TechRadar Phone Awards 2015: Behind the scenes

It's all over – here's what went down

TechRadar Phone Awards 2015

This year the TechRadar Phone Awards was bigger and better than the first in every way - we decided to turn it up a notch with more people, more categories and even more technology.

We filled our London venue with the brightest brains in tech to celebrate the last 12 months of innovation and a fantastic year of change within the smartphone, tablet and wearables industry.

Check out the venue - forget about the bar and cool decor, there some amazing oranges in a modern art structure. Shame they're fake. It didn't stop some members of the party from trying to have a sneaky bite though.

TechRadar Phone Awards 2015

After an hour or so of schmoozing we headed into the theatre ready to kick off the meat of the event. Our Phones and Tablets Editor Gareth Beavis took to the stage in his best magician's outfit and addressed the crowd.

TechRadar Phone Awards 2015

We planned to kick it all off with a fastest finger first text competition – much like last year – but sadly we were too deep underground for some phone networks and had to change it at the last minute.

Instead we decided to look for some poorly-performing phones, and did a competition for the lowest phone battery in the room – the lowest was a BlackBerry that came in at an impressive 12% left at 8.30PM, and they were rewarded for their perseverance with a £50 Amazon voucher.

Then it was time for our tech expert panel to take to the stage. TechRadar Global Editor-In-Chief Patrick Goss joined the stage along with Phones and Tablets Deputy Editor John McCann and our Phones and Tablets Writers James Peckham and Matt Hanson.

TechRadar Phone Awards 2015

Taking questions from the audience, we discussed the future of the smartphone, whether wearables are ever going to become a big thing and whether VR could be a success through the smartphone.

It all sounds pretty professional but we also discussed VR in the bedroom (and Matt's attempts to 'plug things in at night') and James lowered the tone even further speaking about the smiling poo emoji.

TechRadar Phone Awards 2015

From there it was time to get into the real awards themselves. It all went by in a flash as we saw the likes of Apple, Tesco, Motorola and many more take to the stage. Check out our full list of winners here.

Beavis added: "It was genuinely one of the best nights of the year, with so many of the phone industry's good and great packed in to watch me and John McCann make fools of ourselves on stage, where we were unable to read things in alphabetical order, handle holding two objects at once or smile like regular human beings.

John and Gareth

"I was really pleased with the actual awards themselves - last year's were slightly sharp, so this year we really excelled by having trophies that can't be used as weapons."

TechRadar Phone Awards

TechRadar Phone Awards

TechRadar Phone Awards

TechRadar Phone Awards

Phones and Tablets Writer James Peckham said, "The night was a tremendous success, and not just because of the free booze."

TechRadar Phone Awards

"Lots of booze, good food, a room full of tech experts all celebrating the best tech of the last year; what else could a phone nerd ask for?"

Phones and Tablets Writer Matt Hanson added "it was an absolutely fantastic night and a great chance for us to big up the best that mobile technology has to offer, as well as chat to key industry figures about what the future holds.

"It also shows that here at TechRadar we can put on a pretty awesome party. Now excuse me while I try to wash the taste of plastic orange out of my mouth..."

And then there was the little matter of the afterparty... the less we speak about that the better.

TechRadar Phone Awards 2015

And that's it for another year. We promise never to mention mobile phones, tablets or smartwatches on the site until the Phones Awards 2016*.

*Not really.

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