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. Since 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 more 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.
One of the most interesting awards, Digital Media Service of the Year, was a bit of a surprise, seeing as Mark Zuckerberg walked off with the Personality of the Year. Instead, it was Twitter that beat out Facebook and Google for this influential award. Surely the CEOs of giants like Apple, Google and Facebook aren’t crying themselves to sleep over their T3 Award losses. However, they should definitely take note that Twitter’s win speaks volumes regarding where social media is headed. Facebook must continue to innovate and not upset their community, or they may well end up lost and forgotten like MySpace.
If you were to ask the average passerby which phone would win Phone of the Year, most would probably say the iPhone 4. Again, though, because a very tech-savvy crowd cast the votes, the votes went to Samsung’s Galaxy S II. Google won the Tech Brand of the Year, beating out rivals Apple and Facebook. Although it’s just the “T3 Gadget Awards,” Google is in a far better position among the tech community in terms of brand recognition and possibly overall importance.
From Google and Samsung, Apple and Microsoft, to Facebook and Twitter, the list of nominees is a “who’s who” of technological innovation. Please take the time to look over the complete list of nominees and winners, of which the Gadget of the Year and Innovation of the Year weren’t even mentioned here. It’s truly interesting to see how fast the gaming world is evolving, how fast technologies are being created and, consequently, becoming outdated. For fun, check out the candidates from the first Ceremony held in 2008, a lifetime ago in technology years!