CORRECTED: Palm Pre (doesn't) win T3 'Gadget of the year'

by Dan Lane on 14th October 2009

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Whoops! this post was previously about the Palm Pre winning Gadget of the Year at the ‘The T3 Gadget Awards‘. Well it pains me to say that turns out we were wrong.

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This Jim Wild cartoon was an entry to our Week of Win competition, from back when we didn't make mistakes!

Yes, that’s right, it happens sometimes! We acted on a lead from a confused tipster. The award was actually “Outstanding Contribution to Tech” awarded to Palm’s Jon Rubinstein for turning Palm’s fortune around with the Palm Pre.

Now we could argue that Jon’s contribution has yet to be confirmed as the Palm Pre has yet to be proven as a success but I think we’ll leave it at that.

So what is the T3 Gadget of the year? Why that would be the HTC Hero. Other winners include Stephen Fry for Tech Personality of the year, Google for Best Tech Brand and the aforementioned HTC Hero also snapped up Phone of the Year.

I think we might have to do our own awards… I have a good nomination for “Worst tipster of the Year”.

  • http://mobile-review.com markwebster

    How many have they sold in the UK yet?, none, this thing is the biggest lemon of this year, or any other year come to think of it, it’s too little, too late, just go’s to show how many palm’s get greased in order to win things these days, T3, stick to the scantily dressed tarts, and leave the mobiles to the professionals!

  • Anonymous

    Bit early James, the awards are only just starting here! As to whether Palm will win or not, you’ll have to keep your eyes on @t3dotcom

  • http://mostlythis.com Mac Morrison

    the palm pre is almost certainly my device of this friday.
    and its reign of a day may be trumpeted by angels, while children across the world weep innocent tears of joy.

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  • http://benjam.in Ben Smith

    Out of fairness to James it was me that decided the Pre story was good enough to publish on the basis of two pieces of info we got. James just penned the words.

    Sorry.

  • http://www.adonisdemon.com Abul

    With the presence of Palm (with 3 tables) one would assume they had won a category which they had competition in? Well done the “Hero” not my choice, but great achievement.

  • http://mobile-review.com markwebster

    How many have they sold in the UK yet?, none, this thing is the biggest lemon of this year, or any other year come to think of it, it's too little, too late, just go's to show how many palm's get greased in order to win things these days, T3, stick to the scantily dressed tarts, and leave the mobiles to the professionals!

  • http://mobile-review.com markwebster

    How many have they sold in the UK yet?, none, this thing is the biggest lemon of this year, or any other year come to think of it, it's too little, too late, just go's to show how many palm's get greased in order to win things these days, T3, stick to the scantily dressed tarts, and leave the mobiles to the professionals!

  • KatHannaford

    Bit early James, the awards are only just starting here! As to whether Palm will win or not, you'll have to keep your eyes on @t3dotcom

  • KatHannaford

    Bit early James, the awards are only just starting here! As to whether Palm will win or not, you'll have to keep your eyes on @t3dotcom

  • http://mostlythis.com Mac Morrison

    the palm pre is almost certainly my device of this friday. and its reign of a day may be trumpeted by angels, while children across the world weep innocent tears of joy.

  • http://mostlythis.com Mac Morrison

    the palm pre is almost certainly my device of this friday.
    and its reign of a day may be trumpeted by angels, while children across the world weep innocent tears of joy.

  • http://benjam.in Ben Smith

    Out of fairness to James it was me that decided the Pre story was good enough to publish on the basis of two pieces of info we got. James just penned the words.Sorry.

  • http://benjam.in Ben Smith

    Out of fairness to James it was me that decided the Pre story was good enough to publish on the basis of two pieces of info we got. James just penned the words.

    Sorry.

  • http://www.adonisdemon.com Abul

    With the presence of Palm (with 3 tables) one would assume they had won a category which they had competition in? Well done the “Hero” not my choice, but great achievement.

  • http://www.adonisdemon.com Abul

    With the presence of Palm (with 3 tables) one would assume they had won a category which they had competition in? Well done the “Hero” not my choice, but great achievement.

  • http://twitter.com/itbloke IT Bloke

    Hey Chaps and Chappettes

    No offence, but from the off, it was to easy to tell that HTC would be the T3 gadget of the year with there Hero, we predicted it from the moment we saw it at launch, and we always felt that the Palm Pre would have a difficult birth, especially when they locked themselves to 02, if they are not careful and don’t roll out a longer term influencer WOM campaigns for the Pre then there is the serious danger that they could fall Flat on there face with this device.

    In fact most companies now have to really come to terms with the fact, that it is really dangerous not to give their products away to the Tech Cognoscenti for long term living with trials, as these are the Influencers, Influencers, and even if they do not get much feedback from doing this, the Tech Cognoscenti’s words and deep level intelligence and flow through the many conduits of modern social media sites and they now have a long term effects on their products image,and ultimately sales, whether these companies like it or not. Nokia are just starting
    to wake up to this very fact with there N900 after a long time in the wilderness.

    In theory these Tech Cognoscenti are now almost becoming celebrities in there own right, a lot more of the mobile and computer companies need to start realising this and start treating them in that way.

    Kind Regards & Best Wishes ~ IT Bloke.

  • http://twitter.com/itbloke IT Bloke

    Hey Chaps and ChappettesNo offence, but from the off, it was to easy to tell that HTC would be the T3 gadget of the year with there Hero, we predicted it from the moment we saw it at launch, and we always felt that the Palm Pre would have a difficult birth, especially when they locked themselves to 02, if they are not careful and don't roll out a longer term influencer WOM campaigns for the Pre then there is the serious danger that they could fall Flat on there face with this device.In fact most companies now have to really come to terms with the fact, that it is really dangerous not to give their products away to the Tech Cognoscenti for long term living with trials, as these are the Influencers, Influencers, and even if they do not get much feedback from doing this, the Tech Cognoscenti's words and deep level intelligence and flow through the many conduits of modern social media sites and they now have a long term effects on their products image,and ultimately sales, whether these companies like it or not. Nokia are just startingto wake up to this very fact with there N900 after a long time in the wilderness.In theory these Tech Cognoscenti are now almost becoming celebrities in there own right, a lot more of the mobile and computer companies need to start realising this and start treating them in that way.Kind Regards & Best Wishes ~ IT Bloke.

  • http://twitter.com/itbloke IT Bloke

    Hey Chaps and Chappettes

    No offence, but from the off, it was to easy to tell that HTC would be the T3 gadget of the year with there Hero, we predicted it from the moment we saw it at launch, and we always felt that the Palm Pre would have a difficult birth, especially when they locked themselves to 02, if they are not careful and don't roll out a longer term influencer WOM campaigns for the Pre then there is the serious danger that they could fall Flat on there face with this device.

    In fact most companies now have to really come to terms with the fact, that it is really dangerous not to give their products away to the Tech Cognoscenti for long term living with trials, as these are the Influencers, Influencers, and even if they do not get much feedback from doing this, the Tech Cognoscenti's words and deep level intelligence and flow through the many conduits of modern social media sites and they now have a long term effects on their products image,and ultimately sales, whether these companies like it or not. Nokia are just starting
    to wake up to this very fact with there N900 after a long time in the wilderness.

    In theory these Tech Cognoscenti are now almost becoming celebrities in there own right, a lot more of the mobile and computer companies need to start realising this and start treating them in that way.

    Kind Regards & Best Wishes ~ IT Bloke.

  • http://benjam.in Ben Smith

    Yes and no… It was a more reasonable argument that the Hero should win it, but the reason this was ‘news’ (or rather news-worthy) was this seemingly perverse decision… backed up by a bad source and the presence masses of Palm people at the awards.

    As it turned out it was a lifetime achievement award for Palm’s big-cheese that was announced… just as loony a decision (he’s about to drive Palm into the ground despite his previous well-known successes) but T3′s lunacy, not readers’.

    I agree with your other comments re WOM for the Pre (their PRs have been painful control freaks since the announcement), but ultimately that will only accelerate their demise, not seal it.

  • http://benjam.in Ben Smith

    Yes and no… It was a more reasonable argument that the Hero should win it, but the reason this was 'news' (or rather news-worthy) was this seemingly perverse decision… backed up by a bad source and the presence masses of Palm people at the awards.As it turned out it was a lifetime achievement award for Palm's big-cheese that was announced… just as loony a decision (he's about to drive Palm into the ground despite his previous well-known successes) but T3's lunacy, not readers'.I agree with your other comments re WOM for the Pre (their PRs have been painful control freaks since the announcement), but ultimately that will only accelerate their demise, not seal it.

  • http://benjam.in Ben Smith

    Yes and no… It was a more reasonable argument that the Hero should win it, but the reason this was 'news' (or rather news-worthy) was this seemingly perverse decision… backed up by a bad source and the presence masses of Palm people at the awards.

    As it turned out it was a lifetime achievement award for Palm's big-cheese that was announced… just as loony a decision (he's about to drive Palm into the ground despite his previous well-known successes) but T3's lunacy, not readers'.

    I agree with your other comments re WOM for the Pre (their PRs have been painful control freaks since the announcement), but ultimately that will only accelerate their demise, not seal it.

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