Magazine Issue
Awards 2017
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Panasonic Movable Fridge
If there’s one gadget that everyone should have in their kitchen it’s a Movable Fridge, right? Because what could be more handy than that? At this year’s IFA show, Panasonic was showcasing Haiku, the robot fridge companion, on its Future Tech stand,
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Editor’s Letter
If you’ve been reading for a long time, you might notice that we have many more categories this year than before. That’s because the world of tech is changing – now sensors and wireless components are so small and cheap, pretty much everything is bec
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B&O BeoVision Eclipse
From £8,290, bang-olufsen.com/en Designed with the lofty aim of becoming the world’s best TV, the BeoVision Eclipse oozesstyle and premium sound and vision tech. If youhave the cash, this4K-HDR-OLED-TV-meetswireless- music-system is a no-brainer You
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Fitbit Ionic
From £299.99, fitbit.com/uk The Fitbit Ionic is designedfor working out, with three physical (and slightly raised) buttons on the watch enabling you to utilise smart features mid-workout. The Ionic handles smartphone notifications, too Fitbit’s new f
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Sony LF-S50G
£200, sony.co.uk Built-in Bluetooth 4.2 tech enables you tolisten to your favourite music, audiobooks and more from a range of smart devices. One-touch NFC pairing makes connecting easy. You can alsoturn the Sony LF-S50G into a smart home hub, contro
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LG V30
£TBC, lg.com/uk LG’s new handset is equipped withGoogle Assistant, but with some unique capabilities specific to the V30. Youcan “Okay, Google” a range of V30-only selfie and video options, plus commands for getting the phone talking to LG’s connecte
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Terraillon Homni
£TBC, terraillon.com The sleep-tracking Homni emits blue shades in the morning to help you transition gently out of sleep. You can also program the Homni to wake you up with one of 18 different sound environments, increasing the noise and lighting le
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Technics OTTAVA f SC-70
£799.95, technics.com Technics’ Emotive Acoustic Technology worksto fill your room with full-bodied sound, delivered by this stunning 2.1-channel five-speaker system. Sound is projected all around thanks to newly developed acoustic lenses featuring a
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Style and Substance
This season, Cornwall-based surf and outdoors clothing company Finisterre has released a line in collaboration with RNLI, donating 10 per cent of sales to the organisation. Do your bit by purchasing the Douglas Roll Neck, a ribbed-stitch knit made wi
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An Instant Rock Start Rig
Make bettersounding music at home and on stage with high-tech upgrades to your rock star setup CHRIS BARNES ➝ Aspiring rock star George is looking for a great-sounding, easy-to-use home recording rig. He’d like to join a band eventually, too, so anyt
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Opinion Duncan Bell Is an Apple Fan…
This month saw the launch of something truly momentous. Something terrifyingly expensive, admittedly, but also palpably, thrillingly new. A quantum leap forward from a brand with a long, proud history of innovation. That was Miele’s Dialog oven, a tr
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Solve the Screen Slouch
80% of the UK will suffer from back pain, but it’s avoidable If you’re hunched over a screen or desk all day, back, neck and shoulder pain strikes over time. In fact, over 80 per cent of the UK is set to experience back pain at some point in their li
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Gadget Guru
How can I become a better photographer? Gagu, what’s your backup plan? I want to transfer from iPhone to Android How do I get the best espresso? Do I need a weather station? When will I be able to get an electric car? QHOWARD LEES, GRANTHAM AGuru’s k
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Gadget Guru’s Magic Box
During GaGu’s regularly mandated trawl through the crowdfunding world, he stumbled upon a thing that will change his life forever: the $380/£296 Cubiio. By day, an unassuming cube. Also by day, a cube with a stupidly strong laser in it that can burn
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Crowd-Funded Nise Wave
It’s a stick thing that gets a bit warm. It has Wi-Fi. All right, all right. The Wave is the latest in Nise’s line of sous-vide cooking devices. If you’re unfamiliar, sous-vide – ‘under vacuum’ – is the cooking technique whereby you put your ingredie
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iPhone X
The iPhone X has dual 12MP cameras (one 2x telephoto, one wide angle), just like the 7 Plus, except now both lenses feature optical stabilization tion, and the sensor is much improved, letting in 83% more light, for sharper pics with less noise. And
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iPhone 8
The dazzle coming off the iPhone X might outshine iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, but don’t ignore them, because they look like great phones, starting at £699 for 8 and £799 for the 8 Plus. They’ve got the power of the new A11 Bionic chip, wireless charging and
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Watch Series 3
The latest generation of Apple Watch takes the next logical leap and removes its need to be tethered to an iPhone, with an optional 4G connection, starting from £329 for non-4G models, or £399 with 4G. That’s not the only change, of course. The Serie
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Apple TV 4K
➝ The new app-enabled Apple TV has had a bit of a rocky life – initial excitement about its apps and cool Siri features eventually gave way to disappointment in its untapped potential, especially in the UK, where some major services still don’t have
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Reasons to Choose Three for Your New iPhone
Three has great deals on the iPhone X, with loads of extra benefits STREAM TV SHOWS AND MUSIC INFINITELY WITHOUT ANY FEAR OF EXCEEDING YOUR DATA LIMIT QI keep maxing my data watching video and streaming music on my commute. What can I do? ASit back,
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The T3 Awards: 11 Years Celebrating Tech Excellence
2016’s Tech Personality of the Year winner Will.i.am shows off his hefty new jewellery The best celebrities, the finest locations and booze that never seems to stop flowing. The T3 Awards is a particularly special occasion in the calendar year, highl
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Lifetime Achievement Award Jonney Shih
Don’t know the winner of our Lifetime Achievement award? You should. Asus Chairman and Chief Branding Officer Jonney Shih is one of the most entertaining, enthusiastic and downright tireless executives in the tech world, pumping out high-energy prese
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Innovation of the Year
T3AND THE WINNER IS...AMAZON ECHO Artificial intelligence in the home is booming right now, and it’s heavily thanks to Amazon’s smart home assistant: the Echo. No longer do you need to pick up your phone to find something out or to adjust your smart
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Editor’s Choice Award for the Best Gadget Under £100
T3 AND THE WINNER IS... TILE SLIM T3HIGHLY COMMENDED ➝ Cycling is fun. Getting lost is not. The Beeline smart compass has helped us get around smarter on our bicycle, which is why it’s Highly Commended in this category. When you download the companio
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Luxury Tech of the Year
Topping 2017’s Luxury Tech category is B&O’s innovative modular wireless speaker system, a remarkable combination of high-quality audio and stylish, evolving wall art. BeoSound Shape’s nucleus is the BeoSound Core, a powerful connectivity hub that en
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Car of the Year
T3 AND THE WINNER IS... VOLVO XC60(80) ➝ The BMW 5 Series is so riddled with tech, you’d expect to see James Bond driving it. It all starts with a remote key fob: there’s a touchscreen built in to it, allowing you to drive the car remotely. Its 360°
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The Fun Award
The high-octane, app-controlled battle racing game has had a Fast & Furious facelift this year. Race against characters from the film and take the wheel of Dom’s Ice Charger or Hobbs’ International MXT vehicles around Overdrive’s magnetic track, incl
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Best TV
It was the most hotly anticipated TV of 2017, a 4K OLED first for Sony, and now a T3 Award winner. Everything about the A1 screams luxury, from the extra-thin OLED panel to the One Slate ‘stand-less’ body. We crowned it king of the tellies because of
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Best Video Streaming Service
IN ASSOCIATION WITH No video streaming service is doing more to push TV forward than Netflix. It’s pumping out a staggering amount of original and diverse entertainment, including the mega-smash TV show Stranger Things. There’s a range of subscriptio
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Best TV Platform
BT’s winning YouView service is driven by the T4000 Ultra-HD box – complete with 1TB hard drive for recording your favourite shows – and a glut of premium channels and services. Tune into BT’s Ultra HD Sport channel for true 4K entertainment and the
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Best TV Audio Product
T3 AND THE WINNER IS... Q ACOUSTICS M3 The petite, driver-packed Soundtouch 300 immerses viewers deep inside the world on screen thanks to PhaseGuide technology, which cleverly beams sound to every corner of the room. Pair your Soundtouch with the th
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Best Bluetooth Headphones (On-Ear)
The land of noise-cancelling headphones has long been dominated by Bose, but all that changes this year as Sony storms into the T3 top spot with its MDR-1000X High-Res Audio belters. These noise-cancelling on-ear headphones deliver exceptional audio
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Best Bluetooth Speaker
British sound specialists Cambridge Audio has had a barn-stormer of a year, culminating here with its splendid YoYo M crowned Best Bluetooth Speaker 2017. This minimalist looking, worsted wool-covered portable stereo Bluetooth speaker duo, crammed wi
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Best Bluetooth Headphones (In-Ear)
T3 AND THE WINNER IS... OPTOMA NUFORCE BE SPORT3 The amazing battery life, seamless connectivity and fantastic audio of the AirPods more than make up for Apple’s controversial ditching of the iPhone 7’s headphone jack. Touch controls on the earbuds t
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Best Wi-Fi/Multiroom Speaker
Don’t act surprised – of course the mighty Denon won! This beast pumps out a wall of sound thanks to some heavy audio artillery: two custom tweeters, two midwoofers, a large subwoofer, two passive radiators and five Class D amplifiers. A bevvy of wir
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Best Hi-Fi Product
T3 AND THE WINNER IS... YAMAHA WXAD-10 ➝ The rPlay Hi-Fi Network Music Streamer has brought Arcam enviable success this year, and we’re not surprised as this understated device houses many epic audio smarts. Want to add network streaming services and
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Tech Legend Gary Numan
Gary Numan brought synths and dark lyrics about tech to the late ’70s charts, to a mixture of wild excitement and, it must be said, a fair bit of hostility. He’s since sold millions of records, and influenced everything from the hip-hop scene to Nine
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Smart Home Product of the Year
It’s been a great year for smart living products, largely due to the UK arrival of one tech juggernaut in particular: the Amazon Echo. This feature-stacked smart speaker has brought the connected home squarely into the mainstream. The magic behind it
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Best Connected Lighting
T3 AND THE WINNER IS... PHILIPS HUE T3 HIGHLY COMMENDED ➝ A close runner-up, the LIFX Wi-Fi-enabled LED smart bulbs are an enjoyable way to add swathes of colour to your home! Each is Wi-Fi-connected, with no hub required, so you can just pick up one
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Best Connected Security
SPONSORED BY The impressive Netgear Arlo Pro wins this gong for being the the most comprehensive, smart security system around. This weatherproof, wireless HD security set comes with four cameras connected to a base station, all of which include nigh
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Best Connected Eco/Energy Product
T3 AND THE WINNER IS... HIVE ACTIVE HEATING ➝ Winter is coming and so your energy bills are likely to rise faster than you can say ‘Daenerys Targaryen’. The T3 Award nominated TP-Link app-controlled Smart Plug will help you keep real-time tabs on ene
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Best Baby and Toddler Tech
Leading baby product manufacturer Philips has come up trumps with its Avent uGrow Smart Baby Monitor and medical-grade uGrow baby tracking app (Android, iOS). Hackers and general online privacy are a growing concern among tech-savvy parents, but the
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Best Kitchen and Home Tech
T3 AND THE WINNER IS... AEG COMFORTLIFT DISHWASHER ➝ If, like us, you struggle to make it through the day without coffee, you’d better make your first shot of the day count. The Dedica is ready to brew your favourite fuel in just 35 seconds, using ei
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Best Home Networking Tech
T3 AND THE WINNER IS... GOOGLE WIFI ➝ Blanket your entire home, from the uppermost room to the outermost corner of your garden, with reliable, fast and secure Wi-Fi. The Netgear Orbi’s tri-band home Wi-Fi system works to eliminate dead zones, coverin
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Best Smartwatch
Apple’s original Watch was beaten to the title a year ago by Samsung, but radical updates to the second generation have clinched the top spot for 2017: 50-metre water resistance means swimmers can leave the watch on during a dip. Onboard GPS is also
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Best Fitness Wearable
T3 AND THE WINNER IS... GARMIN FORERUNNER 935T T3 HIGHLY COMMENDED ➝ You don’t need a degree in biometrics to understand the awesome data captured by Fitbit’s Highly Commended do-it-all tracker with automatic activity tracking. You can use it to easi
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Best Mid-Range Phone
You’d be forgiven for not expecting flagship specs from a sub-£400 phone, but Honor’s latest handset defies all instinct with a bevy of premium features and a unique 3D-curved glass body design to die for. The Full HD 5.15-inch screen, Kirin 960 octa
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Best Mobile Accessory
T3 AND THE WINNER IS... GEAR4 PICCADILLY ➝ iPhone 7 photographers have been able to raise their game significantly since the arrival of the Olloclip Active Lens Set, a nifty duo comprising a Telephoto 2x lens and an Ultra-Wide lense. A patented attac
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Tech Personality of the Year Johnny Ball
Broadcasting veteran and author Johnny Ball’s frenetic, unique presentation of science and maths shows like Think of a Number and Johnny Ball Reveals All made him an icon to an entire generation of impressionable TV viewers in the ’70s and ’80s. We c
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Laptop of the Year
HP has been on a roll recently. Winner of two State of the Art roundups in T3 – a feat in itself – its line of premium portables has proven a force to be reckoned with. First time round was 2016’s thinnest laptop: the HP Spectre 13, which fended off
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Best VPN Service In
IN ASSOCIATION WITH TECHRADAR PRO IPVanish hits the VPN sweet spot by offering easy set-up and use, with some of the best performance in the industry. Over short distances, it can be five times faster than its rivals, and with over 700 servers in mor
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Keep Your Devices Safe When Travelling
SPONSORED BY Internet banking is incredibly handy when you’re travelling, but you need to make sure you’re completely secure when logging on – which is where a VPN comes in. It creates a secure connection to your bank’s website from your computer. Wi
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Best Gaming PC
The Razer Blade Stealth lives up to its name, looking more like a premium-grade ultrabook than a gaming machine. Its 12.5-inch display is small but stunning, with a razorsharp 4K resolution, and a weight of 1.3kg ensures easy carrying. Though it won’
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Best Gaming Accessory
T3 AND THE WINNER IS... STEELSERIES ARCTIS 7 ➝ This thing isn’t cheap, but it is – hands down – the best PS4 controller in the world. The Revolution Pro offers unparalleled accuracy and performance, with the ability to tailor its setup exactly to you
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Camera of the Year
With excellent handling, intuitive controls and a stunning quad-VGA OLED electronic viewfinder, it’s no wonder Sony’s full-frame mirrorless camera takes the crown at this year’s T3 Awards. Stellar autofocus tracking and the ability to shoot stunning
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Best Lifestyle Camera
T3 AND THE WINNER IS... INSTAX SQUARE SQ10 ➝ If your life is one big adventure, you’ll want GoPro’s flagship camera to capture the action. Rugged and waterproof to 10 metres, the HERO5 shoots clear, digitally stabilised 4K footage with stereo audio.
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Phone of the Year
SPONSORED BY Samsung has done it again. Not content with claiming the top dog position in last year’s phone of the year award with the Galaxy S7 Edge, it’s only gone and won 2017’s phone of the year award too, proving that there’s something undeniabl
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T3’s TECH PICKS
iPAD PRO 10.5-INCH £619, APPLE.COM/UK ➝ This came in just too late to make our shortlist, but it would’ve been a really strong contender for Gadget of the Year. This is a genuine marvel, from its laptoplevel power to its 120Hz ProMotion screen, which
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Gadget of the Year
SPONSORED BY ➝ Although it didn’t quite take the honours in this category, the S8 claimed the top spot in 2017’s Phone of the Year. Its Infinity Edge Display, which made the shortlist for Innovation of the Year, proves that smartphones still have new
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Amazon Echo
Nowadays, it takes a serious amount of work for a piece of tech to stand out in a very crowded space. It’s gotta be pretty epic. But when it does, you can bet that people will take notice. Let us introduce you to this year’s winner: the Amazon Echo.
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Dream Tech Sleep Mode: Activated
Can sleep tech help a stressedout insomniac understand her sleep patterns, chill out before bed, and get a good night’s kip? Wearable-gadget guinea pig and stressed sleeper Becca loves to discover tech that helps us feel good and perform at our best.
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Sleepy Time Success
A sleep tracker you slide under your mattress, the Emfit QS uses sensors to collect data about your sleep stages by monitoring your heart rate, breathing and how much you move throughout the night. No need to switch it on because it tracks everything
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How We Test…
Take Note Samsung’s other best phone in the world is the Galaxy Note 8 p116 The scores explained OUR MISSION IS TO BRING YOU THE CLEAREST RECOMMENDATIONS WE CAN – AND THAT MEANS A GREAT DEAL OF HARD WORK HAPPENS BEFORE A PRODUCT EVEN REACHES OUR PAGE
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Samsung’s Phablet Phoenix Rises
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 The S8 design ain’t broke, so Samsung didn’t fix it in the Note 8 The rear packs dual-lens 12MP cameras, while the front is 8MP. 4K recording is included, naturally, and you can take 9MP stills from the rear camera at the same t
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Sony KD-65A1 OLED TV
The A1’s OLED panel is presented with a waferthin bezel that almost vanishes. The design is all about the picture For the best motion clarity set MotionFlow processing to Custom, with Smoothness on 3 and Clearness set Low Sony’s Discover Bar presents
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Fit for Fashion
£259, armani.com ➝ Want the benefits of connected tech without compromising the look of a classic, Swiss-made timepiece? This luxurious Armani hybrid packs all the activity-tracking trickery you’d expect, plus built-in smartphone notifications and a
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Win! KEF LS50 Wireless Speakers
PAIR WORTH £2,000! Pretty much every company under the sun makes some kind of speaker these days, but if you want the best-possible music reproduction, you need to go a hi-fi company with years of experience. But that doesn’t mean you have to be deal
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Select | APPS
APP OF THE MONTH! Free, Google Play Fancy yourself as an amateur meteorologist? Tired of craning your neck to look at the sky? FlowX has you covered. It offers up access to a host of weather data from the next seven days in the form of an interactive
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Four by Flawed?
➝ Brabus doesn’t just make ludicrous cars for people too rich to care. There are some pretty interesting concepts on the horizon – T3’s favourite being the Brabus Ultimate E. Unlike the rest of its lineup, it doesn’t have umpteen turbos and thousands