Part of what makes the Mobile World Congress such a special event to cover – as opposed to a trade show like CES – is that its focus is so specific to the mobile industry. That gives the manufacturers involved the opportunity to really put their smartphones and tablets front and center, not drowned out by new gaming consoles, HDTVs, and connected appliances. The organization behind all of this is the GSM Association (yeah – like from the phone standard), and in addition to putting on this whole shindig, the GSMA recognizes some of the companies, products, and services that really shined over the course of the past year. Today, the GSMA revealed the winners of its 19th Annual Global Mobile awards.

There a lot of categories, and correspondingly, a lot of winners. But a few really stand out as some of the more notable awards, so without further ado, let’s look at the winners:

If you participated in our Pocketnow Readers’ Choice awards, this should come as no big surprise, but the GSMA has crowned the HTC One as the best smartphone of the year.

Our poll doesn’t correspond quite so nicely with this next winner, but it did manage to snag first runner-up in our own tally: the GSMA names the iPad Air as the year’s best tablet.

A special shot-out goes to Nokia and its Lumia 520, which takes home the title “best low-cost smartphone.” Then again, with the cut-off point for that category being a $150 wholesale cost, it’s not like it had a lot of fierce competition.

Finally, LG deserves a mention for being the most innovative manufacturer. The GSMA doesn’t name any specific devices, but things like those rear-mounted volume controls and the eye-catching G Flex probably had something to do with it.

Altogether, not really many controversial winners here. Do you think the GSMA made some good calls, or would you have liked to see things go a little differently?

Source: GSMA

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