Gadget of the Year awards can be great lists to peruse because sometimes they throw up some unexpected little gems that have somehow managed to slip right past you over the previous 12 months. Of course, on other occasions, they’re filled with exactly what you’d expect and precisely the same items that are in every other award list released that year. The T3 awards list what seems like several hundred categories, but in reality it’s not quite that many.
The main award, though, is the Gadget of the Year award which is presented to the one gadget that, above all others, has had the greatest impact and been considered the coolest of all items in the past 12 months.
This year’s winner of the award is the Apple iPad. We like the iPad and that’s largely because it is exactly what a gadget should be. It offers very little that other devices cannot do. It doesn’t even do many things better than a smartphone and yet it’s cool. It’s so cool that thousands upon thousands of people are willing to part with several hundred of their hard earned pounds to buy one.
The iPad also won innovation of the year while Apple’s iPhone won commuter gadget of the year. However it was the HTC Desire that picked up phone of the year and HTC took home the tech brand of the year award.
Spotify won the new media service of the year with Google Maps Navigation winning the app of the year. Suzi Perry won the gadget personality of the year.
There’s few surprises really, except maybe that Apple didn’t win the brand of the year with so fanatical fans but HTC is considered cool while also throwing out some excellent products.