There can be only one. The Samsung Galaxy S3 lopped the heads off of all comers to claim the top spot in.
CNET editors placed the contenders in an imaginary fight cage and let them battle it out like so many boxing robots. Only five devices were still standing at the end. The iPhone 5 was left holding the tossed-off bridal bouquet while the Samsung Galaxy S3 hopped into a limo for its honeymoon with the "best tech product of 2012" designation.
A handsome selection of tech specs, a good-looking HD display, and a decent price put the Galaxy S3 over the top. It was close, though. The iPhone 5 might have been undone by its maps fiasco.
Your loyalties may lie with one of the Android phones. Perhaps you've pledged yourself to the iPad Mini. Maybe you think we missed the boat and overlooked a device you think should be the real winner.
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