Gone are the days when people would be satisfied with their simple touch screen phone (look I have a phone without buttons!) or an MP3 player (huh what's that? Is that like an iPod?) or a simple Intel® Core™ i7 laptop (it has to be the latest Intel® Core™ i7-3770T Processor laptop. Otherwise how will it run my latest Metal Gear Solid: Rising game?). Online shopping has enabled consumers to easily compare features and prices of products and gets them their money's worth. With companies struggling to catch the attention of buyers, competition has moved beyond cutting throats to cutting pockets and copying patents. As the year comes to an end, we look at some groundbreaking gadgets that stood the test of consumers and had them drooling and begging for more.
Samsung Galaxy Camera
Asus Padfone 2
'Get ready, because photography will never be the same again.' Thus claimed Samsung with its new release - the Samsung Galaxy camera. Featuring a voice control function along with an internal photo editing wizard, this camera has taken photography to an all new level. With 3G & WiFi connectivity and auto Cloud back-up, Galaxy Camera fast became one of the most sought after gadgets in 2012.
'PadFone 2: It's Intuitive.' Asus entered the market with this tagline for its new product. Featuring instant data transition and 16 hours talk time, the ultra-thin phone's new innovative docking mechanism became the talking point among gadget lovers.
Renowned for its style and originality, Apple launched it's much awaited iPhone 5 amid much fanfare. Featuring a bigger 4-inch screen, iPhone 5's weekend sales toped 5 million.
A file photo of iPhone 5. AP/Google
Touted as the most advanced 7" tablet, Kindle Fire didn't disappoint gadget lovers. One of the first tablets with dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi for 40% faster downloads and streaming, the tablet became an instant hit among students. Integrated support for Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo! added to its charm.
The new 7-inch (17.7cm) new tablet Kindle Fire HD Family introduced by Jeff Bezos CEO of Amazon during the Amazon press conference in Santa Monica, California. AFP/Joe Klamar
Nokia Lumia 920
From the stable of Nokia emerged Nokia Lumia 920 featuring the new PureView camera technology. With features like wireless charging, puremotion display, nokia city lens and Nokia Music that enables streaming music for free, Nokia Lumia 920 has emerged as the coolest launch from Nokia so far.
A file photo of Nokia Lumia 920. www.nokia.com
Samsung Galaxy S3 (post Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update)
It was a year of controversies and lawsuits for technology giant Samsung. Notwithstanding, Samsung's Galaxy S3 did well in the market, becoming one of the hottest gadgets to have. And with its Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update, Samsung merely perfected its creation.
Galaxy Note II
Taking creativity by storm, Samsung's Galaxy Note II caught the attention of all gadget lovers and revolutionised the Notebook arena. Featuring a bigger screen and the new S-Pen, this notbook became an instant hit among gadget lovers, adding fuel to their imagination.
LG 4K TV
With slim being the new in-thing, LG realised the need of an ultra slim television. With it's futuristic LG 4K TV release featuring the next-generation cinema 3D technology, 2.2-channel speaker system with two subwoofers, a gigantic 84-inch class screen, this new offering from LG has made TV viewing a much enjoyable experience.
Nintendo Wii U
Nintendo's new offering Wii U packed with exciting new features like Nintendo TVii, WaraWara Plaza, near-field communications (NFC) support, Place-Shifted Gaming and Video Chat has it all that a gaming freak would want.
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Toshiba Portege Z930 Ultrabook
Slim was the trend of the year. And Toshiba utilised it to the core. Toshiba's ultra thin, ultra light laptops turned heads. Powered by the 3rd generation Intel® Core™ processors and the ultra-fast solid state drives, this mean machine climbed by steadily on the trend charts, becoming one of the most sought after ultrabooks.