By Brandon Miniman | December 23, 2011 10:39 AM
With just a week left in 2011, it’s time to once again look back and remember what stories defined the mobile industry in 2012. We already told you our favorite stories of 2011, and went on to predict the biggest losers and biggest winners for the new year. Now, we’d like to share with you which five stories of 2011 were the most popular in terms of traffic.
5. Our fifth biggest story of 2011 was when we posted about the HTC Ville, which is a very thin handset (and at 8mm, it’s thinner than the Galaxy S II) known as the Ville to be released in 2012. It’ll pack a dual-core Snapdragon Series 4 CPU, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and a qHD 4.3″ display. With a focus on slender design, HTC had to compromise on power, hence the non-HD display and dual-core (and not quad-core) CPU.
4. Also topping the list was when we posted about HTC’s next superphone, the HTC Edge, which will be their first, and perhaps the industry’s first, quad-core Tegra 3 Android ICS phone. It’ll also come packing a 720p 4.7″ display. The Edge is likely to HTC’s flagship phone for most of 2012, and so we’ll probably see multiple variations of Edge hitting most global carriers at some point.
3. Third on our list was Samsung Galaxy S II review. The Galaxy S II turned out to be one of the most popular smartphones of 2011 thanks to its super-fast Exynos CPU, beautiful Super AMOLED Plus display, and ultra-thin form factor. The Galaxy S II also brought forth Samsung’s updated TouchWiz UI.
2. Coming in at number two is our preview of Windows Phone 7.5 Mango. The Mango update for Windows Phone brought forth a new browser, fast-app switching, many new APIs for developers, and a lot of under-the-hood optimizations. It was officially released in the Fall of 2011 after a several-month beta program.
1. Our biggest story of 2011 was when we dug up an iPhone 4S test photo, proving that the new iPhone would indeed have an 8MP camera sensor with f/2.4 aperture. Many consider the iPhone 4S to have the best camera of any mobile device.