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HWM+HardwareZone.com Tech Awards 2012: Editor's Choice - Part 1

Best Smartphone Innovation

Best Smartphone Innovation

With similar hardware and software offerings from smartphone vendors, it takes a little bit more effort to differentiate their product from the mainstream crowd. Innovative ideas, which include dedicated gaming controls, to 3D technology and even an extension of the smartphone onto a laptop environment, have been spotted in 2011. The nominees for this year’s Best Smartphone Innovation award are chosen based on their unique properties and the practicality of its implementation.

Nominees:

  • Sony Ericsson Xperia Play (for PlayStation controls)
  • Apple iPhone 4S (for Siri)
  • HTC Evo 3D (for 3D technology)
  • LG Optimus 3D (for 2D to 3D conversion)
  • Motorola Atrix / Razr (for Lapdock integration)
     

And the Winner Is...

Smartphones have proven to be an all-rounder gadget, and it’s no surprise to see gamers taking to smartphones to satisfy their gaming needs. The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play presents a unique proposition to its gaming-centric customers, with a physical PlayStation control embedded within the smartphone. Without sacrificing the much needed screen real estate via a virtual control pad, the dedicated PlayStation controls have proven itself to be as practical as it is simple.

Rather than coming up with a gimmick or an additional accessory to expand its usability, the simple implementation of the PlayStation controls on the Xperia Play gets our vote of confidence, and the Best Smartphone Innovation award, for this year’s Tech Awards.

For more details on how we selected our winners, check out the full reviews and articles listed at the References section at the end.