The winners of the PC Advisor Awards 2010 have been announced, with gongs going out to the likes of Acer, Adobe, Apple, Canon, Google, Microsoft, Symantec and Western Digital.

The PC Advisor Hardware and Software Awards 2010 were voted for by PC Advisor editors and expert contributors. All nominated products were reviewed in the PC Advisor Test Centre during 2009.

The PC Advisor Reader Awards 2010 were voted for by 5,000 PC Advisor print and online readers between 2nd October and 6th December 2009. A further 6,500 PC Advisor readers voted in the annual Broadband ISP survey.

In addition PC Advisor announced winners of its Product Of The Year 2009 award, and special awards for Product, Person, Technology and Company Of The Decade (2000-2009).

In all exactly 100 companies' products were nominated in the PC Advisor Awards 2010.

PC Advisor would like to thank awards sponsors AMD, HP and PC Tools.

PC Advisor Awards 2010

"The quality of product launches in 2009 was extremely strong," said PC Advisor Editor-in-Chief Paul Trotter.

"At the end of a decade that has pushed new technologies into the lives of us all it was exciting to see new names emerging as well as the more established brands."

Surprise winners include the Palm Pre, which won the award for Best Smartphone over the omnipotent Apple iPhone 3GS.

PC Advisor judged it "the smallest, neatest 3G smartphone around".

"This is a fantastic, well-connected phone first and foremost; the fact that it's also a desirable gadget is a bonus. Touch-sensitive controls and the ability to run four or five applications at once make the most of its 3.1in display and nippy processor."

Apple's ubiquitous iPhone 3GS did triumph in the Readers' Gadget Of The Year category, however.

Another unexpected winner was Panasonic, which beat rivals Canon, Fujifilm and Kodak in the Compact Camera category for its Lumix DMC-TZ7. Panasonic was also a big winner in the Readers' Awards, scooping Best TV and Best Blu-Ray Player.

In a win for portability and intelligent design Flip Video's MinoHD beat heavyweight rivals such as Canon, Kodak, Panasonic and Sanyo to win Best Camcorder.

In the Software section Google's fledgling Chrome browser beat more established competition from Microsoft, Apple and Mozilla.

Best mobile phone app went to Spotify, an instantly popular new way of listening to music that promises even greater success in the coming year.

You can see all the PC Advisor Awards 2010 winners here, and click on the links for further explanations and original reviews.

PC Advisor Awards 2010


Best Desktop PC Brand


Runners up:
• Chillblast
• CyberPower
• Eclipse
• Mesh

Best Monitor

Iiyama ProLite E2208HDS

Runners up:
• BenQ G2220HD
• HP LP2275w
• HP w2558HC

Best Laptop

Acer Aspire Timeline 5810T

Runners up:
• Apple MacBook Pro
• HP Envy 13
• Sony Vaio VGN-NS20J
• Toshiba L500

Best Netbook

Samsung N110

Runners up:
• Asus Eee PC Seashell 1005HA
• Hannspree HannsNote
• Samsung N510
• Toshiba NB200 (Win7)

Best Compact Camera

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7

Runners up:
• Canon PowerShot G11
• Fujifilm FinePix F70EXR
• Kodak EasyShare Z915
• Ricoh CX2

Best Budget DSLR

Canon EOS 500D

Runners up:
• Nikon D3000
• Olympus E-620
• Pentax K2000
• Sony Alpha a330

Best Camcorder

Flip MinoHD

Runners up:
• Canon Legria HV40
• Kodak Zi6
• Panasonic SDR-S26
• Sanyo Xacti VPC-CG10

Best Business Printer

Kyocera FS-C5100DN

Runners up:
• Brother MFC-9450CDN
• HP LaserJet CP2025dn
• Lexmark C734dn
• OKI C110

Best Home Printer

Canon Pixma IP4700

Runners up:
• Epson Stylus SX415
• HP OfficeJet 6500
• Konica Minolta Magicolor 1690MF
• Samsung ML-1915

Best Wireless Networking Product

Linksys WRT610N

Runners up:
• AVM FritzBox Fon 7270
• Billion BiPac 7402NX
• D-Link DSL-2740R
• Trendnet TEW-635BRM

Best Portable Entertainment Device

Apple iPod nano

Runners up:
• Amazon Kindle
• Apple iPod touch
• Sony Reader PRS-505
• Sony Walkman X Series

Best Storage Device

WD My Book World Edition II 4TB

Runners up:
• Buffalo LinkStation Mini
• Imation Apollo UX
• Iomega eGo 500 BlackBelt
• Seagate Maxtor BlackArmor

Best Network Entertainment Device

Pure Sensia DAB

Runners up:
• LaCie LaCinema Black PLAY
• Logitech Squeezebox Boom
• Monitor Audio Airstream 10
• Netgear Digital Entertainer Elite 9150

Best Graphics Card

Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 4890

Runners up:
• HIS ATI Radeon HD 5870
• HIS Radeon HD 4770
• Nvidia GeForce 9400M
• Sapphire Radeon HD 5850

Best Smartphone

Palm Pre

Runners up:
• Apple iPhone 3GS
• BlackBerry Curve 8520
• HTC Hero
• Nokia N97

PC Advisor Awards 2010


Best Phone App


Runners up:
• Co-Pilot
• National Rail
• Sky+
• Tweetie

Best Free Software

Microsoft Security Essentials

Runners up:
• Adobe
• Google Street View
• PC Tools Threatfire
• Spotify

Best Browser

Google Chrome 2.0

Runners up:
• Apple Safari 4
• Microsoft Internet Explorer 8
• Mozilla Firefox 3.5
• Opera 10.0

Best Photo/Video Software

Adobe Photoshop Elements 8

Runners up:
• Adobe Premiere Elements 8
• Corel Digital Studio 2010
• Pinnacle Studio HD 14
• Roxio Creator 2010

Best PC Utility Of the Year

Acronis True ImageHome 2010

Runners up:
• Iolo System Mechanic 9
• Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2009
• PC Tools File Recover
• Registry Mechanic 8.0

Best Security Software

Norton Internet Security 2009

Runners up:
• Avira Antivir Personal
• Bitdefender Internet Security 2009
• G-Data Internet Security 2010
• Kaspersky Internet Security 2009

PC Advisor Awards 2010


Best Laptop Brand


Runners up:
• Acer
• Dell
• Sony
• Toshiba

Best Desktop Brand


Runners up:
• Acer
• Dell
• HP/Compaq
• Packard Bell

Best Broadband ISP 2009


Runners up:
• Be
• Plusnet
• Virgin
• Zen

Best TV

Panasonic TX-L26C10

Runners up:
• LG 42LH2000
• LG 50PQ3000
• Panasonic TX-P42V10
• Technika 42-910

Best Home Cinema System

Philips HTS3011

Runners up:
• Panasonic SC-BT200
• Panasonic SC-PT470
• Samsung HT-BD1250R
• Sony DAV-DZ280

Best Blu-Ray Player

Panasonic DMP-BD60

Runners up:
• LG BD-370
• Samsung BD-P4600
• Sony BDP-S360
• Sony BDP-S550

Gadget Of The Year

Apple iPhone 3GS

Runners up:
• Amazon Kindle 2
• Apple iPod touch
• Dell Alienware M17x gaming laptop
• HP Touchsmart PC
• RIM BlackBerry Curve 8520
• Samsung Tocco Lite
• Sony Reader PRS-600

Best Online IT Retailer


Runners up:
• Aria
• Dabs
• Ebuyer
• Maplin
• Micro Direct
• Novatech
• Saverstore
• Scan

PC Advisor Awards 2010


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PC Advisor's Person Of The Decade

PC Advisor's Technology Of the Decade