Samsung, Canon emerge big winners at annual Straits Times' Digital Life awards

Korean consumer electronics giant Samsung and Japanese imaging specialist Canon swept the most wins on Tuesday at the Oscars of the tech industry.

Samsung bagged seven accolades while Canon walked away with six at the second annual DL Awards, which honours the best tech gadgets and games launched in the preceding year.

Digital Life (DL), the weekly tech magazine of The Straits Times, gave out a total of 48 awards across 24 categories for laptops, cameras, smartphones, tablets and video games.

Each category had two awards - the Editor's Choice, decided by the DL editorial team, and the Readers' Choice, determined by the more than 300,000 online votes received over two weeks.

The winners were announced on Tuesday in a packed function room at the St Regis Hotel after The Straits Times' inaugural Digital Life Forum 2013 entitled "Thriving Technopreneurship: Can Singapore Make It Happen?".

Samsung, the biggest winner on Tuesday, picked up five awards for smartphones, one for laptops and a seventh for tablets. Apple, however emerged as the Readers' Choice winner in the Best Overall Smartphone category. Apple also bagged three other awards for tablets.

The six awards picked up by the second biggest winner of the day Canon were for its cameras across the board.

Halo 4 won the editor's and readers' hearts in the Best Shooter category. It also snagged the Readers' Choice prize in the Best Overall Game category.

In the final category for Most Innovative Product, readers chose the Xbox Smartglass app while the editor's choice was the TactSlider Tornado.

The Xbox Smartglass app allows users' phones or tablets to be used as a secondary screen of the Xbox360 and to control the game console. The TactSlider Tornado is a tiny plastic disc that becomes a mini joystick for game apps when stuck on a touchscreen device.