The Top Five T-Mobile Smartphones Of The Year According To Your Vote

Your votes are in and the list of the top five best T-Mobile phones of 2012 is ready for release. In fact, it was all very much right in line with what we all could have and should have guessed with the Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note II, Nexus 4, HTC One S and Windows Phone 8X topping the charts of T-Mobile releases this year. So here’s the top five phones of 2012, in no particular order.

LG Nexus 4 ($199 or $349 depending on where purchased) 

The Google and LG experience smartphone features a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and you’ll just need only a few moments with the device to see what that means. The 4.7″ HD display is paired with 2GB of RAM, an 8 megapixel camera, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and 8 or 16GB of internal memory.

Of course the big “problem” if we can call it that is where to purchase? If you’re looking to save, you can score a Nexus 4 on T-Mobile for $199, or you can go the Play Store route and grab the 8GB model for $299 or 16GB model for $349. If I may be so bold to say that buying from Google is your best option — spare yourself the contract and get yourself the same exact device. It’s a win-win.

Samsung Galaxy S III ($149 after $100 mail-in rebate through

What can we say about the Galaxy S III that we haven’t already said? This is Samsung’s flagship smartphone for so many reasons — including its large 4.8″ display, 2GB of RAM, 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 16GB or 32GB of storage and an 8 megapixel camera. Throw in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and you’ve got yourself a premier Android device.

There’s good reason this is Samsung’s best-selling smartphone and I said as much in my review. Perhaps the only downside to the Galaxy S III on T-Mobile is its price tag, but that’s ok as many third-party retailers will help you score one contract for less than $100. Combine that price tag with the incredibly wide developer community that supports this device through the likes of XDA you’ve got one of the best Android devices ever.

Windows Phone 8X ($199 after $50 mail-in rebate on

I’m literally pushing this article out just hours before I finalize and post my review of the Windows Phone 8X on T-Mobile and when it comes to the hardware, it’s a glowing review. The dual-core processor and beautiful display make for an excellent experience. You’ll find virtually no lag and you’ll work even harder to ultimately discover can’t slow this device down no matter what kind of multi-tasking you throw at it.

The flip side is the Windows Phone 8 app store which is still my biggest concern when considering full-time ownership of a WP8 device. Based on employee feedback at T-Mobile store locations, the Windows Phone 8X easily outsells the Lumia 810 and we’re betting that at least part of that is looks alone. The 8X hardware is sharp, and I mean that literally with somewhat the sharp corners. Even so, this is HTC manufacturing at its best.

Fingers crossed that Windows Phone 8 gets its due and developers come knocking because the platform really is ready to show the masses there is a completely new way to smartphone.

Galaxy Note II ($369 after $50 mail-in rebate on

Like the Galaxy S III, the Galaxy Note II is one of the best Samsung smartphones ever produced by the Korean manufacturer. Unfortunately, the incredible functionality comes with a heavy price tag on T-Mobile, but in the end you get exactly what you paid for. Featuring a 5.5″ Super AMOLED HD display, 1.6GHz Exynos quad-core processor, 2GB or RAM, 8 megapixel camera, Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean, recently added multi-window support and S Pen capability, you’ve got the makings of a business owners dream device.

The price tag might be high, but the Galaxy Note II hits all the right notes and when you combine the idea that you’ve got a phone that is both a smartphone and a tablet, the price tag becomes much easier to swallow. Add the latest specs, a huge developer community and Samsung’s marketing machine and the Galaxy Note II ranks easily as one of the best smartphones of the year.

Check out my review of the Galaxy Note II.

HTC One S ($149 after $50 mail-in rebate on 

The HTC One S is the “oldest” phone on the list, meaning it was first on this list to release earlier in the year. Our review hit April 30th and it was glowing and it all holds true to this day. While it may not have top of the line specs compared to the Galaxy Note II, when it launched the One S was the best smartphone on T-Mobile and remains of the best today.

Featuring a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 4.3″ Super AMOLED display, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, 8 megapixel camera with HTC ImageChip technology and Android 4.0, the One S is no slouch. HTC has promised that the One S will receive the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update sometime in the near future breathing brand new life into an already great handset. With the beautiful design and excellent hardware, the size of the device still has it as one of my go-to Android devices. This one will always hold a special place for me and its still a device to consider, especially with Jelly Bean on the horizon.

See my review of the HTC One S.

So, what’s your vote for the number 1 smartphone on T-Mobile for 2012? Polls close at noon on December 28th so get your vote in now!

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  • Deborah Umansky – Psychologist

    Htc amaze still has my vote for on of the best phones on tmo

    • g2a5b0e

      It was a good phone, but this is for phones released in 2012 only.

    • Herb

      Please take me for a trip in your time machine…… Please?!

  • Durandal_1707

    Why are we doing this again? The GS3 already won the first poll fair and square.

    • thepanttherlady

      You should read the first post more thoroughly for the answer.

    • Well, based on the current vote as I write this, the phone that won that poll isn’t winning this poll. When the answers are more limited, the vote could change.

      • Durandal_1707

        All the votes in the last poll for phones other than the top five – the Lumia 810, the myTouch, the Relay 4G, the Optimus L9, the Lumia 710, and the original Note – amounted to barely 5% of the votes cast, and had 148 votes in total (at the time of this writing). If every single one of those votes were added to the second-place winner, the Note II, it would have 840 + 148 == 988. The GS3 had 996 votes. So even if every single person who didn’t vote for one of the big five went for the second-place winner, it wouldn’t change the result as per that poll. If all those votes went to the Nexus 4, it’d be even further short of the GS3, by 61 votes. That poll was a decisive win for the GS3, no matter how you cut it.

        The problem we have here is that most people who voted in the first poll aren’t going to vote again, because they already voted, so you’re just going to have the fanatics this time around, and you’re not going to get an accurate result.

        Another thing to factor in is the fact that unlike the first poll, in which the list of phones was randomized on each page load, this one has a great big write-up on the top in which the Nexus 4 is listed first (even though the text claims they’re in no particular order), which naturally is going to skew the results toward that LG thing. It’s almost as if someone didn’t get the result they wanted last time and is trying to influence the vote.

        • JayMo86

          U kinda sound like a republican after they lost an election…It’s just a 2nd poll, ur reading too much into it

        • Thank you. He acting like he was suppose to get a prize for the g3 winning and with this second poll he’s going to miss out. First thought, please STFD! but that wouldn’t be polite so I’ll go with my second thought, STFU!

        • Sit the **** up? lol jk

        • lol

        • minioninnc

          Call him Mr. Gallup.

        • A well thought out rebuttal and I don’t disagree with anything you said. However, in my original writing I said another poll would follow and I’m a man of my word, regardless of the results. More importantly, I’ve got not horse in this race, didn’t you know I’m an iOS fanboy? :-)

        • An iOs fanboy to the world, but we all know when you sleep at night its in an android onesie on an android pillow with android bed sheets and a Nexus 4 by your bedside. Lol

        • Indeed I do!!

        • davedsone

          Lol, throwing it back, David! Nice.

        • Ok conspiracy theorist, it doesn’t matter all that much, people will vote again and again, this site is dedicated to t-mobile fanatics and a lot of us here come back everyday to see whats new, if there is a poll the same people and more will still vote regardless, the problem you stated is based upon your opinion and not fact.

          This is not a continuation of the poll in the same sense that people that already voted can’t vote any more you are absolutely free to vote again because the match up is different. by cutting it down to 5 it does change some things however, it would have been more effective if it was left to top 3.

          There are ALWAYS fanatics in these kind of posts even the first one that was posted.The outcome is most likely not going to change the S3 will probably win all around again. You recognize he said the post was in no particular order so why do you have something to say about it? people should know what they are voting for and what the competition is because some people just vote for the device they have while that is perfectly ok, that is not at all an accurate way to see what people believe is the best tmo device, that would only say thats the best selling tmo device which obviously is different.

  • Ty Christensen

    Nexus 4 FTW!!! Quad-Core, 2GB RAM, pure Google vanilla Android, updated first…umm…yes please!!!

    • Mschmal

      I tend to agree with you BUT Galaxy Note 2 has the battery life to get you through a whole day. That gets the Note 2 my vote.

  • By far the S3 and Note II are the best. The nexus is just up there because of the price, other than that it is a total loss to me. It’s just too limited, but if that’s you’re thing, respect to you and your nexus 4.

    • Buy it use it learn whats everyone is so fascinated about. You can easily say what you do when you look at a sheet of paper to decide the 2 but if you used either 2 these phones shouldn’t even be in the same contest because they are both top devices, Note 2 for the innovation, Nexus 4 for the Smoothness and pure android goodness. Nexus 4 is the best non skinned android by far Note 2 best skinned android by far.

      • I don’t comment on things I do not have.

  • Spanky

    After this poll is closed, are we going to have another one based on the top 3 results of this one?

    • No, this is the final poll…man, tough crowd!

      • thepanttherlady

        Maybe the holiday bubbly hasn’t started yet. :)

    • Droidsoup

      I think that they should have the Samsung Galaxy S2 in there.

      • That didn’t release in 2012, so it isn’t on the list.

  • Nexus is a great device if you like having no storage and being a victim of the cloud. If the Nexus came with 32 & 64gb models I would say yes but the SGS3 and the Note 2 is the only devices that give the Android customer what he or she has asked for. Excellent hardware, large removal battery, plenty of storage options and great developer support. If you are into the pure Nexus feel, get the SGS3, install CyanogenMod and you have the best of both worlds. I find the SGS3 and the Note 2 software just too good to fool with. Innovation, innovation and innovation, Samsung has put a ton of work into their latest edition of these phones, the latest updates have been very fast and what else can you ask for. The phone has a large selection of accessories including wireless charging, there is no contest IMO the Samsung phones are the easy winners.

    • Let me paint this picture as I own this device. Premium feel with the materials, slightly smaller screen(by comparison) for those people that are so anal retentive about going too big, Unlimited Nationwide 4g makes any space issues irrelevant(I have yet to hit the 16gb limit and I have photos and music both on my device comfortably just sitting there though when you have the ability to stream music its pointless to even have it on your device) especially if you have a 16gb majority of the world probably doesn’t even storage 16gbs on their phones that come with sd cards, battery is great really don’t need it to be removable as for one it lasts a long time, two the device has not even one time froze on me so no need for battery pulling. Nexus 4 has and will always have the best dev support because its official google android.

      Nothing you do to a Note 2 or GS3 will ever compare to the real thing. Nexus 4 has wireless charging built in as well just buy the dock test it out. It seems to me you have no idea as to what this nexus 4 is. The Nexus 4 will get the same accessories with time. I feel as if you need to take the Nexus 4 for a unbiased test drive because this is comparing apples to oranges really both devices are really different and have their strong points but as far as everyday usability if people were to try out the Nexus 4 for more than a day they would see how it contests both samsung devices.

      • Rob Daman

        I have both phones. Nexus 4 is lighter and easier to fit in the pocket. Note 2 is huge but easy on the eyes and now with a multiscreen function. Speed I can tell the Nexus is faster due to less bloatware but I like the touchwiz interface. Battery on Nexus is ok like any average phone but the Note 2 battery is astounding and comes with a 2 amp charger so it only takes a few hours to charge. Camera on the Nexus is awful if it’s not outside on a clear day. I have to make adjustments for indoor shooting and it’s not as clear nor fast as a Note 2 set up.

      • 21stNow

        I wasn’t going to get into this argument because I see in your other comments that you agree that the Nexus 4 and the Samsung devices are really not in the same class. However, I would have to say that the Samsung devices are better phones than the Nexus 4. This comes from someone that has the Nexus 4, the Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note II. I also prefer the Nexus 4 for my personal usage habits.

        The argument that space issues are irrelevant for you doesn’t mean that it’s irrelevant for many other people. The space issues are mostly irrelevant for me, too, but I like having the option to expand my storage on the Samsung devices. The Samsung devices are also more feature-rich than the Nexus 4 by definition. The processor differences will only matter to intense gamers. The games that I like to play on my Galaxy Note II work just fine with no lag at all.

        It’s great getting updates sooner on the Nexus line of phones than we would on other devices. That said, sometimes you can be “too updated”. I have had the Nexus line since the Nexus S; sometimes once the OS is updated, there are apps that have not been updated to work with the new OS version. This has happened to me for some apps that I consider important. I’ve always had a backup device on an older Android version to run those apps on.

        The main reason that I have a Nexus phone now is because I need the native Android Voice Dialer. S Voice is absolutely horrible for my voice-dialing via Bluetooth needs. I have tried a custom ROM that had the native Android Voice Dialer on the Galaxy S III, but it still isn’t working properly. If it weren’t for S Voice, the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II would be even better phones in my opinion.

  • Nate33^

    I own the Galaxy SIII, Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4. The Nexus 4 hands down. Pure Android is the way to go I will never buy a touchwiz, sense, motoblur crapola full of bloatware. If you are a real geek and want to be at the bleeding edge, get a Nexus and get updates 6 months before the lay people..

    • od312

      Give him a cookie

      • The heck is my cookie? I own 2 out of 5 of these devices the One S and the Nexus 4 wheres my cookie? it better be double fudge too.

        • thepanttherlady

          I ate it with the sammich he brought me. =D

        • Soo then it is you who owes me a cookie then? ;P lol remember double fudge

  • Can’t say I didn’t expect this top 5 from the jump. I like how Nexus 4 gets the initial jump but then days later its gonna fall to 3rd to the Samsungs lol

  • od312

    Brighten up, people. Btw, I just uofated my wife’s One S to 4.1.1 today :)

    • jb FOR ONE S? 0.0? hold on let me update mine.

    • nada nothing I must be getting coal this year im afraid dang :(

      • Steve B

        There’s usually a trick you can do to force thru the system update. Go to “ALL” your apps in your settings. Scroll down to “Google Services Framework” and clear data. Then go back to your settings and do another system update. It’s hit or miss but it has worked for me before. Just keep trying every hour or so, you never know

  • eanfoso

    How on earth is the nexus 4 above my note II and the Galaxy s3?

    • Evaris

      Faster ARM15 like processor, better screen in terms of quality in reproducing real colors and pixel density, stock android experience, and update priority.
      Higher quality feeling build materials

      Beats the galaxy s 3 in every regard, including battery life, though it has a removable battery and an sd card slot.

      Upsides to note:
      larger screen – too large for many users
      Battery life – external 4000mah batteries are $30
      stylus interface – most people won’t use.
      SD card slot: most users won’t fill 8GB, let alone 16.

  • 12pm Nexus 4 edges over the Note 2 with 10 votes WOW

  • TDI

    HTC one s Worst phone I a a business owner and i cant tell you
    how many calls i missed because the phone keeps jumping into airplane mode which blocks all calls and text. Call preview is small gray text on black background which cant be changed.or seen in sunlight HTC says the problem will be fixed on next software release … Great support htc what do i tell my customers call back when HTC fixes the problem ….what a joke