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The Mobile World Congress on Tuesday announced the winners of the 17th Annual Global Mobile Awards, with Samsung dubbed Manufacturer of the Year for its Galaxy S II Smartphone of the Year, while Apple's iPad 2 took home Tablet of the Year honors.

The four-day GSMA event held in Barcelona is the world's largest mobile industry exhibition and conference, and includes talks from industry leaders, a showcase of the newest mobile devices and presentations of future technology. At the conclusion of each MWC, awards are given for the leaders in a variety of categories covering mobile apps, services and hardware.

This year, Korean electronics monolith Samsung not only left MWC as the world's best hardware maker, but also dethroned previous smartphone champ Apple, which won Smartphone of the Year for its iPhone 4.

The win is indicative of the strong sales Android handset makers are currently enjoying around the globe, and Samsung has proven to be a leading partner for the platform.

While Apple has seen a great deal of success with the iPhone, even taking the crown as the world's largest smartphone manufacturer, the proliferation of devices running Google's Android OS has been overwhelming.

Recent statistics put Android way ahead of the pack as it gobbled up 50.9 percent of the market in 2011. In comparison, second place Apple's iOS managed only a 23.8 percent market despite growing some 8 percent year to year.




Just as Android continues to rule the handset market, so does the iPad with its complete domination of the tablet space.

During the fourth quarter of 2011, Apple shipped an estimated 18.7 million iPads to take 59.1 percent of all tablet sales for the period. The huge humber eclipses number two tablet maker Amazon, which eked out a 16.7 percent share with its new Kindle Fire.

When iPad and MacBook shipments for the 2011 holiday quarter are combined, Apple garnered 26.6 percent of the mobile PC market which is nearly triple the share of next-closest HP. The Cupertino, Calif., company pulled ahead of HP as the world's number one PC vendor in January.

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The Mobile World Congress on Tuesday announced the winners of the 17th Annual Global Mobile Awards, with Samsung dubbed Manufacturer of the Year for its Galaxy S II Smartphone of the Year,


How can they possibly say that? What are they thinking? Do they hate Apple?
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first time I ever heard of the MWC so its probably a bought congress like America's.
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post #4 of 159
Sounds about right.
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first time I ever heard of the MWC so its probably a bought congress like America's.

You think apple bought the ipad2 spot?
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first time I ever heard of the MWC so its probably a bought congress like America's.

el oh el

you can't be serious
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The Galazy S II is great for an Android-based phone but the iPhone 4S still wins in every category I think that matters. (Note I used 'I' to denote my personal preference, not an indication that the MBC's opinion is incorrect.)


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How can they possibly say that? What are they thinking? Do they hate Apple?

Why is this troll still allowed to post?

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post #8 of 159
Sweet! Selling my iPhone and iPad. Thanks MWC!!

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How can they possibly say that? What are they thinking? Do they hate Apple?

Well, since Samsung just copies Apple's products, I guess Apple wins the best smartphone. Duh.
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How can they possibly say that? What are they thinking? Do they hate Apple?

So they hate Apple because the iPhone didn't win best phone but they gave the iPad best tablet? Great logic there....
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I think Galaxy SII is a good mobile phone from the hardware point of view. I think for iPhone 5 Apple would move its hardware technology to something similar to SII given its thinner profile. (I have iPhone4 and I think the hardware is good!)

However in terms of software it is a different story altogether!
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Samsung just won the Pia Zadora prize, congrats.
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Well apple only updated the specs with the Iphone 4s with no radicle new design so it fair to say that samsung's galaxy s2 did win this time around.. but with the iphone 5 very likely to have a new design Samsung better savor the glory because it isn't going to last long...

but I have to say that the Galaxy s2 is very nice just to big for my comfort but much props to Samsung..
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While I am sure that the proliferation of Android handsets does mean something, I am never sure exactly what. Apple still has the highest profits in the mobile phone sector, not just the smartphone sector. Sure, Android has more eyes, but many of those eyes would rather be on an iPhone. So I say, let Samsung have it's day in the smaller sun. Apple is still the brand that everyone wants to be, because it is the electronics company that everyone wants to be.

There may come a day when Samsung is 'better' than Apple, but regardless of what the Mobile World Congress says, that day is still a long way off.
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And this award means what exactly? The Galaxy SII outsold the iPhone 4S? That consumers are going to be trading in their iPhones for the Galaxy SII? That iPhone sales are going to decline in the near-term. I doubt any of the above is likely to happen. Good for Samsung, but I doubt it will affect iPhone sales in any way at all. I'd certainly like to see what the criteria was in judging. Number of useful features? Bang for the buck? The Galaxy SII bested the iPhone, so more power to it. Now let's see Samsung turn that award into profits.
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[QUOTE=donw35;2059406]first time I ever heard of the MWC so its probably a bought congress like America's.[/QUOTE.
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Well, since Samsung just copies Apple's products, I guess Apple wins the best smartphone. Duh.

That's one way to spin it. "We may have lost, but in fact we won, if you think about it in a roundabout manner".
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So only half of Google's bribes worked.

How's that Google+ thing working out for them? I hear it's a 'ghost town.'

heh...
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why does everyone place Apples profit as a beneficial area for consumers?

And please dont say R&D investment, as profit is after that. never mind most is external to the USA.
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I saw this picture of phones before the iPhone and phone after the iPhone. Strangely, all the phones after the iPhone looked like the iPhone. Anyway.

Good for Samsung if that makes them feel good. As for me, I think they lack creativity. And their ad campaign is bad.

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why does everyone place Apples profit as a beneficial area for consumers?

On that same note, why do people think that a company profiting from a product is a bad thing for customers? I'm guessing my iPhone has been updated and supported better than the Palm Pre.

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And this award means what exactly?

That MWC awarded the Smartphone of the Year to the Samsung Galaxy S II, and not the Apple iPhone 4S.



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The Galaxy SII outsold the iPhone 4S?

No.

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That consumers are going to be trading in their iPhones for the Galaxy SII?

No.
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That iPhone sales are going to decline in the near-term.

No.
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Apple: Enjoy your meaningless top award, Sammy. Meanwhile we'll just roll around in the record profits we're making.
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MWC names Galaxy S II as best iPhone copy, states the obvious regarding iPad 2
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lol, so people are honestly offended by this?

HAH

you'll live.
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On that same note, why do people think that a company profiting from a product is a bad thing for customers?


Cause profiting indicates how much they charge you over their cost. duh
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Android is all Samsung at this point. And, I do not fear any company that has the bal** and ineptitude to bring something like the Note to the market. I checked it out at Best Buy today. Exhibit A for POS

No fear

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lol, so people are honestly offended by this?

HAH

you'll live.

egos may not
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Well, since Samsung just copies Apple's products, I guess Apple wins the best smartphone. Duh.

iPhone is 25% SAmsung.
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Android is all Samsung at this point. And, I do not fear any company that has the bal** and ineptitude to bring something like the Note to the market. I checked it out at Best Buy today. Exhibit A for POS

No fear

The Note may be useless (IMO it is)

but it is hardly a POS...
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egos may not

MWC is a crock of shit....

oh wait? they named the iPad best tablet...ummm maybe they aren't.
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Anyone amazed that Nokia sold over 400 million mobile devices. Almost 1 in 4 phones sold was a nokia
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iPhone is 25% SAmsung.

Would make sense apple uses samsung. They were awarded best manufacture.
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Anyone amazed that Nokia sold over 400 million mobile devices. Almost 1 in 4 phones sold was a nokia

Selling in large numbers does not make a product "better". Instead, a product is better if the company who manufactures it makes a lot of profits.
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Would make sense apple uses samsung. They were awarded best manufacture.

Tim Cook is a master at picking quality parts vendors.
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iPhone is 25% SAmsung.

How did you come to this conclusion? Weight? Volume? Component prices? Ass pulling?

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I think Galaxy SII is a good mobile phone from the hardware point of view. I think for iPhone 5 Apple would move its hardware technology to something similar to SII given its thinner profile. (I have iPhone4 and I think the hardware is good!)

However in terms of software it is a different story altogether!

Galaxy S2 is a fine phone.. I just ditched my third iPhone (3/3S/4) late last year (Dec 31) - though I wish I had waited a bit longer for a Galaxy Note. iTune/Appstore is certainly nice, but Galaxy S2 has all l need from a smart phone - phone, email, web browser and podcast. Will reconsider Apple iPhone when it comes out with a bigger display.
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Selling in large numbers does not make a product "better". Instead, a product is better if the company who manufactures it makes a lot of profits.

Profit does not make a good product. Profit makes a good stock.

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Link to slappy ban?
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The huge humber eclipses number two tablet maker Amazon...

Huge Humber? I used to have one of those...
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