featured PhoneArena Awards: best phones, tablets, and smartwatches of 2018

2018 is almost behind us. The time is perfect to take a look back at the past 12 months and pick the best phone, tablet, and smartwatch that we got to review in 2018.

Dec 11, 2018, 9:35 AM,  by PhoneArena Team,  133 comments
Nokia steals the show to become the most mentioned brand at MWC 2018

According to a survey published by Brandwatch in partnership with Twitter, Nokia was the most mentioned brand during MWC 2018, surpassing giants like Samsung (2), Huawei (3), Google (4), and Apple (5)...

Mar 02, 2018, 4:09 AM,  by Cosmin Vasile,  19 comments
Samsung Galaxy S9+ wins "Best New Connected Device" award at MWC 2018

Aside from the Galaxy S9+, other Samsung products that were recognized at MWC 2018 for their innovative technologies include Samsung Pay, Gear VR with Controller and Samsung DeX. Each of these devices have been praised at the GLOMO and received various awards...

Mar 02, 2018, 1:54 AM,  by Cosmin Vasile,  13 comments
featured PhoneArena Awards: best phones, tablets, and smartwatches of 2017

It's that time of the year again! Let's honor the best smartphones, tablets, and smartwatches that we got to check out this year...

Dec 22, 2017, 9:36 AM,  by PhoneArena Team,  103 comments
The nominees for the 2017 Google Play Awards were announced today

The Google Play Awards are meant to promote and celebrate good game and app developers that created outstanding products for the Android system throughout the year. This year, the awards will take place Thursday, May 18 at 6:30pm PST, during Google I/O, Big G's annual developer festival...

Apr 25, 2017, 9:17 AM,  by Damian M. ,  5 comments
Sony Xperia XZ Premium wins "Best New Smartphone" award at MWC 2017

GSMA announced recently the Sony Xperia XZ Premium has won “Best New Smartphone” award at MWC 2017. The second 4K smartphone launched by Sony, the Xperia XZ Premium is the only flagship introduced at MWC that packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor...

Mar 02, 2017, 5:03 PM,  by Cosmin Vasile,  78 comments
featured PhoneArena Awards 2016

It is the very end of the year, and while we’re in the mood for celebrations and joy, we’ll have to get somewhat nostalgic right now, because we need to look back at 2016 and name our favorite products. Across a number of categories, it was actually surprisingly easy for the team to converge around a very reasonable selection of devices that we think deserve to win an award for being on top of their game this whole year...

Dec 31, 2016, 9:26 AM,  by Ray S.,  82 comments
Apple unveils “Best of 2016” awards, names top games, apps, albums, movies, and more

Apple revealed its picks for the best games, apps, and all types of other digital content that has come out for the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, and its other platforms over the course of 2016...

Dec 07, 2016, 5:30 AM,  by Milen Y.,  3 comments

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featured Best smartphones of MWC 2016: PhoneArena Awards

Before we leave Barcelona after attending MWC 2016, we think there's one more thing we should do. We feel obliged to highlight the best smartphone we saw at MWC 2016. And if you've been following our coverage, you might not be surprised by our top pick...

Feb 26, 2016, 1:14 PM,  by Nick T.,  69 comments
Best value phones of MWC 2016: PhoneArena Awards

Not all phones are made equal. Some are made to impress with specs, design, and user experience, even if that translates to a steep price. Others are made to be as affordable as possible, which is achieved primarily by using lower quality components and build materials. Then there are the phones aiming to nail the perfect balance between price and features. These are the phones we'll focus on today...

Feb 26, 2016, 1:07 PM,  by Nick T.,  8 comments
Best innovation of MWC 2016: PhoneArena Awards

All in all, we didn't see any earth-shattering new tech announced this year, but the show wasn't short on nice surprises either. For instance, we had Oppo announce the next evolution in its VOOC battery charging technology, Sony unveiled a smarter Bluetooth headset, and Samsung brought fast, Dual Pixel focusing to mobile cameras. But these, in our opinion, were the best innovations of MWC 2016...

Feb 26, 2016, 11:58 AM,  by Nick T.,  15 comments
featured Best wearable of MWC 2016

Unfortunately for all fans of mobile, MWC 2016 is over. The major trade show held in Barcelona, Spain, once again marked the debut of numerous smartphones, gadgets, devices, accessories, wearables, proofs of concept, and all sorts of interesting tech. The majority of these got us very excited, especially Samsung's Galaxy S7 and LG's modular G5, but let's not forget that smartphones are definitely not the only thing to get our attention...

Feb 26, 2016, 9:27 AM,  by Peter K.,  9 comments
featured PhoneArena Reader Awards 2015: The results are in!

Take away our extensive phone specs database and our news coverage, and what the team at PhoneArena does is pretty simple: We provide expert opinion so that you can make informed purchases instead of ones affected by marketing tricks...

Dec 23, 2015, 9:30 AM,  by PhoneArena Team,  64 comments
featured PhoneArena Awards: Best games of 2015

It's that time of the year: just like that, 2015 is drawing to a close, and with all the major new releases already out, we're rounding up the best new Android and iPhone games that have arrived this year...

Dec 22, 2015, 2:01 AM,  by Victor H.,  17 comments
featured poll PhoneArena Reader Awards: Vote for the best of 2015

Regular readers might have noticed — okay, must have noticed — that while we're consistent in standing behind our expert opinion, we live in no ivory tower and actively labor to include you into the conversation. For the most part, we do this through surveys (or polls), which typically garner a lot of attention and spawn occasionally very interesting discussions. It's a sort of a win-win, as it's beneficial for both sides: we all learn something new every week...

Dec 18, 2015, 9:22 AM,  by PhoneArena Team,  123 comments
PhoneArena Awards 2015: all of the year's best mobile gadgets in one place

The 2015 PhoneArena Awards honor the best mobile products of the year, and if you've missed any of the posts in the series, we've included them all below. See which were the best smartphones, best tablets, and best wearables of 2015...

Dec 18, 2015, 4:35 AM,  by PhoneArena Team,  11 comments
featured Most underrated phones of 2015

What a year it’s been! We’re just about wrapping up 2015, and looking back, there was no shortage of top-tiered phones that crowded the upper echelon of the spectrum. From the obvious ground shakers in the space, like the latest iPhones and Galaxy smartphones, to the ones that didn’t generate as much buzz, we can certainly agree that they’ve all attempted to spark interest from consumers to some degree...

Dec 17, 2015, 4:53 AM,  by John V.,  46 comments
featured PhoneArena Awards 2015: Best large smartphone

Today's post in our PhoneArena Awards series honors the best extra-large smartphone of 2015. And our top pick will hardly come as a surprise. It is made by the company that single-handedly kickstarted the phablet category and made us rethink what the upper limit to a phone's size should be. Ladies and gents, the best large smartphone of 2015 is the...

Dec 15, 2015, 6:58 AM,  by PhoneArena Team,  79 comments
featured PhoneArena Awards 2015: Best value-for-money phone

Today's post in our PhoneArena Awards series is where we honor the year's best value-for-money phone. Our top pick comes from a company that knows a thing or two about making phones delivering great bang for the buck. In fact, its budget-friendly G series has been selling by the millions. But it wasn't a member of this particular lineup that got the first price. Instead, our award for best value-for-money smartphone goes to the...

Dec 14, 2015, 6:37 AM,  by PhoneArena Team,  46 comments
featured PhoneArena Awards 2015: Best Tablet

As 2015 is coming to an end, the time has come for us to honor the coolest gadgets of the year. On Thursday, we kicked off our PhoneArena Awards series by naming our favorite smartwatch, and today, we'll reveal the most impressive tablet we got to handle in 2015...

Dec 12, 2015, 10:58 AM,  by PhoneArena Team,  82 comments
featured PhoneArena Awards 2015: Best Smartwatch

What are the best smartwatches out there? Which were the models that impressed us the most this year? Well, these are the questions we'll answer today. We're officially kicking off our PhoneArena Awards of 2015 series, and today we'll honor the year's best smartwatches. With companies like Apple, Samsung, LG, Motorola, Asus, and Huawei all in the race for the consumer's wrist, it was not easy to pick the best smartwatch of the year, but in the end, we agreed that the title belongs to the...

Dec 10, 2015, 9:32 AM,  by PhoneArena Team,  49 comments
featured H1 2015 in review: Best smartphones

Several days ago, we summarized 2015's first half by taking another look at the major events that occurred – device announcements, technology advancements, software releases, all that good stuff we all live and breathe. Then we honored the best smartwatches launched during the past six months. H1's best tablet and its runner-up got the same treatment soon after. And now, there's just one unchecked item on our to-do list. Ladies and gents, it is time to announce the best smartphones of H1 2015, and if you're a follower of our review section, you should have no troubles guessing which two handsets we've picked...

Jul 13, 2015, 2:34 PM,  by Nick T.,  41 comments
H1 2015 in review: Best tablets

What's thin, light, and capable of keeping you entertained for hours at a time? That would be a tablet, of course – the gadget bridging the gap between laptops and smartphones with its portability and screen size. We've all seen one, we've all used one, many of us have one and use one on a daily basis. The following post is dedicated to the best tablet unveiled and launched in the past six months, as well as to a noteworthy runner-up...

Jul 12, 2015, 6:42 AM,  by Nick T.,  15 comments
featured H1 2015 in review: Best smartwatches

There's one thing valid for all of today's smartwatches – they all leave plenty of room for improvement in a number of areas. Most of them don't last long between charges, and even when they're fully topped, there's not a whole lot they can do to justify their cost. Nevertheless, we do have our favorites among them. It is time to continue our review of 2015's first half with a look at the best smartwatches released over the past six months...

Jul 10, 2015, 3:25 AM,  by Nick T.,  16 comments
featured Best smartphones of MWC 2015: PhoneArena Awards

Like they say, time flies when you're having fun. This couldn't be more valid for the few days we spent at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. As much as we wish it wasn't so, we now have to pack our gear and leave Nerdland behind. Before we do that, however, we think we should wrap up our coverage with a list of the best phones we saw at MWC 2015...

Mar 06, 2015, 7:45 AM,  by Nick T.,  16 comments
Best wearables of CES 2015: PhoneArena Awards

There's a race forming in the tech world as we write these lines, and it is about to get even more intense in the months to come. That's the race for the user's wrist – both small and large tech companies are developing wearable gadgets of various shapes and sizes, such as smart fitness bands and smartwatches. Sure enough, many of these were announced and show off during this year's Consumer Electronics Show, so it is our obligation to highlight the best ones we had the chance to try out...

Jan 08, 2015, 3:51 PM,  by PhoneArena Team,  3 comments
Best tablets of CES 2015: PhoneArena Awards

The Consumer Electronics Show, held between January 6 and January 9 in Las Vegas, is where any geek would love to be right now. It is where the latest electronic gadgets and the newest advancements in technology are being showcased, usually for the first time in front of a major audience. This includes tablets – last year's edition of the expo brought us the Galaxy Tab PRO series, as well as a number of sweet slates by Asus and Lenovo, to give a few examples. This year, however, there don't seem to be a whole lot of noteworthy tablets at the expo. At the same time, there's this Best Tablet award that we have to give away, and we see no tablet more suitable than the members of Asus's Transformer Book Chi family...

Jan 08, 2015, 1:59 PM,  by PhoneArena Team,  7 comments
featured Best smartphones of CES 2015: PhoneArena Awards

Seriously, guys, could there be a better way to start 2015 than with a massive and colorful expo like CES? As expected, it was an event worthy of attending as it brought us, and geeks all over the world, plenty of excitement. We had the opportunity to see and try dozens of gadgets and gizmos, including a variety of new smartphones from major and not-so-major manufacturers, including LG, HTC, Asus, Lenovo, Yota, Blu, and ZTE. And sure enough, some of these smartphones stood out more than others...

Jan 08, 2015, 10:37 AM,  by PhoneArena Team,  38 comments
PhoneArena Awards 2014: the year's best phones, apps, innovations, and more in one place

2014 is nearing its end, but we're pretty sure you're well aware of that. What you might have missed, however, is that over the last couple of weeks, we've been highlighting the year's notable events, the most remarkable products, and the most impressive innovations that occurred throughout the mobile industry. It is something we feel obliged to do as the year is coming to an end, just to give ourselves and our readers a clearer picture as to how much and in what direction the mobile arena has shifted over the past 12 months...

Dec 22, 2014, 5:37 AM,  by PhoneArena Team,  40 comments
featured PhoneArena Awards 2014: Best Smartphones

Have you ever wondered how many new phones have been announced this year? Well, with all the minor and major manufacturers in business worldwide, arriving at the exact number would be a challenging task. On the other hand, we can easily provide you with statistics on how many new handsets have made it into our database over the course of 2014. The figure stands at over 600 and includes phones of all shapes and sizes – anything from the basic-yet-cheap Nokia 130 to the pricey and feature-packed Samsung Galaxy S5...

Dec 20, 2014, 6:35 PM,  by PhoneArena Team,  160 comments
featured PhoneArena Awards 2014: Best phablets

"Phablet" is a word that didn't even exist until several years ago. Today, these devices bridge the gap between smartphones and tablets by delivering the best of both worlds. They're small enough to be carried in a regular pocket, yet sufficiently large for us to enjoy the web, our apps and games, and our media to their fullest...

Dec 19, 2014, 5:45 PM,  by PhoneArena Team,  96 comments
PhoneArena Awards 2014: Best tablets

Tablets are pretty neat and handy, aren't they? They keep us entertained when we're bored, they make it easy to get in touch with friends, they help us with work and studies, they can even keep Junior occupied when mommy and daddy need some peace and quiet. Not all tablets are made equal, however, and it is our job to highlight the ones deserving the attention of our readers...

Dec 18, 2014, 3:09 PM,  by PhoneArena Team,  39 comments
PhoneArena Awards 2014: Best smartwatches

The race for the consumer's wrist has never been as intense as it is today. Smartwatches are at the peak of their popularity, and chances are they'll be making more and more headlines over the coming years...

Dec 16, 2014, 4:37 PM,  by PhoneArena Team,  41 comments
PhoneArena Awards 2014: Flops and disappointments

The mobile industry did see a few flops and disappointments over the course of 2014, so we thought we'd highlight three of the most notable among them. Here are three good examples of how a seemingly brilliant idea may lead to underwhelming results if not thought out well...

Dec 11, 2014, 11:24 AM,  by PhoneArena Team,  51 comments
PhoneArena Awards 2014: Best product designs

Imagine picking up a brand new smartphone for the first time. Chances are that your first impressions will be influenced mostly by the product's design – by the way it looks, by the way it works, by whether it feels "right" in your palm or not quite. That's why every self-respecting manufacturer pays close attention to the design of its products. Design is key to a product's success with its ability to spark an instant emotional attachment between a user and the device in question. If executed properly, of course. And we believe that good designs must be honored.

Dec 09, 2014, 5:24 PM,  by PhoneArena Team,  65 comments
PhoneArena Awards 2014: Best Innovations

One way to make a smartphone stand out is through innovation – through thinking outside of the box with the goal of delivering a new, fresh user experience. And innovating is a challenge on its own, given technology's current state, which is why we think innovative ideas deserve to be honored...

Dec 08, 2014, 5:01 PM,  by PhoneArena Team,  60 comments
featured Best innovation of IFA 2014: PhoneArena Awards

IFA 2014 has undoubtedly brought us a plethora of new innovation, with a bunch of new and exciting devices sporting all kinds of impressive new technology. However, there was one new feature presented at the show that managed to impress us the most...

Sep 09, 2014, 4:23 AM,  by Ray S.,  48 comments
featured Best smartphone of IFA 2014: PhoneArena Awards

IFA 2014 is still ongoing, but at this point, all of the new devices that might be of interest to us have been introduced. We've seen the fantastic Sony Xperia Z3, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, the innovative Galaxy Note Edge, and even one very impressive phablet from Huawei - the Mate 7...

Sep 09, 2014, 3:24 AM,  by PhoneArena Team,  46 comments
featured MWC 2014: PhoneArena Awards

MWC 2014 was a very exciting expo, but now that the dust has settled, it's time for us to take a look at the very best devices that saw the light of day during the past few days...

Mar 04, 2014, 2:05 AM,  by Ray S.,  28 comments
Best innovative feature of MWC 2014: built-in heart rate monitor on the Galaxy S5

We've reached a state where delivering an innovative feature or functionality on a smartphone has become extremely challenging, and manufacturers are investing lots of time and resources into developing the technologies that could make their products stand out. Not all of these innovations, however, go beyond being flashy gimmicks. That heart rate monitor built into the Galaxy S5, on the other hand, is something worth looking forward to...

Feb 28, 2014, 10:08 AM,  by Nick T.,  77 comments
Best accessory of MWC 2014: PhoneArena awards

Events like MWC 2014 are like a nerd's dream, but assuming that they're all about smartphones, tablets, or even wearables, would be incorrect. Generally considered a less interesting, miscellaneous category, accessories can be just as exciting as the products they were made for. What's more, we really have to admit that we're continuously surprised at just how far accessories makers have come in the span of just a few years. Extras for your mobile goodies range from gimmicks, to useful tools, like the one we're about to highlight. Despite the tough competition, nothing quite impressed us as much as the FLIR One case, which allows your iPhone 5/5s to do thermal imaging...

Feb 28, 2014, 9:20 AM,  by Chris P.,  0 comments
Best smartphone of MWC 2014: PhoneArena awards

MWC 2014 was a tremendously exciting expo, and that's mainly thanks to the impressive flagship smartphones that got announced. We can easily distinguish three top-shelf handsets that undeniably managed to make the biggest bang at the show. Those are the Samsung Galaxy S5, the Sony Xperia Z2 and the LG G Pro 2...

Feb 28, 2014, 9:19 AM,  by Ray S.,  145 comments
Best tablet of MWC 2014: PhoneArena awards

The MWC 2014 expo came and went, and with it a few tablets made a came. Some we rumored before, some popped up for the first time, but only one took the PhoneArena award for "Best tablet of MWC 2014..."

Feb 28, 2014, 9:16 AM,  by Daniel P.,  9 comments
Best wearable of MWC 2014: PhoneArena awards

Wearable devices are all the rage this year, and there were quite a few of them at Mobile World Congress, but was there really any single break-through one?…

Feb 28, 2014, 8:57 AM,  by Victor H.,  9 comments
featured Poll results: Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Google Nexus 7 (2013) are our readers' top smartphone and tablet

That the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is among the most popular smartphones worldwide is something we have no doubts about. After all, over 10 million units already have already left the company's warehouses. And people do seem to like it quite a lot, judging by the number of votes the Note 3 received in our recent poll. For those who missed it, last week we asked our readers which phone deserved to be named smartphone of the year, and Samsung's phablet got almost a quarter of the votes...

Dec 17, 2013, 4:07 AM,  by Nick T.,  74 comments
featured poll PhoneArena Reader's Awards: vote for best smartphone and tablet of 2013

Have you noticed how even a simple, straightforward question can be quite challenging to answer? You probably have. Here's a couple of relevant examples: what is the best smartphone of 2013? What about the year's best tablet? Giving a proper, justified answer to these questions is tricky due to the number of factors one has to consider – popularity and sales figures, price to performance ratio, design and build quality, hardware specs and software features, how innovative a given device is... and the list goes on. Alternatively, one can simply listen to their geeky inside voice and cheer for the phone or tablet they find most deserving – to follow their techy instincts, in other words. Regardless of which method you'd rather stick with, we'd love to have your input in today's two polls. Cast your votes below and let us know which you think are the best smartphone and tablet of 2013! In a few days' time, we'll follow up with a new post presenting you with the winners as chosen by our readers...

Dec 11, 2013, 6:49 PM,  by PhoneArena Team,  118 comments
featured PhoneArena Awards 2013: Best Smartphones

This is it, guys! It is time for the culmination in our PhoneArena Awards of 2013. We're pleased to announce the final and most exciting category in our series, and as you can probably tell already, today we'll be announcing the year's best smartphones. Before we get to it, we have to admit that picking today's winners was a pretty difficult task. That's because we got to play with a ton of smartphones over the past 12 months and we did like many of them. Only a few of this year's smartphones, however, truly stood out...

Dec 06, 2013, 2:38 PM,  by PhoneArena Team,  124 comments
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