Winner Gadget of the Year
Asus Eee Pad Transformer
At CES in January we were introduced to the tablet version of Android – Honeycomb – and caught a glimpse of an Android tablet that made sense, because it does more. It bridges the tablet/laptop divide: through its keyboard dock it gains all the power of a netbook, but with the immediate start-up and swish touchscreen skills of the best of its brethren. Even when keyboard-less, it offers Android connections that allow you to expand and augment it, including miniHDMI and microSD. It’s affordable and it’s always first to get the latest Android releases – it even beat Android’s flagship, the Motorola Xoom. It’s the only tablet we can make a rational argument for over the iPad, as its additional skills compensate for the paucity of Android tablet apps. In short, it deserves the highest accolade of the year for giving us a choice; for taking on the iPad, and in many ways, winning.
Apple MacBook Air
Still ultra-slim and beautiful, but made all the better by OS X Lion’s tablet-esque interface and Sandy Bridge processors.Read review
D-Link Boxee Box
Smart TV was a big story this year, and this web-connected, media-streaming and organising box has an interface so fine, it makes the word ‘metadata’ seem exciting.Read review
Samsung Galaxy S II
Convinced us there’s life beyond the iPhone. A luxe big screen, stunning camera, mighty innards and mostly unadorned Android OS make forRead review
a stunning mobile.
Guide price: £50 plus £15.50/month
The PVR that learns what you like to see and records stuff it reckons you’ll enjoy. Quite possibly the future of broadcast TV.
Always the innovator, Nintendo crammed a 3D camera and glasses-free 3D screen into its handheld and changed the portable gaming experience yet again.Read review
Fujifilm Finepix X100
Reinvented the high-end compact camera with stunning style and genius technology. It also happens to take fantastic photos.Read review
Samsung Series 5 Chromebook
Flawed but forward-thinking Google Chrome OS-powered laptop that does all of its work in the cloud. The future, if mobile web coverage ever gets good.Read review
Apple iPad 2
The tablet with the best apps, nicest construction and finest accessories is gradually changing the way we use computers.Read review