In 2018, smartphone brands were only clamoring to find a way to cut down the notch. In comparison, 2019 was the year of refinement. To add to that, 2019 saw the emergence of foldable phones and 5G. Thereby, clearly signaling that we are the cusp of smartphone technology innovation becoming mainstream. Well, to commemorate all such great achievements in 2019, Mr. Phone Awards is back for its second edition.
Welcome, to Mr. Phone Awards 2.0. It is bigger, better, and definitely more exciting this year.
Introducing the Jury
Mr. Phone Awards 2.0 has been officiated by an esteemed panel of jury members from tech publications we all know and love. They had to go through a tough grind to finalize the winners.
Ali Pardiwala is a Senior Reviewer at India’s most popular gadgets website – Gadgets 360. His TV reviews are so detailed that sometimes you won’t have to go to any other destination to know more. This is all thanks to the years of experience he’s had in doing this day and day out. His expertise came in handy for adjudging the winners in the TV categories.
As the Technology Editor of one of India’s most popular lifestyle websites – MensXP – Akshay has his job cut out. His stories are always spicy and hot, yet deep with insight. Akshay is a fearless Editor who doesn’t hold back on his opinions and that makes him unique in today’s tech journalism space.
Dhruv is possibly one of India’s most prolific smartphone critics. His hot takes are always backed by solid data and concrete proof that you will not be able to win any argument against him. Dhruv is currently the Editor for Android Authority and covers the Indian market extensively for the blog.
Harish Jonnalagadda single-handedly covers the Indian handset market for one of the biggest tech blogs in the world – Android Central. In his role as the Asia Editor for the blog, Harish writes long, incisive and extremely well-received reviews on the most prominent smartphones that are launched in our country.
Shlok aka Tech Burner is a YouTube sensation whose meteoric rise to success can be attributed partly to his quirky yet affable persona. But, don’t let his persona fool you, Shlok knows his tech and takes a look at certain nuances that quite a few of us might miss out on.
When it comes to smartphone reviews in India, Tushar Kanwar’s perspectives are second to none. Tushar is a Technology Columnist for The Telegraph and The Huffington Post. He is one of the very few reviewers in the country who can pack an abundance of information about a phone in just under 500 words; a talent that he has honed meticulously over the years.
User Choice: Pick Your Favourite Phone and Brand to Win Amazon Gift Vouchers
Before we move on to the critic categories, we want to introduce the User Choice categories. We have a couple of categories this year. One for the Best User Choice Smartphone of the Year and another for the Best User Choice Brand of the Year. And, to adjudge the winners in this category, we need your help.
All you need to do is head to this link and vote for your favorite phone and brand. But, to make it even more appealing, we will pick 5 lucky winners who will get an Amazon Gift Voucher of Rs 500 each.
This year, we have 11 critic category awards. Each and every single category is a tightly contested one. Let’s start by introducing the new TV categories first.
Important note: Only phones and TVs launched in India till November 21, 2018, were eligible to be nominated for the awards.
Best Budget TV
The budget TV category of TVs priced under Rs 50,000 exploded exponentially this year. We had more than a couple of new brands and brand partnerships too. Let’s take a look at the nominees.
This category decides the best TV out there. One that has no compromises. From excellent display quality to good sound, the winner of this category has it all.
Most Improved Smartphone Series
This is a unique category that takes a look at the efforts of smartphone brands to bring massive changes to a very popular series of smartphones. For example, the ROG Phone II was a massive jump from the ROG Phone with a 120Hz AMOLED panel, a more streamlined design, better software, and more. With that context, we’ve selected the appropriate phones to fill in the nominations.
Best Operating System
Yes, the hardware is important but no phone is complete without the operating system. The Best Operating System award will honor the mobile operating system with the cleanest, most intuitive user interface of all.
Android 10 (Stock)
Oxygen OS 10
Most Innovative Smartphone
These phones are the trendsetters. From folding displays to a 5-camera array, we saw manufacturers change the face of smartphone design this year. Essentially, these are the phones that dared to innovate and are ideal nominations for the Most Innovative Smartphone category.
Best Gaming Phone
There has been a massive explosion of gaming phones this year. All the nominees in this category are the ultimate phones when it comes to landing headshots in PUBG.
Best Camera Phone
This category needs no explanation. The winning phone has to have the best set of cameras. Period.
Best Budget Smartphone
The Best Budget Smartphone category includes phones under Rs 10,000. This category has exploded with great options this year and the fight is absolutely intense.
Best Mid-Range Smartphone
Mid-range phones are essentially the middle-ground between budget and flagship phones. A mid-range phone offers users a no-nonsense smartphone experience with some stand-out feature worth talking about. It could be the camera, the design, or even the RAM. This is the category of phones that a lot of folks are buying this year.
Best Budget Flagship Smartphone
The Budget Flagship Smartphone is a new category that has taken the Indian market by storm. It includes phones priced under Rs 40,000 with high-end specs. Essentially, these phones have a few compromises but make up for it by offering a flagship-grade performance at a price that doesn’t break the bank.
Best Flagship Smartphone
The crème de la crème of smartphones – the flagship smartphone. It is the showcase phone for any brand. This phone includes the best technologies — cameras, display, design, and more — crammed into a single shell of aluminum and glass.
May the Best Phone/TV Win
So, that concludes our categories and nominations for the year 2019. We have three new categories. And, we are super excited to find out the winners across all the 13 categories. So what are you waiting for? Go voting and keep waiting for the results.
We declare the Mr. Phone Awards 2.0 open!