HTC One named the best new device at MWC 2013

HTC One named the best new device at MWC 2013

Interesting. The GSMA made a big deal about its 18th annual Mobile Awards winners from MWC, which we wrote about yesterday.

But it left one award outstanding: the Best New Mobile Handset, Device or Tablet at Mobile World Congress 2013, which has been awarded to the HTC One.

The decision to reveal the winner separately was made separately presumably to afford some extra degree of added prestige. Anyway, it's hard to argue that the HTC One was the best new phone present at this year's MWC.

Yet part of that was potentially because it wasn't actually announced at MWC at all, but rather the week before at a separate event.

So it got to mop up all the headlines and have the news cycle all to itself when it was announced, then get a second hit of publicity by dominating HTC's presence at MWC.

Of course, it doesn't do any harm having a 4.7in Full HD display, quad-core processor, 'Ultrapixel' camera and all the other high-end features the HTC One comes packing.

Really the only loser out of it all, if you're being critical about it, is MWC itself. The HTC One was announced before the show, in fact HTC didn't actually announce anything new at all during MWC.

Also, the GSMA award for best smartphone of the year went to the Samsung Galaxy S III, which itself wasn't announced at last year's MWC (despite the fact that its predecessor was in 2011).

And the big announcement that the Samsung Galaxy S IV will be launched in New York on March 14 went out on Monday, nicely stealing away the thunder from pretty much everyone else on what was the very first morning of MWC.

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JanSt / MOD  Mar. 1, 2013 at 20:06

Nice hardware...

But I'm currently using my better half's Galaxy Camera (Jelly Bean, quadcore, yada yada...),
and I dislike Android even more than ever :p

Can't they once and for all decide on what the back-button does? What the menu button does? Okay, scrolling has improved... And will you please not automatically log me into 'my' gmail account every time the stock browser starts?!!!!!! That's one big No-No, Google.

In a nutshell: I don't care about the ONE. Wrong OS. Shame about the hardware. Instead we get a Blue 8X in plastic.

Betster  Mar. 1, 2013 at 22:03

Nice hardware...

But I'm currently using my better half's Galaxy Camera (Jelly Bean, quadcore, yada yada...),
and I dislike Android even more than ever :p

Can't they once and for all decide on what the back-button does? What the menu button does? Okay, scrolling has improved... And will you please not automatically log me into 'my' gmail account every time the stock browser starts?!!!!!! That's one big No-No, Google.

In a nutshell: I don't care about the ONE. Wrong OS. Shame about the hardware. Instead we get a Blue 8X in plastic.


Ok if you say so....

Pondlife  Mar. 1, 2013 at 22:22

I was playing on the xbox earlier wish they'd decide what the green button does, in one game it kicks a football, in another it stabs someone, in another it shoots someone, in the video player it goes into the next folder or starts the video.

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 2, 2013 at 06:54

Pondlife,
You know what I mean: in some apps the back-button sends you back one step, in others it kicks you out of the app. That is idiotic. And I'm hardly the only idiot to point it out.
Or the doubling up of 2 of the 3 softkeys in most apps... BB6 and S60 3rd didn't even do that. But whatever - I guess the quad-cores need something to do.

It's like Windows apps where you have "exit" buttons on some screens while in others you need to hit the "Esc" key... But at least they leave you in the app.

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 2, 2013 at 06:56

Nice hardware...

But I'm currently using my better half's Galaxy Camera (Jelly Bean, quadcore, yada yada...),
and I dislike Android even more than ever :p

Can't they once and for all decide on what the back-button does? What the menu button does? Okay, scrolling has improved... And will you please not automatically log me into 'my' gmail account every time the stock browser starts?!!!!!! That's one big No-No, Google.

In a nutshell: I don't care about the ONE. Wrong OS. Shame about the hardware. Instead we get a Blue 8X in plastic.


Ok if you say so....


Oh, sorry - did I do it again? Give my opinion? I know comment boxes are for... Ahem... Seems I don't know.

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