Apple iPhone 4S takes top work gadget award

Apple iPhone 4S takes top work gadget award

The Apple iPhone 4S has been named as the Work Gadget of the Year at the T3 Gadget Awards 2012.

Despite being recently superseded by the Cupertino firm's highly-anticipated iPhone 5, which has seen some of the highest pre-order numbers of any device, the previous model was recognised by the judging panel and the public alike.

The growth of the bring your own device (BYOD) trend has led to more and more mobile devices being used for work-related purposes, with the 4S one of the most popular on the market.

It's not just for its looks either, as the device offers a host of business tools and security features, which mean IT departments can rest a little easier. The sheer amount of apps, accessories and extras available for Apple's smartphone make it ideal for business users on the move.

The seamless introduction of the iCloud also makes sharing documents a breeze, perfect for employees who work away from the office on a regular basis. Of course, businesses looking to implement personal devices should consider the introduction of mobile device management (MDM), which provides even further security.

Apple's product saw of competition from the Epson PX830FWD, Logitech Performance MX Mouse, ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime, BlackBerry Bold 9900 and Samsung Galaxy Note in the Work Gadget of the Year category.

The iPhone 4S narrowly missed out in the Phone of the Year award, being pipped at the post by the Galaxy S III, but its nomination indicated its versatility as a device that can be used for personal and work usage.

In the tablet stakes, the Nexus 7 was named as the best around this year, thanks to its small size, which makes it easy for workers to carry around with them on the move. Its price also means that it is popular with employees looking to use the device for both personal and professional use.

The growth of Wi-Fi hotspots on the Tube, in hotels and coffee shops has certainly helped the device, which was created in partnership with Asus, as it does not require a data package from mobile operators.