The Apple iPad 2 is appreciably faster, thinner and lighter than the original iPad, and boasts a pair of video cameras. Asking how Apple managed this caused us to wonder where shortcuts had been made in its construction when the iPad 2 launched – and we’re still looking for them a year later. Apple owns the tablet market right now, and the price drop for the iPad 2 was the icing on the competition-killing cake. The next year will be interesting, as Android 4.0 and Windows 8 take the fight to Apple, but right now our editors had no choice but to name the iPad 2 as the best tablet of the past 12 months. Our readers agreed but went further, saying the iPad 2 is the best gadget of the year, in this category sponsored by Chillblast.

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About the PC Advisor Awards 2012

Our annual roll call of honour considers every piece of hardware and software that has passed through our Test Centre over the past year. We look for innovation and excellence, outstanding performance and value for money.

Only excellent products make the PC Advisor Awards shortlist, and we congratulate all the manufacturers represented on the list. If a product still looks great from the view point of up to a year after its first review, the chances are that it is great.

That does, however, mean that our PC Advisor Awards coverage is not necessarily a buyer’s guide – for that you should visit our Test Centre and Reviews. Some of the products may no longer be available, and in some categories they may have been superseded.

Whittling down the shortlist to pick out individual winners isn’t easy. In all cases arguments could be (and were) made for products other than the eventual winners. But winners there must be.

See for details on our other award winners