Samsung Galaxy S3 beat out Apple’s iPhone 5 in the Top 10 best and most influential tech products in 2012 issued by CNET consumer technology news and reviews brand. The list demonstrates that it’s a battle between Android and iOS. Ultimately, the Samsung Galaxy S3 won out, but Apple did snare two spots on the list with the iPhone 5 and the iPad Mini.
CNET’s Top 5 Best Products of 2012
These five devices garnered a spot on the list for best design, best features and overall most impressive value among the hundreds of consumer electronics released this year.
1. Samsung Galaxy S3 – The Android Hero
The Samsung Galaxy S3 is the first “real” competitor to the popular iPhone on a global scale, where it is available on nearly every carrier and nearly everywhere. It represents the rise and dominance of Android OS.
2. Apple iPhone 5 – “The Most Anticipated”
Nearly six years since the launch of the original iPhone, the iPhone 5 is the one that consumers have been waiting for.
3. Google Nexus 7 – “The Superior Small Tablet”
Consumers want smaller and lighter tablets to take on the go, so there was no doubt the 7-inch tablets, the Google Nexus 7 and the Apple iPad Mini, made the list.
4. Apple iPad Mini – “The Luxury Latecomer”
5. Droid Razr Maxx – “The New Battery Benchmark”.
Droid Razr Maxx set a completely new benchmark on battery life, beating its closest competitor by nearly 30 percent.
“This is the year that mobile arrived – every single one of the five best devices of 2012 can be held in one hand. Samsung Galaxy S3 beat out Apple’s iPhone 5 in our ranking, thanks largely to Google’s sophisticated and dominant mobile operating system,” said Lindsey Turrentine , Editor-in-Chief of CNET Reviews. “We also saw a lot of shakeup in the tech landscape this year, with products like Windows 8 and personal 3D printers setting the stage for massive change, so we created a list of the most influential products. Our list of influencers recognizes efforts to push boundaries and take risks, despite mixed industry reviews.”
CNET’s Top 5 Most Influential Products of 2012
These five products received mixed reviews, while some won over consumers. Overall, they were game-changers that made everyone in the industry notice and change the future landscape within their industries.
1. Microsoft Windows 8 – The Industry Shaker
Microsoft Windows 8 may not have been immediately met with the best reviews, but its integration of a mobile- and PC-based OS in one product will usher in an era of new touch-enabled products.
2. Samsung Galaxy S3 – Leading the Android Charge
Samsung Galaxy S3 is the first ubiquitous non-iPhone since the Blackberry.
3. Microsoft Surface – The Metro Vanguard
The Microsoft Surface is the first tablet to be considered a viable replacement to desktops and also marked Microsoft’s foray into portions of the hardware market that were once the domain of the likes of HP, Dell, Asus and others.
4. Google Nexus 7 – The Price Warrior
Once the Google Nexus 7 Tablet came on the market with a price of $199, it forced other competitors to lower their price points.
5. Makerbot 3D Replicator – The Invention Engine
The Makerbot 3D Replicator is the first real consumer 3D printer, giving consumers endless possibilities on the products they can produce right from their home.