Microsoft's Xbox 360 has been voted
the best games console by technology fans. It fought off competition
from Sony's PlayStation Portable and Nintendo's DS Lite to scoop the
prize. About 5000 readers of gadget magazine T3 nominated their favourite
appliances for the reader awards. Other winners included the iPod 30GB
for best MP3 player and the Sony
Ericsson W810i for the most sought-after mobile phone.
T3 deputy editor Jason Jenkins said: "The poll is interesting because
some of the trends where we have been thinking, `Is this really happening
in the real world?', seem to be happening. "For example, the fact
that people are increasingly getting rid of their iPods and going for
phones to listen to music on the move is something we have been writing
about for months, but it's interesting to find that people are actually
doing it." There were 20 categories for online votes, from best
"boy's toy" to most favoured PDA. The laptop prize went to
Apple's MacBook Pro, chosen for the way it "combined both style
Best satellite navigation gadget went to the TomTom Go 910, for its
"touch-screen display and clear directions". Jenkins added
that the awards would prove to be an "excellent barometer"
for the next big-sellers.
At the 2006 Consumer Electronics Show, MP3 devices that play music and
video, digital entertainment hubs, consoles and new TV displays were
predicted to lead the surge in sales in the next 12 months.