T3 Gadget Awards 2011: Shortlist of Entrants and Award Categories Unveiled

British monthly Tomorrow's Technology Today (T3), which specializes in gadgets, gizmos and other technology, is out today with its shortlist of technology products, brands and personalities for 2011.T3 Gadget Awards, one of the biggest tech awards in the UK informally recognized as the "technology Oscars", already has over 350,000 user votes.A strong Apple vs. Google […]

British monthly Tomorrow's Technology Today (T3), which specializes in gadgets, gizmos and other technology, is out today with its shortlist of technology products, brands and personalities for 2011.

T3 Gadget Awards, one of the biggest tech awards in the UK informally recognized as the "technology Oscars", already has over 350,000 user votes.

A strong Apple vs. Google battles shaping up. The Cupertino, California-based consumer electronics powerhouse has fifteen nominations, only trumped by eighteen nods for Google and its Android operating system. Samsung comes in third with eight spots on the shortlist, while Sony picks up six.

Apple's iPad 2 and iPhone 4 face off Amazon's Kindle and Samsung's seven-inch Galaxy Tab for the Commuter Gadget of the Year award. With its commanding market share lead, iPad 2 is also battling Motorola's Xoom, Samsung's Galaxy Tab, Asus's Eee Pad Transformer and LG's Optimus Pad in the Tablet of the Year category. The gizmo is also challenging the dominance of Sony's PlayStation 3 and Nintendo's 3DS consoles, as well as Microsoft's Kinect Sony's PlayStation Move motion controllers in the Gaming Gadget of the Year category.

In all, iPad 2 is up for six gongs total, including overall Gadget of the Year.

The prestigious Phone of the Year category pitches iPhone 4, HTC's Incredible S and Sensation, Motorola's laptop-killing Atrix, Sony Ericsson's Xperia Arc and Samsung's Galaxy S II against each other. The Atrix also ranked first in the T3 Hot 100 earlier this year, while HTC took home the Phone of the Year award in last year's T3 Gadget Awards with its Desire handset.

Apple Stores, Amazon and eight other retailers are battling it out for the Retailer of the Year award.

And, the App of the Year category includes social news reader Flipboard, Apple's music creation tool GarageBand, Sky News for iPad, video calling app Skype, Angry Birds-killer Tiny Wings and Marco Arment's Instapaper, an awesome app to save web pages for reading later.

The winners will be announced at the star-studded awards ceremony at Old Billingsgate, London on Monday, October 10. So, you've plenty of time to vote your favorites.

The full list of entrants and award categories is right embedded below:

The T3 Gadget Awards 2011: shortlist by category

Innovation of the Year

Motorola Atrix
Nintendo 3DS
LG ST600 Smart TV Upgrader
Android Honeycomb
Nvidia Tegra 2
Razer Swtichblade

Gaming Gadget of the Year

Microsoft Xbox Kinect
Nintendo 3DS
Sony PlayStation Move
Apple iPad 2
Sony PlayStation 3
Alienware M17X

App of the Year

Flipboard
GarageBand
Sky News for iPad
Skype
Tiny Wings
Instapaper

Retailer of the Year

Amazon
John Lewis
Apple Store
Carphone Warehouse
Three Store
Orange Store
PC World
Tesco
Argos
Jessops

Commuter Gadget of the Year

Apple iPad 2
Amazon Kindle
Apple iPhone 4
Nintendo 3DS
EBCO Eagle LSR-50
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7

Digital Media Service of the Year

Spotify
Twitter
Virgin Media Tivo
Facebook
Dropbox
Sky Anytime+

TV of the Year

Samsung UE55D8000
Philips 46PFL9705H
Sony Bravia KDL-40NX713
Toshiba Regza 55WL768
LG P50PZ950T
Panasonic Viera TX-42GT30

T3 Design Award

Apple MacBook Air 11-inch
Apple iPad 2
Leica M9 Titanium
Samsung Notebook Series 9 (900X3A)
Fujifilm X100
RIM Blackberry Playbook

Phone of the Year

HTC Incredible S
Motorola Atrix
Apple iPhone 4
Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc
Samsung Galaxy S II
HTC Sensation

Digital Camera of the Year

Fujifilm X100
Olympus E-PL2
Nikon D3100
Canon EOS 600D
Panasonic Lumix GF2
Canon Powershot G12

Tech Brand of the Year

HTC
Apple
Google
Samsung
Twitter
Facebook

Gadget of the Year

Apple iPad 2
Motorola Atrix
Amazon Kindle
Nintendo 3DS
Samsung Galaxy S II
Apple iPhone 4
Virgin Media Tivo
Microsoft Xbox Kinect
HTC Incredible S
Sony PlayStation Move
Apple iPad 2
Motorola XooM
RIM BlackBerry Playbook
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7
Asus Eee Pad Transformer
LG Optimus Pad

Computer of the Year

Samsung Notebook Series 9 (900X3A)
Apple Macbook Pro
Apple MacBook Air 11-inch
Sony Vaio S Series (VPCSB1V9E)
Alienware M17X
HP Envy 14

Music Gadget of the Year

Denon Ceol
Philips Fidelio DS9000
Pure Avanti Flow
B&W Zeppelin Air
Cambridge Audio Minx
Monster Beats Pro

Work Gadget of the Year

Logitech Performance Mouse MX
RIM Blackberry Bold 9780
Apple iPhone 4
Asus Eee Pad Transformer
Apple iPad 2
Motorola Atrix and Lapdock

Home Gadget of the Year

Dyson Digital Slim DC35
Krups Nespresso Citiz
Philips Actifryer
Pure Twilight
Tefal Vitacuisine Compact
Cuisinart Soup Maker

Gadget Accessory of the Year

Idapt Universal Charger i4
Apple iPad Smart Cover
Joby Gorillapod Video
Eye-Fi Pro X2
Griffin Adidas miCoach Armband
Miniot Cover for iPad 2

Tech Personality of the Year

Pollyanna Woodward
Suzi Perry
Jason Bradbury
Rory Cellan-Jones
Richard Branson
Stephen Fry
Mark Zuckerberg
Spencer Kelly
Dr Dre
Lady Gaga

[Thanks 9to5mac]