The launch of the iPhone 5 was the most highly-anticipated event of the year in technology - but last night it was beaten to Gadget of the Year by the Samsung Galaxy S III in the hotly-contested Stuff magazine awards in London.
Editor Will Findlater explained the decision, saying, "while Apple’s gadgets have been exemplary, its competitors have made even greater strides – and the Galaxy S III, with its 4.8in HD screen and unique interface innovations, shows that Samsung has made the greatest strides of all.”
Now in its fifth year, the Stuff Awards took place in Covent Garden, and the big winners were Google, taking four of the six prizes they were nominated for. Apple didn't walk away empty-handed though, winning Computer of the Year for their new MacBook Pros; surprisingly their Apple Maps missed out App of the year - must have been a close run thing we're sure.
Innovation of the Year deservedly went to the Raspberry Pi mini-computer, with British Gas scooping an award for their Remote Heating Control: good to see those increased bills aren't being wasted.
A full run-down of the winners are below - it's essentially our Christmas list.
Stuff Gadget Award Winners
Video Gadget of the Year – Humax DTR–T1000
Tech Accessory of the Year – Synology DiskStation DS212j
Smartphone App of the Year – Strava
Tablet App of the Year – Sky Sports for iPad
Cloud App of the Year – BBC.co.uk & iPlayer
Home Gadget of the Year – British Gas Remote Heating Control
Gadget of the Year – Samsung Galaxy S III
Smartphone of the Year – Samsung Galaxy S III
Tablet of the Year – Google Nexus 7
Camera of the Year – Fujifilm Finepix X10
TV of the Year – Sony KDL-46HX853
Computer of the Year – Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display
Audio Gadget of the Year – Philips Fidelio SoundSphere DS9800W/10
Sat-nav of the Year – Google Maps Navigation
Sports Gadget of the Year – Nike+ Training TR+1
Tech Transport of the Year – Renault Twizy
Reader voted categories:
Design of the Year – Google Nexus Q
Game of the Year – The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Innovation of the Year – Raspberry Pi
Most Wanted Future Gadget of the Year – Google Project Glass
For further info visit: www.stuff.tv/win/awards-2012
Images: Samsung/Raspberry Pi/Stuff