It’s been a busy year when it comes to innovative new technology releases and now the best of the best have been honoured at the industry Oscars equivalent.
The T3 Gadget Awards bring together the leading innovators in the world of technology while honouring the gizmos, software and personalities which have wowed consumers and critics alike over the past 12 months.
While they aren’t usually thought of as one of the major players, Taiwanese multinational Asus were the big winners of the event, which was held at Old Billingsgate in London.
They scooped an impressive five prizes, including the coveted Gadget of the Year title for the Google Nexus 7, which was produced in partnership with the search engine giant. The Nexus 7 was also named Tablet of The Year, no mean feat considering the tablet market is becoming more crowded and competitive by the day.
Lord Alan Sugar, star of BBC reality programme The Apprentice, was not only guest of honour at the event but was handed the Outstanding Contribution of Technology Award. He follows in the footsteps of Sir David Attenborough, iPod creator Jon Rubinstein and Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto in receiving the accolade.
Sir Alan founded Amstrad in the 60s and was knighted for services to business in 2000. One of his most recent projects has been to act as chairman for the BBC Freeview venture YouView.
“When I look back at my career achievements since starting Amstrad in 1967 – from making hifi units, computers and the first Sky satellite dishes, to bringing YouView to market this year,” he said, “the one thing that has kept me motivated is that I’m a real tech geek at heart.”
Television service Sky Go, which is designed to let Sky customers watch live television on their smartphones or tablets scooped Digital Media Service of the Year.
While many may have been expecting Apple and Samsung to be the stand out winners, as they were nominated in nine and 10 categories respectively, they each won only one prize each.
Samsung romped home in one of the most hotly-contested categories of the night, phone of the year, with its Galaxy S3 beating the iPhone 4S. Given a judge in California recently described Apple devices as “cooler” than those of Samsung in a court ruling, that victory must have felt good to the Korean firm. But the iPhone 4S did scoop Work Gadget of the Year.
T3 Editor Luke Peters described the awards as “another astounding success”. He added: “The tech industry has never been more exciting and the multitude of winning brands demonstrate how much quality buying choice there is now.”
Here’s the full list of deserving winners:
Innovation Of The Year: Raspberry Pi
Gaming Gadget Of The Year: Sony PS Vita
Gadget Accessory Of The Year: Nike Fuelband
App Of The Year: Zeebox
Retailer Of The Year: Amazon
Tech Personality Of The Year Rory Cellan-Jones
Digital Media Service Of The Year: Sky Go
T3 Design Award: ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime
Commuter Gadget Of The Year: Amazon Kindle 4
TV Of The Year: Sony Bravia KDL-55HX853
Digital Camera Of The Year: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1
Work Gadget Of The Year: Apple iPhone 4S
Home Gadget Of The Year: Nest Smart Thermostat
Computer Of The Year: ASUS Zenbook UX31
Music Gadget Of The Year: Bowers & Wilkins P3
Tablet Of The Year: Google Nexus 7 By ASUS
Tech Brand Of The Year: ASUS
Outstand Contribution To Tech: Lord Sugar
Phone Of The Year: Samsung Galaxy S3
Gadget Of The Year Google Nexus 7 By ASUS