Samsung Galaxy wins 'best smartphone'

2012-03-01 09:35

Cape Town - Samsung has won the Best Smartphone title for its Galaxy S II at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain on Wednesday.

The GSMA also awarded the hardware manufacturer the Device Manufacturer of the Year title.

Galaxy is the South Korea's flagship range of smartphones that the company has launched to target virtually every size and user preference.

"Building on the phenomenal success of the original Samsung Galaxy S, we are honoured by this award and proud of how this device has changed the way the market and consumers experience mobile technology," said JK Shin, president of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics.

The Mobile World Congress is the largest consumer mobile electronics show in the world and attracts developers and corporate delegates intent to on showing the latest devices.

Apple and Samsung are currently battling in courts around the world over intellectual property related to the look of the Galaxy and iPhone devices.

A German court has banned sales of the Galaxy Tablet, saying that they are too similar to Apple's iPad.

The South Korean company is also being investigated by the EU over charges it did not provide fair access to patents agreed to in 1998.

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  • Johan - 2012-03-01 09:58

    a plastic knockoff of the real thing

      Clive.D.Buckley - 2012-03-01 10:07

      your opinion... I own both a galaxy S II and a Galaxy Tab. Whilst the i-phone and i-pad are great, the Galaxy is better even if only for the reason that Android is better than IOS! BUT that is not the only reason. The glaxy SII has far more features than the i-phone! This is not just my opinion but the opinion of the GMSA... last year the Glaxay S won smartphone of the year, this year the Galaxy S II... this should tell you something!

      Karmah - 2012-03-01 10:08

      Jealous much? =p

      Ampers - 2012-03-01 10:19

      If what you say is right, why is Samsung outselling the iPhone? Galaxy S3 will be out in June or July this year and will have the nVidia Tegra 3 five core chip (4+1) which will be five times faster.

      wieswerner - 2012-03-01 10:24


      Johan - 2012-03-01 10:25

      Nutty, funny i didnt mention iAnything, you mention Apple, so you know exactly what im talking about :)

      Clive.D.Buckley - 2012-03-01 10:28

      lol Johan... good point BUT it was kind of obvious what you were alluding to!

      Clive.D.Buckley - 2012-03-01 10:40

      Ampers, that is quite something... the galaxy S II is as fast as hell as it is. I do occasionally experience some lag on my Tab but never on my S II... The only complaint I have with the phone, is I cannot get the duoble-tap feature (which is supposed to activate "voice talk") to work.

      wieswerner - 2012-03-01 10:46

      @Ampers, the iPhone 4 (not even 4s) sold 8 million units more than the S2 in 2011.

      Truthis - 2012-03-01 11:26

      Uh Samsung provides most fo thecomponents that go into the IPhone

      Ampers - 2012-03-01 11:35

      @wieswerner You need to read my words carefully. I was not talking about the Galaxy S2 outselling iPhone. I was saying Samsung outsells the iPhone. They make more than one smart phone It was in all the press in the last two quarters last year. And, of course, Android has been outselling Apple for ages now. @Truthis but not the main processor - and the older Tegra 2 is in the Galaxy S2, and the new Tegra 3 five core will be in the S3. I have been playing with the Tegra 3 chip in the Asus Transformer Prime and it is about five times quicker than the previous Transformer. I was sad to have to hand it back to their PR company :-(

      wieswerner - 2012-03-01 14:10

      @Ampers - I did read your comment properly. That's why if you look further down you see that I said it's inaccurate to compare Samsung sales to Apple sales because Samsung caters for the low end market, so of course they will outsell, just like BMW outsells Aston Marten. (Not the best comparison but it brings the point accross) Therefore you should only compare S2 to 4/4S. apples with apples as they say.

      Irene - 2012-03-02 00:53

      Ampers ~ Because it's cheaper. Karmah ~ I certainly wouldn't be jealous about owning a Samsung. Give me an iPhone ANYDAY. Maybe it's you that has the issue because you can't afford one.

      Clive.D.Buckley - 2012-03-02 07:28

      Irene, again, YOUR opinion... the Samsung doesn't win smartphone of the year beacause it is worse than the i-phone you know... Have you even tried a galaxy S2???... anyway, the samsung isn't cheaper, it is the same price

  • Lowis - 2012-03-01 10:28

    The cold facts are that Samsung has the biggest market share at 25.6%. Apple is 4th, at 11.2%. This is generally believed to be thanks to the Android operating system.

      wieswerner - 2012-03-01 10:39

      Samsung will have a bigger market share because they sell cheap phones. A more accurate measure whould be to compare iPhone vs S2. For instance in 2011 iPhone 4 sold 28 million units, the S2 sold 20 million. Look at

      Clive.D.Buckley - 2012-03-01 10:52

      actually, wieswerner, the Galaxy Tab is more expensive than the i-pad... not sure if the SII is more than the i-phone tho...

      wieswerner - 2012-03-01 11:40

      @NuttyZA, not really talking about tablets. The S2 and the 4 should be relatively the same price, the 4S a bit more expensive due to it only being releasesd in SA in dec. But still 8 million more phones is 8 million more phones.

  • wieswerner - 2012-03-01 10:34

    Theses debates are useless. No one wins no one changes their opinions. iOS is more polished due to all the restrictions that they have. For instance there is only one resolution (Which is also higher), so apps look better. Some of the iOS apps have more functionality than their andriod counterparts (Like Around Me). Apple you get the latest iOS as soon as it comes out, not like ICS which is so delayed on the S2. However iOS does get boring after a while. And andriod has more freedom to do what you want, and the bigger screens are nice. I'm also a big fan of the swype keyboard.

      Clive.D.Buckley - 2012-03-01 10:49

      Hardly a debate really, just a personal preferance... I do think the i-phone and i-pad are great and Apple are very innovative but there is absolutley nothing wrong with the samsungs either. They are high quality products. I have never used the swype keyboard on eother of my devices. The voice recognition software on the S II is so good (there is a choice of using googles or Samsungs, I use googles), I have actually been using that to "type" text messages and e-mails, especially when driving!

      Ampers - 2012-03-01 11:44

      It's really like Apple and Microsoft, more of a religion than a personal preference. I bought in to Apple over a decade ago and have made a lot of money out of them. I did sell 20% of my shares when Steve Jobs got Cancer, and a further 20% when he died. I will watch carefully as I will sell the balance after iPhone 5 comes out as it was designed unther the watchful eye of Jobs. I won't hold on to them much after that as iPhone six will have been designed by a committee. By this you will see, although I favour the Tegra 3 chip for my next phone and never buy Apple products, I consider them a great company, or at least, I considered Steve Jobs an exceptional man. I just didn't want to pay such a high price for a badge.

      S - 2012-03-01 13:20

      @wieswerner I just read all your posts here, and guess what? You come across as a very "suurgat" Apple fanboy. Accept it, accept the sales figures without trying to qualify them - your beloved iPhone is gettting its butt kicked, no arguments about it.

      wieswerner - 2012-03-01 14:07

      @Stirrer How do you want me to qualify them? They are cold hard facts. iPhone 4 outsold the S2 in 2011. By 8 million. It strange how if you support Apple suddenly you're a fanboy. But if you support Samsung then... That's okay? And for your information I moved from an iPhone 3GS to the Samsung S2. As you can see in my posts I point out good facts about both phones.

  • reza.daniels1 - 2012-03-01 11:23

    I had a lot of time to play with both the iphone4/4s and Galaxy S2 before making my decision which was quite easy actually. Galaxy S2 won hands down: 1) This alone was the biggest factor - battery life. I get up to 5 days with the S2 making calls, receiving calls, wifi on most of the time, surfing, taking photos, using my mail apps you name it. 2) The screen is bigger and really makes surfing and texting a breeze. 3) While not something that carried much weight in my decision the S2's 8MP is more than adequate - I don't carry my point and shoot with me anymore. 4) I appreciate being able to customize my home screens to do specific tasks quickly - S2 offers that with ease. The only thing I prefer on the iphone is some unique apps that are ios only but none of them I need for my business needs. 5) Very important I think - value for money. At R299 p/m vs R499 p/m for a 4S it's a no brainer. The only reason to take the 4s over the S2 would be to show off or as compensation for something lacking in your life. Ofcourse there are exceptions and some would justifiably would be better off with an iphone esp if you alread have the rest of the apple suite. Each to it's own I suppose. Just don't try and make as if it is a better product because it simply is not. Galaxy S2 deservedly wins.

      wieswerner - 2012-03-01 11:37

      I have no idea how you can get 5 days out of your S2. Mine does not last more than one day.

      Johan - 2012-03-01 11:45

      your only valid point is the bigger screen, yawn ... why dont you get a Note and go even bigger

      Ampers - 2012-03-01 11:50

      As a freelance, Sumsung's PR held up sending me the phone until all the in-house journalists had got their hands on it. By this time all the articles were out so it wasn't really worth the effort getting to know it so I didn't bother. They have changed their PR company in the UK so I might try again with the S3, or may even buy it as my HTC Desire contract comes to an end at the end of April. Mind you, if I buy it, I wouldn't write about it - matter of principle :-)

      Clive.D.Buckley - 2012-03-01 11:54

      Yeah, if I leave my S2 on standby and hardly touch it, I may get 1 1/2 to 2 days battery life... I know their are ways to extend the battery (if you look under settings but I haven't used them, just recharge every night) but generally battery life isn't a huge plus on the S2. Apple products are great. Samsung products are great too.

      reza.daniels1 - 2012-03-01 12:18

      Johan you are such a hater.....but it does not matter. The S2 DID win the award....deservedly so...why not give it a might just love it. I would have gotten the note if it suited me but it does not....and it's still cheaper than the 4s 16GB...which brings me to another point - while 16GB is plenty by adding a additional 16GB SD storage to my S2 I now carry around a lot of apps/data like office suite files and pdf/photo's which I require for work since the S2 works well as a flash drive and portable document reader/ office file opener. As for wieswerner: 1) I make a point of conditioning my battery whenever I get a new phone which is simply allowing the phone to die completely and then charging it fully in one go while the phone is off. This I do for at least the first 6 times. After that I do charge on demand but still make a point of charging fully from dead whenever it is viable. Furthermore I only change to a 3G signal when using data otherwise it stays on GSM only. Both work and home wifi spots have strong signal (it improved more when I did the latest firmware upgrade through KIES) and that really does have a dramatic effect on battery life as weak 3G/wifi signals deplete the battery a lot faster.

      wieswerner - 2012-03-01 12:50

      Conditioning batteries and letting them die only made a difference in Ni-CD batteries. All newer phones now use lithium batteries where none of that makes a difference. The only reason why your phone lasts so long is because you switch of 3G. The rest is just wasting your time.

  • wieswerner - 2012-03-01 13:03

    My comment 'Cheap phones' wasn't directed to all Samsung phones, I meant in addition to the S2 and the Note, they target the lower end market as well.

      Johan - 2012-03-01 15:06

      plastic + free OS = cheap

  • rob.stefanini - 2012-03-01 17:06

    @wieswenner you know that the sII came out a lot later than the iphone 4 do you? oh and @johan what else would you have talked about? BlackBerry? LOL!!!

  • hvanvuuren - 2012-03-02 14:40

    This award is well deserved ... great device !!!

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