2013 Unbox Gadget Awards Batch 2!
This is batch two of the winners from the 2013 Unbox Gadget Awards! We’ve already published the first group where LG, Sony, ASUS, and Apple came out on top. For this batch we’ll check out the winners from the following categories:
- Best Phablet
- Best Local Budget Smartphone
- Best Local Flagship Smartphone
- Best Hybrid
- Best Breakthrough Technology
To determine the winners, the Unbox editorial team together with the Unbox Podcast co-hosts pruned and debated the nominees and we came out with the final list. We took into consideration value for money, real life performance (and not just what’s written on spec sheets), and we only considered gadgets that were released until November 2013.
Okay without further adieu, here are our winners!
Best Phablet: Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Koren tech giant Samsung breaks into our awards list with the product that originally defined and created this category. The first generation Samsung Galaxy Note made “phablet” a real word (lol) and it has sold millions of units across the first two generations of the device. The newest model, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, is much more powerful, more refined, integrated better with the S Pen, and has a faux leather back plate. It is, without a doubt, one of the sexiest phablets ever made.
Best Local Budget Smartphone: Cherry Mobile Flare 2.0
If the Samsung Galaxy Note created the Phablet category, the Cherry Mobile Flare established and defined the low-cost budget-friendly Android smartphone segment. The Cherry Mobile Flare 2.0 was the follow-up to the highly successful Cherry Mobile Flare. Priced still at Php3,999, the Flare 2.0 packed a much more powerful quad-core processor making it the most affordable quad-core smartphone you can get to-date. Cherry Mobile has been a major disruptor in the market with their low-cost offerings and they definitely deserve this honor and recognition.
Best Local Flagship Smartphone: Starmobile Knight
Since we’re talking about category defining products, let’s not forget the winner of our best local flagship smartphone, the venerable Starmobile Knight. Before we even get to specifications, we have to recognize and give a nod to Starmobile for being one of the first local companies to offer a high-quality premium smartphone above Php10,000. In a way the Knight paved the way for the pricing model employed by a lot of other local brands for their flagships.
When it comes to specs, the Starmobile Knight doesn’t just have good internals, it also still has the best camera on a local smartphone. And all of that in a slim, gorgeous, and ergonomic form factor.
Best Hybrd: ASUS Transformer Book T100
Next we have the ASUS Transformer Book T100. This is another device that is popularizing the segment that it belongs to. For the longest time hybrid devices have been priced way out of reach from the average Filipino. The first generation of tablet-laptops all sold for well over Php50,000. The ASUS Transformer Book T100 is a breakthrough product because it delivers a full Windows 8 laptop experience and you can detach the monitor and use it as a Windows 8 tablet for more portability at a very good price (a little less than Php24,000).
Breakthrough Technology of the Year: SMART LTE
Smart’s LTE network is the widest and most pervasive LTE network in the country. They also rolled out the first prepaid LTE for smartphones. Smart’s investments and efforts in building LTE is definitely worth recognizing and honoring. Again, this is another great example of being a trailblazer.
And that wraps up the 2013 Unbox Gadget Awards! We gave a total of 10 awards and we would like to congratulate all the winners. We’ll mail you guys certificates that you can hopefully hang on your walls, hehe.
If you want to watch the full Unbox Gadget Awards Podcast Episode, check it out in full below. It’s just 30 minutes and it’s the very last episode of the podcast on the New Media Factory (it’s a show ender, not a season ender).