10Rate Announces its Top 10 Best Smartphones for 2012; HTC and Samsung Winners of Best Quality and Best Value Awards

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10Rate.com Smartphones editor and reviewer Jack Burden rates and reviews the 2012 best Smartphones on a scale of 1-10

Motorola Droid Razr

The Motorola Droid Razr made 10Rate's top 10 list for 2012.

“The 64 GB black iPhone 4S for Sprint features a terrific camera that produces sharper images than the previous iPhone 4 and lets you edit the photos from the phone. The touchscreen responsiveness is as sharp as you could hope for."

10Rate reviewer Jack Burden and other 10Rate staff selected 10 of the best Smartphones for 2012. Testing and consideration were given based on a list of eleven technical criteria as follows:
1. Responsive touchscreen
2. Well-designed user interface that’s easy to navigate
3. Fast Internet connection
4. Large, bright display visible from all angles and in sunlight
5. Good audio and picture quality
6. A camera with photo editing options and HD video recording
7. A plethora of apps and programs for email, video, games, etc.
8. Solid construction
9. Adequate battery life
10. Small, lightweight, and easily portable
11. A good value

The annual Top 10 Best Smartphones 2012 awards list was led by the HTC Rezound winning the Best Quality spot with a near perfect 9.5 out of 10 rating. The review noted several strong features of the smartphone, stating, “Its 4.3-inch display is brilliantly sharp, allowing you to view HD videos and photos in fine detail. There’s a camera on the back and one on the front so you can view yourself when you take self-portraits. One of the nicest features of the HTC Rezound, however, is the Beats Audio technology, which enhances the sound quality of your music.”

10Rate's editors also gave the Smartphones' Best Value award to the Samsung Galaxy Prevail, with the review calling it “a decent, attractive smartphone without all the hassle of expensive carrier contracts.” The review went on to mention, “The user interface is bright, well organized, and easy to operate. We were happy with the host of features it includes, such as Bluetooth, GPS, business and personal email. Boost Mobile also rewards you for every 6 on-time payments by lowering the monthly fee by $5.”

Next, the Best Budget award from the Best Smartphone Reviews was the Nokia Lumia 710 for which Burden noted, “It’s a relatively small phone with a lightweight, plastic feel, but its display is made of tough Gorilla Glass and the back has a nice grip. The phone fits easily in your pocket or hand and has smooth edges. The user interface is also well designed, allowing you to check email, browse the web, and pull up apps with easy-to-navigate menus and icons.”

Both Nokia and Samsung were listed for multiple models on the Comparison Smartphone Ratings with Samsung receiving four separate recognitions. Although the brand itself only received one distinction, the Apple iPhone 4s Review stated the following for its second place in overall rating: “The 64 GB black iPhone 4S for Sprint features a terrific camera that produces sharper images than the previous iPhone 4 and lets you edit the photos from the phone. The touchscreen responsiveness is as sharp as you could hope for. The biggest attraction of the 4S is Siri, the personal assistant who speaks in a female voice, recognizes your spoken questions, and answers back with remarkable helpfulness.”

10rate.com conducts reviews in various product and services categories and publishes “Expert Top 10 Lists for Everything in your life.” The company's web site strives to “Make it Easy” to select from the hundreds of choices there are in the product and service market place. All products and services are thoroughly researched by the companies expert editors prior to receiving a rating on a 1-10 scale. In addition to product reviews the companies editors write guidelines, buying guides and articles on various topics surrounding each product or service category covered to help educate the consumer.

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