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Steve Jobs wins 'personality of the year' at Mobile World Congress

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Though Apple and its co-founder were not present at this week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Steve Jobs took top honors at the event, being named "Mobile Industry Personality of the Year."

The title was bestowed on Jobs despite his absence thanks to a vote of the attending media at this week's conference. It was a fitting close for the show, where Apple was not officially present, yet talk of the iPhone was said to remain a hot topic in the face of major competing announcements.

The GSMA Awards event was hosted by writer, actor, and self-proclaimed Apple fan Stephen Fry. Fry was also present at last month's iPad unveiling in San Francisco, where the humorist came away impressed with Apple's new device.

Winners were announced in 19 categories which included awards titled "Best Contribution to Social and Economic Development," the "Green Mobile Awards," "Mobile Innovation," and "Mobile Entertainment." Apple competitor Research in Motion took home "Best Mobile Enterprise Product or Service" for its BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0, while HTC won "Best Mobile Handset or Device" for its Android-powered HTC Hero.

"A remarkable 500 entries from across the global mobile ecosystem were submitted this year, all of an extremely high calibre, and the winners should be incredibly proud of their achievements," said Rob Conway, CEO and Member of the Board, GSMA. "The demand for new ways to use mobile technology continues to evolve and accelerate at a breathtaking speed, and it is genuinely inspiring to see such inventive thinking and exciting ideas showcased at Mobile World Congress."

Last year, Jobs was named "CEO of the Decade" by Fortune, for making Apple the most valuable company in Silicon Valley. Recognition for Jobs' performance came despite the fact that he was absent from work for health reasons in the first half of 2009.

This week's Mobile World Congress saw the introduction of a number of products that hope to take on Apple's iPhone. The most high-profile introduction was Microsoft's new Windows Phone 7 Series, a new multitouch-capable operating system from Apple's rival to the north.
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Damn. And I had a tenner on Steve Ballmer.
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Wow. A Personality award.

No hardware, no software, no innovation, no nothing...except personality.

I take this as a huge slap in the face to Apple.
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HTC Hero best handset/mobile device. LMAO
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HTC Hero best handset/mobile device. LMAO

Yeah - Apparently these awards are disconnected from reality, eh?
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"Beware geeks bearing gifts."

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HTC Hero best handset/mobile device. LMAO

No accounting for taste. \
post #8 of 23
I think this award was all about his choice of a snazzy top hat in NYC.
post #9 of 23
not by the attendees. different from the other awards announced.
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Originally Posted by iGenius View Post

Wow. A Personality award.

No hardware, no software, no innovation, no nothing...except personality.

I take this as a huge slap in the face to Apple.

In this sense, "personality" is probably meant as "person" or "celebrity". Like, People magazine is all about famous personalities. I'm pretty sure it has nothing to do with Steve Jobs' actual disposition (as I hear he's actually pretty standoffish). True, it was awarded to one individual and thus ignores the thousands of people him. But this was going to happen whomever the award was given to.
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Wow. A Personality award.

No hardware, no software, no innovation, no nothing...except personality.

I take this as a huge slap in the face to Apple.

YOU NEED TO CHANGE YOUR NAME FROM I-GENIUS to U-GENIUS....LOL
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YOU NEED TO CHANGE YOUR NAME FROM I-GENIUS to U-GENIUS....LOL

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a crowd-lol
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He has a personality? Sometimes he comes across as too much Mao.
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Originally Posted by iGenius View Post

Wow. A Personality award.

No hardware, no software, no innovation, no nothing...except personality.

I take this as a huge slap in the face to Apple.

I agree. Not sure he should take that as a compliment.
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They should have had Jobs accept the honors via smartphone. Missed opportunity there.
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They should have had Jobs accept the honors via smartphone. Missed opportunity there.

Go to gsmworld.com to see all the awards. GSM gave Apple no awards not even Jobs award.
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Apple's mindshare in mobile computing is so huge that people talk about Apple whether they win awards or not.

Contrast that with Microsoft's mobile mindshare. Why do you think they named WinMob7 "Windows Phone 7 Series?" Certainly not because it sounds good. It's because Zune is such a total failure that Microsoft wants to avoid associating anything new with it.

Windows 7 has done well in the market recently (because Vista was so terrible and XP is so ancient) that Microsoft would rather associate their smartphone effort with 7 than Zune. So Microsoft put "Windows" and "7" in the official marketing name for WinMob7.

"Zune Phone" is catchier, but "Zune" has become a pejorative. Zune = Fail. Zuned = Failed.

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No accounting for taste. \

Well of course the Apple-flavored Kool Aid that you've been having would affect how you taste things.
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HTC Hero best handset/mobile device. LMAO

Because very similar reiterations of the iPhone should've won three years in a row.
lmao internet
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lmao internet
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Well of course the Apple-flavored Kool Aid that you've been having would affect how you taste things.

Lol.

I really dont read the forums in AI that much, seems that there are a lot of Anglry Windoze trolls trolling around in their sad little way. In an Apple site. Dedicated to Apple products.

im the exact opposite, I dont like the Palm Pre so not a hint of me to be seen at www.palmpreforum.org.

Call that sanity, if you will. Or being normal.

dont know what to make of these muppets though.
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Looks like Stephen Fry is angling to become Apple's new spokesman. They could a lot worse (and have, come to think of it). Fry is justly beloved in Britain, and would be on our side of the pond, if more people knew about him.
Please don't be insane.
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Please don't be insane.
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Lol.

I really dont read the forums in AI that much, seems that there are a lot of Anglry Windoze trolls trolling around in their sad little way. In an Apple site. Dedicated to Apple products.

im the exact opposite, I dont like the Palm Pre so not a hint of me to be seen at www.palmpreforum.org.

Call that sanity, if you will. Or being normal.

dont know what to make of these muppets though.

I take it you are referring to me as said troll? I come here to see other other side of the picture for all the news out there. Always two side to any story and most here bring up points I've never considered before. I can stick to the Android forums, but what good is it if all I read is posts from those fans bashing Apple products?

And sometimes I run across the extreme end of fanboys who do nothing more than post short quips just to bash whatever competitor's product is out there. I get it. It's an Apple fan site and I expect that. But this site also happens to reports non-Apple news so I feel justified in saying what I say. As far as I know I have yet to break any rules.

Any jab I make is all in good fun in the end.
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