We’ve often talked about how great a market India is for tech products, especially smartphones. Every brand is racing to win the hearts of consumers by bringing innovation to never-before-seen price segments. That effort has made India the most lucrative market for many manufacturers, owing to the overall potential.
We, at TechRadar India, feel privileged to be able to witness this shift from the front seat and share our thoughts about these products as they enter the market. The Indian smartphone scene needs little introduction, and most of you would know how competitive and exciting the market has become. With multiple new smartphones and gadgets populating the market, we’re spoilt for choice. However, these options also often confuse consumers prior to their purchase.
In a sea of gadgets, there are a few pearls that stay stuck in our memory for a long time… gadgets that we have a hard time parting with. After having gone through dozens of them, we thought it would only be fair if we could somehow give the due recognition to these products and the teams behind them— a gesture of acknowledgment.
The year 2019 was great for smartphones in particular. We got our first wave of foldable smartphones giving us a glimpse at the future, cameras grew in terms of number as well as abilities, fast charging became common across all price segments, USB Type-C became standard in a way it was destined to and manufacturers finally started understanding the importance of great software experience. Of course, some devices did a better job than others, but unarguably, the segment moved in the right direction.
To commemorate those which did the best job, we’re bringing TechRadar Awards to India. With great excitement, we introduce to you the TechRadar India Awards 2019 (powered by Dell).
For the first edition, here are the categories that we will be crowning winners for:
- Super-snapper: Best camera phone
- OG (Optimum Gaming): Best gaming phone
- Made for India: Best budget smartphone under Rs 15,000
- Daily driver material: Best value for money smartphone
- THE Phone: Best smartphone (overall)
- Popular choice: The favorite smartphone of the jury and readers
- Innovation award: Special mentions for products that did something out-of-the-box
- Expert choice award: Jury's most memorable tech of 2019
- Brand experience award: Readers select which brand they had the best experience with, right from launch and purchase to after-sales service
Nominations were selected based on our proprietary scoring system for each smartphone, that was developed through the year to add a layer of objectiveness to the awards.
Some of the categories ('Popular choice' and 'Brand experience') require you to vote for your favorite product/brand and get them to claim the crown.
Winners for the rest of the categories will be decided by the TechRadar India editorial team as well as the jury who have expertise and experience in the Indian tech space. We’re humbled to have the following panelists assisting us for TechRadar India Awards 2019:
- Ershad Kaleebullah, The Mr Phone
- Abhishek Baxi, Technology Journalist and Digital Consultant
- Raju PP, TechPP
- Abhishek Bhatnagar, Gadgets To Use
- Ashwin Sundar, Technology Jock
- Tushar Mehta, XDA Developers
- Varun Krishnan, FoneArena
- Sudhanshu Singh, Siddharth Chauhan, Aakash Jhaveri, TechRadar India
The TechRadar India team, along with the panelists is already in the process of finalizing the winners by revisiting our experiences with all the nominated products. The final results will be announced post-Christmas on TechRadar India YouTube channel, and on the website.
To celebrate the debut of TechRadar India Awards 2019 and the launch of our YouTube channel, we will also be hosting a few giveaways for everyone who participates and votes for the open categories and makes their voice heard.
Let’s get started!