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Best gadgets of the last year

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Travelling to work without it would leave you feeling empty inside, it’s the first thing you pack into the suitcase when you’re jetting away, it’s the one thing you simply cannot live without; These are the gadgets that are at the top of their game and everybody wants them. The T3 Gadget Awards 2011 is paying homage to those most coveted pieces of tech, but we want you to pick which one should be the outright winner.

You can check out this year’s nominees for Gadget of the Year below and vote for your favourite. There are 18 categories in total to have your say including Innovation of the Year and Gaming Gadget of the Year which you can vote for by heading to the T3 Gadget Awards 2011 site (awards.t3.com)

iPad 2

Tempting first generation iPad owners into an early upgrade, the iPad 2 is thinner, sleeker and has quite frankly a mind-blowing design. The under-the-hood improvements make it even better for gaming and thankfully Apple listened up to the fanboys and added front- and rear-facing cameras.

Vote for the iPad 2 as T3 Gadget of the Year here

Motorola Atrix

Dubbed the ‘most powerful smartphone on the planet’ the Atrix is lighter than the iPhone 4 and sports a high quality 4-inch touchscreen. The beauty however, is in the ability to hook up the handset to a multimedia dock and a Lapdock to turn the Atrix into a fully operational laptop. This could be the blueprint for all handsets in the future.

Vote for the Motorola Atrix as T3 Gadget of the Year here

Amazon Kindle 3

Spearheading the e-reader revolution, the latest Kindle is Amazon’s best yet. It’s 21 per cent lighter than its predecessor, page turns are 20 per cent faster and the contrast is 50 per cent improved, making the e-ink even more comfortable to read. Couple that with a huge range of books, magazines and newspapers and it’s the perfect commuting companion.

Vote for the Amazon Kindle 3 as T3 Gadget of the Year here

Sky HD

Serving up more HD sport, film and documentaries than ever, the pay TV provider has now launched its long-awaited 3D channel and bestowed Premier League football, Ryder Cup Golf, Boxing and more in eye-popping vision. Special mention should also go to the welcome addition of Sky Atlantic HD which serves up the best drama series from the US.

Vote for Sky HD as T3 Gadget of the Year here

Nintendo 3DS

The first console to deliver 3D visuals without the need for glasses, the 3DS offers new control options – motion sensing and an analogue pad for a start – augmented reality games, greatly improved graphics and an innovative new way to communicate with fellow 3DS gamers. With 3D content also on the way from the likes of Sky and Eurosport, this is only the beginning for the Nintendo 3DS.

Vote for Nintendo 3DS as T3 Gadget of the Year here

Samsung Galaxy S2

Samsung scored a huge hit with the original Galaxy and now its successor is quicker, slicker and brighter than ever. Brandishing a Super AMOLED screen, the Android smartphone is powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor to provide blistering fast performance, and a 8-megaxpiel camera and 1080p camera to serve all your multimedia needs.

Vote the Samsung Galaxy S2 as the Gadget of the Year here

Apple iPhone 4

Now available in black and white, the latest Apple smartphone is still a smash hit with its slick looks and more than 500,000 apps to make it truly your own. The latest software update now lets you to stream video and audio to stereo systems, print directly from your phone and turn it into a Wi-Fi hotspot. You’ll love it until the iPhone 5 lands.

Vote for the Apple iPhone 4 as T3 Gadget of the Year here

Virgin Media Tivo

The Virgin Media powered by TiVo box is a massive shot in the arm to Virgin’s home cable service and has the potential to change the way we watch TV. It comes loaded with catch-up TV services like iPlayer and 4OD and boasts access to Virgin Media’s impressive array of on-demand movies and TV shows. This is a set-top box so good, it could actually beat out Sky HD to become the king of the UK subscription TV market.

Vote for the Virgin Media Tivo as T3 Gadget of the Year here

Microsoft Xbox Kinect

Changing the way we interact with our games consoles forever, Microsoft’s Xbox 360 add-on entered the Guinness Book of World Records earlier this year as the fastest selling consumer tech device ever. The controller-less device has brought the entire family back to gaming, even more so than the Wii, and with Star Wars and a Michael Jackson Experience dance game headlining 2011’s games line-up, it appears Kinect is just getting started.

Vote for the Microsoft Xbox Kinect as T3 Gadget of the Year here

HTC Incredible S

Having already wowed our friends stateside, HTC’s current Android front-runner arrives in the UK with a brilliant 480x800 Super LCD screen, a 1GHz processor, and 8-megapixel rear-facing and 1.3-megapixel front facing cameras. The look and build are of HTC’s usual high standards, and with HTC’s excellent Sense UI its goes some way to living up to its Incredible billing.

Vote for the HTC Incredible S as T3 Gadget of the Year here

Fujifilm Finepix X100

Delivering a DSLR performance in a retro compact shell, the X100 packs plenty of great features. The gorgeous device harnesses a 12.3-megapixel fixed lens, and a CMOS sensor usually found in DSLR cameras, to produce some stunning imagery, especially in low light conditions. The stunning design and build harks back to the golden years of 35mm.

Vote for the Fujifilm Finepix X100 as T3 Gadget of the Year here

Samsung UE55D8000 Plus Smart TV

One of the most complete televisions you are likely to see, this LED edge-lit 3D-ready set packs in Freesat HD, integrated Wi-Fi and Samsung’s new Smart Hub that boasts a large array of apps like LOVEFiLM, Facebook, Pandora, Skype video and Twitter. Measuring in at just 5mm thin and with a minimalist silver bezel design, it’s a real looker too.

Vote for the Samsung UE55D8000 Plus Smart TV as T3 Gadget of the Year here

LG Optimus Pad

Adding a new dimension to the tablet game, the LG Optimus Pad is the world’s first 3D tablet. Running on Android’s tablet optimized Honeycomb OS, the 8.9-inch screen device has dual 5-megapixel cameras so you can shoot 3D pictures and video. It’s got 1GB of RAM and a Tegra 2 dual-core processor making it a real powerhouse and a world away from last year's Android tablets.

Vote for the LG Optimus Pad as T3 Gadget of the Year here

Denon Ceol

Helping you liberate the music from your computer or mobile device, the Denon Ceol is a hi-fi system that delivers in both the sound and looks department. You can send music over Wi-Fi, get access to internet radio and access apps such as Last.fm and Napster. There's also an iPod dock and a CD player if you’re still living in the compact disc age.

Vote for the Denon Ceol as T3 Gadget of the Year here

Sony PlayStation Move

Giving the Nintendo Wii a serious run for its money, Sony’s motion controller delivers more precise motion than its gaming counterpart letting you add a bit of topspin to your Virtua Tennis shots. There’s support for titles such as TimeCrisis, Killzone 3 and SoCom 4 making the Move the motion gaming add-on made for hardcore gamers.

Vote for the Sony PlayStation Move as T3 Gadget of the Year here

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