1. iPhone 5
Apple, unsurprisingly, made the biggest splash in the smartphone market this year, with the launch of the iPhone 5.
Unveiled in September, the new iPhone is the first out of Apple's vault to really look different from its predecessors. It's longer and thinner, and it includes a resized port connector that's caused a few eye-rolls, but certainly hasn't stunted any sales. Apple's latest phone also runs its most powerful A6X processor and has support for 4G networks.
The iPhone 5 launch, in true Apple fashion, wasn't exactly low-key. CRN was on-site at the Boston debut, where shoppers came in droves to get their hands on the new device. One entrepreneur-in-the-making even sold his spot in line -- phone not included -- for $460.