Welcome to the digital democracy - the Stuff Readers' Choice Awards.
After a month's worth of voting, the people have spoken. Over 28,000 votes have been cast to decide on the winners of the 14 different categories, ranging from Smartphone of the Year to Innovation of the Year. These are the most deserving tech, as decided by you.
New App of the Year - Pokémon Go
The masses have spoken and it looks like no one can forget the unbelievable, colossal effect this app had on mankind last year. It changed the way we interacted with our mobile devices, it was incredibly addictive and it got all our lazy butts off the couch and out into the wild. No other phenomenon (let alone mere app) in recent memory can lay claim to quite the same effect.
Flagship Smartphone of the Year - Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is just as stunning as it's predecessor, and you guys agreed. The flagship Samsung smartphone is immensely powerful with a great battery life that withstands even the most demanding of smartphone users. Plus that beautiful, curved pin-sharp display must have truly grabbed a place in our readers' hearts. How will the next Galaxy Edge top this?
Affordable Smartphone of the Year - Xiaomi Mi Max
It's not rocket science to make a large-screened smartphone, but the ability to achieve a balance between size, weight and ergonomics is what makes the Mi Max stand out. With its 6.44in full-HD Gorilla Glass 3 display, large 4850mAh battery and snappy performance thanks to the hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 SoC and 3GB of RAM — we’re not surprised that many of you passed on a flagship phone in favour of this winner.
Fitness Tracker of the Year - Fitbit Charge 2
While countless brands have hit the wearable market in the past year, you really can’t think of fitness trackers without thinking of Fitbit — as proven by the results. The Charge 2 automatically tracks all your activities, delivers idle alerts and guided breathing sessions, and sports interchangeable bands in a variety of pop colours. It’s everything you need in a tracker packed into a sleek, stylish, comfortable package.
Smartwatch of the Year - Samsung Gear S3 Classic
It's no wonder why the Gear S3 Classic is the one smartwatch that Malaysians want on their wrists - its handsome business looks combined with its fitness features, heart rate monitor, GPS, water resistance and that cool spinning bezel truly make it one of a kind.
TV of the Year - Sony Bravia Z9D
You've made your votes count, and this is TV you want to be spending your hard earned money on. The Sony Bravia Z9D displays stunning 4K picture with clean, crisp detail and good colour balance for your favourite films and shows, and its fitted with the world's best video streaming apps for your viewing pleasure. That’s one lean, mean winning screen.
Speaker of the Year - Bose Soundtouch 300
We guess that you can say that Bose's credibility is sound with this win (sorry). Bose's slick looking soundbar is absolutely gorgeous, with its tempered glass black top plate and aluminium grille making it the perfect companion to your home. And you agreed it's sound quality is great - live sports and movies feels immersive, with crisp and clear dialogue.
Headphones of the Year- Bose Quietcomfort 35
Crisp, clear and balanced sound quality? Check. Seamless Bluetooth connectivity and superior noise-cancelling? Check. Battery life that laughs in the face of long-haul flights? Make that a triple check. And all this before we even get to the part about how comfortable these soft, padded cans are. We once mentioned that these could be one of the best new travel headphones in the market — looks like you guys agree.
Laptop of the Year - Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar
Contrary to popular belief, innovation in the laptop space is not dead and Apple has shown the world that there’s still room to grow. The MacBook Pro with Touch Bar shines when it comes to complicated creative programmes, utilizing the Touch Bar to put the most useful shortcuts at your fingertips. Great design packs power into an ultra compact package, wrapping up yet another win for the Cupertino company.
Camera of the Year - Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Canon took its time releasing the latest in its full-frame line-up and boy, is the photography world ever better for it. This photography beast builds on the heritage of its predecessors and adds essential tweaks like a touchscreen to further finetune the experience. Needless to say, the images and videos that come out of this are insane should you know how to wield its power.
Innovation of the Year - Macbook Pro with Touch Bar
The new Macbook Pro's Touch Bar certainly impressed you for the innovation it brings to keyboards, and it's not hard to see why. It's extremely customisable, changes according to different apps you're using, and the addition of Touch ID makes online purchases easier than ever. And the best part of it all? With more third-party support heading its way, the Touch Bar still hasn't realised its true potential.
Game Changer of the Year - Pokémon Go
Pokémon Go makes the list twice, and with all the Pokéstops making a comeback a second time around for a new generation of critters, it isn't difficult to see why. Instead of simply playing the game online, many of us got out to the streets in pursuit of virtual monsters, and actually interacted with each other in real life. Not forgetting the nostalgic appeal to a generation of Pokémon fans who relived their childhood once again. If it made the papers, it truly can be called a game changer.
Tech Brand of the Year - Apple
Apple took the year by storm with its improved iPhone 7 and 7 Plus that made what was already a great phone better, and as the leader of innovation - it's new MacBook Pro Touch Bar and AirPods was the talk of the town. Then there was the throwback iPhone SE, plus the way they stuck to their guns on user privacy. We're sure you're keeping your eyes (and ears) peeled on what's next for the Cupertino giant.
Car of the Year - BMW 7 Series
There’s no other automaker that does luxury quite like BMW. The German company’s 7 Series is a beautiful piece of motoring art that’s got a fair bit of tech packed into it. It comes with gesture control for you to operate the infotainment system with flicks of your wrists and it’s smart enough that you can park it with a remote control. What more could you want for in a car? Maybe only the ability to fly.
Congratulations to our winning voter
Congratulations Liew Kan Ceong, the lucky winner of the Lenovo Phab 2 Plus!
Thank you to everyone who took part in our Stuff Readers' Choice Awards.
See you next time!