Months of heated debate, nominating, and ultimately choosing the winner of the Stuff Gadget Awards doesn’t compare to this: real recognition from you, the people that gadgets were built for.
With almost 24,000 votes gathered for our annual Readers’ Choice Awards, there’s no question that these are deserving winners.
So give yourself a pat on the back, stand tall, and know that you’ve played an important role in this coveted list.
Without further ado, meet the winners of the Stuff Singapore Readers' Choice Awards 2014.
App of the Year: GrabTaxi
Is it any surprise that this app won the people’s votes? We are all too familiar with the hassle of grabbing a cab, and this godsend makes it infinitely easier for the average taxi-seeking man on the street. Easy to use and with a great number of taxi drivers on board, hailing a cab has been revolutionised. Please don’t take the convenience away, LTA.
Audio Product of the Year: Sennheiser Urbanite
Only the most audio-centric made the cut, and the Sennheiser Urbanite XL was a clear winner when it came to the Audio Product of the Year 2014 award. Big on bass and deep in detail, these over-ear headphones are any style-conscious city clicker’s choice. Plus, they’re pleasing to the ears just as they are to the eyes. And they even fold away for convenience and portability – double tick!
Compact Camera of the Year: Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II
There’s a lot to be impressed by and very little to dislike about the G1X Mark II, explaining why it was so popular. While the other nominees are excellent snappers in their own right, Canon’s 12.8MP offering packs one of the largest sensors in its class at 1.5 inches, leading to outstanding image quality. Add that to a powerful Canon DIGIC 6 Imaging Processor, bright f/2.0 lens with OIS, versatile 5x optical zoom, and 180-degree tiltable touchscreen display, and it’s a real winner.
READ MORE: Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II review
System Camera of the Year: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
As its predecessor was long-regarded as one of the best APS-C DSLRs of its time, Canon’s 20.2MP 7D Mark II had a lot to live up to. Needless to say, it delivered, hence its impressive win in a stacked division. After all, nobody else could boast its winning combination of raw image processing power with dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors, rapid-fire 10fps of continuous shooting, lightning-quick 65-point all cross-type autofocus, and intelligent systems for target recognition and tracking.
READ MORE: Canon EOS 7D Mark II review
Game of the Year: FIFA 15
Everyone has dreamed of having that glorious moment on the pitch. Sure, they could train for years, hope to get onto the national team, qualify for the World Cup and achieve that long-awaited goal. Or they can live vicariously through FIFA 15, which seems to be the case for our readers. So it’s no surprise that the votes were cast in favour of the beautiful game, making it the go-to source of entertainment when you fire up the next-gen console at home.
READ MORE: FIFA 15 review
Tech Blog of the Year: mrbrown
Is there any doubt that the blogfather would emerge triumphant in this category? His wit and humour are limitless, and the readers definitely agreed with that. Why else would they cast their votes for the man who can put a good spin on tech while entertaining us with his everyday musings? Expect to hear more funny podcasts, videos and cheeky words from the man who made blogging a viable livelihood for aspiring writers.
TV of the Year: Samsung HU9000 Curved UHD TV
It’s hip to be square. But evidently, you think it’s even hipper to be curved. TVs, aside from smartphones and laptops, are the next most essential item you’ll need in your living room. When you have to choose between a run-of-the-mill full HD TV and a state-of-the-art, high resolution 4K ultra HD TV, the answer is pretty clear. If not, step into a store to view this Samsung display. Your eyes will see the truth, as told by your fellow voters.
Tablet of the Year: Apple iPad Air 2
It was a tough choice with so many great tablets in the running this year, but the Apple iPad Air 2 reigns supreme. Thinner, lighter, and mightier even though it didn’t need to be, the tablet’s rocked more than just Stuff Towers. We can confirm its new A8X chip, long 10-hour battery life, and time-saving, joy-inducing Touch ID are definitely what sets it a breed apart.
READ MORE: Apple iPad Air 2 review
Wearable Tech of the Year: Samsung Gear S
2014 saw a lot of wearable tech surface, with a few success stories but mostly nothing to crow about. Thankfully, the Samsung Gear S belongs to the former camp. Given its health tracking abilities, ergonomic curves, and communication smarts, it’s the perfect convenient companion for every discerning Android user. Until the next iteration rolls along, that is.
Smartphone of the Year: Apple iPhone 6
We’ve ooh-ed and aah-ed over its bigger 4.7in display, improved camera with image tweaking capabilities, powerful A8 processor, and better battery life as compared to its predecessor. Throw an updated iOS, some new features, and killer looks into the mix, and it made an even more compelling case for itself. It’s obvious you felt the same way, leading to Apple nabbing the Smartphone of the Year 2014 Readers’ Choice Awards once again with the iPhone 6.
READ MORE: Apple iPhone 6 review
Tech Brand of the Year: Apple
Winning in three other categories in the Readers’ Choice Awards, it comes to us as no surprise that Apple’s got in its bag the Tech Brand of the Year 2014 award as well. Clearly, with Apple, its cult following is unlike any other, since it’s the only tech vendor to make gizmos that run on iOS. And not forgetting to mention the weaving lines of people that queue up for its products days before they’re even out in the market.