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.
As gadgetry encompasses many arenas, so must the T3 categories. This means that categories like Best Retailer and Gadget Personality of the Year are included. The latter had one of the most ironic choices for winner: Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook. Although one cannot argue his importance in the world of communication, he’s never been known for his George Clooney-esque charisma. Then there’s the category of Best Commuting Device. Here, pitted against automobiles and electric bicycles, the winner was the Amazon Kindle. True, it will help pass the time while traveling, but it does make a puzzling choice for Commuting Device of the Year.
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 probably 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 word of mouth advertising and brand recognition, every tiny bit helps.
Ultimately, The 2011 T3 Gadget Awards offer an interesting insight into how much and how fast technology is changing. 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 some of these products are created, they may want to make it a semi-annual event.