Best of MWC 2014 Awards!

March 2, 2014

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MWC 2014 has wrapped up, and what a show it was! Every Android fan has something they’d love to get their hands on, with device releases covering the spectrum of what Android has to offer. Flagship releases, great looking mid-range smartphones, and a slew of mid- to high-end tablets made this year’s MWC an absolute blast.

If you followed our coverage of CES 2014 back in January, you know that we’ve decided to hand out awards to the best of the best at every major trade show this year. While CES was relatively low-key for Android devices, MWC was anything but, and, as such, we have eight categories of awards that we are giving out this event.

Here’s a look at the deserving winners of Android Authority’s Best of MWC 2014 Awards!

Best Wearable - Samsung Gear Fit

best-of-mwc-wearbaleWearable tech is a booming part of the mobile space, and Samsung didn’t hold back with their device releases at MWC, with two new Gear smartwatches making an appearance. But the wearable that we are most excited about is the Gear Fit, a hybrid fitness wristband that takes many elements from the Gear smartwatch and literally turns its design on the side.

The first thing you’ll notice about the Gear Fit is its remarkably vibrant curved OLED display, that can be outfitted with a replaceable wrist band. With fitness in mind, you get a host of apps and functions, including a pedometer, exercise tracker, and heart rate monitor, but you also receive notifications, and can control your media apps directly from the device.  The sleek design looks great, and the combined fitness-smartwatch functionality is a huge advantage.

Android Authority’s Best Wearable Tech Award goes to the Samsung Gear Fit!

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Best Tablet - Sony Xperia Tablet Z2

best-of-mwc-sony-xperia-tablet-z2The long awaited sequel to the amazing Xperia Tablet Z was finally announced at MWC this week, and unsurprisingly, managed to impress us even more.

Sony took things even further with the Xperia Tablet Z2, making it thinner and packing it with top of the line specs that can handle anything you throw at it. Speaking of handling, the device is easy to hold, thanks to even lighter overall weight and magically soft rounded sides.

You get the same dual glass surface, a sturdy aluminium frame, and waterproof construction that have become a Sony design staples. A welcome design improvement comes in the form of the speakers moving from the sides to the front of the tablet, allowing for an even better listening experience.

The Sony Xperia Z2 is the epitome of a high end Android tablet, and deservedly receives our award for the Best Android Tablet!

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Best Tablet - Huawei MediaPad X1

best-of-mwc-tablet-Huawei-MediaPad-X1The Huawei MediaPad X1 is a 7-inch tablet that seems to have an identity crisis. With its voice calling and text messaging capabilities, the MediaPad X1 is either a very sleek tablet, or the largest Android smartphone you can get your hands on. Either way, the device packs a beautiful display, an elegant design with very thin vertical bezels, and mid-range specifications that should provide a more than satisfactory performance at this price point.

And that is why the Huawei MediaPad X1 is the recipient of Android Authority’s Best Tablet Award at MWC!

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Best Tablet - Lenovo Yoga 10 HD+

best-of-mwc-2014-Lenovo-Yoga-10-HDLarge Android tablets aren’t meant to be carried around for a long duration, and, in most cases, require a third-party accessory to prop the device up on a table top. This is an issue that Lenovo sought to address with its latest 10-inch tablet offering, the Yoga 10 HD+.

Taking design cues from its well received line of Yoga laptops, the Yoga 10 HD+ comes with an unique cylindrical end that not only houses a large battery, that Lenovo promises will provide up to 18 hours of battery life, but also comes with a built-in kickstand that lets you place the device in a few useful positions. You also get a nice Full HD display, solid build quality, and impressive specifications that make this tablet a well-rounded device.

We were very pleased to award Lenovo with the Best Tablet award for the Yoga 10 HD+!

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Best Budget Phone - Alcatel OneTouch Idol 2

best-of-mwc-2014-budget-phone-Alcatel-OneTouch-Idol-2We’ve already seen a lot of great mid-range smartphones with premium build quality, and this trend is creeping into the more budget-friendly range of devices as well. One such device that really caught our eye at MWC 2014 was the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 2.

What is most striking about the OneTouch Idol 2 is its clean and elegant design. It’s not easy to gauge that the Idol 2, with its solid build material and quality, is a sub-200 Euro device. Specifications are decent and performance is more than satisfactory for a smartphone at this price point. The Alcatel OneTouch Idol 2 is our winner of the Best Budget Smartphone Award at MWC 2014!

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Best Mid-Range Phone - HTC Desire 816

best-of-mwc-mid-range-HTC-Desire-816Manufacturers are increasingly concentrating on offering mid-range devices with a premium feel that we’ve come to expect from our smartphones. HTC is obviously known for its great design, and its latest mid-range smartphone is no exception.

The HTC Desire 816 boasts great specifications, a beautiful 5.5-inch display, dual front-facing BoomSound speakers, and a clean design that you could fall in love with. Further bucking the mid-range trend is a 13 MP rear shooter, coupled with a 5 MP front facing camera.

Considering it will be priced very competitively and it incorporates the best of what HTC has to offer, we are very pleased to offer HTC and its Desire 816 our Award for winner of the Best Mid-Range smartphone of MWC 2014!

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Best Large Phone - LG G Pro 2

best-of-mwc-2014-large-phone-LG-G-Pro-2Many manufacturers have tried to break into the phablet market that is completely dominated by Samsung with their Galaxy Note series, and while the original G Pro was a good attempt, LG has hit it out of the park with LG G Pro 2. The company has got a lot right with their latest large smartphone offering, with best-in-class specs, a whopper of a camera, and a surprisingly manageable size for a device with a 5.9-inch display.

Its beautiful and expansive screen offer the highest ratio of display to device size in the world and, with LG’s bevy of helpful software features give a boost to your productivity.

We are extremely pleased to see LG continuously bring their best and have decided to award the LG G Pro 2 our Best Large Smartphone Award at MWC 2014!

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Best Flagship Phone - Samsung Galaxy S5

best-of-mwc-samsing-galaxy-s5The Samsung Galaxy S5 is one of the devices where it feels like not a lot has changed, while being significantly different. The design language stays largely the same, but the move away from glossy plastic is a welcome change, along with the introduction of a fingerprint scanner integrated into the home button. While many TouchWiz elements remain they are greatly refined. The introduction of My Magazine, easier multi-tasking, and revamped Settings menu and toggles in the notification drop drown make the UI more desirable and pleasurable to use.

The biggest improvement comes in the form of the 16 MP ISOCELL camera, coupled with a ton of new camera software features that should make smartphone photography that much better. And of course, it’s not a Samsung device if it isn’t loaded with software features including Kids Mode, ultra battery save mode, and numerous others that should provide a fantastic smartphone experience. The introduction of greatly appreciated IP-67 water and dust resistance and beefed up bezel ensure that the S5 will be able to take whatever life throws at it.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is our choice for the Best Flagship Smartphone at MWC 2014! If you’re looking for a chance to pick up this smartphone, don’t forget to check out our Samsung Galaxy S5 International Giveaway.

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Honorable Mention – Sony Xperia Z2

best-of-mwc-2014-honorable-mention-Sony-Xperia-Z2We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the device that came a very close second in this category. Sony’s latest flagship, the Xperia Z2, retains a lot of what we love about its previous editions, with the same slate design, down to the iconic silver power button and dedicated camera shutter button to the side. The Xperia Z2 comes with an updated display that is not only 0.2-inches bigger than the Xperia Z1, but now also an IPS LCD, allowing for greater brightness and improved viewing angles over its much loved predecessor.

Hardware has been bumped up across the board, with the new Snapdragon 801 making an appearance, along with 3GB of RAM, which ensures that performance is fast, smooth and robust under all conditions. The camera hardware remains the same, but the addition of 4K video shooting and a host of new software features means that the camera experience is even better this time around.

The only unfortunate part of the Xperia Z2 is the fact that it won’t penetrate as many markets around the world, as we know the Galaxy S5 will.

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Wrap Up

Stay tuned to Android Authority as we leave no stone unturned in our quest to deliver you the very best in all things Android and mobile technology! Let us know what you think of our awards, our choices, and how we’re doing! Stay tuned for more great mobile tech coverage from your friends at Android Authority!

Comments

  • Brendon Brown

    S5, the winner? Next joke…

    • Thats just the truth.

      Can only agree with u. The screen on the Z2 has better colors than anything else on the market with so much better viewing angles than the older Z1. Those dual speaers are louder and better than the HTC Ones. just less bass of corse. (i saw on comparison on youtube) extra ram means better performance. after 2.2 Ghz 200mhz dont make a difference. extra ram does though. The z2 has a better camera IMO and the design is in no doubt way better. and the Z2 is waterproof not splashproof like the S5 is. no underwater pics that is. and beter user interface of course.

      • Amine Elouakil

        I disagree with the comparaison with the One tho, but we shall see when the phone is reviewed, but on paper the Z2 is better than the S5.

      • Colby Leong

        So the S5 has the same water IP rating as the Xperia Z? I remember submerging my Z and taking underwater pictures. Of course a shutter button helps.
        There’s also the fact that Sony has some history with waterproofing, while Samsung pretty much had their failed S4 Active.

        • Clarence Alvarado

          With Samsung’s camera setting makes volume buttons as shutter (which Sony also added on its 4.3 lineup), it is now been easier to take pics underwater without physical shutter button. Just a compromise for the half-press focusing.

          S4 Active’s design is much industrial looking, but you know Xperia Z’s beauty can never lose easily, as it already toppled with the new and refreshing design of Z1 (introducing less flaps and aluminium side frames).

          I’m just worried Samsung using AMOLED (a type of OLED) on their S5, and read some articles pertaining to OLED screens not friendly with water. :/ Lookie here: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/pros-and-cons-of-oled-displays.html

          • Castor

            the volume rocker as camera shutter button is unintuitive. only works if you are lefthanded

    • carlosfrancoz

      Did you forget you are reading Samsung Authority??

      • AndroidBoss

        Hmm, really? Looks like you need to stop skipping school and learn to read.

        • Guest

          Looks like someone can’t handle criticism. -.-

      • Colby Leong

        Really, you should see all the stuff PhoneArena pooped out about Samsung about during the whole MWC

        • Tuấn Ankh

          Haha, it was like: Another minute, another GS5 article.

      • Dave Weinstein

        You really think that? I think they do a pretty good job.

        If you want bias, head over to BGR. They started off as a Blackberry fanboy site, although they are now firmly in Apple’s pocket. After reading some of their nonsense, you can come back here and appreciate the relatively fair and unbiased reporting.

    • Chaturanaga Manchanayake

      I was just laughing too. hahaha Funny shit, they just awarded the band-aid phone.

  • Brendon Brown

    Nice article though :)

  • solomofo

    People moan that the Z2 is non changing. If it isnt broken they shouldnt change it.

    • Christian

      to the dot!

    • Castor

      well the display change alone is more than enough. it’s probably the reason many are liking the z2. goodbye ugly xperia displays, hopefully.

  • Amine Elouakil

    Best smartphone : Galaxy S5. Well I didn’t expect this from AA, but I’m sorry, the S5 is far from being the best smartphone (as the Z2 tops it with a larger battery and “most likely” a better camera not to mention the boring/cheap design).

    As for the rest I can’t say much

    • AndroidBoss

      Both designs of the phones suck. The S5 with the ugly back, and the Z2 with the nice but glossy and scratchy back. Software UI and features will come to personal preference.

      • MadCowOnAStick

        Samsung definitely wins with features… but some would say those features are useless…

        • AndroidBoss

          It’s all about personal preference. Many people might find those features on the Samsung devices useful actually. I don’t use most of them, but there really are some useful ones to be honest.

      • Amine Elouakil

        when I’m talking about design here I’m talking about style, not design as in mechanical conception Even is style is something subjective, there is a difference, between a metal and tempred glass sandwished together in a classy way with so much attention to detail, and a generic design that is so focused on cost efficiency, then at the end they add fake touches such as the faux metal trim and the faux leather back

        • AndroidBoss

          At least the fake leather feels good in the hand and prevents smudges, unlike the Sony phones.

          • Amine Elouakil

            I agree on this, the soft plastic can feel more confortable, but this is not an absolute science, try to hold a One and the S4 which has a glossy plastic, the One feel better in the hand since it curved to match your hand form

          • AndroidBoss

            But we were talking S5 and Z2. Yes, indeed the One is also one of the best designed phones and is indeed one of the most comfortable phones to hold in the hand.

          • Castor

            the xperia z’s can be washed. soiled fake leather…i don’t know how to clean that. it could even accumulate a lot of microbes.

          • AndroidBoss

            You obviously haven’t felt the texture of the Note 3. So don’t talk bs please.

          • Castor

            of course i won’t dare touch something i disdain. all i know is it has those stitches and the tendency to be soiled and accumulate germs over time so don’t talk bs about how it feels because that has nothing to do with microbe accumulation.

          • AndroidBoss

            Ok, I see from your that you like smudges, scratches, and germs. Anyways, if you didn’t touch or see the faux leather back in person, then don’t talk bs because you obviously don’t know shit.

          • Guest

            wow the stupe don’t even know how to read.

          • AndroidBoss

            And you don’t even know how to spell.

          • Castor

            wow stupe doesn’t even know how to read a comment.

      • Android FTW

        The Z2 doesnt have the non scratch proof shatter proof screen protector that the previous versions including the z1 had. So no its NOT scratchy with its dragon trail glass.

    • carlosfrancoz

      I really like some of the reviews here but I have to admit there is no a “bad” or mediocre Samsung phone for this guys in Android Authority! Come on is impossible most of people thinking S5 sucks but for AA is the best flagship phone in WMC? Just check Some of impartial ppl like Marques Brownlee or Erika from XDA n YouTube

      • Castor

        who’s erika? do you mean erica griffin? she has actually warmed to samsung’s s5 later on.

        • Christian

          well, money works..

        • carlosfrancoz

          did you see her first hands-on? she was like “omg what kind of ugly toy is this!!! are you insulting me Samsung?”… then the next video she said the black is the LESS UGLY S5… that’s it!

  • SaadUsmani

    are u kidding me? iam your huge fan but s5 winner get a life… :/

  • Shark Bait

    Come on, sony z2 looks far superior!!

  • Groud Frank

    Seems the award for best flagship has upset the anti-Samsung trolls. Thank you AA for not caving into the angry mob and giving us your honest opinion. The S5 might not be the prettiest kid on the block but it is a great device.

  • wat

    LOL You’re as bad as CNET for troll bating to produce ad revenue

  • Luka

    S5 best flagship. R u kidding me? I just lost a bit of respect for this site. When you collect your integrity, give us a call.

    • AndroidBoss

      Who’s “us?” And what’s your number?

      • Luka Mlinar

        Me and the 3 (so far) people who liked my post.
        My number is 14. What’s your?

        • AndroidBoss

          Ok, good bye to you guys.
          My number is 69.

          • Luka Mlinar

            Nice number. If Samsung took a laser and engraved it to the back cover it would be 3 times the phone it is now.

          • AndroidBoss

            Yeah, everyone would love the design that way lol.

  • AndroidBoss

    So basically, you guys gave all the Android devices the “Best of MWC 2014 Awards,” even the cheap Chinese phones.

  • arcwindz

    Lol AA, after your “great encyclopedia” of S5 the phone actually got the crown. We hope you don’t lose integrity AA, please don’t. Oh well, there are some fair points in it anyway, so it’s good enough

  • Heisenberg

    I’m not impressed with the GS5, but it shocks me that some people are impressed with the Xperia Z2. Both are minor upgrades from their predecessors.

    • M3D1T8R

      Umm, the Z1 only came out about six months ago. And the Z2 still is more innovative vs the Z1 than the S5 is to the nearly year old S4.

      • patrik

        Uhm.. No it’s not. The Z2 has the same camera as Z1 (only it can record in 4K now) and it looks EXACTLY the same.

        The S5 is a upgrade over the S4 in every single aspect.

        • http://halfofizzaiko.tumblr.com/ Izz Aiko

          More bloatware = USES ALOT OF RAM
          Why not have 3GB of RAM since it uses alot in the SGS5…?
          And despite the fact that Sony could pack a beautiful design for total water proofing instead of cheap design by Samsung which only provides water resistant capabilities. I’m sure every company needs to learn that people not only care on specs itself but also on design wise when it comes to buying phones. Not to mention, WORTH their upgrade.

      • Heisenberg

        “innovative” – Oh? Name me one innovation on the Z2??

        • http://halfofizzaiko.tumblr.com/ Izz Aiko

          Digital Noise Cancelling (and don’t ask for more because you only asked for one) ;)

          • Heisenberg

            What can it do noise cancellation head phones can’t do?

          • Clarence Alvarado

            Passive noise cancelling tech, where the smartphone interfaces the NC tech throughout the earphone and not within the earphone itself. Let Google talk to you.

          • yudi_hilmawan

            With Xperia Z2 you don’t need some bulky noise cancelling head phones and Z2 also has one of the most advance display in mobile phones.
            Thanks to IPS and brand new innovation Colour Live LED technology.

            Thanks to Colour Live LED Z2 screen has the widest colour gamut in LCD (compareable to OLED display) but without the risk of oversaturation.
            And from the initial test by erica griffin what sony claim is true.

          • Castor

            it does the noise cancellation on the phone so you don’t need bulky earphones/headphones.

  • http://www.AndroidAuthority.com/ Darcy Alexander LaCouvee

    Guys, we do this for a living – we spent considerable time with both devices and talked about this a great deal internally with the entire team. The fact remains that both are absolutely exceptional devices – it was very, very tough to choose.

    As someone that does this for a living, that lives, breathes, and studies the entire mobile technology landscape, I know for a fact that the investment of truly cutting edge technology in the Galaxy S5 via it’s ISOCELL image sensor – which is the first device in the world to receive said tech, their strides in achieving faster data transfer by combining mobile and wifi data speeds, and their power reduction efforts make it a real winner.

    That being said, the Sony Xperia Z2 is a truly remarkable piece of kit. Wait for our full VS and thorough comparison, which is coming.

    Expectations for the S5 were completely out of the water – Samsung really is trying to bring best in class technological leadership from the ground up – and is listening to consumers needs more than ever. Sony is trying too, to ‘bring the best of Sony’ and the Z2 exemplifies that in every way.

    Know that we take your opinions and comments very seriously – we do this for you after all – but the fact remains we will stand by decision to award Samsung the Best Flagship phone of MWC 2014.

    • Brendon Brown

      I love Android Authority and I don’t know what I’d do without it. Thats the truth. So if you took my comment the wrong way I just want to apologise. Sorry about that one :) By the way, keep up the good work guys! Your MWC coverage was absolutely awesome.

      • http://www.AndroidAuthority.com/ Darcy Alexander LaCouvee

        Thank you Brendon, we always try our very best. You can count on us to work very hard to continue to deliver the very best coverage of all things mobile technology! Find 7 is coming – the world’s first 2560×1440 5.5 inch display made by LG and we will be seeing it on the 19th of March! Stay tuned :)

        • AndroidBoss

          You guys are awesome. BTW, LG LCD displays are one of the best displays for phones out there, so really happy to hear the Find 7’s display is gonna be made by LG.

        • Clarence Alvarado

          Let me paste something for you: http://www.engadget.com/2014/02/12/oppo-find-7-2k-1080p-variants/

          Oppo Find 7 screen will be using JDI’s.

          • http://www.AndroidAuthority.com/ Darcy Alexander LaCouvee

            Sorry Clarence, I’ve spoken with them personally and you are wrong – they are using LG.

        • Brendon Brown

          I’m so keen for the Find 7. Hopefully Oppo breaks into more markets with the Find 7 though!

    • Max

      You’ve fallen for Samsung’s crap about ISOCELL. It is a cheap imitation of Exmor RS because Sony Digital Imaging denied the sale of the 20.7MP sensor outside of the group. Samsung have no history or pedigree in CMOS sensor manufacturing. SDI sell sensors to Nikon, Fuji, Panasonic, Olympus and obviously their own camera division. To even try and draw an equivalence between Samsung’s new sensor and Sony’s tried and tested Exmor RS means you are just reading a piece of PR without doing real research.

      • http://www.AndroidAuthority.com/ Darcy Alexander LaCouvee

        Astute point Max – leave it to when we conduct our thorough hands on VS of the cameras to see who will be more right in this regard.

      • AndroidBoss

        Dude, calm down. All you Sony fans are going crazy. I’m an Android fan- that means I like Samsung, LG, HTC, Sony, and even Motonovo. This doesn’t mean we all have to be biased just because we like a specific device. There are things in the S5 better than in the Sony Z2, and there are things in the Z2 better than the S5. No need to start an Android cyber war about this. Both phones are great phones, and Android will always be the best operating system no matter what UI is on top of it.

        • Colby Leong

          Agreed, and if Sony is to continue this 6 months life cycle then there next flag, Z3, should have a much better camera. Being a Sony fan, and current Z1 owner, I wish Sony had a fingerprint sensor, Heart sensor I could do without.

          • AndroidBoss

            Yeah, so no need to say that the S5 “sucks” and all that. Z2 and S5 are both great phones. They both have their own features/specs that make them good.

    • AndroidBoss

      Next HTC One also coming out soon, hopefully it’s better than both the S5 and the Z2 (which I’m sure it will be, at least from the design/build quality so far).

      • http://www.AndroidAuthority.com/ Darcy Alexander LaCouvee

        We’ve been assured it is ‘exceptionally beautiful’ and ‘so much more beautiful in person than anything we’ve witnessed thus far’, so yes, we’re very excited. In an era where specs only go so far – it’s build quality that companies like HTC bring that offer people the very best in feel, experience, and ultimately, the most premium offering for their money. I mean, $700+ should guarantee you something that feels, looks and behaves exceptionally, right?

        • AndroidBoss

          Yeah hopefully.

    • Colby Leong

      Here’s how I see everything, Samsung is ahead, the features the come out with are innovative whether you like them or not. Being a Sony fan I always look forward to see what every company can produce, because that’s how innovation will work. One man/company will pave the way, they will show us what can be done, it’s up to the other manufacturers to take it a step further and improve.

      Technology is like Google’s android system, it’s really up to the other manufacturers how they want to use it. It’s almost to the point where simple internals don’t matter, features could make or break future flagships.

    • Amine Elouakil

      Hello Darcy,

      I think everyone understands that you do this for a living and that goes without saying.

      As someone with an engineering background and as someone who understand tech (although I’m not an electronics/signal….engineer) , I do understand clearly the merites of ISOCELL and at the same time I do understand the drawbacks of this technology. What we are talking about is an evolutionary idea, rather than anything revolutionary and with the increase of the pixel count on a fixed area the merites are reduced and I’m pretty sure that when you’ll test the phone you’ll see that the difference is not as Samsung makes you believe it is, (thanks to it marketing machine). You can only have a certain amount of light on a certain area (pixel area (surface)/sensor area) and to resume what ISOCELL is trying to achieve is to be more efficient and absorb the maximum of that light, but this will always be limited to the amount of light/area, and that’s why the best DSLR or even the best Mobile cameras such as Nokias PureView uses huge sensors/with big pixel size, and that what HTC tried to do partially with it “Ultrapixel”. The Z2 has technically a larger sensor with bigger pixel and in theory should be a better camera than the S5, but again there are other factors that comes into the equation such as pre and post processing software, the initial tuning of the device ect.

      As for the data transfer combining mobile and wifi, correct me if I’m wrong but this is a Qualcomm feature and not a Samsung feature per say, and the Sony Z2 should have it aswell.

      As for the rest of hardware, The Z2 has more Ram, larger battery, and it is made of more premium materials, the S5 has a heart beat sensor, but that’s in my opinion is useless on the phone, on the galaxy Fit it makes more sense.

      And of course we are looking forward to your review and comparison of both device, it’s just that you’ve already taken a pre-judgement before even testing both devices :( ..

      • Luka Mlinar

        I was thinking the same thing. They already picked the winner. Going back on it would be going back on this.

      • AndroidBoss

        Z2 is better in specs and stuff, but still it will never be compared to the features of the S5. Touchwiz (like it or hate it) has a lot of features that are not found on any other Android phones. So therefore, when talking about the S5, it’s not only the beat sensor and the fingerprint scanner, it’s also all the other Samsung features on the device. Again, it’s all about personal preference. Both are great phones and end of the story.

        • Amine Elouakil

          Actually they are found on other smartphone, and in fact alot of touchwiz features are outsourced/bought from an external company in korea which offer the same service to LG for example, hence LG phones has similar feature such as the split window multitasking (even better at LG since it works with all the apps and not limited to native apps) or other gimmicks, and even chineese companies offers those features. For those who use those feature and think they are necessary, the S5 and it LG counterpart are their best choice, but for 99% of the rest who do not use the gimmicks it’s not a justified especially at the prices we are seeing right now

          • AndroidBoss

            Yes, I know. LG is like another Samsung. They do whatever Samsung does. BTW, I’m not a Samsung fan, I like all Android devices but just not being biased to Samsung. LG (with their phones) they kind of copied Samsung’s features. But still, there are many features still not included in the LG phones.

          • Amine Elouakil

            To be fair, LG did have many of those feature before Samsung, it’s just that Samsung has much more reach that’s why people feels and falls to the impression that Samsung was first, just look it up ^^

          • AndroidBoss

            I don’t need to look it up because I know that most features were made my Samsung. They basically are both Korean companies after all, so therefore might make sense that they share similar features.

          • Christian

            Funny how you say you’re not a Samsung fan, but your comments say otherwise. Try to be open-minded for once, and stop thinking that Samsung is everything.

          • AndroidBoss

            It’s because some people are saying that it sucks and the Z2 is way better, where I find both phones are the same and each one has something better than the other. I’m open minded about all Android phones, that’s why I’m called Android Boss.

          • Christian

            I understand that both phones have something better than the other, but even with that, we still feel that Z2 is better than S5. (But to be honest, I think only the battery being removable and storage are the areas where S5 bests the Z2, any other categories, Z2 is better). And that’s why we’re having this conversation, because AA awarded S5 the best flagship (by awarded meaning they deemed it better than Z2) of MWC 2014. Most of the people here think Z2 was robbed of that. I don’t say the S5 sucks. It’s high up there with the best, but again, this time, the Sony flagship is just better in my opinion (and most of the people here think so, judging by the comments). That’s why I’m telling you to open your mind. Like you, i also like android, but there’s no denying that there’s always a better device, even across the same platform.

    • Luka Mlinar

      I’m sorry but i just don’t agree with you. Not only did they more or less bring the same device out they brought the same design back. Even after making a fuss how they plan to redesign it from the ground up. You believe it’s like a golf among phones. I understand that point of view but the reason Samsung is not moving and evolving it’s phones is partially because of sites like this one giving away awards for a non changing phone. There’s no revolution in terms of hardware. I’ll give you the camera but that’s just about all of it. No one wants a fingerprint scanner. We got people on the OnePlus forum begging the manufacturer not to put it on the phone for numerous reasons. We got a heart rate monitor because; hay we’re 70 years old and we need to check every few seconds if we’re alive or not. The back cover is so bad it makes my eyes want to do hari kari. The manufacturing cost is so far from the actual product price that it’s closer to Apple than the Moto G. Personally i find the Z2 better balanced phone than the S5. It’s better looking device, it has more useful functionality.
      I don’t know. I grew up being punished for doing a bad job, not getting awards.

      • AndroidBoss

        Keywords: personally, I. S5 is not for you then. You’ll be surprised how many 70 year olds will buy it.

  • mavro aspro

    As you can see,there is a slow progress in phones..
    http://www.entertaintheking.com/tech-news/2014/3/1/evolution-of-cell-phones-the-last-40-years
    (nice by the way) but i prefer Z2 than S5

    • Dave Weinstein

      Yes the big issue isn’t who won, but rather everyone’s new offerings are so incremental!

      Samsung seems to feel that they have reached their goal of getting ahead of Apple, and so they spear to be holding back technology to maximize profits. That irritates me, and makes me want to look elsewhere for my next smartphone.

  • John-Phillip Saayman

    Uh oh.. After the s5 award I sense a lot of butt hurt

  • Suthan Sivekumaar

    THE S5! THE Z2 and THE HTC DESIRE are my fave! XD

  • wedjat

    if a z1 has no significant upgrade over the z2 that just shows how good z1 was. its like toblerone and toblerone with dark chocolate

  • http://startswithz.tumblr.com/ Z. AL

    I love AA, but this… it feel so biased… I’m sorry :|

  • ASDF

    S5 takes the crown!!!

  • M3D1T8R

    You gave the best phone award to the S5, not the Z2? Fail. The _only_ area where the Samsung wins is the removable battery, but even that it is not much of an issue any more with Sony’s battery being larger. And one could argue about AMOLED vs IPS LED displays, a matter of preference. The Z2 beats the S5 in every single other category that isn’t a tie, far and a way, not even close.

    If you only gave it to the S5 because you figure it will be more widely available, well, that’s not a good reason. Anyway, the Z2 is rumored to be coming to lots of carriers, even possibly Verizon here in the US, as the LTE bands are there.

    The S5 has been widely criticized for it’s lack of innovation. Meanwhile the Z2 now checks about every box one could want. I’ll spare you that list here, it is well known. But this blatant mistake by you guys makes me want to stop reading AA all together.

    • patrik

      What the fuck have you been smoking dude?

      The AMOLED vs IPS LCD debate is not arguable as the AMOLED display is objectively better, this is something you can read about in Displaymate’s Note 3 review (I’m guessing the S5 has even more improvements over the Note 3’s screen but it’s still the best screen on the market). Win for S5.

      The S5’s camera is better than the Z2’s, don’t be an idiot and be blinded by the MP-count. The ISOCELL technology within S5’s camera is astounding, if only you knew about it. For some reason all the biased Samsung-hating journalists out there, they always forget to mention it, they only mention that it’s a 16MP camera. Win for S5.

      People seem to say that Z2 wins in the battery department only because it has a bigger battery. No phone from Sony has ever beaten Samsung when it comes to battery life. This is no exception. This is something you’ll find out later on when the reviews start showing up. Also, don’t forget that the S5’s battery is removable. Win for S5.

      Processor. Not a big difference, only the S5 has a higher clocked version. Win for S5.

      Ergonomics. The Z2 needs no explaining in this department, it’s a fucking box. It’s sits uncomfortable in the hand, it’s slippery and I find it completely ugly. The S5 sits perfectly around your hand and the grip is unbelievable. Win for S5.

      Design. Now this is mostly personal preference so it’s hard to call it a win for anyone.

      Build Quality: People seem to give this point to the Z2 ONLY because it’s glas and aluminium. Let me tell you that those two are the worst materials to use in a phone. Aluminium scratches easily, absorbs cold and heat ALOT. Also, the glas backpanel is simply going to crack on the first drop. The S5 is alot more durable and is easier to repair. Remember, removable backpanel. Win for S5.

      Third party accessories: No need to explain. Win for S5.

      Now, everything I mentioned are FACTS. Not something you can argue against. Why don’t you try and tell me why the Z2 “beats the S5 in every single category”.

      • http://halfofizzaiko.tumblr.com/ Izz Aiko

        Now you’re raging your hearts out. Main conclusion is that everyone (mainly Sammy fanboys) were disappointed with the announcement of the Galaxy S5 considering the fact that several leaks came out pointing on a 2K display etc etc. Plus, it looks uglier the S4. At least I respect Samsung for implementing the faux leather cover on the Note 3 as well as the black edition of the S4. That’s why Sony wins for me eventhough I had higher hopes for the S5. Can’t wait to see what HTC’s gonna bring to the table this month.

      • Aravind J Nampoothiry

        Samsung’s camera may be better,but you are completely wrong about Sony’s ergonomics and build quality(its my opinion,don’t make a big fight out of it).

        • Tuấn Ankh

          Well, saying “you’re completely wrong” and “in my opinion” doesn’t go very well together. Let’s just say… you find Sony’s ergonomics and build quality better. :D

      • Tuấn Ankh

        It’s nice to you somebody like you who would still bother explaining all this. Well, you said all what I always wanted to say, but I didn’t have the time and the gut to put it all out like you did. xD

      • Clarence Alvarado

        Congratulations on your fanboyism. :) And it is not seriously an effin’ box.

      • Amine Elouakil

        IPS > Amoled, this is a well known fact, in every metrics you name the best IPS trumps the best Amoleds except black and white contrast which is infinite on Amoled, and refresh rate.

        It’s not about MP count, the Sony camera has a larger sensor and larger pixels, hence it is in theory a better camera than Samsung Isocells 16mp, I’ve detailled this point in my post bellow (you can check that out for more details)

        As for ergonomics neither the S4 or the Z1 were known to have the best ergonomics each has it drawbacks and advantages and ergonomics is not an absolute science since every human has it own hand size, finger size and shape ect ect, it can easly be assumed that it is the same story for the S5 and the Z2 as they aren’t that much different from their predecessors.

        Design is as you say a subjectif matter, but the majority agrees that the Sony phone has a better design, but aside tha shapes, lets talk about attention to details and premium materials, I believe this what makes the difference between the two, If I pay premium for a phone I wanted to be premium product, and the S5 it isn’t, especially with it fake metal trim.

        Third party accessories the ones that Samsung tried to ban and render useless with their last update, till people got angry and made Samsung back peddal? Sony has it own share of third party accesors and aside from covers, most of accesorries are generic and can be used on most smartphones, (aka Bluetooth, Wifi, Jack, micro USB)

        As proven above everything you mentioned is not a fact and just your opnion and here are some aditionnal facts I may add

        The Z2 has more RAM
        The Z2 has a larger battery.
        The S5 still lags (according to the unites in WMC) despite the slightly (and I really mean slightly) higher clocked chip.

        • turboguy

          i agree
          But you guys have the time to type all this!

          • Amine Elouakil

            :D it doesn’t take much time really, at most a dozen of minutes

          • Castor

            especially if you’ve memorized everything about the product you really like :)

  • turboguy

    I would have liked if the best flagship phone was z2.

    But anyways,Great AA.
    Thanks for this ranking.
    But we must wait for htc m8

  • Dave Weinstein

    It seems like EVERYTHING won except the really interesting stuff.

    The two things I thought were interesting: (1) the YotaPhone 2, and (2) the Kyocera flexible phone/bracelet.

    Somehow, while you were praising Samsung and Sony for incremental products, you forgot to mention them. Probably and oversight, right?

  • Castor

    please sony fans. that’s their opinion.
    besides, we should allow them for now to become a bigger site so they wouldn’t have to praise companies to attract ads.

    sony can’t pay for ads now while samsung can. it’s a close fight between sony and samsung here.

    it only makes sense choosing the one that would more likely buy ad space.

    it’s not like xz2 will be damaged if they hand that award to s5.

    let’s just wait for the actual reviews.

  • Rick jaan

    s5 design is not good otherwise its a beast……haters gonna hate

  • Adam Koueider

    I think we should also remember that Sony has failed to bring its smartphones to all four US carriers for years now. Whether the Xperia Z2 is a better phone than the Galaxy S5 (which I think it is), you can’t quite have a “Best flagship Phone” if it isn’t ubiquitously available in Western markets. That’s sort of a caveat of a flagship phone.

    Nonetheless, the Xperia Z2 is a brilliant phone, and I’m super excited about it, but this is 2014. You really can’t go wrong with any flagship that you choose, and there’s no longer a clear and decisive winner every year, like there was a few years ago. It’s really up to personal opinion on most differentiating features.

    • turboguy

      is it worth updating to z2 from z1?
      Will z1 get all those features like timeshift video etc. via software updates?

      • Adam Koueider

        From what I’ve heard the Z1 will be receiving several of those features. Most likely not the digital noise cancellation and 4K Recording as they require specific hardware, but Timeshift Video is a possibility. Probably will come with the Android 4.4 update in April.

        • turboguy

          I am about to buy a mobile in may
          Considering that the z1’s price dropped like all electronics and z2 will still be at its starting price.
          Is it better going to z1 or z2?

  • Afnan Muhammad

    So the reason Z2 didnt win because US wont get it ike other countries at same time.

  • GeorgeDao123

    It’s good to see S5 is the winnner. Samsung is doing the right thing: The most important point is not about high resolution screen, 64 bit processor, so much of RAM… It’s all about how smooth the phone works and how comfortable users feel.

  • AssToast

    Kinda wish i knew about the HTC desire 816 earlier :/ just bought my moto g

  • Christian

    Reasons for choosing the GS5 over Z2:

    1) Unavailability of Z2 in their country/carrier
    2) Ignorance

    … And most of the people here are because of the later..

    hahaha!

    You can flame me now Samsung fangirls!