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Engadget awards iPad best gadget of 2010

Chris Ward

Apple won big in our sister website Engadget's annual editors' awards yesterday, taking the top prize with the iPad winning 'Gadget of the Year' and a number of other Apple products either winning or coming runner-up in their categories.

"The iPad won this one going away -- there's just no denying the influence Apple's tablet had on the industry this year," said Engaget's editors. The iPad also won Tablet of the Year and was in the runner up position to Netflix in the Home Entertainment category.

The iPhone 4 won Phone of the Year, beating the HTC Evo into second place, although the Engadget editors did say that "the Evo 4G will be remembered as the first of an entirely new breed of smartphones."

The Apple MacBook Air came in second in the Laptop of the Year contest to HP's Envy 14 due to its "aluminum chassis, Core i5 power, and Radiance display...[but]that said, there's no denying the significance of the MacBook Air's new solid-state storage and speedy resume times."

Display of the year went to Corning's Gorilla Glass -- as used in the iPhone 4, whose Retina Display won runner up.

Portable media device of the year went to the iPod touch. "[t]he iPod touch is more dominant than ever, and with good reason. It's caught up to the iPhone 4 in terms of most key specs, and the App Store remains a huge advantage over the rest of the non-phone competition."

The iPod Nano came runner up to the Jawbone Icon in the Wearable Device of the Year category, and Airplay runner up to Verizon LTE in the Wireless Device or Technology category.

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