HTC One named Best Smartphone of 2013 at MWC

HTC One named Best Smartphone of 2013 at MWC

HTC One has been named as Best Smartphone of the Year at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Judges at the event ranked the Taiwanese model ahead of a number of competitors, including the iPhone 5S and Galaxy S3, the LG G2 and Lumia 1020, claiming that it remained "one of the most advanced smartphones throughout 2013".

They added: "Its great design and excellent user interface continue to provide a differentiated user experience, standing out from the competition."

The award to the Taiwanese firm comes amid much talk involving Samsung and its upcoming Galaxy S5.

The new device, which will undoubtedly appeal to many of Samsung's loyal fans, seems to have received mixed reviews. It is set for an April release and comes with a whole host of new and powerful features that are sure to get users excited.

As well as the smartphone, Samsung also used the event to unveil two new smartwatches.

The Gear Fit wristband has a little screen that alerts you to texts, emails and calls when connected to a Galaxy smartphone.

Another comnpany to shine was BlackBerry, which showed that it is far from being dead and buried with the launch of two new devices.

The Canadian firm, which has endured a difficult spell in the sales of its smartphones, has brought the traditional QWERTY keyboard back to its new Q20, which it hopes will appeal to lapsed BlackBerry users.

There is also a new operating system to enjoy, as well as the return of the traditional trackpad. Although hoping to make greater strides in the consumer market, BlackBerry has made no secret of its desire to try and appeal to corporate customers, resulting in the release of a new mobile device management platform.

One device that has performed very well is the Sony Xperia Z1. However the Z2, complete with the  latest Qualcomm processor, makes for a faster and more complete Android device, with some experts already suggesting that it could be the best product released on the platform this year.