I was at the glitzy Mobile Choice Awards last night in Old Billingsgate Market. The lovely Bill Bailey was on hand to present the awards. He did a great job and took delight in mocking us ("right, better get on. After all, for some of you, this will be the best night of your life").
Sony Ericsson were the night’s big winners, scooping up three awards for Best 3G Phone (the V800), Best Music Phone (the Walkman W800i), and Manufacturer of the Year. Best network went to Orange, though Virgin once again took the prize for best Customer Service, while 3 walked away with best 3G network and Best Prepay Package ("for people without an address" according to Bill). Our jocund host renamed the Readers’ Dream Phone award the "Muggers’ Choice" award, which went, of course, to the Motorola V3 RAZR. Motorola also took the award for Best Fashion Phone thanks to the lovely V6 PEBL. Phone of the Year was the one voted for by the charming, talented and erudite panel of judges (yes, I was one of them). We spent a day locked away deliberating over a stack of phones that included the Sony Ericssons W800i and V800, the Sharp 902 and the Moto V6 PEBL. But ultimately, the prize went to the excellent Samsung D600. A great night all round, which is why I’m off for a little lie down now. For the full list of winners and nominees, check out the next issue of Mobile Choice magazine. [Katie Lee]