T3 reveals gadgets of the year – but what´s yours?
The T3 Gadget Awards named the HTC One smartphone Gadget of the Year and iPad Mini tablet of the year while also singing the praises of Sony’s 4K TV - but do you agree with the winners?
03 Oct 2013
The red carpet was rolled out as geeks - and a smattering of tech-loving celebs - flocked to London to find out which gadgets would be crowned best of the year.
The T3 Gadget Awards named the HTC One smartphone Gadget of the Year, as it revealed its list of the tech that has really gotten under our skin over the past 12 months, including the iPad Mini and Sony's 4K TV.
So if you're thinking of picking up a new tablet for a Christmas gift, or reckon your living room could do with a new TV to do the festive scheduling justice, you should probably take a look at a few of the winners.
Gadget of the Year - HTC One
Not just any gadget can win the coveted Gadget of the Year title. T3 says it has to be the "unequivocal must-have gadget of 2013" and the gadget which has "risen head and shoulders above any other" since last year's awards ended.
The prize went to the HTC One (or should we say gong) smartphone. Judges praised its "gloriously rich" and "Retina-display-spanking" full-HD screen as well as its slender aluminium body. Put simply, T3 said it was the "best product HTC has ever built" ooooh er. It also won the T3 Design Award and Phone of the Year.
Tablet of the year - iPad Mini
They say good things come in small packages, and we've really gone gaga for smaller tablets this year. As well as tweeting about telly from the sofa, they can also be slipped inside your bag and whipped out on the train without causing too much of a fuss - unless you're reading 50 Shades of Grey, that is.
So it's not surprising a mini has won Tablet of the Year. In all honesty we probably didn't need any more reasons to buy the iPad Mini - it's sleek, sexy, small and super smooth - but T3's praise is another reminder. Its "superb" build quality and styling was praised, along with its slightly larger 7.9inch screen and just enough weight to make it feel solid in your hand without being too heavy for one-handed use. Microsoft Surface Pro, Sony Xperia Tablet Z and the Galaxy Note 8 were also in the mix.
TV of the Year - Sony Bravia KD-65X9005
The nights are drawing in, the temperature dropping and the telly getting bleedin' fantastic. That's right: the onset of autumn means the return of Strictly, Downton, Dr Who and X Factor. If you're looking for a new TV to bask in the splendour of the autumn schedules, T3's TV of the Year may be worth a glance.
Ultra HD, or 4K, is the future of TV technology - and the new Bravia has it in spades. 4K offers four times the detail of full HD. So when watching content shot in 4K on this 65inch Bravia expect eye-popping detail. There's not much native 4K content around just yet, but the Bravia also up-scales regular full-HD content so you'll see sequins sparkle like never before as Susanna Reid twirls around the dancefloor. T3 said the TV will "blow your socks off with its clarity and detail".
Computer of the year - MacBook Air 11-inch
The original MacBook Air kick-started our love affair with ultra-thin, lightweight laptops. As the web made us more mobile, working on office projects from home and finishing uni essays in the local café, we needed devices that follw wherever we go without leaving us with a sore shoulder or a slight stoop.
The 11.6inch MacBook Air is small and light enough to go from home to the office and back again, while the latest Intel Core processor packs enough power to sail through the tasks of your working day. Perhaps that's why T3 has named it Computer of the Year. T3 said the MacBook Air "never ceases to impress". It was up against the Acer Aspire S5, Asus Zenbook UX32A and others.
Tech Brand of the Year - Samsung
Samsung has brought us a slew of innovative new products this year. From the Galaxy S4 smartphone and Galaxy Gear smartwatch to a rather natty Chromebook and the new Note 10.1 tablet with an improved S Pen feature. It also knocked our socks off with its F8000 smart TV earlier this year, which features technology which suggests programmes you might want to watch based on other things you've viewed if you're feeling too lazy to check out the TV guide.
As well as saving enery it also saves you cash, with Smart Evolution technology upgrading your TV with new features and techn from where it sits on your living room table. Pretty damn neat.