Apple, Canon bag the most wins at The Straits Times Digital Awards 2016

ST deputy editor Ignatius Low presenting the best overall camera award to Canon Singapore's head of marketing Edwin Teoh on Feb 23, 2016.
ST deputy editor Ignatius Low presenting the best overall camera award to Canon Singapore's head of marketing Edwin Teoh on Feb 23, 2016.ST PHOTO: TREVOR TAN
The Apple iPhone 6s (left) and Canon EOS 5DS.
The Apple iPhone 6s (left) and Canon EOS 5DS. PHOTOS: APPLE, CANON

SINGAPORE - Apple emerged the biggest winner at The Straits Times Digital Awards 2016 today, bagging a total of seven awards, while Canon walked away with four awards as the second-biggest winner.

Apple was the clear favourite among the readers of ST Digital, snagging the Readers' Choice awards in five categories: Best Overall Smartphone, Best Phablet, Best Smartphone Camera, Best Tablet and Best Smartwatch. The other two wins were for Editor's Choice in the Best Tablet and Best Smartwatch categories.

But Samsung's Galaxy Note 5 4G+ won the Editor's Choice awards for Best Overall Smartphone and Best Smartphone Camera, and the Google Nexus 6P snagged the Editor's Choice award for Best Phablet.

Into its fifth year, the 2016 edition of ST's annual tech awards recognise the best gadgets, games and innovations in the previous year. This year's edition has been renamed The Straits Times Digital Awards to reflect the publication's move to the broadsheet format. It was previously called the Digital Life Awards.

This year also saw the introduction of two new categories - Best Smartwatch and Best Fitness Tracker - to reflect their rising popularity among consumers.

There were 105 finalists in 21 categories for each of the Editor's Choice and Readers' Choice awards.

The former awards were picked by the editorial team at The Straits Times Digital, while ST readers participated in an online poll in December last year to determine the winners in the Readers' Choice awards. These readers stand a chance to win lucky draw prizes worth over $25,000.

The Straits Times tech editor Irene Tham said: "It was a tough call for the editorial team in many of the decisions and there were several nail-biting finishes where team members fought tooth-and-nail over equally deserving finalists."

Canon's digital cameras were a hit with ST readers.

Mr Edwin Teoh, head of marketing for Canon Singapore, said: "The ST Digital Awards is a barometer for how well we have done. We are glad to have received such a ringing endorsement. This will only inspire us to come out with better products."

Lenovo was the biggest winner in the laptops category, walking away with three awards, followed by Asus with two awards.

The editorial team picked The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt for the Best Overall Game while ST readers voted for Assassin's Creed Syndicate.

With haze dominating the headlines last year, ST Engineering subsidiary Innosparks' Air+ Smart Mask, featuring a built-in ventilator, won both the Editor's Choice and Readers' Choice awards as the Most Innovative Product.

Here is the full list of winners. Find out why they won in tomorrow's edition of The Straits Times.

Best Overall Smartphone

Editor's Choice: Samsung Galaxy Note 5 4G+

Readers' Choice: Apple iPhone 6s

Best Phablet

Editor's Choice: Google Nexus 6P

Readers' Choice: Apple iPhone 6s Plus

Best Smartphone Camera

Editor's Choice: Samsung Galaxy Note 5 4G+

Readers' Choice: Apple iPhone 6s Plus

Best Tablet

Editor's Choice: Apple iPad Pro

Readers' Choice: Apple iPad Pro

Best Gaming Laptop

Editor's Choice: Asus ROG G752

Readers' Choice: Aftershock Titan 2016

Best Ultrabook

Editor's Choice: Dell XPS 13 (2015)

Readers' Choice: Asus ZenBook UX305

Best Hybrid Laptop

Editor's Choice: Lenovo Yoga 900

Readers' Choice: Lenovo Yoga 900

Best Business Laptop

Editor's Choice: HP EliteBook Folio 1020 G1 Special Edition

Readers' Choice: Lenovo ThinkPad X250

Best Overall Camera

Editor's Choice: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8

Readers' Choice: Canon EOS 5DS

Best Prosumer Compact Camera

Editor's Choice: Leica Q (Typ 116)

Readers' Choice: Canon PowerShot G5 X

Best Interchangeable Lens Cameras (Micro Four Thirds and below)

Editor's Choice: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8

Readers' Choice: Nikon 1 J5

Best Interchangeable Lens Camera (APS-C)

Editor's Choice: Nikon D7200

Readers' Choice: Canon EOS M10

Best Interchangeable Lens Camera (Full-Frame)

Editor's Choice: Sony a7R II

Readers' Choice: Canon EOS 5DS

Best Overall Game

Editor's Choice: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Readers' Choice: Assassin's Creed Syndicate

Best Shooter Game

Editor's Choice: Call of Duty: Black Ops III

Readers' Choice: Call of Duty: Black Ops III

Best Action Adventure Game

Editor's Choice: Batman: Arkham Knight

Readers' Choice: Assassin's Creed Syndicate

Best Sports/Racing Game

Editor's Choice: Forza Motorsport 6

Readers' Choice: FIFA 16

Best Role-Playing Game

Editor's Choice: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Readers' Choice: Fallout 4

Best Fitness Tracker

Editor's Choice: Fitbit Charge HR

Readers' Choice: Fitbit Charge HR

Best Smartwatch

Editor's Choice: Apple Watch

Readers' Choice: Apple Watch

Most Innovative Product

Editor's Choice: Air+ Smart Mask

Readers' Choice: Air+ Smart Mask