2016 is an amazing year for tech and gaming industry. Some brands pitted against each other in various categories, which eventually benefited consumers.

A lot of smartphone brands put a lot of their focus on the mid-range category, which – in effect – dissected the latter to cater to Class B and Upper Class C markets.

This year also had a lot of upsets and disappointments in tech: Samsung Galaxy Note 7, the demise of 3.5mm headphone jack of Apple iPhone 7, recall of GoPro Karma and No Man’s Sky. We can go on, and you will probably find yourself nodding until we end.


Nevertheless, we are happy and determined to announce this year’s winners of Gadget Pilipinas Award. We made things scientific on determining the nominees and winners of awards of certain categories. We have to note that while there are nominees and winners that also advertise on our website, we would like to assure everyone that the results are authentic and unrigged. This year, we partnered with Gameplan, Inc. and Palm Solutions, and used their software to analyze brand and basic consumer information, behaviour and sentiment. Their program sniffed Facebook through Datasift, a leading social data, blog data and news data software, licensed by Facebook.

Without further ado, here are the winners of Gadget Pilipinas Awards 2016. All winning brands will receive a certificate and plaque. With their permision, we will visit their office to give their award personally.

Congratulations to all the winners.

Best Gadget Accessory: Cherry Mobile Explorer 2

Cherry Mobile Explorer 2
Cherry Mobile is no stranger to bringing in cool yet affordable products in the Philippines. We at Gadget Pilipinas were utterly surprised when they launched the follow-up to last year's Cherry Mobile Explorer. This year's Explorer 2 is smarter than ever. It is now powered by Google Android, and we can do more than just taking photos and videos. Pokemon Go on your smart action camera? Not a problem with Cherry Mobile Explorer 2.

Game of the Year: Final Fantasy XV

Final Fantasy XV
We waited 10 years for this. We may have issues on Squeenix's storytelling and unskippable shift from open-world to linear gameplay, FFXV has proven itself to be one of the best games this year.

Best Budget Smartphone: Cherry Mobile Flare S5 Power

Cherry Mobile Flare S5 Power
We didn't realize that this will be picked up by our social analytics and sentiments analysis program provided by Gameplan/Honeypot. Cherry Mobile Flare S5 Power, being part of the premium Flares launched this year, has everything one needs for a budget smartphone. Amazing battery life and undeniably powerful enough to let you play your favorite games and use your go-to apps. Its price a little high for a budget smartphone (PhP7,999), but can definitely and highly recommend this.

Low Mid-range Smartphone of the Year: ASUS Zenfone 3 Max

ASUS Zenfone 3 Max.
One of the best decisions that ASUS did this year was launching a 5.2 and 5.5 variants of the ASUS Zenfone 3 Max. It is energy efficient, powerful and has a set of camera that can easily topple its competitors.

High Mid-range Smartphone of the Year: Huawei P9

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Undeniably one of the best phones we reviewed and used this year. We're sure that many aspired to own this phone this year, especially those who are into mobile photography. Click the link for our full review.

Best Flagship Smartphone of the Year: Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

Best Flagship Smartphone
Forget about the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. We can all agree that it was one of the biggest failures this 2016. The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, however, is a different case. Last year's S6 Edge has fully matured to a wonderful flagship device - the Galaxy S7 Edge. Camera, screen, power, design, overall features - this is a fine beast that's worth every penny. This flagship is worthy of kingship. Period.

Smartphone of the Year: ASUS Zenfone 3

Smartphone of the Year
Yes, it's pricier this time around, but the 3rd iteration to the Zenfone lineup is simply the best in almost all categories. If you want to know more about this device, check our review:

Gaming Laptop of the Year: ASUS GL502VS

Laptop of the Year
This laptop may not be waifu-material but it's definitely a hardcore gamer's dream. It's VR ready, armed with a GTX1070 and 6th generation Intel processor. WHAT ELSE CAN WE ASK FOR? Our analytics and sentiments program partner also confirmed that the GL502VS is the most sought-after laptop for gamers. MSI GS63VR Stealth Pro, which we also adore, came in second.

Editor's Choice Award: OPPO and OPPO F1s

Editors Choice Award
OPPO pivoted its way to success in the Philippines not just because of its marketing prowess and efficiency. Its hero product, the OPPO F1s, has proven itself to be an excellent device, worthy of praise and commendation.

Smartphone Consumers' Choice Award: ASUS Zenfone 3

Consumers Choice Award
For 3 hours, we asked our fans to vote for winner of Smartphone Consumers Choice Award. At 3:00, 818 voted for ASUS Zenfone 3; followed by OPPO F1s (606 votes); Huawei P9 (349); and, Apple iPhone 7 (207). We would also like to congratulate Nel Mendoza and Charlyn Juano for winning our giveaway. They just got themselves the following: ►HS 500 Headphone ►HS 300 Earphone ►HS 200 Earphone ►PYXIS Magic Duo Cable ►PYXIS Reversible Cable ►PYXIS Type C Cable ►PYXIS Micro USB Cable ►PYXIS Lightning Cable

Tech Company of the Year: ASUS

Tech Company of the Year
ASUS dominated this year's Gadget Pilipinas Awards. From smartphones to peripherals, from desktop to laptops, ASUS established itself as the brand king in various tech categories. They truly deserve this spot, and I believe that our readers also agree.
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Giancarlo Viterbo is a Filipino Technology Journalist, blogger and Editor of, He is also a Geek, Dad and a Husband. He knows a lot about washing the dishes, doing some errands and following instructions from his boss on his day job. Follow him on twitter: @gianviterbo and @gadgetpilipinas.