The iPhone 4S did win CNET's Editor's Choice Award (the first iPhone to do so), but the designation of "Best all-around smartphone" isn't a formal award. Rather, it was a way to differentiate the handsets on our Best 5 list.
While the lack of 4G is disappointing, it isn't surprising for an Apple device. Instead of jumping on a brand-new technology, Apple typically waits for it to be widespread and completely developed. And even without 4G, the iPhone 4S offers a great combination of design, features, and performance.