• HTC One beats Sony Xperia Tablet Z to Best in Show
• But Xperia Tablet Z takes home Best Tablet
Presented during Mobile World Congress, which is currently taking place in Barcelona, a panel of TechRadar writers selected the very best new products that were announced or launched at the show.
Gareth Beavis, Phones and Tablets Editor for TechRadar, says: “It’s been tremendously hard to judge these awards – congratulations to those that won! The sheer level of competition shows that we’re in for a strong 2013 in terms of technology and new levels of innovation, with Full HD screens, waterproof designs, next generation connectivity and even new ways of charging our phones being very much to the fore.”
Winners of the TechRadar Best of MWC Awards 2013 are:
Best Phone: HTC One
TechRadar says: “The HTC One does something refreshing for a smartphone, it combines innovation with consumer needs. While we were very impressed with efforts from LG, Sony and Huawei, HTC’s combination of stunning design, alternative camera technology and cutting edge specs have created a real buzz around its impending launch.”
Best Tablet: Sony Xperia Tablet Z
TechRadar says: “Another close fight between Sony and Samsung, but the Xperia Tablet Z prevails due to its lightweight design, NFC integration and sheer screen quality. We found it very hard to fault in our preview. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 was a strong contender as the S Pen / screen size combination is really impressive, but the Xperia Tablet Z edged it thanks to its impressive Reality Display.”
People’s Choice: Firefox OS
TechRadar says: “Firefox OS has had an inauspicious start to life, but it really came to the fore at MWC 2013 thanks to a number of manufacturers pledging to support the platform with devices. It might be designed for emerging markets, but the OS has a real chance of making waves in budget smartphones and could herald a new way of developing apps for phones in the future.”
Best in Show: HTC One
TechRadar says: “A superbly tricky category to call with lots of top contenders to choose from. However, you only needed to look at the swaths of people clustered around the HTC stand to play with the One to see that this is where the buzz resides at the show this year.”
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