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Samsung Galaxy S3 named 2012’s best gadget by Stuff

Samsung Galaxy S3 named 2012’s best gadget by Stuff

The Samsung Galaxy S3 was the best gadget of the last 12 months, according to Stuff Magazine, seeing off strong competition from the iPhone 5 and the Google Nexus 7.

Samsung’s flagship phone also pipped Apple’s latest kit in the smartphone of the year category at the ceremony, capping what was a fairly miserable night for the Cupertino-based tech giant on which it missed out on five awards.

Other big wins on the night include tablet of the year for Google’s budget-priced, compact Nexus 7 by Asus. Smartphone app of the year, meanwhile, went to Strava, while Sky Sports for the iPad picked up best tablet app.

Stuff magazine editor Will Findlater said: “2012 has been a landmark year for technology, particularly in the tablet and smartphone spaces.

“While Apple’s gadgets have been exemplary, its competitors have made even greater strides – and the Galaxy S3, with its 4.8-inch HD screen and unique interface innovations, shows that Samsung has made the greatest strides of all.”

Signs of a changing of the guard in the smartphone market come after what has been a tumultuous period for Apple, one which saw the resignation of software head Steve Forstall and a dip in its share price after worse-than-expected sales of the iPad 3.

Here’s the list of Stuff Award winners in full:

Video Gadget of the Year – Humax DTR–T1000

Tech Accessory of the Year - Synology DiskStation DS212j

Smartphone App of the Year – Strava

Tablet App of the Year – Sky Sports for iPad

Cloud App of the Year – BBC.co.uk & iPlayer

Home Gadget of the Year – British Gas Remote Heating Control

Gadget of the Year – Samsung Galaxy S3

Smartphone of the Year – Samsung Galaxy S3

Tablet of the Year – Google Nexus 7

Camera of the Year – Fujifilm Finepix X10

TV of the Year – Sony KDL-46HX853

Computer of the Year – Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display

Audio Gadget of the Year – Philips Fidelio SoundSphere DS9800W/10

Sat-nav of the Year – Google Maps Navigation

Sports Gadget of the Year – Nike+ Training TR+1

Tech Transport of the Year – Renault Twizy

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