Nokia cleans up at the Mobile Choice Awards

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We’re feeling a little tender this morning after last night’s Mobile Choice Awards. The sound system was booming, the champagne was flowing, and the phone companies were all vying to offer the best after party area, making it a fun evening all round for us freeloading journalists.

And there were some surprises on the night as well. After a pretty lean period for the once-great Nokia, the company seemed to be back on form, winning Best Camera Phone and Phone of the Year for the fantastic 7610. Nokia also won Best Mobile Gaming Device with the Nokia N-Gage QD as well as the most coveted award of all: Manufacturer of the Year. But probably the biggest surprise of the evening was the winner of the Best Smartphone category. While everyone assumed it would be the SPV C500, Mobile Choice readers voted the Sendo X their favourite handset. It seems Sendo has taken on the bigger boys and won.

Read on fo a full list of the winners.

(Judges’ Award) Phone of the Year: Nokia 7610 (apparently both the LG U8110 and the Motorola V3 weren’t far behind)
Best Network: Orange
Best Customer Service: Virgin Mobile
Best PDA: Dell Axim X30
Best Fashion Phone: Motorola V3
Best Smartphone: Sendo X
Best Prepay Package: 3
Best Mobile Gaming Device: Nokia N-Gage QD
Best Network Portal: O2 Active
Readers’ Dream Phone: Sharp GX30
Best Camera Phone: Nokia 7610
Best High St Retailer: Carphone Warehouse
Best Mobile Service: Any Question Answered
Best Mobile Game: Fatal Force
Best Accessory: Motorola Bluetooth Speakerphone
Best Ad Campaign: Virgin Mobile – Idle Thumbs
Manufacturer of the Year: Nokia

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