Updated: 04/12/2012 19:15 | By Editors, MSN Tech
Top 10 smartphones to buy in 2012

Best handsets of the year - countdown

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After much deliberating, it’s time for MSN Tech to present to you our final verdict on the best smartphones of 2012.

These are the smartphones that landed with the biggest splashes throughout the year, the ones that caused the biggest ripples in the tech world and, essentially, the ones that impressed us the most after hours and hours of rigorous testing.

We’ve included excerpts from our comprehensive reviews in the countdown, along with the views of other well respected figures from the industry.

So read on to see if your favourite handset made the grade…..

Also, be sure to check out our ever-evolving: Top 10 smartphones that money can buy

The top smartphones for 2013

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