Mobile Choice Awards 2011 - Best Media Phone

We are in an age of consumption and be it crystal clear music, pin-sharp movie playback or a web browsing experience, we want our media at processor-busting quality. All these phones excel in all these fields, and more...


Winner - Samsung Galaxy S II
Boasting a phenomenal 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen (almost an inch on the iPhone 4), watching movies on the plane or grabbing a quick episode of Entourage on the bus is a gleeful experience indeed, one made even more sweet thanks to the nuclear-level 1.2GHz dual-core processer. YouTube videos stream so fast there's hardly any buffering to mention, while Samsung's Music Hub is an iTunes-like shop for digital music. Shift your existing media library by simple drag-and-drop, or sync it to your computers with Sammy's preloaded Kies app. The video player supports a ton of formats, including the important DivX and Xvid that much online video is coded in, while the super speedy web browsing plays Flash and HTML5 online video - that's all online video, basically. The S II is a multimedia Swiss army knife that cuts its rivals down and is the benchmark for the future.





Runner up: HTC Sensation

Another phone with a gargantuan 4.3-inch screen and a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, the Sensation is indeed as its name suggests. At 540x960 pixels, its display is in the same field as both iPhone 4 and Galaxy S II, but it's doesn't pack the same brightness and clarity. With support for DivX and Xvid video plus Flash online video, it was a close call between the Sensation and S II, but its lack of a HDMI output and no immediate DLNA to wirelessly stream movies from your phone to your TV means it just misses out on the gold.

Apple iPhone 4
The iPhone 4's Retina display is still the sharpest screen on the smartphone market, but its 3.5 inches are dwarfed next our winning media machine. It's also not the most versatile when it comes to playing music and video formats, while the lack of Flash support means tons of online video - such as sports highlights on the BBC - won't play. If you don't mind paying the often inflated prices on Apple's iTunes Store, there's certainly no shortage of music and films to download, and the iPhone often gets the very best games first with Android trailing behind. A seriously sexy multimedia device whose form almost overshadows its (lack of) function.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc
Yet another Android smartie with a huge screen, this time coming in at 4.2 inches, one using a mobile adaption of Sony's HDTV tech - so it's pretty dazzling. It also has a micro HDMI output so you can watch video content on your TV, but it's a phone with a some shortcomings. However great the screen is, it's not up there with the GS II, and Sony's Music Hub is both expensive and under stocked with content. It's also only packing a single-core processor under the hood leaving it behind Samsung and HTC's flagship smarties.

Motorola Atrix
The Atrix's USP is that it slides right into a ton of accessories including a laptop shell so you can watch your films and surf the web on a 11.5-inch screen, a far cry from even the biggest smartphone screen. It also packs the all-important HDMI output so you can view HD content on your TV without losing a single pixel.  However, this is a handset that suffers from lags when actually slotted into its 'lapdock' - try one of its other accessories like the multimedia dock instead, which has ports to hook it up to a display and speakers.

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