Mobile Choice Consumer Awards 2016: The devices that made the cut!

Mobile Choice Consumer Awards 2016: The devices that made the cut!

The Mobile Choice Consumer Awards were finally announced today and many devices emerged as the best in their categories- be it phone cameras, value for money, suited to budgets, results of innovation or the best all-rounders.

Here's a list of all the devices that emerged winners in the hard-fought contest for Mobile Choice Consumer Awards.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

This beautiful phablet from Samsung has won the hearts of many, which was reflected by the huge number of votes it garnered in its favour when placed in the league of other flagships like the HTC 10, LG G5 and Sony Xperia XZ.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge has been adjudged the Phone of the Year award at Mobile Choice Consumer Awards and beat even the Apple iPhone SE and Huawei P9 in the process. Featuring curved edges, the phone has been crafted beautifully and brings in a solid display, excellent cameras, the best-in-class processor and RAM configuration and works perfectly with the Gear VR, letting you make the most of it while satisfying your need for multimedia.

Apple iPad Pro 12.9

Apple iPad Pro 12.9 has won the Tablet of the Year at the recently-concluded Mobile Choice Consumer Awards. In the process, it beat the likes of Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Samsung's Galaxy Tab S2 and Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 which are excellent devices on their own merit. Apple's iPad Pro is the largest device in Apple's stable and features a very slim body, a bright Retina display, four stereo speakers, a powerful processor and tonnes of storage options.

Sony Xperia M

The phone possesses specifications and features that are worthy of a smartphone that is mucch costlier than it is. It comes with a 5-inch Full HD display which is flanked on both sides by premium glass finish and stainless steel corners, making the phone look a lot like the top-range Xperia Z5 phones and boasting IP65 waterproof rating and an IP68 dust proof ratings. Spec-wise, the Xperia M5 features a 64-bit 2.0 GHz Octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, 21.5-MP and 13-MP cameras and a 2,600 mAh battery which lasts up to two days.

Thanks to its decent specifications and a sub-£150 price tag, our readers have voted the Xperia M as the Best Value Phone of the year in the sub-£150 category.

Vodafone Smart Platinum 7

Vodafone Smart Platinum 7 can well be termed as a £500 phone with a sub-£300 price tag. Specifications-wise, it features a 5.5-inch 2K AMOLED display, 32GB of internal storage, 3GB of RAM, an octa-core Snapdragon 652 processor, a fingerprint sensor and a MicroSD slot capable of accommodating up to 128GB of additional storage.

The phone will also come with a 3,000 mAh battery which will let you run it for as long as two days on a single charge and Qualcomm's latest Quick Charge 3.0 technology will also allow the phone to charge from zero to 50 per cent in 30 minutes. The rear camera will come with a 16-megapixel lens and will feature super zoom, Phase-Detection Auto Focus and zero second shutter lag while the 8-megapixel front camera will come with flash to let you take better selfies in low light conditions.

Vodafone Smart Platinum 7 has, thanks to its brilliant specs, won the Best Value Phone of the year in the sub-£300 category. In the process, it overcame the likes of Honor 7, Alcatel IDOL 3, Lumia 650, ASUS ZenFone 6 and Lenovo VIBE.

Huawei P9

Even though the Huawei P9 is a competitive smartphone with decent specifications and a low price tag, it has won plaudits from pundits and consumers alike for its dual rear camera setup. Our readers have also adjudged the phone as the Best Camera Phone of the Year at Mobile Choice Consumer Awards.

We did a hands-on with the device not too long ago and found that the cameras work pretty well as a tag team, bringing in clarity, detail and crispness to images, especially low light ones. Each of the dual-cameras, namely the RGB and the monochrome ones specialise in bright colour and black and white imaging respectively. When both cameras work together, the resulting images are a mixture of vivid colours and lovely shades, saving you the effort of searching for photo-editing apps to beautify your raw pictures. You can even takes pictures using each of these cameras as standalones and choose between Standard, Vivid Colours and Smooth Colours modes.

Lenovo Moto Z

LG G5's days of being the only truly modular phone were short-lived as Lenovo came up with the Moto Z soon enough. To the Moto Z,  a host of accessories funnily named Moto Mods™ can be attached with the help of integrated magnets. As of now, Moto Mods™ include a Moto Insta-Share projector, a JBL SoundBoost speaker and Incipio offGRID™ Power Pack.

While LG also introduced an extra modular battery which could double the battery life of G5, you need to turn off the G5 while replacing the battery which is a time consuming affair. With Moto Z, you can easily attach the power pack without having to turn off Moto Z or removing the original battery. The power pack looks like a pretty back cover, adds 22 hours of battery life and is also light on your pocket.

Thanks to its user-friendly modular feature, the Moto Z has won the Most Innovative Device award at Mobile Choice Consumer Awards tonight. In the process, it beat the likes of Huawei P9 (camera), Sony Xperia XZ (4K display) and ZTE Axon 7 Mini (Audio).

HTC Vive

HTC Vive has been among the most popular premium VR headsets that have launched so far this year. The VR headset comes with two wireless VR controllers, room scale movement sensors and an HMD featuring a built in camera and phone services, plus three VR titles, namely Google's Tilt Brush which lets you paint in 3D space using 3D brush strokes and stars and fire, Job Simulator: The 2050 Archives which lets you work in a world where robots have taken over all human jobs and Fantastic Contraption by Northway Games which lets you build a machine and then watch it roll out into the world.

At Mobile Choice Consumer Awards, HTC Vive won the Best VR Headsets award, beating the likes of Samsung Gear VR, Alcatel VR, Vodafone VR and Google Cardboard.


Aside from classy looks, Oppo PM-3 headphones bring in advanced sound experience thanks to planar magnetic technology which is otherwise reserved for in-room music testing by audiophiles. Enter soft, thick pads, a flexible headband and a lightweight design which makes the headphones probably the best in the UK. Thanks to these features, the PM-3 has outclassed other premium headphones like Sennheiser PX 550, AKG Y50BT and Parrot Zik 3.0 to be awarded as the Best Headphones of the Year at Mobile Choice Consumer Awards tonight.