Apple and Samsung missed out on being named 'smartphone of the year' at the T3 awards, after HTC romped home with a victory for its well-received HTC One.
The Taiwanese-made model also won the T3 design award and the phone of the year accolade at a ceremony in London.
It beat the Apple iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S4 in the phone of the year category, chipping at the dominance held by both technology giants.
However Apple won computer and tablet of the year and Samsung took the brand of the year title, while Sony won digital camera and television of the year.
Michael Acton Smith, who co-founded entertainment company Mind Candy, which created Moshi Monsters toys, was awarded for his outstanding contribution to technology
T3 said of Smith:
"From (gadget retailer) Firebox.com, an early adopter of e-commerce, to Perplex City, the groundbreaking multi-media game, his vision and hunger for bigger and better has helped the UK become one of the most exciting countries in the world of tech."
Smith said: "I'm honoured to have received this award from T3. It's been an incredible journey so far and I'm excited and looking forward to what the future brings."
TED curator Chris Anderson, who has racked up hundreds of millions of web video views for speeches by academics and technological experts through his TED Talks series, won the Tech Legend award.
Anderson said: "I'm surprised, delighted and honoured by this news... even if the truth is that the award should go to the large numbers of people around the world who have collectively taken TED from being a small conference to a broader celebration of transformative technologies and ideas."
Here's the full list of winners:
- Innovation of the Year -- Google Glass
- Computer of the Year -- Apple Mac Book Air 11 Inch
- Digital Camera of the Year -- Sony Nex-6
- Entertainment Gadget of the Year -- Sky + HD 2TB
- Digital Media Service of the Year -- Netflix
- Car of the Year -- Audi A8
- Headphones of the Year -- Sennheiser CX890i
- Fitness Gadget of the Year -- Nike Plus Training Trainer
- Tech Personality of the Year -- Jason Bradbury
- TV of the Year -- Sony Bravia KD-65X9005A
- Tablet of the Year -- Apple iPad Mini
- T3 Design Award -- HTC One
- Tech Life Product of the Year -- Gopro HD Hero 3
- App of the Year -- Xbox Smartglass
- Tech Moment of the Year -- Felix Baumgartner
- Phone of the Year -- HTC One
- Outstanding Contribution to Technology -- Michael Acton Smith
- Tech Brand of the Year -- Samsung
- T3 Tech Legend -- Chris Anderson
- Gadget of the Year -- HTC One
HTC One M8
The 2014 update to the HTC One builds on the same hardware features that won the original such a fanatical response, but keeps the essential DNA intact. The massive front-facing speakers are 25% louder, the UltraPixel camera adds a second lens for depth perception (so you can refocus an image after shooting it), and there's a 5-megapixel 'Selfie' front facing lens too. [<a href="www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/03/26/htc-one-m8-review_n_5035163.html?1395847758" target="_blank">REVIEW</a>]
Sony Xperia Z2
Sony's latest flagship Xperia smartphone is a beautiful, thin and waterproof delight. It packs in a 20-megapixels still camera capable of 4K video, a sleeker form factor, a far better screen and built-in noise cancellation technology.
Samsung Galaxy S5
This year's Galaxy S adds water resistance, a slightly larger screen, a 16-megapixel camera and a heart-rate sensor into what was already a market-leading, powerful and sleekly designed device. It doesn't rock the boat too much, but it didn't need to. This is still up there with the very best Android phones.
Google LG Nexus 5
The new Nexus 5 is based on the internals of the LG G2 - which means you get the same Snapdragon 800 processor, as well as the full version of Google's new Android 4.4 KitKat OS, which integrates SMS messages into Hangouts, freshens up the design and adds new features under the hood. The camera is still a little lacking, while the design is functional rather than beautiful, but at £299 off contract it's still a steal.
The 5C was rumoured to be Apple's 'budget' iPhone. It isn't - and not only because it isn't that cheap. The "proudly plastic" 5C comes in five colours (see what they did there) <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/09/10/iphone-5c-uk-pictures-release-date_n_3899557.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-tech" target="_blank">but has the same internals, screen and camera as the iPhone 5.</a> It's essentially the same beautiful, high-end phone you already know and love, in a more colourful (and potentially divisive) design. As such it's hard to see how Apple won't sell a billion of them.
Nokia Lumia 925
<a href="http://gdgt.com/nokia/lumia/920/" target="_blank">The Nokia Lumia 925</a> has the same great design and attention to detail we've come to expect from Nokia, but with some crucial upgrades from the 920 including a thinner, all-metal design and an improved camera.
With the same ultra-clear Retina display as the iPhone 5, but now with an <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/09/10/iphone-5s-uk-pictures-release-date_n_3898775.html?1378818683&utm_hp_ref=uk-tech" target="_blank">added fingerprint sensor</a>, a seriously impressive 64-bit A7 chip, an improved camera and a new gold design option, this is the best iPhone ever made. And with its consistent market-leading app selection, easy-to-use OS and delightful design, it's hard to argue against it being one of the very best gadgets ever made too.
The LG G2 is an extremely high-end 5-inch, 1080p Android 4.2.2 smartphone whose major distinguishing feature is that it has three buttons on the back of the device, which are normally found on the sides. The G2 has its camera button and volume rocker on the rear, which for many people is enough to justify the purchase alone. It also has excellent battery life for this class of device.
Samsung Galaxy Note III
The Note III is huge. It's got a 5.7-inch screen, though with the same 1080P resolution as the Note II. It adds a new leather back panel, which gives it an 'office' feel in line with the productivity-plus-stylus theme of the device. It also adds a Snapdragon 8000 quad-core processor, some new software enhancements and a few new S-Pen functions into the mix. If you're looking for a giant note-taking phone, this is still your best bet.