U.K. magazine T3 gave out its Gadget Awards last night, annual prizes that are awarded to the best and brightest in consumer electronics. The awards showed that the buying public’s love of Apple products in general, and the iPad specifically, is an international affair.
The iPad was singled out for the top honor of Gadget of the Year at the awards ceremony, which took place in London. Awards are decided based on a combination of reader votes (some 750,000) and the opinions of a panel of expert judges.
In addition to Gadget of the Year, the iPad also took home the Innovation of the Year award, beating out such competitors as the Toshiba Cell TV and Microsoft’s Kinect motion capture controller for the Xbox. It’s certainly put up the numbers to merit such an honor.
Apple also took home awards for Commuter Gadget of the Year (iPhone 4), Retailer of the Year (Apple) and Computer of the Year (MacBook Pro). But it’s worth noting that in many of the categories it didn’t win, it lost out to Android or Android devices.
Google Maps Navigation for Android took the award for App of the Year, once a category that Apple owned virtually uncontested. Phone of the Year went to the HTC Desire, an Android-based smartphone. HTC also won Brand of the Year beating out Apple, which apparently came off as too smug in the minds of both judges and T3’s readership.
All signs point to the fact that Apple now has to share a podium it once held uncontested. Once upon a time, the term “iPhone-killer” signified a mythical device that no real shipping smartphone could ever live up to. It’s taken three years, but as awards like these show, the field is opening up once again.
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