What´s your gadget of the year? Guest blog by T3
22 Jul 2013|
Guest blog by T3.com editor, Kieran Alger
The finalists have just been announced in T3 Gadget Awards 2013 and this year is shaping up to be a heavyweight contest in all the big categories with Apple, Samsung, Sony and Microsoft slugging it out for the top prizes.
The biggest prize of all - the Gadget of the Year - is being hotly contested by ten blockbusting pieces of innovative and superbly designed tech. It's going to be extremely tough to separate some very fine products but there can be only one.
That's where we need your help. You can influence who scoops the big gong by casting your vote for your gadget of the year here.
Voting for the T3 Gadget Awards 2013 closes on September 20th 2013 and the winners will be announced at a star-studded ceremony in central London on 3rd October 2013.
So which of these finalists has topped your wishlist in the past 12 months?
HTC needed to deliver a stunning phone to reverse its ailing fortunes - and the One might just be, er, the one. From the gloriously rich full HD screen to the seamless, precision-engineered aluminium body, it's a marvel of design.
Apple responded to the likes of the Google Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire with its own smaller tablet - and in typical style succeeded in delivering a brilliantly made and highly desirable product that's arguably handier than its bigger brother.
Dell enhances build quality, design and power in a PC that is designed to be the Windows 8 answer to a MacBook Pro.
This 46-inch model sits at the top of Samsung's range, this is a super-skinny, super-smart LED TV with a quad-core processor and an ambitious smart TV set-up that can be controlled by voice or gesture commands.
Samsung's latest flagship phone had a lot of hype to live up to, and while the phone itself looks startlingly similar to its predecessor it betters it in every way, from the eye-popping full HD screen to the fantastically fast processor.
This premium wireless soundbar from Sonos doubles as a speaker for the company's multi-room music system. It'll intelligently set its sound profile up using built-in sensors that detect how it's mounted, and can be controlled through an iPhone app.
A fitness monitor that also tracks your sleep? That's the One. It keeps working while you catch 40 winks, helps you sleep better, and even wakes you in the morning. While others rest, the One keeps on working.
Sky's top-of-the-range recorder, this Amstrad-built box features a 2TB hard disk drive with room for 350 hours of HD Sky+ recordings, two tuners and, of course, access to Sky's huge range of channels and on-demand video.
4K shooting skills from a camera the size of a matchbox with remote control and a dedicated app for directing multiple cameras. Spielberg would have killed for one of these in the seventies.
The Sony KD-65X9005A 4K Ultra HD TV offers four times the resolution of Full HD TV. It's the world's first 65-inch 4K Ultra HD TV. Potentially the harbinger of a new era of TV image quality, it combines 3840 x 2160 resolution with Smart connectivity and haute couture design.
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