Stuff Gadget Awards 2012 – Gadget of the Year winner

Not much more than a year ago, the idea of the iPhone being shunted off its perch seemed about as likely as the London Olympics going by without a hitch

Samsung Galaxy S III

£500, samsung.com/uk

Not much more than a year ago, the idea of the iPhone being shunted off its perch seemed about as likely as the London Olympics going by without a hitch. But here we are at the end of 2012 with a triumphant Games behind us and the best smartphone ever made in our pockets – and it’s not one of Apple’s. At launch, the Galaxy S III caused a kerfuffle not normally seen outside of Cupertino, before leapfrogging the HTC One X and iPhone 4S on its way to the summit of Stuff’s Top 10. Despite recent attacks from Sony, HTC and the formidable (but slightly lost) iPhone 5, it’s stayed there – and for that, we bestow upon it the highest accolade Stuff has to offer. Read review

Runners-up...

Raspberry Pi Model B

Who’d have thought a naked circuit board would be worth getting excited about? No-one, until the affordable, hackable Pi arrived.   

Apple iPad

With an unmatched screen and unbeatable app store, the iPad is still the best tablet money can buy. It just requires quite a lot of it…  

Apple iPhone 5

Apple’s incorrectly named iPhone 5 (it’s actually the sixth) is a stunning bit of a kit. Who needs working maps when you can just sit at home and play with it?

Google Nexus 7

An Android-powered iPad alternative for less than half the price? Google’s Nexus 7 tablet is impossible to ignore and almost as hard to resist.

Olympus OM-D E-M5

It might be retro styled, but the E-M5 marks the way forward for compact system cameras. Its lightning-fast autofocus and low-light performance are killer. 

Sony PlayStation Vita

A grown-up portable for the PlayStation generation, the Vita finally makes on-the-go FIFA a reality. All it needs now is a few more must-have games...

Apple MacBook Pro with Retina display

Yes, it costs a small fortune, but you have to admire the engineering that went into putting over five million pixels into a laptop screen. 

Fujifilm FinePix X10

If anyone tries to tell you compact cameras are boring, show them the X10, with its neat retro quirks, including a lens you twist to zoom.

Renault Twizy

Like a piece of the future brought back to the present, Renault’s Twizy turns heads everywhere you take it – just cross your fingers and hope it doesn’t rain. 

 

More after the break...

You have to login or register to comment.