You may remember a while back we covered the nominees for the first round of voting for the T3 Gadget Awards 2010. Well, a record 300,000 of you cast your votes and subsequently the finalists for each of the 18 categories have been announced.
Now, I won’t bore you with a catalogue of each and every finalist, you can look over them all over at the T3 Gadget Awards voting page when you decide to cast your votes, however I will take a look at the highlights and possible upsets of this years technology Oscars.
The first category is the all-important ‘Innovation of the Year’, interestingly this year there are a great mix of backgrounds to the manufacturers of the nominees. Clearly, the Apple iPad has to be one of the favourites when you consider how it has pioneered the tablet computing market and arguably urged the swarms of other manufacturers to leap on the bandwagon with its phenomenal sales figures.
However, Light Blue Optics’ Light Touch would certainly be worth considering. Though hailing from a relatively discrete background, the technology can turn virtually any surface into a 10.1” touchscreen. Could this scoop the awards and go on to integrate into many future technologies? Or what about Toshiba’s CELL TV? The LED television can broadcast pure 3D, as well as transform 2D into 3D too. Certainly a tough category.
Moving on then, the second category ‘App of the Year’ is a new category for this years competition and includes the likes of Spotify, Google Maps Navigation, Layar, FourSquare and TomTom for iPhone. Again, a tough category fought out by a diverse selection of developers.
‘Phone of the Year’ includes a pair of offerings from HTC, the Desire and the Legend and they will be going up against the BlackBerry Bold 9700 and the Samsung Wave alongside the wildcard entry, the troubled iPhone 4.
An interesting category and the way you vote may signal more than just your favourite phone. For example, voting for the Legend over the Desire says to me that you care more about looks than performance. Just a thought.
One of the most popular categories is the ‘Computer of the Year’, with this years entries being the omnipresent Macbook Pro since their inclusion of the latest Intel Core i5/i7 processors. Apple will be hoping to snag this one against competition from a variety of machine including the HP Touchsmart 600, Sony Vaio Z Series, Alienware M11x and Samsung N210 netbooks. Again, a wide variety and may indicate personal preference rather than considering the quality of the machine.
The Alienware M11x makes another appearance further along in the ‘Gaming Gadget of the Year’ award, where it will pit its wits against DJ Hero, Nintendo DSi XL, The latest addition to the Xbox 360 Slim line-up and the slimline PlayStation 3. This appears to be a category that will cause a lot of debate between gamers, as opinions will forever be torn between Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony and that is pretty much something we will never be without.
HTC will be proud at the number of occasions they are cropping up this year, and in the next category they go toe-to-toe with the likes of Apple, Google, Samsung and Sky in the ‘Tech Brand of the Year’ Category. Their tag line of ‘quietly brilliant’ is one of the most apt I’ve heard in a long time.
And, without further ado let’s head straight on to the ‘Gadget of the Year’. This year’s showdown will be fought out by the iPad (Was it ever in doubt?), the HTC Desire, Sky HD+, iPhone 4 and the Samsung UN55C9000 (That’s a TV by the way).
And last, but not least is the ‘Gadget Personality of the Year‘ contest with some interesting entrants including Jason Chen, editor of Gizmodo who was made even more popular this year after his fracas with Steve Jobs over the leaked iPhone 4 prototype. Furthermore there is Stephen Fry, Twitter God. Co-host of the Gadget Show, Suzi Perry, Now Ex-BBC presenter Jonathon Ross, Charlie Brooker, TV critic and finally Martha Lane Fox.
So, although there are more interesting categories that will catch your eye, these are perhaps those which will spark most widespread debate amongst gadget fans worldwide and perhaps the iPhone 4, great phone as it is, could be up for one too many awards after all it has been through. Anyway, head on over to T3 and vote for your choices in the Gadget Awards 2010!