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

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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42 Comments

1. kaliil10

Posts: 146; Member since: May 16, 2012

Nokia Lumia 920 will be the winner

3. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

+1 for the Note 2

38. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

Note 2 ftw all the way!

2. harsh_doshi

Posts: 36; Member since: Aug 27, 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!

6. windroid unregistered

I bet in the same horses!

15. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

couldn't agree more! +1

20. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

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

27. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 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

34. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 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.

4. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

S3, Nexus 7, Nokia Asha,

14. JosDes

Posts: 5; Member since: Jan 26, 2013

obviously an s3 owner

5. windroid unregistered

"there is even one Windows Phone handset" ?!? like they weren't allowed to participate... PA just loves windows phones...

7. wendygarett unregistered

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

21. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

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

8. N-fanboy

Posts: 543; Member since: Jan 12, 2013

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

10. windroid unregistered

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

31. b1acktiger

Posts: 223; Member since: May 19, 2012

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

23. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

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

29. simplyj

Posts: 406; Member since: Dec 23, 2009

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

9. dmakun

Posts: 382; Member since: Jun 06, 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.

11. jaabubut

Posts: 13; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

Agree with you

12. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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.

13. jlp34876

Posts: 80; Member since: Dec 02, 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.

16. maccess

Posts: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

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

17. funnyguy

Posts: 244; Member since: Jan 10, 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.

18. AamirSIII

Posts: 187; Member since: Oct 04, 2012

best phone, S III, best feature phone, Nokia Asha 305 best tablet, iPad 4 (although i own Note 10.1...)

19. Jonathan41

Posts: 532; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

Why just the DNA instead of the One X?

42. Jonathan41

Posts: 532; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

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

22. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

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

24. giosoliman

Posts: 6; Member since: Jan 04, 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.

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