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Welcome to the Smartphone Awards 2023

A plethora of smartphones hit the market every year, and 2023 is no exception. With a diverse range of shapes, sizes, features, and budgets, the smartphone landscape is vast. As tradition dictates, at the year’s end, I take on the task of selecting my favorites in various categories. This is a recap of the best and, yes, some of the not-so-great phones of 2023—these are my picks.

I understand that not everyone may agree with my choices, and that’s perfectly fine. These are my selections, and I’m standing by them. Let’s dive into the usual categories, each with a winner, a possible runner-up, and perhaps some honorable mentions for those deserving of recognition.

Best Big Smartphone
Winner: Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Runner-up: OnePlus Open
Honorable Mentions: Asus ROG Phone 7, Oppo Find S6 Pro

Smartphones have been growing in size over the years, and the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra takes the crown for the Best Big Phone of 2023. Its understated design houses top-notch hardware, a stunning 6.8-inch display, powerful cameras, a 5,000mAh battery, and more. The OnePlus Open, with its unique folding form factor, earns the runner-up spot.

Best Compact Smartphone
Winner: Asus Zenfone 10
Honorable Mention: Samsung Z Flip 5

Finding a truly small phone with flagship features is a challenge, but the Asus Zenfone 10 nails it with a 5.9-inch display and impressive specs. The Samsung Z Flip 5 gets an honorable mention for its innovative folding design.

Best Camera in a Smartphone 2023
Winner: iPhone 15 Pro
Honorable Mention: Galaxy S23 Ultra

For the Best Camera award, the iPhone 15 Pro stands out for its consistent performance across various situations, especially excelling in video capabilities. The Galaxy S23 Ultra receives an honorable mention for its prowess in still photography and impressive zoom capabilities.

Best Value Smartphone
Winner: Samsung Galaxy A54
Honorable Mentions: Moto G Play, Pixel 7A

Determining the Best Value becomes challenging with rising phone prices, but the Samsung Galaxy A54 strikes a balance with no standout features yet delivering everything you need. The Moto G Play impresses with a budget-friendly price, and the Pixel 7A earns a mention for its overall performance.

Best Battery in a Smartphone
Winner: iPhone 15 Plus
Honorable Mentions: ROG Phone 7, Asus Zenfone 10

The iPhone 15 Plus takes the Best Battery award for its exceptional endurance, combining a larger battery and efficient display. The ROG Phone 7 and Asus Zenfone 10 also receive mentions for their impressive battery life.

Best Design
Winner: Honor Magic V2
Honorable Mention: iPhone

Design is subjective, but the Honor Magic V2’s groundbreaking foldable design earns it the Best Design award. The iPhone receives an honorable mention for its refined design, marking the peak of iPhone aesthetics.

Best Foldable Phone
Winner: OnePlus Open
Runner-up: Pixel Fold
Honorable Mention: Samsung Z Flip 5

In the emerging world of foldable phones, the OnePlus Open takes the crown for its unique form factor, exceptional specs, and innovative multitasking features. The Pixel Fold and Samsung Z Flip 5 receive recognition for their respective strengths.

Most Improved Phone 2023
Winner: Nothing Phone 2
Honorable Mention: iPhone 15

The Nothing Phone 2 earns the Most Improved title for significant software upgrades and minor hardware enhancements. The iPhone 15 receives an honorable mention for its transition to USB Type-C, marking a notable change.

Bust of the Year
Winner: Solama Saga Cryto Phone
Honorable Mention: Unreleased Concept Phones

Regrettably, the Solama Saga Cryto Phone takes the Bust of the Year award for being a subpar device. An honorable mention goes to all unreleased concept phones that promised but never delivered.

MVP (Most Valuable Phone)
Winner: Pixel 8
Runner-up: Asus Zenfone 10
Honorable Mentions: iPhone 15 Pro, Samsung S23 Ultra, OnePlus Open

The Pixel 8 claims the title of Phone of the Year for 2023, offering a well-rounded package with an impressive camera, display, and software features. The Asus Zenfone 10 earns the runner-up spot, while the iPhone 15 Pro, Samsung S23 Ultra, and OnePlus Open receive honorable mentions for their outstanding contributions to the smartphone landscape.

These are my Smartphone Awards for 2023. Share your thoughts and let’s discuss in the comments below!