PhoneArena Reader Awards 2011: The winners

PhoneArena Reader Awards 2011: The winners
The time has come to announce the results of our 2011 PhoneArena Reader Awards! Which is the best phone according to you? Which is the best tablet? Which person from the industry you've chosen to be the "Person of the year"? Well, all of this is now clear. We just want to say a quick "Thanks!" to all of you who participated in this. Below you'll find the winners and their two runner-ups from each category, but if you feel like checking out the complete results, feel free to visit our Voting Phase post.

Now, without further ado, here are the results of PhoneArena Reader Awards 2011...


There you have it, guys and gals, the ultimate, best phone of 2011, according to your votes, is the Samsung Galaxy S II /40.91% of all votes/! So how do you measure the success of a product (besides sales)? Of course, by the number of supporters it has, and in this year's PA Reader Awards, you have shown that the Galaxy S II, an Android smartphone launched in the first half of the year, has found a nice, soft place in your hearts. And why wouldn't it? The Galaxy S II is a very well-balanced phone which caters to many, many people's needs. Besides, it's feature-packed to the brim, so it's also one of the most capable and versatile handsets to appear this year.

In terms of runner-ups, we have the Galaxy Nexus /19.52%/, which showed up much later, but introduced the goodness of the Ice Cream Sandwich platform, and it also has that beautiful HD screen, so it's a very well deserved second place. The third-best phone of the year, according to our readers, is the iPhone 4S /13.77%/. This year, Apple couldn't really take the tech world by surprise, but it did made sure that its offering is safely up there among the very best.


Although it was this year that we started seeing some real tablet offerings coming from manufacturers not named Apple, the iPad 2 /35.68% of all votes/ has managed to retain its status of being the tablet to beat. With an improved design and hardware characteristics, Apple's tablet remained pretty much unchallenged throughout the year, however, we guess the victory in 2012 won't be that easy, due to the proliferation of the tablet as a device type and the upcoming products from serious competitors like Amazon and Samsung. Until then, however, the iPad 2 will be the tablet of choice for PhoneArena readers.

The first runner-up to the iPad 2 is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 /28.18%/. Obviously, if there wasn't an iPad, this would have been the device that you'd have picked up. With top-notch specs and the contemporary Android 3 operating system, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is indeed a very well-made product with many capabilities. Not far behind it though is the Asus Eee Pad Transformer /22.36%/. The innovative (as far as tablets go) device surprisingly captivated a lot of users with its detachable keyboard, doubling as an additional battery. Interestingly, its successor is already one of the most-anticipated tablets. Possibly a Best Tablet 2012 winner? We'll see...


With quite a lead, Apple's former CEO Steve Jobs /53.2% of all votes/ has easily won the Person of the Year award. Your votes are a clear statement that he deserves to be called the greatest technology leader of our time. With signature products like the iPod, iPhone and iPad, Apple has single-handedly reshaped the music, computing and wireless industries. But it would have never happened if it wasn't for the genius of Steve Jobs. We'll always remember him.

Runner-ups to Steve Jobs in this category are Andy Rubin /20.75%/, aka the Father of Android, and far behind him - HTC CEO Peter Chou /5.3%/. Of course, Andy Rubin's work on Android has been a key part of the evolution of smartphones in the latest years. Simply put, without his product, you wouldn't have been able to choose the Android-based Samsung Galaxy S II as Best Phone of 2011. This alone shows the significance of his efforts. And what about Peter Chou? Well, he's the face of one of the best smartphone manufacturers in the world. HTC's phones are known for their exceptional quality and design - characteristics that few other phone makers in the world can brag about. Well done, Pete!

By the way, don't forget that our PhoneArena Awards 2011 serious is still going on, and the best is yet to come. If you're interested in the awards that our editors have chosen to give so far, check out the links below:



1. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Great to see the galaxy s2 as best phone,although harsh to say the iphone 4s is an awful attempt at an upgrade and Steve Jobs would not have been person of the year if he hadn't passed away as his apple influence this year was less than minimal

13. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

less than minimal? he was the ceo.. how is that less than minimal?

15. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Well he was absent through illness for a lot of the year and any influence he may have actually had 'upgrading' the iphone 4 to the iphone 4s clearly mustn't have been much as its the exact same phone.

20. jogutier

Posts: 324; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

Hold on, he did alot this year with the 4S. Well if we're talking about Apple only of corse. :) low expectations, but over hype.

21. Ivan6479

Posts: 250; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Hmm... you mean adding a new rear view camera and a new processor to a year and a half old phone and charging the same price as it was last year when it was released is doing allot? Oh and how could I forget that great Siri software that was added that has gone down twice last month. Yeah I guess it is allot of getting over on his faithful customers.

2. jamrockjones

Posts: 345; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I think the fact that he passed away makes him a great choice. People seem to get more attention after they die. Ironic though.

3. tacohunter

Posts: 408; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

Yeap like you, since he died you know who steve jobs is, before he passed away, you didn't even know the CEO of apple. No just kidding.

11. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

You'd be surprised how many apple 'fans' don't know who steve jobs is!

16. kidtronic

Posts: 13; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

Who doesn't know who Steve Jobs is? Even my grandparents know who he is.

4. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Galaxy 2 deserves it

5. tech-head

Posts: 133; Member since: Sep 02, 2011

Yay Galaxy S2!!!

6. Dmann

Posts: 165; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

You have consider it as a "Lifetime Achievement" award.

9. Dmann

Posts: 165; Member since: Oct 17, 2011


7. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

galaxy tab is better than ipad 2 ! :)

12. Cwebb

Posts: 501; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

And Asus Transformer is better than both. Not like anyones counting or anything

8. Johnny_Mnemonic

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Steve jobs won the award cause he passed away otherwise some one else would have won and that's a fact

10. naga.appani

Posts: 36; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

RAZR much more deserves than any other phone, truly....

14. theredsnapper

Posts: 7; Member since: Aug 18, 2011

The Asus slider is really underrated! I love the way it is.. compared to the Transformer though there may be many "pros" to the Transformer I still like the Slider significantly better nonetheless for its design(beautiful)!

17. Phrozt

Posts: 9; Member since: May 11, 2011

Steve Jobs was a douchebag. "Apple has single-handedly reshaped the music, computing and wireless industries. " Yeah, they overcharged everything and set a precedent that allowed vendors to gouge their customers. Thanks a lot, Steve. And while the galaxy S II is a great phone, it's no real surprise that the winning percentage of votes bears an extremely close resemblance to android's market share.

18. henrickrw

Posts: 408; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Super Galaxy S2..... The best

19. dilshan

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

ipad 2 is better than galaxy tab ???

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