Tech Tuesday #1: Best Smartphone of 2012?

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Mary from Fitchburg asks, “What’s the best smartphone right now?”

Greg: Good question. My favorite phone right now (and the one I use myself) is the Samsung Galaxy S3. Big, beautiful screen, lots of features, and okay battery life. You really do need a good quality protective case for these as the big screen isn’t as well protected and prone to breaking if dropped. I like the Otterbox Commuter line of cases.

Galaxy S III
For a more durable, smaller phone, I also like the Motorola Razr Maxx. It’s a durable phone with surprisingly good battery life. The Razr line seems to work a bit better in low-signal areas, too.

And you’re not going to go wrong with the Apple iPhone 5, especially if you’re upgrading from an older 3GS or 4 phone. But there’s not much new in the 5 compared with previous phones…the upgrade is not worth the money if you’re buying your own. I personally don’t like iTunes and the idea of buying new chargers, and accessories to work with the new “Lightning” connector, since Apple has started using the new connector design with the iPhone 5.

I don’t recommend Blackberries any more. They have fallen far behind the competition and the design of their network means that most of your messages go through the Blackberry network in addition to your carrier. In fact, the Blackberry network had another major outage in Europe this week.

I also don’t recommend the Microsoft Windows Mobile/Windows Phones. The Nokias are described as surprisingly good, but the support and App infrastructure make it a risky choice unless you’re a died-in-the-wool Microsoftie.

Now, the phone is only part of the equation. You also need to make sure you get the right service plan…from a carrier that offers coverage where you spend most of your time…but that’s another matter.

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