The 2011 T3 Gadget Awards took place at Old Billingsgate Market, London, on October 10th and over 950,000 reader votes helped the judges make their final decisions in the process. Between some of the obvious contenders, like the Amazon Kindle and iPad 2, are other products recognized for innovation and popularity in their specific categories. Here's a selection of some of the more interesting winners crowned...see whether you agree with your UK equivalents!
App of the Year - Flipboard
Flipboard for the iPad is a free app that transforms the way you browse online on a tablet. Customized news feeds are displayed in a magazine-style format, curating content into nicely digestible, scannable squares. The app also incorporates both video and audio, and aggregates feeds from news sources and social networks in a manner that make browsing on a tablet natural, thanks to the navigation of the "flip" in Flipbook.
Computer of the Year & Design Award- MacBook Air 11-Inch:
There's no denying if working while traveling is the norm, the MacBook Air is a formidable option to consider, since the unibody wonder packs the power of a laptop in a super slim, lightweight form factor that practically slices the competition. The only negative is the price, as you're paying a premium for its svelte case and the Apple design. We consider the MacBook Air as a secondary machine machine, but oh what a second machine it is!
Gadget Accessory of the Year - Eye-Fi X2:
The Eye-Fi X2 memory card changes the way that you use DSLR cameras by integrating a seamless wireless experience. The built-in WiFi lets you use your memory card endlessly, since the card can be programmed to erase images once they are transferred to your computer. Transfer rates fluctuate, but overall it's a nice sidekick to have, if you can stomach the drop in storage.
Digital Media Service of the Year - Twitter:
Twitter might be dismissed by many people, but it has started to serve an important purpose. The instant transmission of information allows clever users to pick up on important news before they are published the big sites and other forms of media. The fact that Twitter can also be used on any number of mobile devices makes it even more interesting. If you haven't use this service before, you should give Facebook a rest and follow some notable figures in your field to get the latest news.
Commuter Gadget of the Year - Amazon Kindle:
If you love reading, and have recently made the switch to ebooks, like we did, then the Kindle is a no nonsense option, allowing you to carry thousands of books with you without weighing you down. Since costs have come down significantly, any bibliophile will enjoy a Kindle, but as soon as you start looking at tablet computers, you might just think to get an app to read your books instead. When you are deciding upon a device like this, it's important not to duplicate the functions of something that you might already have.
Home Gadget of the Year - Philips Airfryer:
Perhaps the most unusual of the choices, but perhaps not, coming from the land of crisps and chips, where frying is a much beloved method of making supper. The Philips Airfryer "frys" food using extremely high circulated air, in turn crisping foods without making them look like (or hopefully taste like) Keith Richards.
Check out the complete list of 2011 winners over at the 2011 T3 Gadget Awards.
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