Picking the best phone of 2003 is a tough call. So fair play to the judges from Mobile Choice magazine who stuck their collective necks out and named the best handsets and networks at a glitzy awards ceremony at London’s Olympia on Thursday night.
They plumped for Sony Ericsson’s T610 as phone of the year, giving its big rival Sharp’s GX20 the consolation prize of camera phone of the year. It was a good night for other manufacturers begining with S too as Siemens scooped best fashion phone for the SL55 while Samsung took overall handset manufacturer of the year.
Just like the previous Mobile Choice awards the evening was a cracker with magazine editor Huw Morgan kicking off the proceedings in style and then passing the baton to compere Jack Dee who managed to offend just about everyone in the phone industry.
After naming the winners several networks and manufacturers unveiled sideshows.
Siemens, sponsors of Real Madrid paraded the club’s top recent signing accompanied by his wife – or at least pretty convincing Posh and Becks look-alikes, while Samsung enabled the losers to take their frustrations out on their rivals in a boxing ring. Oh, and Virgin Mobile apparently had pole dancing, but owing to the huge crowds surrounding it we couldn’t get near enough to its stand to verify this
Here’s a list of the winners of the main awards
Best phone – Sony Ericsson T610
Best camera phone – Sharp GX20
Best fashion phone – Siemens SL55
Readers dream phone – Nokia 7250i
Best PDA – Dell Axim X5
Best gaming phone – Sharp GXD10i
Best manufacturer – Samsung
Best network – Orange
Best network service – Vodafone Live!
Best pre-pay package – Virgin Mobile