This year’s hottest gadgets have been announced at the 6th Vodafone Pocket-lint Gadget Awards, letting consumers know exactly what the best gadgets, gizmos and tech is from 2009.
The votes cast by over 50 experts from tech and mainstream publications like Engadget, Gizmodo, Sky News, and many more from around the world, combined with a public vote, show that the products that have won are the best in their class.
So who won what?
Best Music Gadget 2009 saw tough competition between the Sonos S5 ZonePlayer and the latest iPod touch from Apple. While the experts and the public disagreed in their voting, Apple was victorious nudging Sonos out in the public vote, with the iPod touch (3rd gen) MP3 player to be crowned Best Music Gadget 2009.
Best Digital Camera 2009 is the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1, showing that the experts have warmed to a Digital SLR without the SLR element. It beat off competition from Canon, Nikon, Olympus and Fujifilm to take the top spot.
The end of the netbook's dominance could be upon us if our experts have anything to say about these things. Apple’s decision in 2009 to release a 13-inch MacBook Pro was also the right one as it takes the Best Laptop 2009 award.
When it comes to software, service or app there is only one contender. Scoring streets ahead of the rest of the crowd in both the expert and public vote, Spotify takes Best Software 2009.
In Best Home Cinema Gadget 2009, Sony PlayStation fought off tough competition from Philips and its new Cinema 21:9 screen and although it scored well, the new slimmer, thinner, smaller PS3 for its Blu-ray, iPlayer, and gaming features was deemed the better of the two in the final vote.
Best Gadget 2009 saw lacklustre support for the Sony Reader suggesting the judges believe we aren’t quite there for ebook readers, with the Eye-Fi, recently released in the UK, which allows you to stream pictures from your camera to a computer or internet service over a wireless network, taking the top prize.
Best Phone 2009 was again the tough class this year, with Apple’s iPhone again losing out in the expert vote. Although strong support came from the Apple faithful in the public vote it wasn’t enough to stop the HTC Hero being crowned best handset in 2009.
Product of the Year 2009 was a tough race with just a few points between the two top products, silver goes to the HTC Hero while the award goes to Spotify.
The list in full:
Best Music Gadget: Apple iPod touch (3rd gen)
Best Car Gadget: TomTom XL Live
Best Digital Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1
Best Laptop: Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch
Best Software: Spotify
Best Game: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Best Home Cinema Gadget: PS3 Slim
Best Mobile Phone: HTC Hero
Best Gadget: Eye-Fi
Product of the Year: Spotify
Over 50 experts judged the awards with their vote counting for 90% of the total score. To this, votes were added by the public, which accounted for the remaining 10%. Voting numbers where also taken into account to stop any one product getting more votes than any other.
There were two expert lists - a public list and a "black ops" list for journalists unable to show public support.
The public list
Amy-Mae Elliott - Pocket-lint.com
Andrew 'Spode' Miller - Freelance
Andrew Lim - Recombu.com
Ben Cohen - ITN
Ben Crompton - Pocket-lint.com
Chris Davies - Slashgear.com
Chris Hall - Pocket-lint.com
Chris Haslam - Freelance
Dan Sung - Pocket-lint.com
David Phelan - Freelance
Doug Harman - Freelance
Duncan Geere - Pocket-lint.com
Ernest Doku - Omio.com
Gary Cutlack - Freelance
Gordon Kelly - Trustedreviews.com
Guy Cocker - Gamespot.co.uk
Hugo Jobling - Trustedreviews.com
Ian Williams - The Inquirer
James Holland - Electricpig.co.uk
Jamie Carter - Freelance
Jonathan Weinberg - The Sun
Leila Makki - Telecomtv.com
Libby Plummer - Home Cinema Choice
Linsey Fryatt - FoneHome.co.uk
Martin Stanford - Sky News
Neil Queen - Freelance
Nigel Kendall - The Times
Richard Lai - Engadget
Ross Burridge - iGizmo
Sean Hannam - ERT
Steve O'Hear - last100.com
Susi Weaser - Fixation Video
Vladislav Savov - Engadget
Will Head - Fixation Video
Zara Rabinowicz - Freelance
Ben Bowers - Pocket-lint.com
Eric Reagan - Photographybay.com
Eric Zeman - Phonescoop.com
John Herrman - Gizmodo.com
John Biggs - Crunchgear.com
Mark Harris - Freelance
Paul Miller - Engadget
Randall Bennet - Techvi.com
Lars-Göran Nilsson - Freelance
Nickolay Turubar - Itogi magazine
United Arab Emirates
Scott Snowden - Freelance
Angel Jimenez - El Mondo
The "Black ops" list
If we told you then it wouldn't be "black ops" would it?