Apple Watch Named "Gadget of the Year" and Oculus Rift Founder's "Outstanding Achievement" Celebrated at T3 Awards

By James O Malley on at

The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is officially the phone of the year, according to the judges of this year's T3 Awards, which is one of the biggest events in the UK consumer technology calendar.

The S6 Edge beat tough competition from the likes of Apple's iPhone 6, the HTC One M9, LG G4 and Sony Xperia Z3 Compact - as well as its sister phone, the straight-edged Galaxy S6.

All was not lost for Apple though, as the company took home the most awards of the night with the iPad Air 2 picking up Best Tablet, and the Apple Watch winning both Best Wearable and Gadget Of The Year. Apple itself won Brand of the Year.

Rob Carney, Editor of T3, explained why the Apple Watch deserved the gong, saying that, “Once again Apple have produced a product that has galvanised a market. In a year of outstanding new products, this stood out to all of the judges and voting public as THE outstanding tech of 2015. The tech and fashion media have nothing in common, yet both enthused about Apple Watch. That says it all about this high-style, high-tech, highly personal device. It’s a worthy winner of the 2015 Gadget of the Year."

There was also a glimpse of the future as Oculus Rift founder Palmer Luckey (who is still only 22) won the prestigious Outstanding Achievement award, and Microsoft took home the Design Innovation award for its HoloLens headset.

And in the three of the most hotly contested categories, the PS4 pipped Microsoft to gaming device of the year, Amazon Instant Video bested Netflix to the Entertainment Award and the BMW i8 hybrid was named car of the year over the Tesla Model S P85D.

Here's the full list of winners:

TV of the Year (sponsored by Sky): LG EC970V
Highly commended: Samsung JS9500

Wearable Technology of the Year (sponsored by Huffington Post): Apple Watch
Home Technology of the Year Award (sponsored by The Gadget Show): Works with Nest

Car of the Year (sponsored by Continental): BMW i8
Highly commended: Tesla Model S P85D

Brand of the Year (sponsored by The Sun): Apple

Gaming Product of the Year (sponsored by GamesRadar+): PlayStation 4
Highly commended: Oculus Rift

Phone of the Year (sponsored by Techradar): Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
The Entertainment Award: Amazon Instant Video
Laptop or Tablet of the Year (sponsored by Sky News Swipe): iPad Air 2

Camera of the Year: Olympus EM-5 Mk II
Highly commended: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Design Innovation (sponsored by EE): Microsoft HoloLens
Sound Award: Naim Mu-so
Gadget of the Year (sponsored by Continental): Apple Watch
Outstanding Achievement: Palmer Luckey
Tech Personality: Spencer Kelly
T3 Hall of Fame: Microsoft