Down the Dumper: iPod classic and Nintendo Wii eliminated in Greatest Gadget quarter finals

Round three of our Greatest Gadget of the 21st Century tournament has drawn to a close, and now we're wandering the battlefield, counting the dead.

Round three of our Greatest Gadget of the 21st Century tournament has drawn to a close, and now we're wandering the battlefield, counting the dead. Four lucky gadgets are climbing a mountain of corpses to victory, but let's take a moment to remember the tech that didn't quite have the gumption to battle through to the semi-finals...

We were surprised to see the iPod classic thrashed quite so roundly by the televisual might of Sky+ HD. Apparently Apple's clickwheel-sporting hard drive with a headphone socket revolutionary musical device didn't find enough support among our voters. Sky+ HD, which has enriched the viewing pleasure of millions of Brits, stormed through with 67 per cent of the votes. A well-deserved victory, we reckon.

Elsewhere in Apple-trouncing news, the TomTom Go Live sat-nav drove the Apple iMac right off a cliff with 70 per cent of the public vote. Rich Trenholm won't be happy -- he reckoned the Apple iMac was the epitome of gadget cool , but apparently the iMac wasn't trendy enough to hold its own against the understated, super-useful TomTom, which neatly navigated its way into the hearts and minds of the voting masses.

The TomTom must now face off against the Apple iPhone. Beating it would surely be the biggest upset of the tournament, so navigation fanatics -- and Apple haters -- really have something to rally around now. The iPhone itself only just got done pummelling the BlackBerry Bold 9700, which snuffed it with a meagre 15 per cent of the vote.

The real nail-biter was between the Nintendo Wii and the Xbox 360, which for much of the week rested on a knife-edge, with the voting split exactly 50/50 at times. In the end however, a last-minute surge for the 360 left Microsoft's console with 52 per cent. Down the dumper goes the Wii -- Luke Westaway will be dismayed; Nick Hide will be pointing at him and laughing .

The Xbox 360 goes on to battle Sky+ HD in a home-entertainment hoedown.

The semi-finalists are cracking their knuckles and swinging bicycle chain, ready to snap some gadget spines and corrupt some hard drives, so head on over to the voting page and back your favourites.

Please note, if you've already voted this morning, before 12:30pm, due to a technical hitch your vote may not have been counted. We'll be emailing those affected, but in the meantime you should be able to vote again as normal. Sorry about that.

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Luke Westaway is a senior editor at CNET and writer/ presenter of Adventures in Tech, a thrilling gadget show produced in our London office. Luke's focus is on keeping you in the loop with a mix of video, features, expert opinion and analysis.


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