With the year 2012 drawing to an end it is a good idea to review some of the best smartphones launched this year. The focus is on smartphones that launched in the Nigerian market in 2012. If you are planning to buy a highend smartphone this Christmas season or in the first quarter of 2013, these phones should be on your radar.
Apple iPhone 5
The iPhone 5 for us is the best smartphone of 2012. It is slimmer and lighter and still features the best display on a smartphone. The 8 megapixel camera is also one of the best in the market. Apple has been known to pay a lot of attention to its devices; the iPhone 5 is no different.
The iPhone 5 features fast internet with HSPA+ support (up to 42Mbps). When LTE becomes available in Nigeria, iPhone 5 is LTE ready and capable of up to 100mbps. On Wi-Fi, the iPhone 5 supports dual-band Wi-Fi offering up to 150mbps. It also features a mobile hotspot feature that enables you share your 3G/4G data with other wireless devices.
The iPhone 5 is available in Nigeria and price ranges from N182,000 and N210,000.
Nokia Lumia 920
Nokia Lumia 920 is an impressive smartphone. It runs Windows Phone 8, the top contender for the third smartphone platform. Nokia Lumia 920 brings a unique and distinctive style to the smartphone market and promises the best integration to the most popular personal computer platform the Windows OS.
Nokia Lumia 920 boasts of one of the best camera and display on any smartphone launched in 2012. It also comes with built-in wireless charging as well as NFC. The Nokia City Lens enable you discover important location around you and the built-in MS Office, means you can be productive on the move. Nokia Lumia 920 features HSPA+ (up to 42.2mbps download speed) and LTE (up to 100mbps download speed).
Nokia Lumia 920 is currently exclusive to MTN and is currently available on pre-order. The price is currently N105,000.
Samsung Galaxy Note II
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is the best smartphone from Samsung in 2012. If you love massive displays, the Galaxy Note 2 is your best companion. It features a 5.5-inch display. Samsung Galaxy Note 2 features the latest Android flavour (Jelly Bean). So, if you want to run state of the art hardware on state of the art software, Galaxy Note 2 is a great choice.
Like the two earlier smartphone on this list, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 supports high-speed internet with HSPA+ (up to 42mbps) and LTE (up to 100mbps) built-in. The S-Pen makes note taking and drafting a breeze. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is available in Nigeria. The Price ranges from N93,000 to N105,000.
Samsung Galaxy S3
If you find the Galaxy Note 2 too large, the Samsung Galaxy S3 may be comforting. The Galaxy S3 features a 4.8-inch display, which is also one of the best for 2012. It is a high performance smartphone and one of the best selling smartphones of 2012. It is capable of internet download speeds of up to 21mbps and comes with a mobile hotspot feature.
The price of Samsung Galaxy S3 starts at around N85,000.
LG Optimus 4X HD
LG has been seating on the sidelines, but in 2012 they launched one of the best smartphones of the year. The LG Optimus 4X HD is the best LG smartphone offering in Nigeria right now at least until the LG Optimus G and the LG Optimus Nexus lands. It features a brilliant 4.7-inch HD display. This smartphone also posts an impressive 10+ hours talktime.
The LG Optimus 4X HD is currently available in Nigeria with price ranging from N85,000 to N95,000.
Note Worthy Smartphones for 2012
Although these smartphones did not make our top 5, they are no pushovers. Here are more impressive smartphones launched in 2012 in no particular order:
There is our list of the best smartphones launched in Nigeria in 2012. Do you have a different line-up? Share it as a comment.