Apple iPod Touch named T3's gadget of the year

LONDON, Oct 9 (Reuters Life!) - Apple has swept the board at Britain’s T3 technology magazine’s annual awards, winning four top prizes, including gadget of the year for its iPod Touch.

The touch-screen music and video player beat the Asus Eee Pc budget laptop, TomTom’s GO 920 car navigation system, Sony’s HDR-TG3 compact camcorder and six other devices.

T3 Editor Michael Brook said Apple had “nailed the mix of style and usability” with its latest crop of gadgets.

“The iPod wasn’t the first MP3 player, but it was, and is, by far the best,” he said. “The iPhone clearly wasn’t the first smartphone, but it was the first one that every man, his dog and his dog’s ticks would sell limbs to own.”

Apple won three other awards: best commuter gadget (iPhone); best music gadget (iPod Touch 32GB) and a prize given by the magazine’s blog, Gadget Candy (MacBook Air).

The magazine’s second annual awards ceremony was held in Park Lane, central London, on Thursday evening and was hosted by “Cold Feet” actor James Nesbitt.

Readers cast more than 54,000 votes to pick 11 of the prizes, including the gadget of the year award. The others were chosen by T3. Details are on their website,

* Here is a full list of winners:

Gadget of the year: Apple iPod Touch

Best music gadget: Apple iPod Touch 32GB

Best imaging gadget: Nikon D60

Drop dead gorgeous: Audi R8

Best new media: BBC iPlayer

Gaming gadget: Nintendo’s Wii Fit

Toy of the year: Guitar Hero, music video game

Commuter gadget: Apple iPhone

Gadget Candy: Apple MacBook Air

Retailer of the year:

Innovation of the year: Sony XEL-1 OLED television

Green gadget: Honda Civic Hybrid

Hi Def award: Sony PlayStation 3

Home gadget: Sky+ HD, digital television

Gadget you can’t live without: TomTom GO 930 (Editing by Steve Addison and Paul Casciato)