Is 2012 the year of Samsung and HTC?

Posted Apr 03, 2012 at 11:33 am in Threads > Opinions

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In 2011, we had a number of very hyped-up devices but fewer that were actually a hit. The obvious major success story of 2012 was the Samsung Galaxy S II, despite taking far too long to hit the US. One obvious fail story was the Motorola Droid Bionic. Another obvious fail story was all of HTC throughout the year. They had a couple decent phones but they had far too many mediocre or bad phones as well. (However, one thing to give them major props on is their HTC Dev Team due to their progress in unlocking bootloaders.)

Now that 2011 is over, 2012 presents an opportunity for manufacturers to wipe the slate and start all over. HTC is embracing this opportunity much more strongly than the other manufacturers and their HTC One X phone (and the entire HTC One series) is evidence of this. The HTC One X has been getting some amazing reviews. In fact, the last time we saw such an overwhelmingly positive reception to a phone’s launch was with the Samsung Galaxy S II – what could fairly easily be considered the best phone of 2011 (I’m considering my beloved Galaxy Nexus as an offshoot/refresh of the Galaxy S II).

However, as great as this HTC One X fanfare has been, there has still been a shadow looming over it thanks to Samsung’s Galaxy S III. Not a lot is known about the Galaxy S III but a lot is speculated and rumored about it and it very well may be the phone that beats out the HTC One X ever-so-slightly and take the crown as the best device of 2012.

But that’s not what we’re here to talk about today. This is not about the One X versus the Galaxy S III. Any way you put it, these two phones will be utterly amazing devices! What we’re here about is moreso HTC and Samsung versus all of the other manufacturers. Does anybody else have any phones coming up that you’re excited about? Has anybody else released any phones yet in 2012 that you care about?

Chime in and let us know what you think. Is 2012 going to be completely dominated by HTC and Samsung where we see all other manufacturers’ phones becoming second-class citizens in the race for the best superphone? Or are the other manufacturers going to come out with some equally-amazing (and successful) devices?