AndroidPIT best of MWC 2015 awards: which devices stole the show?

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Wow - what a show. MWC 2015 is winding down now in Barcelona, but we've seen a bunch of incredible devices which we're sure to be talking about for the rest of the year. But what impressed us most? Find out what the best of MWC 2015 was with our AndroidPIT awards. 

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(L to R) AndroidPIT COO Tobias Apel, Samsung's Hanna Park, AndroidPIT Global head of content Paul Douglas and senior editor Kris Carlon. / © ANDROIDPIT

MWC 2015: Best Android phone 

Nominees: HTC One M9, Samsung Galaxy S6, Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

Winner: Galaxy S6 Edge

It was a fiercely fought contest between HTC's latest offering, the HTC One M9, and not one, but two Samsung flagships. In the end, though, we had to hand it to the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. It's at the cutting edge - if you'll excuse the pun - of smartphone technology, offering everything the standard Galaxy S6 does, but also adding something unique.

Samsung has long been accused of playing it safe, but it's hard to raise that argument on this occasion. The S6 Edge looks great and offers something no other smartphone currently does. We can't wait to perform our full Galaxy S6 Edge review. 

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The Galaxy S6 Edge was crowned our best Android phone of MWC 2015. / © ANDROIDPIT

Best budget Android phone

Nominees: Lenovo A7000 Smartphone, Sony Xperia E4g, LG Leon, LG Joy

Winner: Sony Xperia E4g

There were a number of budget handsets on show. LG introduced a whole range of well-priced smartphones, Lenovo's A7000 looked interesting and might do well in certain markets, but it's the Sony Xperia E4g that takes the crown here.

OmniBalance design, 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, 5 MP rear-camera and 2300 mAh battery, the Sony Xperia E4g is offering competitive technical specifications well beyond its price-point. Sure, it doesn't run Android Lollipop, but none of Sony's flagships do yet either. Instead, Android 4.4.4 KitKat with Xperia UI is running fast and smooth on the Xperia E4g and it will be hard to beat for 119 euros. 

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Sony's attractively priced Sony Xperia E4g stole the show in the budget Android smartphone category.  / © ANDROIDPIT

Best Android tablet

Nominees: Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet, Lenovo TAB 2 A10

Winner: Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet

The Xperia Z4 Tablet went up against the other big tablet of the show, the Lenovo Tab 2 A10, for the best Android tablet award. However, Sony's device is superior in every way. It's powerful, slim, light, and, with a wonderful display, the Xperia Z4 Tablet is surely one of the best Android Tablets ever designed and we can't wait to test it further with some hi-res games and movies.

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The Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet is an ultra high-spec gadget. / © ANDROIDPIT

Best budget Android tablet

Winner: Lenovo Tab 2 A8

The best budget Android tablet scored Lenovo's tablet an easy win, being the only noteworthy budget tablet at the show. The Lenovo Tab 2 A8 offers an excellent audio experience thanks to its Dolby Atmos 3D sound engine, which works with headphones or without. An 8-inch 720p display, with quad-core processor and 1 GB of RAM, will make this ideal for for families and simple web-browsing or movie-watching. 

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A Lenovo representative accepts the best budget tablet award from AndroidPIT. / © ANDROIDPIT

Best Android wearable

Nominees: LG Watch Urbane LTE, Huawei Watch LG

Winner: LG Watch Urbane LTE

Huawei introduced its first smartwatch, the Huawei Watch, and it's certainly got the look nailed, but our best Android wearable award goes to LG. 

While it's not running Android Wear, the LG Watch Urbane LTE is compatible with Android devices and Android Auto, making it a standalone smartwatch to be reckoned with. An all-new smartwatch interface makes it stand out from the pack, while its classic design ensures it looks great on the wrist, as well as being functional. Look out for this one in 2015.

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The LG Watch Urbane LTE comes with an innovative interface not yet seen on a smartwatch. / © ANDROIDPIT

Best innovation

Nominees: Project Ara, NXP wireless earbuds, IKEA wireless charging products, Fujitsu iris scanner

Winner: Fujitsu iris scanner

Project Ara was a source of buzz at MWC 2015, revealing its modules to the world for the first time. IKEA also brought something big to the Android ecosystem with its own range of wireless charging furniture products. But our best innovation award goes to Fujitsu for its iris-scanning technology. While it's an idea that has been floating around for a while, Fujitsu wants to bring iris-scanning for smartphones to the market within the next year or so, to keep our devices secure and deliver a hassle-free way to pay. It's truly-next gen technology. 

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A prototype smartphone from Fujitsu, complete with iris-scanning technology. / © ANDROIDPIT

And that's it for our AndroidPIT awards. What was your favorite device of the show? Let us know in the comments below. 

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  • J Gabri-El Mar 5, 2015 Link to comment

    My interest was of what kind of comparison the M9 Vs S EDGE is... Perhaps the idea is trivial and any comparison is merely the juxtaposition of their respective specs, but I was very interested in how SAMSUNG & HTC stood up against each other this year... But they are breeds of their own packing their own personal power and strong suits that hold true to their names as they've come to be known; I guess I thought HTC had a chance, drats! Lol. I am interested in what to expect once the "One" design is left behind or altered following the One M9.

    • Bojan M. Mar 5, 2015 Link to comment

      Not a fan of Samsung here, nor HTC, but even for a bystander it's pretty clear which device(s) stole the show. Samsung brought the usual incremental upgrade with a big change, whether you like it or not, and HTC basically the same old stuff. It's obvious, isn't it?

  • Bojan M. Mar 4, 2015 Link to comment

    I agree on all accounts.

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