As new technology pops up around us daily, it’s human nature to want to know which is the most innovative and revolutionary in the gadget world. Well, the T3 Gadget Awards quench that thirst. The awards, voted on by more than 960,000 online users, were given out last week. Because the tech community is primarily casting the votes, “obvious” winners to the masses weren’t the case. Below we’ll show you a number of interesting and even ironic choices – and be sure to check out the full list of categories and winners.
The categories for the T3 Awards, from Best Retailer to Gadget Personality of the Year, the awards span an array of categories. It is interesting to note the winner of the Gadget Personality of the Year Award was Mark Zuckerberg. Of course he’s a monumental figure in the communication world, but hardly exhibits the charisma of George Clooney. Another interesting category is Best Commuting Device, where anything that aids your travel from here to there is considered. One of the competitors was an electric bicycle; but the winner, in fact, was the Amazon Kindle. True, it makes the time pass quickly while commuting, but maybe something which actually travels might have been a clearer choice?
Perhaps another surprise winner this year was found for the Digital Media Service of the Year award. Yes, Mark Zuckerberg won Personality of the Year, but it was Twitter that walked off with the more important gong. Twitter beat out the likes of Facebook and Google . Certainly the heads of Apple, Google and Facebook are certainly not crying themselves to sleep over their crushing defeats. It is important to consider that these awards are voted upon by the tech community and therefore the very people who are most in tune with and most influential in this realm and should be taken seriously by the giants in the industry.
For many, the iPhone 4 would most likely be guessed as the runaway winner of the Phone of the Year award. Instead–and more importantly–because more serious tech fans cast the votes, Samsung’s Galaxy S II walked away with the award. In the Tech Brand of the Year category, Google was the big winner, beating out rivals Facebook and Apple. Again, it’s “just the T3 Gadget Awards”, but as always, it’s better to be the winner than the runner-up. And when millions of dollars rides on person to person advertising and brand recognition, every tiny bit helps.
Ultimately, The 2012 T3 Gadget Awards offer an interesting insight into how much and how fast technology is evolving. If you were to go back to the first awards given in 2008, some of the heavy hitters of the time are no longer viable, while some upstarts were just getting their feet on the ground and are huge players today. Although these awards are given annually, with the speed that many of these items are created, they may want to make it a semi-annual event.