It’s the final showdown, and the winner, determined by your votes, will stand proud as the gadget of the year.
Design, feature and innovation are the three crucial factors that gave these nominees a deserving recognition as a potential gadget of the year. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you can only vote for one gadget of the year. You can still vote for the second most deserving gadget if it’s nominated in the other nine categories.
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Apple iPhone 5s
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. With the same sleek design inherited from last year’s iPhone 5, and a brand new Touch ID sensor to mix things up, the iPhone 5s is making a beeline for the ultimate gadget of the year. And it helps that Apple cleaned up the clutter with a sleeker and more intuitive iOS 7.
Click here to vote for the Apple iPhone 5s
Move aside, Apple. Judging from the beautifully crafted unibody design of the HTC One, the Taiwanese smartphone maker has graduated with top honours in design school. Its exterior beauty is matched by an equally eye-catching HTC Sense user interface, complete with a hardware package that befits a top-end smartphone.
Click here to vote for the HTC One.
Minority Report gets a dose of reality with the Leap Motion. The motion controller redefines the way you interact with your existing devices through fancy hand gestures. With a growing list of apps that are built for the motion gesture sensor, Leap Motion proves that innovation can come in a tiny little box.
Click here to vote for the Leap Motion.
This is the Android smartphone that’s going to knock some sense into its competitors with its innovative features. The rear placement of its power and volume buttons is unheard of, yet oddly easy to adapt. But what might swing more votes to LG’s flagship smartphone, is its knock-on feature that wakes or sleeps the phone with a tap on the screen.
Click here to vote for the LG G2.
Nexus 7 (2013)
The refreshed Nexus 7 has delivered a consistent performance, starting with its first generation. Through the open-source nature of Android, the Nexus 7 is the personification of Google’s open door policy through Asus’ engineering feat. That, and its beefed up Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and an eye-popping 1920 x 1200 high definition screen, are reasons for it to be nominated.
Click here to vote for the Nexus 7 (2013).
Nokia Lumia 1020
PureView. An imaging technology that has put Nokia back on the map, minus the rocky start it got with the first PureView-equipped smartphone. The Finnish company, which has single-mindedly placed its faith in the Windows Phone platform, is finally on track when it introduced the revolutionary imaging technology on its latest Nokia Lumia 1020. This is the smartphone that could end the shelf life of all compact cameras as we know it.
Click here to vote for the Nokia Lumia 1020.
The Sony Smartwatch 2 and Samsung Galaxy Gear can't compare to the true pioneer of smartwatches. Brought to life by crowdfunding site Kickstarter, Pebble is a no-frills time piece that links to both iOS and Android devices. Its affordability and open platform for developers to customise apps has made it the smartwatch to look out for.
Click here to vote for the Pebble.
No one delivers pure audio pleasure like Sonos does. The Playbar is the epitome of Sonos’ focused approach towards sound superiority with six woofers and three tweeters to capture the wide audio range. The intelligent sound system adjusts its audio equalisation based on position, and streams music effortlessly through the Sonos app. In short, this is the sound bar that will give your ears a good time.
Click here to vote for the Sonos Playbar.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX10 / DSC-QX100
The Cyber-shot DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100 - both cameras (in a sense) are Sony’s most innovative product to date. Through Sony’s PlayMemories Mobile app on iOS and Android, the cameras are wirelessly linked to your smartphones, acting as its eyes to boost imaging performance. Optical zoom, higher megapixel count and noise reduction - these are just some of the enhanced features that are brought to the table by Sony’s imaging wonders onto a smartphone.
Click here to vote for the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX10 / DSC-QX100.