smartphone photo gallery and show their current social networking status.

The smartphone can be purchased for prices starting from $149 with a 2-year plan from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Verizon.

2012 in smartphonesNokia’s Lumia 920 is a Windows 8 operated smartphone that comes equipped with a colorful Start screen and Microsoft apps like Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. Its rear camera is an eight-megapixel low-light one with optical image stabilization and support for filters and special effects. The device runs on a 1.5GHz quad-core processor and provides wireless charging and high-speed 4G/LTE connectivity. It’s available for purchase starting from $99.99 with 2-year plans from AT&T.

HTC launched two powerful smartphones this year, the HTC Droid DNA and the HTC One X+. The first device uses the Gorilla Glass 2 technology that makes the gadget one of the most durable on the market at the moment and comes equipped with a 5-inch 1080 HD screen, a quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and 4G LTE compatibility.

The HTC One X+ offers a 4.7-inch display, a quad-core processor, the 4G/LTE connectivity, the “Jelly Bean” Google Android platform and 64 gigabytes of internal memory.

The Motorola Droid Razr Maxx HD has the longest battery life of all the smartphones available at the moment. It provides 13 hours of video playback, 8 hours of web surfing or 21.5 hours of uninterrupted talk time. The device is made out of top notch materials like Corning Gorilla glass and DuPont Kevlar fiber.