2013 has been a good year. With a flurry of gadget releases, we had trouble deciding what was the best.
So we let you, the reader, take the role of judge and jury for the best apps, gadgets, and gear for Stuff's Singapore Readers' Choice Award 2013. After all, who better to judge than the people who live with these gadgets? With over 20,000 votes gathered across 10 categories in just three weeks, here are the results, determined by you, for the best “Stuff” in Singapore.
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Music Gadget of the Year: Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear
Affordable, good looking and great sounding. The Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear headphones embody everything that most users want from a pair of ear-cans. And with seven snazzy colour combinations, even the fashion fussy will find it hard to resist.
Local App of the Year: HungryGoWhere
It’s pretty telling where Singaporeans' priorities lie when the best voted local app is a food app. There’s no denying it, Singaporeans really love their food. The HungryGoWhere app dishes out user food reviews, a restaurant finder and even table bookings. Just what every food nut needs.
Tablet of the Year: Apple iPad Air
It’s barely been launched but Apple’s new iPad Air has already won the hearts of users. Super slim, with excellent performance and a gorgeous screen, who wouldn’t want to get their hands on this slate (aside from the legion of Apple fanbois of course).
Game of the year: Grand Theft Auto V
Car jacking, hard talking and a slap of violence. That’s what you get with Grand Theft Auto V. It’s by no means the most family friendly game to hit the market, but that doesn’t stop it from being a whole lot of fun. Who wouldn't love a game that lets you act out some of your criminally motivated fantasies.
Laptop of the year: MacBook Pro w/ Retina display
Everything you need and want in a portable laptop is encapsulated in this piece of machinery. Performance, sexy looks plus a gorgeous screen to stare at all day. Did we mention its amazing battery life? I guess we did since you voted it as THE laptop for 2013.
Camera of the year: Canon EOS 70D
DSLRs are still in and the EOS70D proves that. Seizing the slice of the in-between pie, this semi-pro camera has proven to be the choice that Singaporean shutterbugs want in their hands.
Tech Blog of the year: The TechBlogger
Need advice and opinions on tech? This blog's for you. Run by IT industry veteran Paul Mah, The TechBlogger is a repository of information for consumer tech, IT and SMB newshounds. We guess that's the reason for this much loving from everyone - the votes have chosen him as the Tech Blog of the year.
Smartphone of the year : Apple iPhone 5S
There's only one phrase to say. It's an iPhone. Apple's yearly smartphone never fails to garner attention and with improvements like a 64bit processor, fingerprint sensor and the fact that it looks so damn good, it's not hard to see why Cupertino's smartphone hero takes the number one spot for smartphones in our readers' hearts.
TV of the year: Samsung UA65F9000AK UHD 4K TV
Forget about 3D, the future is in Ultra High Definition (UHD) and Samsung fans have decided that the South Korean company deserves the number one position with its UA659000AK TV. It's hard to see why not. With a minimalist and sophisticated design, Smart TV functions and of course an awe inspiring 3840 x 2160 screen, you can't help falling in love with it.
Gadget of the year: Apple iPhone 5S
Of all the gadgets we nominated, we figured it would have been an Apple product that'll win this. And we were right. With stocks running out from the telcos and many Singapore users having a pretty unhealthy obsession with the gold version, the iPhone 5S comes out top as our Readers' Gadget of the year. Siri should be jumping with digital joy at this win.