To take our Phone of the Year prize, a device doesn’t just have to look good, but also offer powerful specs, great features, and appeal to consumers and partners alike.
The award was open to any device launched and on sale between October 1 2022 and July 30 2023.
Our 2023 finalists were:
Apple iPhone 14 Pro
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Google Pixel Fold
Honor Magic 5 Pro
Motorola Razr 40 Ultra
OnePlus 11 5G
Oppo Find N2 Flip
Samsung Galaxy A54
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4
Our entrants were examined on the following criteria:
Demonstrate standout specifications for the price (based on SIM-free price)
Best for usability
Best for looks
Best for features and services
Excite customers and retail partners alike
Demonstrate commercial and financial success
Why the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra won
In a high-quality field dominated by the industry's biggest players, our judges felt Samsung’s top-end flagship was the best device from the last 12 months.
Described by TechRadar as “one of the best phones in the world…the indomitable showman”, the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra marks another major step forward for the company. Offering a tougher build, faster memory and storage, a more efficient battery, a custom-tuned chipset and a new 200 mega-pixel main camera, it’s a worthy winner of our top mobile prize.
Congratulations to Samsung on its victory and to the rest of our 2023 finalists!