The Expert Spotlight for our Official Smartphone Rankings

The PhoneDog
Mascot from  Charleston, SC
| June 26, 2012

The Official Smartphone Rankings™ was created to be the benchmark rankings program for highlighting the best smartphones on the market.  It consist of two charts: People's Choice and Expert Rankings.  In this weekly segment, we take time out to showcase three of our mobile tech experts and their top five picks for the week.  Today the spotlight includes Anthony Domanico the Contributing Editor of Android and Me and News Reporter for Intomobile, our very own News Editor Alex Wagner, and Evan Selleck a Contributing Editor for DroidDog.  

Anthony Domanico - Contributing Editor of Android and Me and News Reporter at Intomobile.  Follow him on twitter @adomanico01

My ratings remained largely the same this week, with one notable exception. I carry around a review unit of the Lumia 900 most of the time, and while Windows Phone was originally growing on me a bit, there are just several things it cannot do. As a result, I've booted the Lumia 900 from my top 5, and will likely reassess once Windows Phone 8 is released.

In the meantime, the Galaxy S III is still the best smartphone out there, followed very closely by the iPhone 4S and HTC One X. My continued time with the EVO 4G LTE leave me more and more impressed with the device overall, giving it the boost to #4 to replace the Lumia 900.

The iPhone 4 rounds out the top 5, as the now-budget-friendly iPhone 4 is still an amazing phone, so long as you don't want to use Siri.





Alex Wagner - News Editor of  Follow him on twitter @PhoneDog_Alex

My rankings for this week have stayed pretty much, save for swapping in the U.S. version of the Galaxy S III. Apple's iPhone 4S claims the top spot on my list thanks to its camera, which is still one of the best shooters available on a smartphone, as well as its good battery life and quality app selection.

Not far behind is the HTC One X, whose design I'm a big fan of. (Especially when it comes to the white model.) The One X earns points for having AT&T 4G LTE connectivity and a pretty good camera of its own, as well a very nice 720p display.

Next on my list is the U.S. flavor of Samsung's Galaxy S III, which features HSPA+ connectivity on T-Mobile and LTE support for AT&T, Sprint, U.S. Cellular and Verizon. The Galaxy S III also has a 720p display and several other high-end specs, but I'm when it comes to picking an Android skin, I prefer HTC's Sense to Samsung's TouchWiz.

Sprint's HTC EVO 4G LTE is next on my list and, like its One X brother, it features a great display and design. It also features a red kickstand, which is something that should please owners of the original EVO 4G upgrading to the EVO 4G LTE. Unfortunately, Sprint's LTE network isn't live as of this writing, so owners will only be able to use Sprint's 3G network for now.

The HTC One S on T-Mobile rounds out my top five thanks to its attractive (and thin) body and its support for T-Mobile's 42Mbps HSPA+ network. The One S features a display that's slightly smaller than the other Android devices on my list (One S is 4.3 inches compared to 4.7 on the One X/EVO 4G LTE and 4.8 on the Galaxy S III), but that could be good news for folks that prefer a screen in the 4 to 4.3-inch range.




Evan Selleck - Contributing Editor for and PhoneDog.comFollow him on twitter @PhoneDog_Evan

The iPhone 4S by Apple is still the best smartphone for the money, combining the best hardware, screen, and software for the end user. The Lumia 900 by Nokia is the best Windows Phone on the market, with Nokia's high-end hardware and Microsoft's unique mobile OS. The One X by HTC's top-tier hardware, and the brand new Sense UI, make for one of the best Android devices on the market. The Galaxy Nexus LTE by Samsung is the only vanilla Android experience on Verizon's network currently, while also being able to connect to the network's 4G LTE network. The Galaxy Note by Samsung uses an S Pen and huge display to differentiate itself against all other Android-based devices.