Tech space was a-buzz through out the year with a lot of product launches. 2012 will be busier. Let’s have a look at our list of Top 10 Gadgets of 2011.
Top 10 Gadgets of 2011
1. iPad 2
Thinner, lighter, more powerful and equipped with a camera, iPad 2 is easily the #1 gadget of the year 2011. There were many unsucessful attempts by the competitors through the year and no one could emerge as a true competitor. The competition appears to be heating up with the introduction of a fleet of Android tablets ranging in size, price and features – mainly Kindle Fire and Samsung Galaxy Note. iPad will be a clear leader and preferred choice at least for a couple of years.
2. Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Without any doubt – the best Android phone yet – Samsung Galaxy Nexus features a spacious 4.65″ curved display with a whopping 720p HD resolution, ultrafast Verizon 4G LTE wireless connection, near-field communication chip for mobile payments and Google’s latest version of the Android OS, the Galaxy Nexus shows that Android is becoming much more sophisticated, and is now a legitimate rival to iOS.
3. Amazon Kindle Fire
With the $199 Kindle Fire tablet, Amazon did what other iPad rivals couldn’t – huge sales coupled with impulse purchase. The device has seemingly been built for the sole purpose of delivering movies, TV shows, music, apps and e-books from Amazon’s vast collection of content, and you can either store your purchases in the cloud for instant streaming or download them straight to the Fire with minimal fuss.
4. Apple iPhone 4S
While the world waited for iPhone 5, they got iPhone 4S and the news of sad demise of Steve Jobs. Designed the same as iPhone 4, the iPhone 4S continued to do what iPhones before it have done best: sell. The processor got even nimbler, the camera is one of the best on any phone out there, and Siri, the intelligent voice assistant, has legions of iPhone owners regularly conversing with their handsets. The iPhone 4S found its way to Sprint’s network too, further expanding Apple’s mobile footprint.
5. Nintendo 3DS
Nintendo brought 3-D gaming to the masses this year without requiring goofy glasses. The Nintendo 3DS emphasizes immersive game play through the use of motion sensors and augmented reality features made possible by one front-facing camera and two rear-facing cameras. The rear-facing cameras can be used to snap 3-D photos as well, and the Nintendo 3DS’s connectivity options allow players to share data with one another and download new content directly to the device.
6. The Nest
That’s right. A thermostat that looks like an iPod. But this one is much more than just a thermostat. Stylishly designed, the device is equally intelligent. It learns how you like your home heated, and starts maintaining the temperature that you like best. Within two years, an average home owner should see roughly $500 in utility savings from using Nest. The unit itself will sell for $250 and will be available in early 2012.
7. Roku 2
The second generation Roku streaming video boxes present themselves in an impossible-to-resist, palm-size package and feature even-harder-to-resist pricing. Starting at just $49, the Roku LT offers HD content from the Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon, HBO, Pandora and more streamed directly to your TV set. The high-end Roku 2 XS costs only $99 and offers some nice extras, such as 1080p video, a motion-sensing controller and the full edition of Angry Birds for some big-screen pig-toppling action right from your couch.
Launched in June 2011, the Galaxy S2 became the best selling Android device of 2011 and even outsold the iPhone 4. Samsung crossed the 20 million mark for the quarter ending 30th September according to the WSJ, while Apple shipped 17.7 million iPhones. The S2 came with super high-tech internals – A 1.2 GHz Exynos dual core processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 MP camera and Samsung’s state of the art Super AMOLED+ display.
9. NoteSlate eSketcher
Ever wondered what happened to old fashioned notepad with the advent of tablets, which run on fancy OS, have camera, apps, video conferencing etc. No prize for guessing the answer! You may be surprised to note that there is a notepad, which is making it’s mark amidst the tablets. The NoteSlate eSketcher is a good old fashioned notepad on steroids. The eSketcher uses a stylus input to record your hand-written notes and doodles with an e-ink style display. Your notes can then be sent to a computer or other storage device or held on the eSketcher’s internal memory. You can use it repeatedly without much toll on the battery, as the eSketcher will last for nearly 180 hours per charge. For students, illustrators, list-writers and more, the eSketcher is a phenomenal little concept.
10. Nikon D5100 Digital SLR
In 2011, Nikon rolled out their latest still/video hybrid camera, the Nikon D5100 Digital SLR. The D5100 is a well-rounded, feature-rich camera that is an ideal first upgrade from point-and-shoot compacts. It records 1080p HD video with continuous autofocus and onboard effects processing. It captures stills on a 16.2MP sensor that can produce high quality images in low light scenarios. The price? As low as $749.99 for a body-only unit or $799 with an 18-55mm lens kit.
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