The most important night in our calendar, the Wallpaper* Design Awards 2008 in association with Jaguar, is almost upon us.
Our fourth annual round-up of the most exciting, stylish, functional and clever designs of the last 12 months will feature all the usual categories, including, of course, our reader-judged category Best Gadget-on-the-Go.
Below is our wish list of techno gems that meet our very high standards of design and technological innovation, all you have to do is vote for your favourite, and you could be in with the chance to win one of 10 year-long subscriptions to the magazine.
And the nominees are...
1. Apple iPhone
With the much-hyped, brand new iPhone, Apple has once again proven itself to be an engineer of substance as well as style. Acting as phone, iPod, Wi-Fi Internet connection, 2.0 mega-pixel camera and email, the iPhone not only combines everything you might need on the move, it does so in a streamline 135g package.
2. Leica M8
Leica is one of the most prestigious names in photography, and the M8 is its latest update of the beloved M-series. However, unlike its analog counterparts, the M8 is designed specifically for the digital age. Combining the retro appeal of the M with digital functionality, Leica has created one of their most user-friendly creations yet. Not only does the M8 boast a resolution of 10.8 mega-pixels, the professional quality digital camera also incorporates a range-finder with quiet operation, speed and precision.
3. Sony Sat-Nav NV-U73TW
Those travelling to distant shores with the new Sony NV-U73TW at hand will no longer take a wrong turn, thanks to its pre-loaded pan-European maps. With a 4.3 inch touch screen display, a novel gesture-command function allows users to trace simple figures on the screen that bring up common points of interest, such as petrol stations and hotels. The real-time traffic updates also allow for optimum route planning.
4. Samsung F310 Serenata
Samsung have collaborated with audio giants Bang & Olufsen to create the new F310 Serenata phone. As you might expect form such a pairing, the result is a sleek and stylish multi-media phone. A huge click wheel is employed to navigate both the phone and music functions. Although the Serenata does have email and a web browser, it focuses more on the music function, and even has a sliding speaker, which being designed by Bang & Olufsen, gives unsurprisingly exceptional playback quality.
5. Nokia N810
The latest addition to Nokia’s N-series is the miniscule N810 Internet tablet. With a sliding touch screen interface and keyboard, the N810 is perfect for those who need to send emails on the go, and is Wi-Fi enabled for optimum usage. A flick stand facilitates use of the inbuilt GPS system, and comes in particularly handy when watching a video playback on the pocket-sized laptop’s impressive 4.13 inch display.