YugaTech Top 25 Gadget Reviews of 2012

Each year, we review hundreds of gadgets and one of the indicators that it is a hot item is the number of people who read our reviews (on top of the shares, FB likes and retweets). In 2012, smartphones continue to dominate the line-up. Here are our top 25 gadgets that we reviewed on YugaTech.

Last year, Samsung Galaxy S2 topped the charts at 140,000 views. Actually, it continued to be the most viewed review until this year, adding 175,000 for a total of 315,000 views since we first posted it.

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This year, Samsung continues to bring in a lot of attention with the Galaxy S3 as our top viewed gadget review of the year.

  1. Samsung Galaxy S3 – 43,750 pageviews. Riding on the success of the Galaxy S2, Samsung put in a bigger show with the S3 making it one of the most desired handset in 2012.
  2. Alcatel One Touch Tab T10 – 42,774 pageviews. The tablet also attracted a total of 35,893 views on our YouTube Channel (apparently, the device is also hot in Italy). It was exclusive to Sun Cellular with a plan that’s only Php600 a month.
  3. Lenovo P700 – 35,761 pageviews. Lenovo Mobile made a big splash by offering a Android handset with a battery capacity that even rivals the one by other high-end, flagship phones. That, plus a dual-SIM functionality and really affordable price made it one of the hottest phones in the local market.
  4. Ainol Novo Paladin – 33,011 pageviews. While practically unheard of before, Ainol became an instant hit by releasing the very first ICS-powered tablet in the world, beating giants like Samsung in the game. It also doesn’t hurt that the tablet was very affordable too.
  5. Sony Xperia S – 31,146 pageviews. Sony’s very first smartphone after its break-up with Ericsson. A lot of curious Sony-Ericsson fans were eager to see what Sony has to offer after the split. The Xperia line continued to be a huge success to Sony.
  6. Cherry Mobile W900 – 29,932 pageviews. Cherry Mobile introduced a more affordable Android phone and banked on the popularity of Qualcomm’s SnapDragon processor. The big attention was due to its very competitive price of Php9,999.
  7. Apple iPad 3 -25,275 pageviews. Apple came in strong with the iPad 3 and introducing their Retina Display into the line-up. Though not the first full HD tablet, it crossed the border much further, packing in as many pixels per square inch.
  8. Sony Xperia Sola – 24,326 pageviews. Another big hit for Sony is the Xperia Sola. It gave fans the chance to try out Sony’s most affordable Android handset then.
  9. Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus – 24,044 pageviews. Samsung released its second-generation tablet and updated its popular Galaxy Tab 7.0 with a better design and hardware.
  10. HTC One X – 23,923 pageviews. The One X is the very first quad-core handset to be released in the Philippines. This also marked the return of HTC since they they had their best-selling HTC Desire two years ago.
  11. Apple iPhone 5 – 23,658 pageviews. Apple came in quite late with the iPhone 5. However, that did not stop people from sourcing it abroad or from the grey market. Both Smart and Globe sold tens of thousands of units on the first day alone.
  12. Ainol Novo 7 Aurora – 23,230 pageviews. Banking on the success of the Paladin, Ainol came out with a better-looking ICS tablet. A polished design and a hardware upgrade paid off.
  13. LG Optimus L3 – 22,610 pageviews. LG’s spot was marked by the success of the Optimus L3, an entry-level handset that pushed the battle for Android into the sub-Php6k market.
  14. Google Nexus 7 – 21,623 pageviews. Despite the delays in shipment and release, the Nexus 7 became an instant hit for so many reasons — very affordable, quad-core tablet running Jellybean. It also got the distinction of being Google’s first Nexus tablet.
  15. LG Prada 3.0 – 20,812 pageviews. For the fashion-conscious, the LG Prada 3.0 offered that distinct different among the slew of flagship handsets in the market. It could have gone head to head with the Galaxy S2 had it not been half a year late.
  16. Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 – 20,812 pageviews. Super-AMOLED on a tablet — who would not drool? Samsung’s most expensive yet most-desired tablet drew a lot of attention, not the wallet though.
  17. Sony Xperia P – 19,752 pageviews. Second only tot he Xperia S, the Xperia P drew much applause for its solid design, premium material, impressive camera and decent performance.
  18. Lenovo A65 – 19,036 pageviews. A dual-SIM Android smartphone for under PHp6k? Now that’s a game-changer.
  19. Nokia Lumia 710 – 18,354 pageviews. Nokia’s release of its Windows Phone 7 handset revived tons of interest in the Lumia line-up. Topping the list is the more affordable yet capable Lumia 710.
  20. Nokia Lumia 800 – 17,172 pageviews. For a time, the Lumia 800 carried the flagship handset in Nokia’s Lumia line-up. A fresh new OS and Nokia’s great hardware experience brought back the excitement among Nokia fans.
  21. Archos Arnova 7 G2 – 17,678 pageviews. Though it’ the lesser-known sibling of the Archos family, the Arnova was still able to carve its own following in the entry-level market.
  22. Asus Transformer Prime TF201 – 16,839 pageviews. Following the success of the first Transformer, Asus came out with a faster and better-looking tablet and dock combo.
  23. Lenovo S880 – 16,792 pageviews. Lenovos got a really strong army of Android smarphones. The S880 made itself different by bringing affordability to big-screen handsets.
  24. Sony Xperia Ion – 15,841 pageviews. Sony had a strong line-up in 2012. The Xperia Ion got relatively good attention because it was rumored to be the first one to arrive packing an LTE modem. That didn’t pan out though.
  25. Huawei E587 – 14,548 pageviews. The first non-tablet, non-handset device to make it to our top 25. Huawei’s pocket WiFi remains be an all-time favorite, year after year.
  26. Sony Xperia Go – 13,576 pageviews. Probably the only water-proof and dust-proof Android device in our line-up, the Xperia Go did really well for an entry-level handset.

So that’s our top 25 gadgets that we reviewed in 2012. Take note that we only limited our listing to the gadgets that we have reviewed in the last 12 months.

It’s surprising that no laptop made it to our top 25 this year though. There were a lot of contenders but if you look at the list, Samsung, Sony, Asus, Lenovo and Apple dominated the lot.

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

7 Responses

  1. di says:

    Kung iphone5 nakahabol dapat iPad mini nakasabay din as listahan. Ngek,

  2. Techieboy says:

    Dapat kasama ipad mini. Umabot naman sha eh, di pa tapos ang year

  3. NeutralGuy says:

    the reason for other devices to be absent on the listing is that the review was posted this quarter or 3rd quarter. Most of the gadgets on the list are reviewed roughly on the 2nd quarter of this year.

  4. Dan says:

    No iPad Mini? Haha!

  5. Mica says:

    Not surprised with the top contenders. The S3 was really a great steal and people wanted to know it’s legitimacy. The P700 too was a phone of curiosity considering it was deemed the best dual sim phone in the philippines.

    great work!

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