App of the Year: Google Maps Navigation
Expanding the already massively helpful Maps app into a full-on satnav, the Android-only Maps Navigation is a genuine killer app for the massively popular smartphone platform. With superb integration with Google Search, Street View and voice control, it's the app you've been searching for.
Tech Brand of the Year: HTC
All our judges and you agreed that it was HTC's year. Certainly it had some superb products, most notably the Desire and its close cousin, the under-rated Google Nexus One. Nobody could reasonably argue that HTC's product run beat Apple's this year, but where the American firm found itself mired in controversy and facing a backlash for its perceived smugness and control freakery, HTC sailed benignly on.
TV of the Year: Panasonic VIERA TX-P50VT20B
An example of substance - and aggressive pricing - triumphing over style, Panasonic's plasma was the unanimous choice of all our judges and the reader vote. Its superb contrast - a 5,000,000:1 contrast ratio is claimed for this one - and smoothness helped it win out, aided by the best 3D performance of any current TV set.
Camcorder of the Year: Sanyo Xacti VPC-CS1
The world's smallest 1080i camcorder, the CS1 also takes very good stills. A flip-out, 2.7-inch screen, 10x optical zoom, multiple face detection and an HDMI output make framing, taking and sharing video and photos a breeze and the incredibly compact frame will fit into the slimmest of pockets. With phone video capture getting better and better, a camcorder needs to be this good to be a success.
Computer of the Year: Apple MacBook Pro
Last year, the MacBook Pro scooped Computer of the Year by updating its look. The casing seamlessly hewn from a single sheet of aluminium, LED-lit screen and a subtly back-lit keyboard added up to a superb-looking laptop. This year, the Pro retains its crown by upping the spec, adding i5 and i7 processors for more power and greater energy-efficiency and Nvidia 330M graphics chips for better visuals than ever.
Gaming Gadget of the Year: Alienware M11x
This 11.6-inch, super-chunky laptop has all the power you need to play titles such as StarCraft 2, Crysis and Mass Effect 2, bolstered by i5 or i7 processors, Nvidia GeForce GT 335M graphics and a 720p hi-def screen. Weighing in at under 2Kg, with decent battery life and at a price that's light years away from the wallet-busting prices of many gaming machines, the M11x is a worthy winner.
Innovation of the Year: Apple iPad
Always switched on, sophisticated enough to please real gadget heads and simple enough for your dad to use, this scaled-up iPod Touch sells itself more effectively than any gadget we've seen. When we took two iPads to the Gadget Show Live in April, they were the talk of the show. Everyone who picked one up, even those who were initially sceptical, was soon flicking, tilting and pinching their way through the built-in apps, hypnotised by the 9.7-inch, hi-res screen and the innate simplicity of the OS.
Phone of the Year: HTC Desire
It seemed Apple would be back on top this year, but then Antennagate happened. The Desire nearly matches the iPhone in a number of key areas, looks clean-lined and functional, and it does it cheaper and on an open platform. Android Market is starting to rival the App Store for quality wares, as well.
Work Gadget of the Year: 3 Mobile MiFi
Brought to the UK by Three - a typically savvy move from this increasingly influential mobile telecoms and internet provider - the MiFi has proved a sensation. Infamously, MiFi-like mobile hotspots even caused a Wi-Fi failure at the iPhone 4 launch - or was that because Steve Jobs was holding it the wrong way? Three's MiFi modems are actually re-branded Huawei devices - expect to see more from this giant of Chinese telecoms in the coming years.
T3 Design Award: Samsung UE55C9000
It's hard to argue with the 9000 Series' sheer quality of materials, its next-level tech and its innovation. As thin as a pencil, its austerely beautiful titanium frame catches the light, with its seamless form disguising touch controls. The remote control's got a bloody screen in it! The picture quality isn't too shoddy either. How does full LED backlighting and 2D to 3D upscaling grab you?
Retailer of the Year: Apple Store
There's general agreement that Amazon is a great online retailer and that somewhere like Selfridges provides a superb in-store experience. Only Apple manages to do both to such an incredibly high level of quality, with the honourable if slightly fusty exception of John Lewis. Apple was considered an exemplary tech haven by most of our judges and also won the reader vote.
Camera of the Year: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1
The unanimous choice of our judges and the reader vote winner, the GF1's 12.1-meg sensor, superb photos, comparatively wide range of lenses and built-in flash make it a consummate camera for those who want to get serious about photography. This wasn't the end of Panasonic's success this year; the Japanese giant's mix of innovation and the core values of quality and affordability have paid off handsomely.
Commuter Gadget of the Year: Apple iPhone 4
Call it a consolation prize if you like; Apple's much-maligned smartphone scooped this Award, both for the wealth of free and paid-for satnav apps for car commuters, the even greater buffet of time-killing games and apps laid out for those condemned to Britain's antiquated train and bus systems, and the iPhone's usual quality performance as a web browser and music/video player.
Gadget of the Year: Apple iPad
There was no argument on this one. The web works brilliantly, regardless of the absence of Flash. Magazines look great on it, as T3's new app will amply demonstrate. The iPad could herald the dawn of a new era; the flood of me-too products has already begun. It could simply be a fantastically good gadget that'll never find a real niche. Either way, it's the best thing that's happened this year in the tech world, hands down.
Gadget Personality of the Year: Suzi Perry
Arguably the most glamorous of all the Gadget Show hosts, Suzi grabbed this Award from the despairing fingers of Jason Chen. Her chipper, pin-sharp personality adds an improbable air of cool to the otherwise ever so slightly naff milieu of Five's The Gadget Show.
Green Gadget of the Year: Intelliplug
Intelliplug puts an end to Earth-harming shenanigans by automatically shutting off equipment when it's no longer in use, detecting the reduction in power output when you turn it to standby with your remote. Not only that, but when plugged into your TV or computer, Intelliplug will also shut down all associated peripherals, from Blu-ray players to printers.
Home Gadget of the Year: Samsung Navibot
The Navibot's integrated camera takes a picture of your room, selects an optimum cleaning path and then sets to work vacuuming; sensors detect obstructions so that it avoids collisions. When its battery runs low, Navibot automatically returns to its charging station and as a result you never have to so much as think about vacuuming again. Isn't that what the future was meant to be like?
Music Gadget of the Year: Cambridge Audio DacMagic
With a choice of three filters, Cambridge's device takes any digital source - including via the all-important USB connector - and converts it to analogue in a most pleasing manner. It can't work miracles, but MP3s of about 192Kbps and upwards are "upscaled" very effectively. A clear winner with our judges and the public.
New Media Service of the Year: Spotify
Spotify has a range of charms. The main one is it lets you listen to just about any piece of music for free, or £10 per month if you don't want adverts. It's got an easy, smart interface, well-established mobile versions for iPhone, Android, Symbian - hopefully BlackBerry will follow soon - a useful new social networking element, and now it's cropping up on other devices, such as Sonos' multi-room systems.
T3 Gadget Awards 2010
T3 Gadget Awards 2010
With over 750,000 public votes and our tireless panel of expert judges, the results of the T3 Gadget Awards 2010 are finally in. We've picked out the very best tech and gadgets across 19 categories in what is shaping up to be a vintage year.
Click the arrow to the right of the image to start the feature with T3's App of the Year.