The last 12 months on the mobile scene has been an exciting and overwhelming period. We've witnessed Apple launch the new iPhone to universal acclaim, Microsoft come back stronger than ever with its Windows Phone 8 platform, and Google maintain its majority of the mobile market share based off the record-breaking sales of Samsung’s highly anticipated handheld and buzz surrounding its new flagship series. Manufacturers like HTC introduced us to game-changing software and cutting-edge designs that have yet to be rivaled, where as Motorola and Nokia have gone on to set the mold for hardware and battery efficiency moving forward.

And here we thought last year’s smartphone line-up was an elite pack. With so many incredible handsets to choose from, only one can be crowned the best smartphone of 2012. Curious to see where your handheld landed on our list? Browse through our year end list and see.