It is an annual event that fans of new technology await with bated breath, but this year, thanks to Apple, the winner is a foregone conclusion. Technology magazine T3 have revealed their 2010 pick of the 100 hottest gadgets on the planet, and it’s no surprise to find the forthcoming iPad top of the pile.
“Rather than ranking products based on specifications and ratings,”, says the magazine’s online editor Kieran Alger, “T3's annual Hot 100 takes the pulse of the tech world at this moment in time and highlights all the products that are getting T3 hot under the collar right now.” As such, the much-hyped successor to runaway successes like the iMac, iPod and iPhone is a logical choice for the number one spot, having driven much of the technology world into a frenzy ever since Apple’s announcement of the gadget on 27 January. The aftermath has seen such a flurry of preorders that customers expecting to pick up a launch device on 3 April in the US have been told they may have to wait until the end of the month for their devices to be delivered. Fans in other countries around the world, including the UK, have been told to expect the iPad’s release in late April.
But it’s not all good news for Apple; the second entry on the list is the HTC Desire, a Google-backed competitor to the iPhone which has won plaudits from commentators for its sleek appearance and impressive performance. The top ten also sees two entries from ereaders which will be competing directly with Apple’s tablet computer: the incumbent market leader, Amazon’s Kindle, and the Skiff reader, a relatively unknown competitor which enters the list at number five.
Read the full list of T3's 100 hottest gadgets on the planet here.