Having already presented for your approval (or not) our 2012 Android Central's Editor's Choice Awards, it's now time to turn to something even more important -- the Reader's Choice Awards. These are the best smartphones and tablets and apps for which you voted. Over the past few weeks we saw thousands and thousands of votes pour in. Some went as you might expect. Others threw a little bit of a curveball.
So let's not waste any more time. After the break are your choices. Your picks. Your favorite smartphones and tablets and apps for the past year or so, with a little commentary from your's truly.
Smartphone of the year
- Your choice: Samsung Galaxy S3
- Runner-up: Nexus 4
No real surprise here. Your picks mirrored our own. There are arguments to go either way, but there's no comparing them in terms of the number of phones in the field. That and you can actually buy the GS3.
Oversized smartphone of the year
- Your choice: Samsung Galaxy Note 2
We could pretend there's a runner-up here, but, really, there isn't. Or, rather, the only real runner-up to the Galaxy Note 2 is the original Galaxy Note.
Small tablet of the year
- Your choice: Google Nexus 7
- Runner-up: Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0
Was there any doubt? Despite the recent Android 4.2.1 update borking things for some of us, the Nexus 7 is still the 7-inch Android tablet to own -- especially since it starts at $199.
Large tablet of the year
- Your choice: Samsung Nexus 10
- Runner-up: Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1/Asus Transformer Infinity
Again, kind of a no-brainer, right? The Galaxy Note 10.1 and ASUS Transformer Infinity are fine tablets -- but the display on the Nexus 10 is a sight to see.
Biggest flop of 2012
- Your choice: Nexus Q
- Runner-up: Nexus 4/7/10 ordering process
I still think Google's on the right track with the Nexus Q -- a living room appliance controlled by your phone, and what it does it does well. But you guys and gals are right. The fanfare at its announcement at Google I/O was darkened by its price tag and limited use cases. I might argue that the fustercluck that's been the launch of the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 is an even bigger disappointment, given that it's the second time in 12 months Google couldn't get retail right. And I'd argue that the Nexus phones and tablets are the more important products right now.
Game of the year
- Your choice: Angry Birds Star Wars
Fun fact about Angry Birds: Everybody says they're tired of it. But everybody keeps playing it.
Best Twitter application
- Your choice: Twitter
- Runners-up: Falcon Pro, Plume
A little surprising to see the official Twitter app win out here, especially given our readership. But maybe that's another example of how most folks have simpler needs than us bloggers. Falcon Pro and Plume are fine runners-up.
Best photo editor
- Your choice: Snapseed
- Runner-up: Instagram
Despite the brouhaha over Instagram, a lot of folks still use it. Snapseed's more of what I'd consider a traditional photo editor, but there's no denying its popularity.
Best travel app
- Your choice: Google Maps
- Runner-up: Tripit
For basic travel needs, there's no beating Google Maps. Tie it in to other services, such as Tripit, and you've got to work at getting lost.
- Your choice: Dolphin
- Runner up: "Browser"
This one's actually a little hard to nail down. Dolphin's a great third-party browser. No complaints from me there. "Browser" means whatever the default browser is on your phone. Some manufacturers say "Browser." Others say "Internet." What you get is a Webkit browser.
- Your choice: Swiftkey
- Runner-up: Swype
About how I figured it'd end up. If one application is available in Google Play and the other is not, it's easy to see which will win out, right?
- Your choice: Beyondpod
- Runner-up: Pocket Casts
Tough to go wrong with either one of these. There are another three or four apps that easily could have made the top two, but these are the ones that stood out in your voting.
Google's best feature of 2012
- Your choice: Google Now
- Runner up: Google Play
Without question. And I'd add that all roads lead to Google+, or something like that. We're going to see further consolidation of services, I think, and hopefully a branding strategy that makes a little more sense. This is inevitable, of course. Google's never been shy to merge -- or kill -- products. In the end it's good for us as consumers.
So there you have it. Your picks for the top phones, tablets and apps of the past year. And quite a fine list, I believe. Give yourselves a pat on the back, and let's do it all again in 2013, eh?
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