Singapore, 21 Feb 2017 - Canon proved itself the brand of choice among readers at The Straits Times Digital Awards 2017 today, making a clean sweep of all three Readers’ Choice awards in the camera categories – Best Compact Camera, Best Mirrorless Camera and Best DSLR. The Canon Maxify MB5470 also won the readers’ vote of confidence in the Best Printer category.
Apple dominated in the smartphone awards for another year. The iPhone 7 took both Readers' and Editor's Choice awards in the Best Smartphone category. Its larger sibling, the iPhone 7 Plus, was also picked by ST Digital readers for the Best Phablet and Best Smartphone Camera.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 edge won the Editor’s pick for the Best Smartphone Camera while LG’s V20 was the top choice for the editorial team in the Best Phablet Category.
In laptops, there were three worthy winners that were clearly heads and shoulders above the competition, taking both Editor’s and Readers’ Choice awards simultaneously. The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon did it for the Best Business Laptop, Asus ZenBook 3 won everyone’s hearts as the Best Ultrabook while Alienware 17 got the nods of approval for the Best Gaming Laptop.
Other products that won both Editor’s and Readers’ Choice awards include the Fitbit Charge 2 for the Best Fitness Tracker, Bose QuietComfort 35 for the Best Over-Ear Headphones and Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A1 for Best In-Ear Headphones.
Last year’s gaming phenomenon Pokemon Go unsurprisingly snagged the Readers’ Choice for Best Game. However, ST Digital’s editorial team stood behind Blizzard’s Overwatch, which has revitalised the shooter genre with some amazing team-based action.
This year also saw the return of our Best Local Games category. Witching Hour Studios’ Masquerada: Songs and Shadows was one of the most impressive games produced by a Singapore-based developer and duly won the Editor’s Choice award. Fans, however, preferred the fantasy card game ArmaGallant: Decks of Destiny.
This year, 110 products were nominated in 20 different categories across seven broad themes – smartphones, laptops, cameras, games, wearables, home and audio. Three new categories were added this year – Best Smart TV, Best Printer and Best Wireless Router.
As in previous years, the awards are divided into Editor's Choice awards, picked by The Straits Times Digital editorial team, and the Readers' Choice, selected by ST readers in an online poll conducted between December 2016 and January 2017. Readers who voted for their favourite gadgets and games were entered in a lucky draw to win over $28,000 worth of prizes.
This year’s Awards ceremony was held at the Marina Square Central Atrium, the second in a public mall to allow consumers to join in the celebrations, with the mall graciously being the venue sponsor.
Two years ago, the Awards was held at the Funan DigitaLife Mall. With Funan DigitaLife Mall being redeveloped, Marina Square has become one of the alternative havens for gadget seekers with the presence of major stores such as Gain City, Newstead Technologies and integrated eSports and gaming retail hub Gam3.Asia.
Ms Irene Tham, Tech Editor of The Straits Times said: “We started the Awards back in 2012 as a marquee event to bring the entire tech industry together to recognise the industry’s efforts to better the lives of consumers through continuous improvements and new innovations.”
“We are humbled by StarHub’s unwavering support, coming back as our presenting sponsor this year and this being the fourth year it has been a sponsor for our annual awards. On behalf of the team, I would like to personally thank StarHub, once again, for its vote of confidence.”
Ms Jeannie Ong, StarHub’s Chief Strategic Partnership Officer said: “Our heartiest congratulations to all the winners! StarHub is happy to lend support to its strategic partner, SPH, once again. The ST Digital Awards recognise and celebrate the best of brands – brands that enhance consumers’ lifestyles by bringing breakthrough innovations to their products and services. As an info-communications company, StarHub similarly strives to maintain its lead at the forefront of technology, and improve customer experience through superior connectivity and services. Hence, we see tremendous synergy in our tie-up with ST Digital Awards, and are honoured to return as its Presenting Sponsor this year.”
The full results of the winners are available online at www.straitstimes.com/tech and will also be published in The Straits Times Digital section tomorrow (Feb 22, 2017).
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