Phone Awards 2011: winners announced

21st Jul 2011 | 13:30

Phone Awards 2011: winners announced

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The TechRadar Phone Awards 2011 have come to an end and now we can finally announce the winners.

This year the awards comprised both readers' votes and categories judged by some of the biggest names in the technology world.

To say that we were pleased with our reader response to the awards would be an understatement. Garnering over 130,000 votes, the awards have been a runaway success, so we can only say thank you to you all for being such an opinionated bunch!

The Phone Awards have been TechRadar's most popular awards so far and it just goes to prove that the mobile phone market is positively burgeoning, full of technological innovations, warring factions and fanboys who live to see what the next OS update will bring.

So, without further ado here is the list of the biggest and best phone tech of the last year… feel free to argue it out in the comments.

Phone of the year

Nominations

  • HTC Desire
  • Apple iPhone 4
  • Orange San Francisco
  • Samsung Galaxy S2
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc

Winner

Samsung Galaxy S2

Samsung galaxy s2

What the judges said:"The Samsung Galaxy S2 might have only been out for a short while, but consumers have been buying it in droves thanks to the combination of stunning design, lightning operation and a pin-sharp screen, putting it head and shoulders ahead of the competition."

Runner-up: Apple iPhone 4

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Best phone for business

Nominations

  • BlackBerry Bold 9780
  • BlackBerry Torch
  • HTC HD 7
  • Nokia E72
  • Apple iPhone 4

Winner

Apple iPhone 4

iPhone 4

What the judges said:"The consumerisation of business devices continues apace - the BlackBerry is the business device of yesteryear."

Runner-up: BlackBerry Bold 9780

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Best phone innovation

Nominations

  • NFC
  • Tegra 2 chip
  • Xbox Live
  • Android 2.3
  • Swype

Winner

NFCNexus s

What the judges said:"In terms of the furthest reaching implications, NFC is far and away the most exciting innovation to bring to mobiles. Even if mobile wallets take a while to take-off, other uses such as ticketing, content sharing are disruptive and cool.

Runner-up: Tegra 2

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Best phone accessory

Nominations

  • Mophie Juice Pack Air 4
  • AmpliTube iRig
  • Vodafone Sure Signal
  • Pure i-20
  • Jawbone Jambox

Winner

Jawbone JamboxJawbone jambox

What the judges said:"The Jambox is far more compact than expected, small yet bassy in its reach. Whilst the price is somewhat prohibitive, the Bluetooth connectivity and compact nature makes for a great accessory with a myriad of uses, from watching a movie on an iPad 2 to bringing the party to the beach."

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Best phone OS

Nominations

  • Windows Phone
  • Symbian
  • iOS
  • Android
  • Bada

Winner

AndroidAndroid

What the judges said:"Android beats iOS owing to the pace of innovation on the platform. This is evident in how iOS 5 is 'borrowing' lots of features from it.

"It has turned around the fortunes of Motorola, Sony Ericsson and made HTC a household name."

Now check out the winners of the readers votes...

Reader-voted categories

Best Network

Nominations

  • O2
  • Three
  • Orange
  • Vodafone
  • T-Mobile
  • Giffgaff

Winner

Vodafone

Vodafone

Runner-up: O2

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Best App

Nominations

  • Google Maps Navigation
  • Spotify
  • BBC iPlayer
  • Swype
  • iBooks

Winner

Google Maps Navigation

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Runner-up: BBC iPlayer

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Best Game

Nominations

  • Angry Birds
  • The SIMS 3
  • Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit
  • Flight Control
  • Cut The Rope!

Winner

Angry Birds

Angry birds

Runner-up: Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit

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WTF of the Year

Nominations

  • iPhone 4 antenna-gate
  • Symbian: is the end in sight?
  • Apple launching the microSIM
  • HTC Desire OS upgrade
  • Nokia crashing HTC event with balloons

Winner

iPhone 4 antenna-gate

iPhone 4

Runner-up: Apple launching the microSIM

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Best Phone Feature

Nominations

  • Samsung Super AMOLED Plus
  • HTC Sense
  • Android personal hotspot
  • Apple iPhone 4 Retina display
  • Windows Phone 7 Live TilesOne to watch

Winner

HTC Sense

HTC sensation

Runner-up: iPhone 4 Retina display

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One to watch

Nominations

  • Apple iPhone 5
  • Nokia Windows Phone
  • Android Ice Cream Sandwich
  • HTC Sensation
  • 4G

Winner

Apple iPhone 5

iPhone 5

Runner-up: Android Ice Cream Sandwich

And the winners are...

Part of the Phone Awards this year was our fantastic competition, where you had the chance of winning 10 Window Phone handsets and three Sony Ericsson handsets.

The winners, and what mobile phone they won, are listed below. If your name is on the list we will contact you in due course.

  • Eleanor Wigmore – Sony Ericsson Xperia arc
  • Eoghan Collins – Sony Ericsson Xperia arc
  • Young Yang – Sony Ericsson Xperia Play
  • KP Durnall – Dell Venue Pro
  • Talel Farhat – Dell Venue Pro
  • Jonathan Ponsie – Dell Venue Pro
  • Marek Stepnik – Dell Venue Pro
  • Sarah Sheen – Dell Venue Pro
  • Suzanna Gentle – HTC 7 Pro
  • Murshidha Muvaffik – HTC 7 Pro
  • Robert Dallenger – HTC 7 Pro
  • June Beesley – HTC 7 Pro
  • Tana Isaac – HTC 7 Pro
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