Samsung’s Galaxy S3 smartphone beat Apple’s iPhone 4S to walk away with the Phone of the Year prize at an annual awards show in London this week. The event, organized by UK-based gadget magazine T3, started in 2007 and has grown in prominence over the years.
It’s the second year in a row that the Korean electronics giant has triumphed over its Cupertino-based rival in this category, with the Galaxy S2 beating the iPhone 4 in 2011. Of course, it would have been more fun to see the S3 up against the iPhone 5, but it was launched too late to be among the contenders. Other handsets nominated in the Phone of the Year category included the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, HTC One X, Sony Xperia S and Nokia Lumia 900.
Despite tech heavyweights Samsung and Apple being nominated in a slew of categories (10 and 9 respectively), they only picked up one award each. Apple won Work Gadget of the Year with the iPhone 4S.
It was ASUS who really stole the show, ending the evening with five awards: Computer of the Year (Zenbook UX31); T3 Design Award (Eee Pad Transformer Prime); Tech Brand of the Year; Tablet of the Year (Nexus 7); and Gadget of the Year (Nexus 7).
Amazon also picked up a couple of prizes, winning the Commuter Gadget of the Year with its Kindle 4 e-reader and Retailer of the Year.
“This year saw more closely contested categories than ever, with our judges deliberating in great depth to decide the eventual winners,” T3 editor Luke Peters said. “The tech industry has never been more exciting and the multitude of winning brands demonstrate how much quality buying choice there is now.”
Votes were cast by T3 readers and a panel of six judges working in the gadget industry.
Other category winners included:
Innovation of the Year: Raspberry Pi
Gaming Gadget of the Year: Sony PS Vita
Gadget Accessory of the Year: Nike Fuelband
App of the Year: Zeebox
TV of the Year: Sony Bravia KDL-55HX853
Digital Camera of the Year: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1
Home Gadget of the Year: Nest Smart Thermostat
Music Gadget of the Year: Bowers & Wilkins P3