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PhoneArena Awards 2013: Best Innovations

0. phoneArena 25 Nov 2013, 11:30 posted on

The smartphone arena is more than just a playground. It is kind of like a battlefield, if we had to compare it to anything – a battlefield where both minor and major smartphone manufacturers are competing fiercely for the attention of all those increasingly-harder-to-satisfy consumers. Some try to achieve that goal by offering smartphones at an affordable price point. Others go for the top hardware, offering the best processors, displays, or cameras to ever grace a smartphone. Then there are the companies, for which design and build materials are top priority. And more often than not, all of these tactics work to some extent. Sometimes, however, the price, design, and specs of a smartphone aren't enough to genuinely impress a smartphone geek. Sometimes it takes another crucial element each smartphone maker should always take into account – innovation...

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posted on 25 Nov 2013, 14:59 1

46. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


S pen is more inovative and practical than any of above mentioned innovations.... why not boom sound? It is also more practical then any of above, no manufacturer has paid focus on increasing sound yet which is so sad... if HTC has done so, it should be praised... I dont know why site admins/reviewers feel it compulsory to praise something from apple, no matter how useless that innovation is. Do they dont have education that cost and benefit analysis is so difficult for them? Iphone gives least benefit compare to its cost

posted on 27 Nov 2013, 01:47

87. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 811; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


They would probably call fingerprint scanner as innovation by Apple even though it has existed on laptops earlier..
Clearly, touchwiz with S-pen's features (needless to say how many) are not new even though it has not existed on any device (Android/iOS/WP etc)...
Even though it hurts some fans, but the truth is that Samsung has come a long way and is leading innovator at the moment....
We must all appreciate the efforts of all OEMs in the field of innovation/invention and stop petty OEM vs OEM or OS vs OS battles....
Juz saying

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 11:43 13

5. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


These are not really "innovations". The self healing back is the only one that's a bit interesting.

Anyway, I'm waiting for more awards!

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 11:51 5

9. quesoesgrande (Posts: 217; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


Agreed. These are just things that have already existed and are finally being implemented in smart phones. The Self Healing back is interesting. Touch ID is just another way for someone to break into your precious iphone then buy apps in your name. Coprocessors are cool, but nothing new.

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 11:58 5

13. cezarepc (Posts: 716; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)


Self-healing back and co-processors for me.

Attachable lenses from Sony deserves a mention IMO though.

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 11:59

15. Commentator (Posts: 3709; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


This year wasn't exactly filled with innovations. All devices were more-or-less iterative upgrades of their predecessors, with few surprises.

I would've thought Motomaker would make the list though.

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 15:11 2

47. Chris_Bakke (Posts: 235; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)


I think if the full customization was available, more than colors and memory size. while the options are lacking from other companies I can still choose 16 or 32 from other companies or basically black and white from most.

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 12:42 3

31. androiphone20 (Posts: 1654; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


Innovation is when someone
dares to do something differently and in
a better way instead of sticking to the
status quo. It is when a fresh new idea
improves the overall user experience. It is
when someone brings forth an alternative
concept and proves that it works.

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 12:45 1

32. androiphone20 (Posts: 1654; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


That needed a little reflection especially when a comment flies off in another direction

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 13:05 2

36. kryme (Posts: 371; Member since: 24 Oct 2013)


then in that case i think the moto x should be in the top 5 as the only phone that allow real customization

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 11:45 1

6. VJo003 (Posts: 359; Member since: 11 Mar 2012)


The Prize for Innovative pricing goes to - Nexus 5

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 11:49 2

7. Commentator (Posts: 3709; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Tied with Nexus 7.

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 11:50

8. rd_nest (Posts: 1606; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


LOL..

any more jokes?

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 11:58 1

11. utg001 (unregistered)


What about the Clearblack? or Pureview? I always thought Apple was ahead on display and camera stuff but Nokia is Nokia.

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 12:21 4

25. saurik (Posts: 86; Member since: 13 May 2013)


The 41 mp "pureview" sensor in 1020 is last year's tech.
http://www.phonearena.com/news/PhoneArena-Awards-2012-Best-Innovation_id37253

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 11:58

14. ravivarma639 (Posts: 21; Member since: 15 Apr 2013)


Ultra pixal camera
Boomsound
This year htc is all about innovation though ther r not 100% perfect

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 12:04 3

19. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


If its going to be anything in the camera dept. then the Sony Z1 and 1020 get the honorable mention here, not HTC.

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 12:14

23. ravivarma639 (Posts: 21; Member since: 15 Apr 2013)


Yaaa 1020 definitely has the best camera but htc tried something more innovative this time

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 12:24

27. MrTzr (unregistered)


How can a crappy 4 MP camera be more innovative than a 41MP camera?

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 12:41

30. ravivarma639 (Posts: 21; Member since: 15 Apr 2013)


sensor size is very high in htc one compared to lumia1020, aperture size is also 2.0 compared to 2.2 in lumia 1020
More over 1020's normal picks are captured with just 6 mps sensor

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 13:11 1

38. marbovo (Posts: 658; Member since: 16 May 2013)


1020 maybe if it was not just an upgrade from past year tech(808)

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 14:32

44. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Lossless zoom. ;)

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 16:45

54. marbovo (Posts: 658; Member since: 16 May 2013)


yep, like on 808

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 12:03

18. MANGUELPR (unregistered)


LG G FLEX is the only and first world Flexible Phone that has pass trough the concept models to the true world.

LG G2, Back bottoms and knock wake up.

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 12:18 2

24. jellmoo (Posts: 1701; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


Knock On isn't a G2 innovation, as other devices have had it in the past (the N9 springs to mind).

And I really wouldn't consider buttons on the back to be an innovation, rather it is simply a design choice, and not really a particularly great one at that (granted this is entirely subjective).

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 12:22 2

26. Takeharu (Posts: 226; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


To me the Oppo N1 with it's back-touch panel and rotating camera is also quite innovative...

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 12:46

33. uvaman (Posts: 36; Member since: 14 Jan 2013)


You all forgot that PA is Apple mobile website?
Ofc they have to add Apple even if they didnt mention touch id or processor they would still find some award to give them.

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 13:14 3

39. saurik (Posts: 86; Member since: 13 May 2013)


So why didn't they award Apple last year?http://www.phonearena.com/news/PhoneArena-Awards-2012-Best-Innovation_id37253
Now stop crying..

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 15:38 1

51. darkkjedii (Posts: 22134; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


You sound like a 7 yr old baby. Stop your whining

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 12:48 1

34. luckysrinu (Posts: 14; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)


Article is on innovations, but it start with
"Yes, we know that the iPhone 5s isn't the first smartphone to come with a built-in fingerprint scanner."

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