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GSMA unveils nominees for best smartphone, feature phone and tablet of the year award

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GSMA unveils nominees for best smartphone, feature phone and tablet of the year award
The GSMA is the association organizing the largest phone show in the world - Mobile World Congress in Barcelona - and it is also giving awards singling out the best devices of the year. And as the 18th annual awards are just around the corner, the GSMA has announced this year’s nominees for best phone.

The Apple iPhone 5 is of course there, but just as you’d expect so are the Samsung Galaxy S III and Note II, fighting for the title. The HTC Droid DNA is the third Android device to make it in the nominations and there is even one Windows Phone handset, the Nokia Lumia 920.

The award winners will be announced in just around 20 days, so stay tuned.

Also then, the GSMA is awarding the best feature phones where the Nokia Asha lineup is well represented with the Asha 302 and 305. The two other contenders are the Nokia 103 and Samsung C3312 Duos.

In the tablet category, the iPad, iPad mini, Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9, the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity, the Nexus 7 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 will fight for the award.

And if we look at last year’s results, best smartphone went to the Samsung Galaxy S II, best feature phone - to the Nokia C3-00, and the Apple iPad 2 was the best tablet.

source: PR Newswire

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posted on 04 Feb 2013, 06:17 15

1. kaliil10 (Posts: 145; Member since: 16 May 2012)


Nokia Lumia 920 will be the winner

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 06:19 24

3. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1352; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


+1 for the Note 2

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 14:21

38. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1086; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


Note 2 ftw all the way!

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 06:19 20

2. harsh_doshi (Posts: 36; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)


id say winners would be..
note 2 or lumia 920 in smartphone category...
asha 302 in feature phone.. and
tablet would be nexus 7!

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 06:22 7

6. windroid (unregistered)


I bet in the same horses!

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 07:11 6

15. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


couldn't agree more! +1

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 07:29 8

20. cezarepc (Posts: 571; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)


+1
Nexus 7 is unbeatable in the 7" tab category.

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 09:32 1

27. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Why L920???
It was met with so-so reviews.
Nowhere near the universal acclaim that the S3, Note 2 or iPhone 5 were met with.

And I'm just stating a fact here.
Experts were far from blown away by this phone.

Even the Nexus 4 was met with much more praise.

Considering the overall picture my vote goes to Nexus 4

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 14:10 1

34. NexusKoolaid (Posts: 298; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


After a rather unscientific empirical survey - I see S3 and Note 2 all over the place. I see lots of iPhone and I know that some are v5, but I don't take the time to count rows so I have no feel for real numbers. Thanks to the botched launch Nexus 4 handsets are few and far between. And as far as the L920 goes - to date I've yet to see a single WP device in the field (SoCal USA), let alone anything from Nokia.

I'm personally partial to the N4, but given the sheer numbers, I'd have to give it up to one of the Samsung devices.

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 06:20 5

4. dickwyn (Posts: 595; Member since: 07 May 2012)


S3, Nexus 7, Nokia Asha,

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 07:07 5

14. JosDes (Posts: 5; Member since: 26 Jan 2013)


obviously an s3 owner

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 06:21 17

5. windroid (unregistered)


"there is even one Windows Phone handset" ?!?

like they weren't allowed to participate... PA just loves windows phones...

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 06:24 2

7. wendygarett (unregistered)


I'm surprised that imangi studio is fighting with instagram, facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, as best consumer apps @.@ shocking!!!

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 07:30 1

21. cezarepc (Posts: 571; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)


Yup. Considering they are made up of a small team and not backed up by some giant studio, they're doing extremely well.

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 06:25 2

8. N-fanboy (Posts: 538; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)


And the winners are:- Iphone 5- Asha 305- Nexus 7.

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 06:30 16

10. windroid (unregistered)


Doubt IPhone 5 wins... doesn’t innovate in any aspect and definitely is not the best smartphone.

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 11:19

31. b1acktiger (Posts: 207; Member since: 19 May 2012)


they found a 4" display in iPhone 5 ! thats an innovation ! hell yeah Panorama shoot too !! :D

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 07:46 4

23. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


For replacing glass with aluminum and stretching the phone out of proportion?

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 10:22

29. simplyj (Posts: 404; Member since: 23 Dec 2009)


Isn't the phone now a 16:9 proportion? So that would be a correct proportion. The one before was ridiculous!

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 06:26 4

9. dmakun (Posts: 196; Member since: 06 Jun 2011)


The winner for smart phones will definitely be gs 3.
For tablets it's btw the iPad, Kindle & Nexus 7 (Not sure about this category)
Nokia's Asha's for feature phone category.

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 06:35 2

11. jaabubut (Posts: 13; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)


Agree with you

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 06:35 8

12. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4069; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


GS3 or Note II

Asha 305

Obviously one of the iPad's are going to win, and they're going to write it off on "app selection and interface fluidity" or something; but I personally think the Transformer Pad Infinity or the Nexus 7 should win. The Infinity for best overall or the Nexus 7 for best value.

Apple's quality to value ratios are way too far from each other to win any awards, but they will anyways.

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 06:48 9

13. jlp34876 (Posts: 79; Member since: 02 Dec 2012)


my brother bought a note 2 a few days ago, since he still using his lumia 710. I had the chance to explore and play with it for a whole day, the performance is really good I didnt notice a lag at all, plus the diff. type of hand gesture such as screenshot, unlock phone etc is great, camera is also good, download almost of all top free games. But it didnt take my desire for the lumia 920! I will still buy lumia 920 when it comes to the philippines.

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 07:11 3

16. maccess (Posts: 625; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)


it's between s3 or ip5 i think... maybe note2.. no chance for dna or lumia 920 i'm pretty sure...

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 07:12 2

17. funnyguy (banned) (Posts: 244; Member since: 10 Jan 2013)


Best smartphone , galaxy note 2 and Droid DNA but the nexus 4 is the best value for money.
Best tablet ipad 4, I would pick the nexus 10 but the ipad 4 runs the games better with full effects. My personal favourite is the ipad mini though.

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 07:18 2

18. AamirSIII (banned) (Posts: 187; Member since: 04 Oct 2012)


best phone, S III,
best feature phone, Nokia Asha 305
best tablet, iPad 4

(although i own Note 10.1...)

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 07:22 2

19. Jonathan41 (Posts: 529; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)


Why just the DNA instead of the One X?

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 05:03

42. Jonathan41 (Posts: 529; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)


The One X was the first Quad-Core smartphone on the market. I think they should both be nominees.

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 07:44 7

22. Edmund (Posts: 656; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


I think the Lumia 920 will win best smartphone. Great handset packed with innovative features, all at a reasonable price.

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 07:47 1

24. giosoliman (Posts: 6; Member since: 04 Jan 2013)


ah the Samsung Galaxy SII. The phone that dominated it all back in 2011(fact)-half of 2012(debatable). May the best phone win this year.

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 08:29

25. windroid (unregistered)


If there's already an SIII, it doesn't make sense to nominate the SII. It's not about the phone that has sold most, but be BEST phone of 2012, and one have to admit SIII is better than SII.

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 09:26 2

26. piyath (Posts: 151; Member since: 23 Mar 2012)


Best smartphone will be Galaxy S3
Best Tablet will be Nexus 7
Best feature phone ???

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 09:33 1

28. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Nexus 4! :)

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 11:12 1

30. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Can someone please tell me why on earth does a phone with a dual core 1Ghz processor, 1GB of Ram, a 4" non-HD screen with an 8MP camera running a non-customizable OS considered a nominee for best smartphone?

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 18:05

40. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


That dual core makes it plenty fast, and the GPU inside is superior btw.
It doesn't need more ram.
That 4 '' screen has the best color gamut and contrast values among all LCD phone units.
And it is big enough for a normal smartphone usage.
That 8mp camera produces one of the best photos among the bunch.

Your points?

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 12:33

32. akki20892 (Posts: 3555; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Best Smartphone: Nokia Lumia 920 because this is truly Innovative Smartphone.
Guys don't think what OS with this phone, but think that phone got Innovative Features. it's about "Best Smartphone" not best smartphone with OS.

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 12:39

33. hepresearch (unregistered)


Knowing my luck, it'll be the iPhone 5 (just because Apple designed it and sells it), the Asha 305 (because it is an all-touchscreen feature phone pretending to be like an iPhone for poor people like me, but it doesn't have US 3G so it isn't worth me buying one, after all), and the iPad mini (because Apple made the amazing iPad even smaller... somehow).

Not that I would personally agree with them... I would personally pick the Note II (for the phablet capabilities that put it ahead of the crowd), the Asha 302 (for just being a nice, cool device which still has the traditional QWERTY and some business-savvy... and supports US 3G bands), and the Amazon Kindle Fire HD (for finally putting a dent in iPad market share).

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 14:14

35. GeekMovement (Posts: 1505; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


No Nexus 10 in the tablet category?

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 14:16

36. Andrew10301 (Posts: 14; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)


I'm surprised the nexus ten isn't here, great screen and latest os

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 14:17

37. Andrew10301 (Posts: 14; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)


Crap I didn't see yours ^^

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 15:46

39. oyalinkaya (Posts: 19; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


No Xperia S. Shame on you... ^o^

In reality Note 2, Asha and Nexus 7 should be the winners.

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 21:06

41. TechnewzGR (Posts: 2; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


I believe SGS III and Nokia Lumia 920 will fight for the best smartphone award and Nexus 7 with iPad Retina Display for best tablet award.

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