Apple and Canon win readers' hearts at ST Digital Awards

Award-winning gadgets included the Apple iPhone 7 and the Canon EOS M5.
Award-winning gadgets included the Apple iPhone 7 and the Canon EOS M5 (above).PHOTOS: APPLE, CANON SINGAPORE
Award-winning gadgets included the Apple iPhone 7 and the Canon EOS M5.
Award-winning gadgets included the Apple iPhone 7 (above) and the Canon EOS M5.PHOTOS: APPLE, CANON SINGAPORE

Apple and Canon emerged as the favourite brands among readers at The Straits Times Digital Awards 2017.

Both companies took home four Readers' Choice awards each, with Apple winning big in the smartphone categories, while Canon dominated the camera awards.

Apple's final tally of five awards narrowly beat Canon's four, though this was down from the seven wins it achieved last year.

The Apple iPhone 7 took both the Editor's Choice and Readers' Choice awards for Best Smartphone, while the iPhone 7 Plus was preferred by readers for Best Phablet and Best Smartphone Camera. The Apple Watch Series 2 also won the Readers' Choice for Best Smartwatch.

However, the editorial team plumped for the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge for Best Smartphone Camera and picked the LG V20 as the year's Best Phablet.

Canon was a close second, thanks to its cameras, which swept all three Readers' Choice awards in the camera categories. The Japanese firm also won the Readers' Choice award for Best Printer.

Into their sixth year, ST's annual tech awards recognise the best in tech gadgets and games.

This year's awards, held at the Marina Square atrium, saw a total of 110 products and games nominated in 20 categories covering seven broad themes - smartphones, laptops, cameras, games, wearables, home and audio. New categories included Best Smart TV and Best Wireless Router.

The ST Digital editorial team picks the Editor's Choice winners, while ST readers took part in an online poll between December last year and January this year to pick winners of the Readers' Choice awards. These readers stand a chance to win lucky draw prizes worth more than $28,000.

Ms Irene Tham, tech editor of The Straits Times, said: "We started the awards back in 2012 as a marquee event to bring the entire tech industry together to recognise their efforts to better the lives of consumers through continuous improvements and new innovations."

Like last year, this year's awards were presented by telco StarHub.

Ms Jeannie Ong, StarHub's chief strategic partnership officer, said: "We see tremendous synergy in our tie-up with ST Digital Awards, because StarHub, like the nominees, tries to be at the forefront of technology."

Mr Edwin Teoh, head of mar- keting at Canon Singapore, said: "Winning these awards is a good validation of our customers' support and will inspire us to make better products."


Smart TV


Wireless router

In-ear earphones

Over-ear headphones

Wireless speakers

Compact camera

Mirrorless camera

DSLR camera


Local game

Fitness tracker




Smartphone camera

Gaming laptop


Hybrid laptop

Business laptop

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 22, 2017, with the headline 'Apple and Canon win readers' hearts at ST Digital Awards'. Print Edition | Subscribe