How we decided our Gadget of the Decade award

The T3 Awards 2016 powered by EE

This year the T3 Awards have a special new amazing category - Gadget of the Decade!

If you're wondering why, wonder no more. It's because the T3 Awards are 10 years old this year so we thought it made perfect sense to celebrate with the biggest award to date. EXCITING!

This award is completely voted for by you, the public - the T3 Awards 2016 Judging Panel has no input into the result of this award (although the and T3 Magazine teams did choose what gadgets were shortlisted) and we're now at the semi-final stage so...

How it works: the T3 Gadget of the Decade Results so far

There were 16 products shortlisted - see below - and we put them head-to head- we've now whittled these down to the final four! It's been a bit like the World Cup but without the silly group stage-ness. Initially we put the 16 head-to-head.

  • Amazon Kindle
  • Nintendo Wii
  • Microsoft Xbox 360
  • Sony PlayStation 3
  • Apple iPhone
  • Nokia N95
  • GoPro
  • Fitbit
  • Netflix
  • App Store
  • T-Mobile G1
  • Blackberry Bold
  • Apple iPad
  • Asus Eee PC
  • Pioneer Kuro
  • B&W Zeppelin

Then there was a second round

  • Apple iPhone vs GoPro
  • Netflix vs Blackberry Bold
  • Apple iPad vs B&W Zeppelin


  • Sony PlayStation 3 vs Apple iPhone
  • Netflix vs Apple iPad


Apple iPhone vs Netflix - we'll reveal the result at this week's T3 Awards 2016 powered by EE on Wednesday night!

What are the T3 Awards?

The T3 Awards is the UK's biggest and most prestigious technology and gadget awards, celebrating the game­-changing products and people that transform the world we live in for the better.

Celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, the T3 Awards are known as “the Oscars of Tech,” and not only by us. Indeed, a T3 Award has become one of the most prestigious prizes in the industry, given only to the greatest gadgets, the best brands and the most innovative, er, innovators.

Not surprisingly, Virtual Reality has a big impact on this year's nominations. The HTC Vive receives three for Gadget, Gaming Product and Innovation of the Year. The Oculus Rift, whose founder Palmer Luckey was 2015's Outstanding Achievement recipient, has two (Gadget and Gaming Product of the Year), with the Samsung Gear 360 nominated for Innovation of the Year.

Samsung is this year's most nominated company with an incredible 11 nods. Apple and Sony/Sony PlayStation pick up six each, and go mano-a-mano-a-mano with Samsung for Phone and Brand of the Year.

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Dan Grabham

Dan is a previous Editor for and covered the latest in computing, home entertainment and mobile tech. He's also the former Deputy Editor of TechRadar and former Editor of Lifehacker UK. Dan has written for numerous computing and lifestyle magazines and has also written a book, too. You'll see him pop up in numerous places, having been quoted in or on The Sun, BBC World Service, BBC News Online, ITN News, BBC Radio 5Live, BBC Radio 4 and Sky News Radio.