Gadget Countdown: Gadget of the Year
The iPad mini has been voted as AccountingWEB's Gadget of the Year for 2013 in the culmination of our Christmas Gadget Countdown.
Through the holiday shopping season AccountingWEB has been running its traditional parade of consumer electronics and software in the 12-day Christmas Gadget Countdown.
The selection was assembled from suggestions by our various techy editors and contributors, who each nominated a device for the final vote.
Last year, the iPhone 4S took top prize due to its popularity and a unanimous decision among the editorial team.
Apple won again this year. And like last year it was for a slightly older product - the 7.9in iPad mini, which was launched in November 2012. It's natural that in the fast-moving world of consumer gadgetry that it takes a while for the real winners to emerge. However the iPad mini consolidated its early lead in our poll as more votes came in during the final days before Christmas.
"What I really like about the iPad mini is that it fits in my jacket pocket and gives me a truly portable working tool," said AccountingWEB editor John Stokdyk, who nominated the device. "The variety of available apps, 'don’t worry your pretty little head' operating system and all-round user experience have won me over."
As we discussed elsewhere in the countdown, Apple also faces a real threat from Samsung, which has developed the rival Galaxy 3 Note that brings mobile phone capabilities to its 5.7in "phablet" package. Representing the younger generation, AccountingWEB community correspondent Rachael Power nominated this as her gadget of the year: "I am a little bit in love with it."
The AccountingWEB editor was initially surprised that the iPad mini was showing up strongly in the community vote and left the voting open over the Christmas period. Yet during that time, its lead grew over items nominated by our contributors including a Sony 4K TV, (Philip Fisher), turbo drone quadrocopter (Robert Lovell) and the X1 espresso machine nominated by our executive peripherals editor, Nigel Harris. This is how the final vote panned out: