PhoneArena Awards 2011: Technology Breakthrough

PhoneArena Awards 2011: Technology Breakthrough
So, while you guys are having fun over at the PhoneArena Reader Awards 2011 post, we decided that we shouldn't just sit aside and watch, you know, we felt that we want to give our own awards to the best (or worse) products, technologies and achievements that have occurred during the year. We plan to present you with a series of articles, each time giving a different award. The last, and most important one, of course, will be the one for Best Phone, but until we get there, we'll have lots and lots of fun discussing and remembering many other products, for various reasons.

We decided to start with giving an award for Technology Breakthrough of the year. We've seen many new technologies being utilized by manufacturers and developers in 2011, so naturally, picking the most significant one wasn't the easiest of choices. Plus, we wanted to honor a tech, which is obviously on its way to becoming widely popular, not just a fancy new trick that has been used here or there. Meanwhile, it had to be something big, having a profound impact on the industry... And we felt that the best candidate for the Technology Breakthrough award is...

And the award goes to: Cloud services

The Cloud is no longer a place where you can simply store all of your files and stuff. No. It's grown to be so much more. Now, the Cloud has become an almost inseparable part of our digital lifestyle. Whether we're talking about simple tasks such as contact and calendar syncing, or more advanced operations like the ones found with iCloud, it's obvious that the Cloud is becoming ubiquitous. It's being utilized more and more, and it's absolutely certain that it's here to stay. The progress this technology has made during the year is very notable, so we think that it definitely deserves the first place.

First runner-up: Dual-core processors

But what do we rank next? We want to place the names of two runner-ups next to the Cloud. Actually, choosing the first runner-up wasn't as hard. Dual-core processors! Well, of course – the dual-core processor is now a must for every self-respecting high-end smartphone. Some might even argue that  dual-core processors deserve to stand at the top, but we should all keep in mind that their benefits are still somewhat limited for the moment. There aren't that many applications written with more than one core in mind, and there aren't many OS functions optimized to take advantage of two cores. But there is a noticeable performance gain, and we're absolutely sure that more and more software will get optimized soon, so... dual-core processors FTW!

Second runner-up: LTE

Our second runner-up is... wait for it... LTE! We're not hearing the applause, people, c'mon, give it up for LTE!!! Now, that's more like it. Due to its limited nature, LTE isn't reaching a great deal of markets yet, but it will soon. Why are we so certain? Well, it doesn't take a genius to know that 10 is more than 1, right? Especially in this case, where the reachable 10 Mbps of LTE make our experience so much better, compared to the 1 Mbps we're used to with 3G networks. LTE is the next big step in the evolution of data connectivity, and the fact that it's already here is so exciting!

So there you have it, guys and gals, we've given our first award – Technology Breakthrough. What's your opinion? Do you agree with us on the way we've ranked these three technologies, or not really? Maybe there's some other tech of vital importance, even more significant that the Cloud, Dual-core processors and LTE, that should have won? If so, feel free to let the world know in the comments below! And of course, be sure to stay tuned for our next post from the PhoneArena Awards 2011 series, where we'll take our time to give it up for the Most Innovative Product of the year!



1. RazaAsad

Posts: 100; Member since: Nov 24, 2011

I am a regular user of your site. PA ... I have concluded that you are an apple fan.

2. android_hitman unregistered

agree with you... btw PA.. iCloud is the most poor Cloud out there i am out of here! i am going to delete the bookmark and block this website

3. RazaAsad

Posts: 100; Member since: Nov 24, 2011

I am using this site since long and like it as compared to gsmarena because of more updates. I would suggest to be in touch with information and infer your own conclusion based on your own research :)

4. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Don't let the door hit you on your way out

33. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

android-hitmam..dont let the door hit you on the way out.. hope you keep your word.. and dont come back.. and RazaaAsad... follow the yellow brick road...

48. rayjones09

Posts: 149; Member since: Dec 16, 2010

That's a bit over the top don't you think?

22. DaveyJE24

Posts: 54; Member since: Feb 02, 2011

This website should be named

51. brikz4real

Posts: 173; Member since: Dec 24, 2008

RazaAsad and hitman.... I think you should both RE-read this article. They said that the winner is the Cloud ... as in "Cloud Services". They only used iCloud for example purposes. Microsoft has had cloud services virtually since Windows 7's release. So, yes, I would agree with PA.

5. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Hope you realize the cloud is not an Apple exclusive. Does it bother that PA dares even mention an Apple product in a positive light?

6. droidnator

Posts: 93; Member since: Mar 10, 2011

What "bothers" is that Apple products are always mentioned in a positive light, never in negative, and I quote: "more advanced operations like the ones found with iCloud" I guess other Clouds are basic, just the iCloud is advanced...

9. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

iCloud has more advanced features than most. Deal with it.

16. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

compared too...?

49. rayjones09

Posts: 149; Member since: Dec 16, 2010

I suppose the iPhone 4S will not suffice. Hypothetically speaking, if Apple releases a new iPhone next year that is great and Phonearena decides to give it a 5 or something, will you be happy?

7. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

WTF since when is ''The Cloud'' better than LTE? This is confusing. if ICS doesn't make good use of dualcore chips then they don't deserve to be here

17. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

i guess because ICS isnt technically "out" yet. dunno. im scratching my head over iCloud. I could have almost went with it until they decided that cloud meant apple instead of everyone.. hate to tell you, whats new to apple, everyone else has had for a while. What feature of iCloud did android not have LAST year? lol.

21. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

It did mean everyone not just apple. They also had a well thought out post as to why dc wasnt #1

27. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Remix obviously didn't understand the article. iCloud has document sync and photo stream to name two. It also backs up your settings which google doesn't do.

38. TerryCrowley

Posts: 194; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

Yes it does. Syncing my Nexus devices with my gmail account backs up all my settings. My homescreen layouts are the same and all my old info is still there. Info to my home-wifi, screen settings and call forwarding settings. iCloud is nothing new to anyone other than sheep.

40. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Terry the nexus is an awful phone. I'm sorry youve had to endure. When youre hot for an upgrade I suggest you go iPhone.

43. TerryCrowley

Posts: 194; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

I upgraded from an iPhone 3GS to a Nexus One. I paid to cut my contract short with AT&T just because the iPhone was that awful. When I switched not only did I get a better smartphone and smartphone ecosystem I also got the ability to make phone calls. Off a cell phone.

39. twenti7

Posts: 152; Member since: Jul 09, 2011

My Asus tablet offers both of those features. Every feature of the cloud that is current offered has been offered since before Apple joined the party.

42. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

That's not true android doesn't sync settle and app arrangement.

44. TerryCrowley

Posts: 194; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

Yes it does.

8. rawdeal

Posts: 21; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

phone arena will promote only apple services r provided by recently joined the race....LTE is the best invention...n after that dual core processors....whn will u stop promoting only apple products in ur website...promote bias free innovation...sick u guys r

19. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Find where in the article they said apple is the only provider of cloud services. Lte being the best then dual core is an opinion not fact. There is no reason they cant praise cloud service. I like the fact they did that because they care about the experience not just horsepower.

28. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

It's amazing how even just mentioning Apple is bad to these guys. They never said iCloud. They said cloud services. They mentioned iCloud as ONE example.

29. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Taco i agree with you man. Overreacting no doubt

50. rayjones09

Posts: 149; Member since: Dec 16, 2010

LTE is not worldwide, therefore it wouldn't be the best.

10. KaloqnYo

Posts: 22; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

iPhonearena :@

11. redmd

Posts: 1949; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Of course. It's made by Ray 4S. jk and you are getting more and more obvious. For me it's LTE, cloud is nothing if you're still stuck with low data speeds like edge lol

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