5. Nokia Lumia 920
Nokia came to market this year with the Lumia 920, the first of its Windows Phone 8 devices, and one that could help the Finnish handset maker stage a comeback against market leaders Apple and Google.
In addition to running Microsoft's newest mobile OS, the Lumia 920 boasts a laundry list of new features, including wireless charging, near-field communication and navigation tools, such as Nokia Drive and City Lens.
Of course, as one of the first phones to run Microsoft's Windows Phone 8, the Lumia 920's most stand-out features is its software. It's a bit early to tell, but the Lumia's unique, tiled interface could become a popular alternative to the Android and iOS masses.