The GSMA announces the nominees for its 2012 Global Mobile Awards

GSMA Mobile Awards BannerIn preparation for Mobile World Congress at the end of next month, the organizing body – the GSMA – has announced the 2012 shortlist of nominees for their prestigious Global Mobile Awards. That’s right, it’s not just those in with a chance of an Oscar nod on tenterhooks today.

What makes the GSMA’s awards worthy of attention is that they’re voted on by 170 independent industry players — from chief technology officers to technology journalists — from all around the world, ensuring the least amount of bias.

So who’s up for an award? As there are more than 150 nominees spread over 30 categories, many of which are more technical in nature, we’re going to cherry-pick the most relevant below, starting with the equivalent of Best Film and Best Director, Best Smartphone and Best Mobile Tablet.

Up for best smartphone:

  • Apple iPhone 4S.
  • HTC Desire S.
  • Nokia Lumia 800.
  • Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
  • Samsung Galaxy S II.

And up for best tablet:

  • Apple iPad 2.
  • Amazon Kindle Fire.
  • Acer Iconia Tab A500/A501.
  • Asus Eee Pad Transformer.
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.

It’s no surprise that many of these devices made it into our roundup of the best cellphones and tablets of 2011, and it’ll be interesting to see which comes out on top for the GSMA. It’s not just hardware being honored either, as there are several sections dedicated to mobile applications too.

In the Best Mobile App for Consumers, Angry Birds Rio, Talking Tom Cat 2, Blast Monkeys, Facebook Messenger and Hanging with Friends are all nominated. In the Best Overall Mobile App category, Evernote, Flipboard, Google Maps, LinkedIn and WhatsApp are fighting it out for the win.

You can see the whole list of categories and nominees here, and the winners will be revealed at Mobile World Congress on February 28. Where would your vote go?