The Samsung Galaxy Note8 was awarded the Best Smartphone award at the 2018 HWM+HardwareZone.com Tech Awards, held this Wednesday (Jan 31). It was also a clear competitor as it tied with the Apple iPhone X in the running for Best Smartphone Camera – the first tie in the awards’ history.
The Best Smartphone Camera award, chosen by the Editor of HWM and HardwareZone.com, was a tough choice to make – HardwareZone.com says that “Each of the two winners is better at one thing that the other isn’t.” It stated how the Samsung was better at photography, whereas the iPhone X was better for recording videos. So it became a tie.
Samsung, which bagged a total of seven awards, also won the Best Smartphone Award because of its Galaxy Note8’s long-lasting battery, remarkable design and of course it’s ability to do practically everything. HardwareZone also noted its sleek bezel-less, curved display which had given it a little boost when it came to making the final decision.
Meanwhile, Apple won the award for Best Smartwatch thanks to its “winning combination of smarts and fitness tracking,” says HardwareZone. It has crystal clear and easy-to-view notifications; the ability to read and reply messages; accepts calls from the watch; has a smart way to track and gamify your everyday movement; monitors your heart rate and warns you if its abnormal. Tied together with its versatile style options, the Apple Watch Series 3 snatched its title.
Altogether, 72 award categories were up for grabs this year, with 29 Editor's Choice categories for best products and the prestigious Innovation Awards. The remaining winners for best brands were chosen by the readers. Beforehand, 120 products were evaluated and 240 brands were nominated for the awards.
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These are the other consumer products that won an award under the Editor’s Choice category:
1. Innovation Award: Apple iPhone X
2. Innovation Award: ASUS ROG GX501
3. Innovation Award: Sony A9
4. Innovation Award: Nintendo Switch
5. Best Hybrid Smartwatch: Fossil Q Nate
6. Best High-end Interchangeable Lens Camera: Sony A7R III
7. Best 4K TV: LG Signature W7
8. Best Noise Cancelling Headphones: Song WH-1000XM2
9. Best Ultraportable Notebook: LG Gram 14
10. Best Portable External Drive: Samsung T5
11. Best Desktop CPU: Intel Core i7-8700K
12. Game of the year: Horizon Zero Dawn
13. Best game console: Microsoft Xbox One X