Stuff Gadget Awards 2013: The LG G2 is our Gadget of the Year

The competition was stiff, but LG's mobile renaissance is Stuff's highlight of 2013 - and the LG G2 is one hell of a smartphone
LG G2

LG G2

Our Gadget of the Year award isn't just about which gadget is best, most innovative or most desirable - although all that stuff obviously matters rather a lot.

We weigh up all of the gadget releases from the course of the year, and decide which, on balance, matters most to our readers, to us and to consumer technology in general.

So although it's not possible to say whether one tablet is objectively 'better' than another smartphone, when you consider the complete story around a product - its gestation, the new technology inside it, the state of the market it's entering into - things get a little clearer. It still takes a long pub session and some angry exchanges between members of the Stuff team to actually make a decision, but we got there. And here it is.

Winner: LG G2

A stunning near-bezel-less 5in HD screen, a 13MP camera with optical image stabilisation for detailed low light shots and a battery that refuses to die all make the quad-core G2 a do-it-all smartphone that'll have your back no matter what you throw at it. Watch out Samsung and Apple: the G2 is proof positive that LG means business in the smartphone world.

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LG's mobile renaissance is our story of the year

2013 was a year of staggering innovation. The next-gen consoles ruled the headlines, crowdfunding became an undeniable creative force, wearable technology inhabited faces and our wrists, the internet of things became manifest in some genuinely useful connected appliances, 3D printers hit the high street, 4G went mainstream, 4K almost became affordable, Netflix went stellar and we all started taking selfies and sending them to each other via Snapchat. And that's just scratching the surface.

But for the Stuff editorial team, the story of the year was how Android cemented itself as the most forward-thinking mobile OS - and how LG went from mobile also-ran to leader of the smartphone pack. I can't wait to see what it has in store for 2014.

Runner-up: Google Glass

Google Glass

Google Glass

As it edges closer to consumer reality, Google Glass gets ever more intriguing. With its head-up display filling your eye with information from web searches, apps, navigation and more, its voice command capability and its controversial built-in point of view camera, it's ushering in a new age of powerful wearable technology. The possibilities are endless.

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Runner-up: Pebble Smartwatch

Pebble

Pebble

The poster boy for crowdfunding, and the best argument there is for smart wristwear. The first modern smartwatch is still the best, thanks to its thoughtful design, e-paper display that's readable in sunlight, growing number of apps and its compatibility with both iOS and Android. Chuck in a waterproof build and a battery that doesn't need topping up every day, and the Pebble is an impressive wrist-hugger indeed.

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Runner-up: HTC One

HTC One

HTC One

If Apple made an Android phone, it would probably look something like HTC's beautiful One - the best-looking Android phone ever made, thanks to its aluminium unibody construction.

Its sharp 4.7in full HD display will massage your eyeballs while the all-new HTC Sense 5 serves up BlinkFeed smoothly thanks to its quad-core insides. With a light guzzling Ultrapixel camera thrown in for good measure, it's as smart as it is beautiful.

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Runner-up: Google Nexus 7 (2013)

Google Nexus 7

Google Nexus 7

Google's Nexus devices are genius. Built as a showcase for the company's Android OS, they always pack incredible power and quality into devices that dramatically undercut the competition, and always furnish them with the latest software bells and whistles before any other devices get a look-in.

The second-gen Nexus 7 is no different, packing quad-core guts and incredible resolution into its 7in screen, and barely costing anything. You won't find a better multimedia device anywhere near that price.

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Runner-up: Apple iPad Air

Apple iPad Air

Apple iPad Air

The fifth-generation iPad is the first to look visibly different from every angle - and that's because it's dramatically slimmer and lighter than any of its predecessors. The 9.7in Retina Display remains, and although it's bested on resolution by some new contenders, it's still just about the best damn tablet screen we've ever seen.

Coupled with the hundreds of thousands of fantastic made-for-iPad apps that populate the App Store, it's one formidable tablet.

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Runner-up: Apple iPhone 5s

Apple iPhone 5s

Apple iPhone 5s

The world's first 64-bit smartphone showcases Apple's unrivalled attention to detail and ability to innovate in meaningful ways.

Apart from a new gold colour scheme (it looks much better in person, honest), the iPhone 5s comes rocking the much-improved and far more beautiful iOS 7, future-proof internals and the truly useful Touch ID fingerprint sensor.

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