HTC One sweeps T3 awards despite company woes
Sony and Apple are also multiple winners - with Chris Anderson and Michael Acton Smith also taking home awards
Friday 04 October 2013
In the mobile industry Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC is second only to BlackBerry for company woes. There’s been plummeting profits, patent losses against competitors, and last month three of the company’s chief executives were even arrested for stealing trade secrets.
And yet despite all this, the actual hardware made by the company continues to wow critics. The latest indication of this came from last night’s T3 Gadget Awards show, where the HTC One managed to take home three awards: Phone of the Year, Gadget of the Year and the T3 Design Award.
The feat is not surprising (the One has been consistently well reviewed despite lacklustre sales) but still significant – the handset even beat both the Apple iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S4 to take home the Phone of the Year category.
T3’s editor-in-chief Kieran Alger described the year’s awards as “the hardest fought yet”, with other multiple winners including Apple (the Mac Book Air took Computer of the Year and the iPad Mini got Tablet of the Year) and Sony (they got the Digital Camera prize for the Nex-6 and TV of the Year for the Bravia KD-65X9005A).
Actual flesh-and-blood people as well as gadgets were honoured at the awards, with Chris Anderson (the curator of TED talks) receiving the inaugural T3 Tech Legend award, and Michael Acton Smith being awarded the prize for Outstanding Contribution to Tech.
The 37-year-old Smith first made his name with his first business, online gadget retailer Firebox.com. His most recent venture has been the Moshi Monsters franchise, a roster of kid-friendly characters that featuring as toys, in computer games and even in books (and there's a TV show in the pipeline).
The company claim that Moshi Monsters are the top licensed property in the UK, with more than £46.9m turnover in 2012 and over 70m users registered on the characters' website.
Diving in at the deep end is no excuse for shirking the style stakes
Life & Style blogs
Sustained immigration has not harmed Britons' employment, say government advisers
War is war: Why I stand with Israel
7/7 memorial defaced on anniversary of 2005 attacks with ‘Blair lied thousands died’ graffiti
Australia facing international condemnation after turning around Sri Lankans at sea
Even when it brutalises one of its own teenage citizens, America is helpless against Israel
Socialist Worker called to apologise over ‘vile’ article saying Eton schoolboy Horatio Chapple's death is ‘reason to save the polar bears’
- 2 Why I'm on the brink of burning my Israeli passport
- 4 War is war: Why I stand with Israel
- 5 Blackest is the new black: Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...
iJobs Gadgets & Tech
£40000 - £45000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: Web Developer ...
£50000 - £67000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: C# R&D .NE...
£40000 - £50000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: C# Developer (...
£55000 - £65000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: C# Developer (...