Your 10 Most Commented Gizmodo Stories Of 2012

From Apple vs. Samsung to the Nokia Lumia 920 and using mobile phones while driving…here are the top 10 posts that had Gizmodo readers commenting in record numbers over the last 12 months.

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1. Apple iPhone 5: Everything You Need To Know

The new iPhone 5 arrived. It’s thinner and faster than ever, with a new form factor that uses a gorgeous panoramic screen with more resolution and less consumption. It also surfs the web much faster, thanks to its new LTE capabilities. And, as rumoured, it has a new smaller dock connector called Lightning.

2. Samsung's New Anti-Apple Ad Is Just Sad

Samsung and Apple faced off in more than the courts in 2012. This ad was kinda funny, as was Samsung’s hackle-raising iPhone-bashing ad — which in turn was flipped on its head by ardent Apple knights in iPhone armour.

3. Apple iPhone 5 Review And 4G Speed Test: The Best And Worst iPhone Ever

People waited in line for days all over the world to get their hands on the iPhone 5. Is it truly the next worthy chapter in the successful book of iPhone, or is it just marketing hype dressed up in a two-tone case?

4. Nokia Lumia 920 Australian Review: Believe The Hype

Nobody ever told Microsoft or Nokia that it was a bad idea to wage a war on more than one front at a time. In the last month, we’ve had Windows 8, Surface and now we’ve got Windows Phone 8 and the Lumia 920 — a device that’s going for hearts and minds rather than out-and-out enemy casualties. So far, it’s winning both my heart and my mind.

5. Microsoft Announces Surface Tablet

After much cloak-and-dagger-style secrecy, Microsoft today unveiled two Microsoft Surface tablets — 9.3mm thin devices powered by Windows RT and Windows 8.

6. How To Legally Use Your Phone While Driving

As of November 1, if you were caught even stroking your phone from the comfort of your driver’s seat in New South Wales, you’d pick up a fine of $298 from the boys and girls in blue. Here’s a quick guide on your rights and responsibilities while driving so you can stay safe, connected and $300 better off.

7. Minimum Cost To Cancel The NBN: $2 Billion

We’re unashamedly big fans of the National Broadband Network (NBN) at Giz, and it’s hardly a secret either that the Coalition doesn’t share that enthusiasm. Yesterday’s budget papers reveal just how much it would cost right now if a Coalition government came to power and decided to axe the whole project: a tidy $2 billion.

8. What's The Worst Gadget You Actually Paid For?

At some point in our lives, we all plunked down our hard-earned dollars on a gadget that turned out to be the world’s biggest pile of crap.

What’s the one gadget purchase you wish you never made?

9. Apple Maps Aren't Just Crap, They’re Downright Dangerous

We’ve had a good laugh at Apple’s expense when it comes to Maps, and I’ve given the company quite a serve in the review for such a fundamental product failure in the new iPhone 5, but now it’s getting serious. Apple Maps, as Robert Hills has pointed out to us, is downright dangerous.

10. Is Australia Too Entitled About Tech And TV?

Australia's a funny place. We're currently occupying the largest island in the world with but a handful of people by comparison, and yet when it comes to technology like tablets and smartphones, and TV shows like Game Of Thrones and The Walking Dead, we expect to have them at the same time and at the same price as our US counterparts. Are we being too entitled?

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