The last six months or so has seen a veritable storm of high-end smartphones. While you can generally count on new hardware being released year-round, this holiday season is particularly busy. Between the iPhone 5, iOS 6, the Nexus 4, Android 4.2, and Windows Phone 8, things have changed quite a bit since the summer.
Even more exciting, the smartphone wars aren’t just a two-horse race anymore. Apple and Samsung continue to be the giants in the field, but we’re seeing attractive handsets from a newly competitive LG, a Google that seems more eager than ever to show its Android partners how it’s done, an HTC that’s eager to thin out its product portfolio and reverse its ill fortunes, and a Nokia that really wants its bet on Windows Phone to pay off.