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T3 Awards: HTC One Wins 'Smartphone Of The Year' (PICTURES)

04/10/2013 08:02 | Updated 03 December 2013
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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

  • 1 Apple iPhone 6s
    The iPhone 6s on the surface at least looks like your bog standard update. Visually it's very much the same animal but look a little deeper and this is an entirely different phone. There's now a pressure-sensitive display utilising a feature called 'Force Touch' while a blistering new processor means it's one of the most capable gaming devices outside of your living room.
  • 2 Google Nexus 5X
    The Nexus 5X strikes the ultimate balance between power and affordability. Taking over the responsibility from the frankly excellent Nexus 5, Google's new smartphone boast an ultra-light body but still crams in a fingerprint sensor, the latest version of Android marshmallow and a Full-HD display.
  • 3 HTC One A9
    The HTC One A9 is the iPhone for people who love Android. There's simply no denying the design similarities between the two phones. Thankfully HTC's packed this with more flagship features than you can shake a indecently sized stick at. There's a fingerprint reader, 5-inch Full-HD display, 13MP camera and the A9 can play high-resolution audio.
  • 4 Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
    Sony has created the world's first truly 4K smartphone. While you might be wondering why, the fact is they've gone ahead and done it anyway. Utilising Sony's amazing screen expertise it should come as no surprise to learn the display is an absolute stunner. There's a fingerprint reader and the ability to play high-res audio.
  • 5 Google Nexus 6P
    The Google Nexus 6P is Google's answer to the big-screen phone. Sporting a 5.7-inch Full-HD panel, the 6P has a beautifully thin unibody enclosure while the subtle fingerprint scanner on the back can be used for security and for paying. You'll also get the added advantage of owning a phone that'll always get Google's Android software before anyone else keeping it safer than ever.
  • 6 LG G4
    The LG G4 is LG's most advanced smartphone yet. Combining a massive 5.5-inch 2K display with a powerful F1.8 lens camera this is a phone that means business. If you can get past the size of it then you'll be richly rewarded. Thanks to that F1.8 lens LG claims that the G4 is the closest you'll get to a professional SLR on a smartphone without spending thousands on a camera.
  • The Galaxy S6 Edge is probably the most advanced phone available right now. With it's stunningly curved 2K display and powerful octa-core processor this is a return to form for Samsung that was much needed. If you're after the absolute cutting-edge then this is for you, just don't expect the battery to last any longer than a day.
  • The Moto X 2 is significant for two reasons; the first of which is that you can almost entirely design it yourself. On top of that you get a stunning 5.2-inch display that's matched with a phone that measures in at just 3.8mm at its thinnest point. Thanks to Motorola's agreement with Google it's pure Android and will get updates from Google as soon as they're announced. For now, this is your Nexus replacement.
  • This is the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and it shows the biggest departure from Samsung's design thinking yet. Gone is the cheap plasticky body, replaced with a thin metal frame and smooth leather back. The screen is still 5.7-inches but Samsung's upped the resolution to a massive 2K.
  • The Nokia Lumia 930 is the flagship phone for Microsoft. Running the increasingly impressive Windows Phone operating system the 930 is a serious contender against the iPhone 6 and S6. It also happens to be a seriously powerful smartphone as well with a 5-inch Full-HD display, 20MP camera and professional levels of film recording thanks to four mics for full stereo pickup.
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