Taiwanese smartphone giant HTC scooped two major awards at this year’s T3 Awards, bagging gongs for both Phone of the Year and Tech Brand of the Year.
The HTC Desire, which has been met with huge critical and commercial acclaim in the UK since its release in February, was the deserved winner. It beat out rivals Samsung Galaxy S and the formidable iPhone 4, which no doubt lost some of its glitz due to the antenna issues it has been struggling with since launch.
But fair play to HTC for consistently churning out great products to spearhead the smartphone race and take the fight to Apple.
iPhone 4 did win ‘Commuter Gadget of the Year’, but then again, you don’t have to worry about your reception if you’re just trying to kill time on the underground.
On a serious note, Apple scored a number of other awards at the show, including the main prize of the night, Gadget of the Year. This was won by the iPad Wi-Fi and 3G model, which has been a tremendous success and left rivals scrambling to come up with copycat devices. It also won Innovation of the Year, which we can’t disagree with either.
The App of the Year was won by Google Maps Navigation for providing free and comprehensive turn-by-turn voice-guided GPS navigation.
The awards were voted by T3 readers and panel of judges. The full list of winners are as follows:
App of the year: Google Maps Navigation
Music gadget of the year: Cambridge Audio DacMagic
Gaming gadget of the year: Alienware M11x
Home gadget of the year: Samsung NaviBot SR8845E
Commuter gadget of the year: Apple iPhone 4
Green gadget of the year: OneClick Intelliplug
Work gadget of the year: Three Mobile Mi-Fi
Innovation of the year: Apple iPad
New media service of the year: Spotify
Computer of the year: Apple MacBook Pro
Camera of the year: Panasonic Lumix GF1
Camcorder of the year: Sanyo Xacti VPC-CS1
Retailer of the year: Apple Store
T3 Design Award: Samsung UE55C9000
TV of the year: Panasonic Viera TX-P50VT20B
Gadget personality of the year: Suzi Perry
Tech brand of the year: HTC
Phone of the year: HTC Desire
Gadget of the year: Apple iPad Wi-Fi + 3G