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The Stuff Gadget Awards 2010!

Last night, Stuff hosted the Stuff Gadget Awards 2010 in a spangly ceremony at the Science Museum

Last night, Stuff hosted the Stuff Gadget Awards 2010 in a spangly ceremony at the Science Museum. We laughed, we cried, we even gave out some awards.

This year there were 17 categories, with 3 of them voted by you lovely readers and the rest picked by Stuff’s expert panel.

Innovation of the year

As voted by Stuff readers, in association with Duracell

Xbox Kinect

Microsoft’s console gets controller-free, motion-sensitive gaming. Smells like a revolution to us, and it obviously did to you too.

Highly commended:

– Dell Adamo XPS

– Nintendo 3DS

– Apple iPad

– YikeBike

– Google Goggles

– Sky 3D

– Dyson Air Multiplier

Portable entertainment gadget of the year

Apple iPod Touch

No other entertainment gadget manages to show off true convergence in such a covetable form. Spend your money on one of these and your pocket will be lighter, but in a good way.      

Highly commended:

– Amazon Kindle

– Apple iPad 3G

– Samsung Galaxy Tab

– Sony Walkman NW-A845

– Samsung SP-H03

TV of the year

Sony 46HX903

We’re braced for the 3D content floodgates to open, but in the meantime we want options. This stunning set is ready for the future but makes the most of everything available today as well.

Highly commended:

– Panasonic 50VT20

– Samsung UE40C8000

– LG 50PX990

– Philips 46PFL9705

– Samsung PS50C6900

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

The world of first-person shooters has just as much competition as their online play modes, so this was always going to be a tough fight. The people have spoken, and you’ve voted this top of the pile.

Highly commended:

– Red Dead Redemption

– FIFA 10

– Super Mario Galaxy 2

– Limbo

– Mass Effect 2

– God of War III

– Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Mobile app of the year


Getting fit is a tough business, so we like to use tech to ease the strain wherever possible. There are plenty of other fitness apps out there, but this is the most useful and costs nothing.

Highly commended:

– Flipboard (iPad)

– Angry Birds (iPhone, Android, Maemo, Symbian)

– Google Goggles ?(iPhone, Android)

– Korg iElectribe (iPad)

– SwankoLab (iPhone)

Eco gadget of the year

Honda CR-Z

Until now, hybrid cars have only cool for what they represent, not how they look or drive. The CR-Z changes that with racy styling and a ‘naughty’ sports mode.

Highly commended:

– Cytronex Powered Cannondale Synapse

– EDF EcoManager

– Garmin EcoRoute

– Philips 42PFL6805

– Sony Ericsson Elm

Web app of the year


It started with DVDs in the post, but now LoveFilm is embracing the future of digital media with super-convenient on-demand services to keep us entertained forever.

Highly commended:

– Dropbox

– Grooveshark

– Pure Flowsongs

– Google Apps

– iPlayer

Computer of the year

Alienware M11x

If you want small size, you’ll normally have to give up big power. Not so with this miniature powerhouse that proves small can sometimes be mighty too.

Highly commended:

Dell Adamo XPS

Samsung N230

Asus NX90

Apple iMac

Asus Eee Box EB1501

Home entertainment gadget of the year

Sony BDP-S570

A great Blu-ray player is no longer just about being great at playing Blu-rays, it’s also about connectivity. The S570 plugs a whole world of online video into your TV and doesn’t cost the earth.

Highly commended:

– Sky+HD 1TB

– Arcam rCube

– Denon D-M38DAB

– Logitech Squeezebox Touch

– Samsung HT-C6930

Tech accessory of the year


When we go on holiday it’s not our toothbrush we’re worried about forgetting anymore, it’s our files and media. This odd little box hooks your hard drive up to the ‘net so you can reclaim your digital possessions wherever you are.

Highly commended:

– B&W MM-1

– Powermat 3X

– Sennheiser RS180

– Phonak Audéo 012

– Thinkflood RedEye Mini

Phone of the year

Apple iPhone 4

A massive catalogue of apps and a sparkling new hi-res display bring Apple’s new handset right to the front of the pack.

Highly commended:

– Nokia N8

– Samsung Galaxy S

– HTC Desire HD


– BlackBerry Torch

Navigadget of the year

Google Maps Navigation

Proper sat-nav, on your phone, for free. Its sheer convenience and accessibility means that hardware makers are going to have to start thinking very creatively if they want to mount an effective counter-strike.

Highly commended:

TomTom GO 1000

Garmin nüvi 3790

Garmin Edge 800

CoPilot Live

Nokia Ovi Maps

Camera of the year

Sony NEX-5

Crams high-quality components into a stylish metal body and adds the flexibility of interchangeable lenses. We’re taking better photos than ever.

Highly commended:

– Kodak PlaySport

– Canon G12

– Canon EOS 550D

– Panasonic FT2

– Fujifilm Finepix W3

Time-killer gadget of the year

Parrot AR.Drone

It’s a miniature quadricopter that you control with your iPhone and will even play augmented reality games. We’ve been killing time just waiting for this to be invented.

Highly commended:

– Amazon Kindle

– Korg Monotron

– PlayStation Move

– GoPro HD Hero

– Horizon H-Cell 2.0

Thinner than your double-glazing and with the coolest remote control in the business, this telly is your front room’s unicorn.

Highly commended:

– Leica M9

– Eigenharp Alpha

– Magimix Vision

– LG 15EL9500

– Olive 4HD

This year’s biggest tech arrival has spawned a slew of imitators but manages to hold its ground with its slick interface and thriving App Store.

Highly commended:


– Samsung C9000

– Sony PlayStation 3

– Apple iPhone 4

– Sony NEX-5

– Amazon Kindle

– Sky+HD 1TB

Readers’ gadget of the year

Apple iPad

While it’s true that you can’t please everyone – certainly some will disagree with a few of our choices here – it’s nice that we can sometimes agree. You the readers have voted, and you’ve cast your ballots in the iPad’s box along with our own. You see – didn’t we tell you it was a game-changer?

Highly commended:

– Sony NEX-5

– Amazon Kindle

– Sky+HD 1TB

– Samsung Galaxy S

– Dell Streak

– Parrot AR.Drone

For the full feature, check out the January 2010 issue of Stuff Magazine

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Dan is Editor-in-chief of Stuff, working across the magazine and the Stuff.tv website.  Our Editor-in-Chief is a regular at tech shows such as CES in Las Vegas, IFA in Berlin and Mobile World Congress in Barcelona as well as at other launches and events. He has been a CES Innovation Awards judge. Dan is completely platform agnostic and very at home using and writing about Windows, macOS, Android and iOS/iPadOS plus lots and lots of gadgets including audio and smart home gear, laptops and smartphones. He's also been interviewed and quoted in a wide variety of places including The Sun, BBC World Service, BBC News Online, BBC Radio 5Live, BBC Radio 4, Sky News Radio and BBC Local Radio.

Areas of expertise

Computing, mobile, audio, smart home