With just less than a week to go for the new year, it is time to reflect back at the year which is coming to an end. The first things that come into our mind are the products which got us excited. To be frank, there are many of them. But which are the top ten? Well to make it easy, here is our list of ten gadgets which made a huge fuss and got us really excited.
Apple iPad 3
Launched in March, the 3rd generation iPad was the first iPad to be launched after the death of Steve Jobs. It was the first iPad to have a Retina display and came with an Apple A5X processor. It was also the first iPad to support LTE. Sadly the iPad 3 was only available for sale till October, that is just six months.
Samsung Galaxy S III
Samsung’s Galaxy S III was clearly one of the most awaited smartphones of 2012. This was mostly due to the success of the Galaxy S II and Apple’s patent infringement case against Samsung (which also involved the design of the Galaxy S II). So on May 3rd this year, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S III in London (since they were one of the main sponsors of the London Olympics). Some claimed the design of the S III was out of this world (But Samsung insisted, in their ads, that it was designed for Humans). The new S III took the world by storm with its awesome hardware and neat features. It did disappoint some, mainly due to high expectations (some expected a 12MP cam). But it was and still is an awesome device to own.
Apple iPad Mini
In April this year, rumours started making the round about a 7 inch tablet from Apple. Many rubbished the rumours stating opinion of Steve Jobs according to which smaller tablets were impractical. He even went on to say that Apple would never produce a smaller 7 inch iPad. But on 23rd October Tim Cook, CEO of Apple launched a 7inch tablet called the iPad Mini and it went on sale on 2nd November. It lacked a few things which were found on the iPad 3 like the Retina display, but it also gained few new additions like the Lightning connector. For those who loved the iPad but wanted something smaller, the iPad Mini was the device.
Google Nexus 7
After the launch of the Galaxy Nexus, Eric Schimdt, Google’s executive chairman, confirmed in December 2011 that Google will be launching a new Nexus tablet. This confirmation of a Nexus tablet sent waves across the android world, mainly because of how awesome Nexus smartphones are and the idea of having an equally awesome Nexus tablet. The Nexus 7 was unveiled on June 27th, six months after the design work started. It became the first device to run Android 4.1 jelly Bean. It received some really good reviews, mainly due to its pricing (It was priced at $199, really cheap for a device with quad cores). But many were disappointed by the fact that it lacked cellular support. So in October, Google launched the cellular version of the Nexus 7 along with a 32GB WiFi-only version.
Samsung Galaxy Note II
After the success of Samsung’s first phablet, the Galaxy Note (which was launched in September 2011), it was time for a new phablet. So on August 29th, Samsung unveiled the new Galaxy Note II in Berlin. The new Galaxy Note had a new design and was more powerful than its predecessor. It sported a larger screen which was vertically stretched and had its width slimmed down (so that a human could hold on to one with a single hand). A better screen and a more practical (feel wise) S-Pen made the device even better. Samsung sold 3 million Galaxy Note IIs in the first 37 days and totally around 5 million in the first two months of its launch. A perfect device for people who want a smartphone with a huge screen and also power to do just about anything.
Sony Play Station 3 Super Slim
Some might argue that the Play Station 3 has no right to be on this list, stating the fact that it was launched in 2006. And many will agree with them. But, a true Play Station user/ fan (or any gamer for that fact) will agree with us. Why? Mainly because of the fact that we are talking about the new Play Station 3 Super Slim (and not the old one which was just called Play Station 3). Launched in October this year, the PS3 Super Slim is the newest addition to PS family. Hardware wise it does not bring anything new to the table. But it is slimmer (about 25%) and lighter (about 20%) than the older PS3 slim.
Apple iPad 4
Third iPad on the list (too many iPad launches this year) is the latest iPad 4. As usual, rumours about a new iPad started making the rounds after the iPad was launched in March. When Apple announced an event on 23rd October, many assumed it to be for the launch of the iPad Mini. But Apple caught every one off guard by launching the 4th generation iPad. Normally most companies would wait for at least a year before launching the next iteration of a popular device. In the case of the iPad, the iPad 3 had been launched just six months before. The new iPad brought more computing capabilities (twice as the iPad3) and came with the latest lightning connector.
With rumours floating around about Microsoft building its own hardware, Microsoft on 18th June announced a new series of tablets called Microsoft Surface. The Surface fascinated people with its shiny new OS and also with its pressure sensitive keyboard which doubled as a tablet cover. It was officially available the day Windows 8 was launched (on 26th October). It came in two versions: one with Windows RT and another with Windows 8 Pro (which caused a lot of confusion). Microsoft did not leave any stone unturned to market the tablets; they even painted images of the tablets on walls of every street.
Amazon Kindle Fire HD
The successor to Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet, the Kindle Fire HD was launched in September. The new Kindle fire let users choose between two versions: the 7”and the 8.9” versions. Other than the new HD screen, the new Kindle fire was faster and comes with Android 4.0, compared to its predecessor. The Kindle Fire 8.9” has a 4G versions too, called the Kindle Fire 8.9” 4G.
Nokia Lumia 920
Nokia’s attempts to revive its fortunes led them to launch a new Windows flagship smartphone: the Nokia Lumia 920. Unveiled in September, the Lumia 920 replaced Nokia’s aging flagship device the Lumia 900. The 920 runs the latest Windows Phone 8 OS and is one of the best smartphones available on the market today. Hardware on the Lumia 920 is one of the best we have seen, a cam which has no competitor and a really good display to name a few. Other than some initial glitches with supply, the sale of the Lumia 920 has been pretty good. According to Nokia, it had received close to 2.5 million pre-orders in the initial three weeks of availability, which is more than the sales figures of the entire Lumia series (that is 800,900,710,610) in the third quarter of 2012 (July to September).