The Samsung Galaxy S 4G, also known as the Samsung Vibrant, took best in show honors for the mobile phone category at CTIA 2011 in Orlando, FL, today.  Categories included mobile applications, mobile consumer electronics, enterprise and vertical markets and network infrastructure..   The award is based on a popularity contest whereas phone fans text in their votes for their favorite seen at the show.  Samsung also took third for their 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot feature in the mobile consumer electronics accessories category.

“CTIA congratulates this year’s E-Tech Awards winners,” said Robert Mesirow, CTIA vice president and show director. “The mobile industry is undergoing rapid innovation and the E-Tech Awards honor the latest products and services for a truly mobile life.”

The awards were part of the Emerging Technology (E-Tech) awards and this year’s winners show a great focus on 4G networks as the speed race continues. Other honors went to the Motorola Atrix 4G, which took the top prize for Best Mobile Phone/Smartphone, followed by the LG Thril 4G and the HTC Thunderbolt. The Motorola Xoom won the prize for Tablets & Notebooks, followed by the AT&T Vitality GlowCap and the T-Mobile GSlate with Google.

The Samsung Galaxy S 4G is T-Mobile’s star entry in the 4G race, with a 1 Ghz processor, 4-inch Super AMOLED display, and a 5MP camera with 720p HD video recording. It also comes with a 16GB microS card slot and a 1650 mAh battery. And thanks to Android 2.2 (Froyo), it can take advantage of that award winning Mobile Hotspot option to boot. And that the award was given by peers at the conference shows how much this phone is liked industry wide. It’s like the people’s choice award for cellphones. Hat’s off to Samsung FTW!

[via SamsungHub]