MWC might still be technically going on for around 48 hours, but we know very well that the show’s juiciest parts are behind us. Unfortunately, this year’s “Congress” has proven one of the most disappointingly uneventful in recent memory, with just a handful of really cool devices getting official intros.
It therefore shouldn’t come as a surprise that the show’s shiniest star has been the HTC One, a gadget that came to Barcelona after being unveiled in its own dedicated event. The One claimed the title of “Best in Show” in the inaugural TechRadar MWC Awards, but we don’t figure anyone wants to argue with the online publication.
Sony’s Xperia Z might have had a shot at challenging One’s gold medal, but the 5-incher has already been named the star of last month’s CES. And two major titles in less than a couple of months would have probably been too much, right?
HTC’s One naturally snatched the Best Phone crown of MWC as well, while the tablet competition had a pretty surprising winner – Sony’s Xperia Tablet Z. Don’t get me wrong, I dig slightly overpriced stylish 10-inchers as much as the next guy, but I would have figured the Galaxy Note 8.0 deserved to be in the spotlight more.
Sammy doesn’t really need to sweat it though, as the Note 8.0 will probably crush the Tablet Z when it comes to what really matters – sales.
But if you think Tablet Z’s crown is a surprise, wait till you hear this – the People’s Choice award went to… Mozilla’s Firefox OS. Again, not that the new open-source platform doesn’t have the potential to evolve into something great, but as it stands it’s far from special. And the first few phones running on it – just terrible!
Meanwhile, TechRadar doesn’t mention Asus at all, even if the Fonepad and Padfone Infinity looked worthy of at least some sort of consolation prize. Anything else missing from the list? Oh, yeah, the HP Slate 7, LG’s pile of rubbish new hardware and ZTE’s infamous Grand Memo. Shocking, eh?