The most hyped handset since the iPhone 4S
has lived up to the hoopla, toppling not only Apple’s ageing starlet but all of
its Android rivals too. The Galaxy S III offers the slickest Android Ice Cream
Sandwich experience we’ve seen, thanks to a 1.4Ghz quad-core Exynos processor,
which eats 1080p movies for breakfast and can even play them in a pop-up window
while you browse the web. Extra such as the microSD slot and larger battery
give it the edge over HTC’s One X, and the 4.8in Super Amoled screen is sharp
and vibrant. We can’t wait to see how Apple responds.
Killer feature: a quad-core engine that
never gets flustered
Galaxy S III
Packed to bursting with high-end features
and the world’s slickest Android experience, bar none
HTC One X
Price: from $645
So fine is the line between the One X and
the S III that it all comes down to taste. If you’re after build quality, a
pin-sharp screen with true color reproduction and bags of camera effects, get
the One X. Want battery life and storage? Try the S III.
Apple iPhone 4S
The iPhone’s slowing pace of innovation has
cost it the top spot, but it’s still the most polished smartphone experience
around. It’s 3.5in, 326 ppi screen is the crispest in smart-world, its 8MP
camera takes fine snaps, and iOS remains an app heaven.
Nokia Lumia 800
The good news for Lumia fans: Nokia will
soon be releasing a Windows Phone 7.8 update for the range that will bring the
customizable home screen seen in Windows Phone 8. The bad: none of them, even
the Lumia 900, will be upgradeable to Windows Phone 8 itself.
Sony Xperia S
The Xperia S is bursting with toys,
including a 12Mp camera and NFC, and its 4.3in, 720p screen is one of the best
around. When we first tested it we were pretty blown away, but the newer HTC
One X and Samsung Galaxy S III have knocked it down a star.
Samsung Galaxy Nexus
With Android 4.1 Jelly Bean an imminent
arrival, the Galaxy Nexus also sport an excellent 4.64in, 1280 x 720
eyeball-pleaser of a display. Its 1.2Ghz dual-core power makes it relatively
quick, too, but its build quality and camera don’t quite match the best.