Asus and Lord Sugar win gongs at T3 Awards



The best gadgets of the year have been celebrated at an awards ceremony in London which also saw Lord Sugar pick up a gong.

The best gadgets of the year have been celebrated at an awards ceremony in London which also saw Lord Sugar pick up a gong.

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The T3 Gadget Awards at the capital's Old Billingsgate heaped praise on the Google Nexus 7 by Asus, naming it both Gadget of the Year and Tablet of the Year.

These two awards were among the five gongs handed to Asus on the night, which also included the T3 Design Award for the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime. Asus was also named Tech Brand of  the Year. And the number of PS Vita consoles being scrawled on Christmas wish lists may be set to rise after it was named Gaming Gadget of the Year.

E-readers are becoming as familiar a sight as books on the train into work each morning, so it's perhaps not surprising the Kindle 4 was named Commuter Gadget of the Year. Many of us already use SkyGo to watch football and Game Of Thrones, and the on-the-go viewing service was named Digital Media Service of the Year.

But it wasn't just gadgets and innovations being celebrated, it was the big personalities behind them too. Lord Sugar may terrify people in the boardroom with his clipped questioning and hovering 'You're fired' finger but he was all smiles after being handed the Outstanding Contribution To Technology Award in recognition of a career which has seen him found electronics giant Amstrad among other landmark achievements.

Lord Sugar said: "I have been fortunate enough to receive a few honours and awards over the years, but this one is special and I am proud to accept it.

"When I look back at my career achievements since starting Amstrad in 1967 - from making hi-fi units, computers and the first Sky satellite dishes, to bringing YouView to market this year - the one thing that has kept me motivated is that I am a real tech geek at heart."

T3 Editor Luke Peters said: "The awards were another astounding success. This year saw more closely contested categories than ever, with our judges deliberating in great depth to decide the eventual winners.
"The public vote also played a crucial role.

"The tech industry has never been more exciting and the multitude of winning brands demonstrate how much quality buying choice there is now."