CNET's five best tech products of 2012

CNET's five best tech products of 2012

December 11, 2012 4:30 AM PST
"Imagine seven of CNET's most senior editors locked in a room, arguing over  the course of three days to determine the 100 biggest tech  stories of the year for our annual CNET 100 package. We bickered, we pounded  coffee, we reminisced, and we wrestled over some big questions -- including  which products we considered the hands-down best of 2012.

The question of gadget supremacy intrigued us, so we decided to pull from our  list of biggest newsmakers the five best devices of the year as well as the five  most influential tech products of 2012. The ongoing battle between Apple and  Google played itself out in our best list, with Samsung and its Android-based Galaxy S3 trumping the long-awaited iPhone 5 on a  lineup of entirely mobile products. But there's more to the story of tech  influence in 2012. Read on.

Regardless of popularity or industry impact, these five devices claim the best  design, the most-compelling features, and the overall most impressive value  among all the hundreds of mainstream tech products released in 2012. Our hats  off to all five.

1. Samsung  Galaxy S3, the Android hero It took years of iPhone dominance and many months of Android  market leadership for a phone with Google's mobile operating system to knock  the iPhone off its pedestal. The Samsung Galaxy S3 won that honor. The GS3 is a  truly global phone, available on nearly every carrier, nearly everywhere. Its  large, vibrant HD display represents a growing class of phones with broader form  factors, and its delicate balance of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, a sharp  8-megapixel camera, 4G LTE or HSPA+ support, and an accessible price make  the Galaxy S3 a worldwide hero. (Read  the full Galaxy S3 review)..."

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