The absolute best of IFA 2016
Featuring some of the most eye-catching products at the just-concluded show in Berlin.brunch Updated: Sep 10, 2016 23:01 IST
Ahem! You may have noticed that almost all my predictions on what may be announced at IFA were absolutely correct. You may also have noticed that I am not one to dwell on such terrific achievements and thump my chest. Just a “wow, that was awesome” from all of you will suffice :)
Taking things forward, IFA Berlin this year was outstanding. And as proof, here’s a very quick look at what was the absolute best on the massive show floor.
Fitbit Charge 2
Adding to its already long list of features, the Charge 2 gets a bigger screen, good looks, a heart rate sensor, a stress beating breathing module as well as VO2 max rating.
The Perfect Picture
Moto Z Play
Easily the best phone of the show, it’s a modular device that snaps on Mods like the Hasselblad True Zoom with a 10x optical zoom and a Xenon flash. A snap on projector Mod showcases all the stunning pictures.
Band of Info
This seems to do what other bands can do, until you press the silver button. Kaboom! A full body analysis appears with muscle and fat percentages. The jury is still out on accuracy but the feature is impressive.
Thin is In
Acer Swift 7
The world’s thinnest notebook is a looker. A stunning metal unibody shell, serious power in its svelte body, 8GB of RAM, and a 13.3-inch display. All of it in less than 1 cm!
LG Gram 15
Holding this is a surreal experience as it’s a full 15-inch laptop with seriously powerful hardware, no compromise on the inside and out and still weighs in at about 900 grams.
A Gamer’s Delight
Acer Predator 21X
A beast that can chew up any gaming desktop in both looks and performance. A 21-inch curved screen, screaming hardware and a built in eye- tracking system. This device looks more like a monster character in a game than just a game-playing machine.
A Fun Phone
Sony rebooted and reinvented its smartphone lineup and came up with the unfortunately named XZ. But it’s a great looking phone with a 23MP camera sensor, 5-axis stabilisation, plus it’s totally waterproof.
HP Pavilion Wave
Desktops are ugly and boring. Not anymore! This one’s more art than PC. Comes with a fabric-wrapped design and a built-in 360-degree Bang & Olufsen speaker.
Asus Zenbook 3
If you thought Apple was participating at IFA, it would be because of this device. Looking like the MacBook, the ZenBook 3 is lighter, thinner, with more ports and even a full travel keyboard.
Stylish Way to Fitness
Fitbit Flex 2
Take it for a swim and it’ll count your laps, use it as a smart notification system for your phone, and then in the evening, the ladies (and some men) can put it into a pendant or bracelet case and jazz up the night.
Samsung Gear S3
This smartwatch gives the Apple watch a run for its money. Classy, better battery, bigger screen, water resistant, always-on screen and features that blow your mind.
Lenovo Yoga Book
A tech dream takes shape of a device with a halo keyboard that converts to a full-scale digitiser board. Full-blown laptop, tablet and a digital art tool: at the press of a button.
The Victory Dial
Asus ZenWatch 3
A stunning circular-shaped smartwatch with Gorilla Glass, 4GB of storage, HyperCharge wireless charging and some serious battery life. Asus wins the smartwatch war, but maybe just for a few seconds.
Lenovo Yoga 910
Improving on the Yoga 900, this one is more powerful, more classy and still has that amazingly roomy keyboard. Not to mention it comes with a 4K screen and is 15mm thin.
Rajiv Makhni is managing editor, Technology, NDTV, and the anchor of Gadget Guru, Cell Guru and Newsnet 3
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First Published: Sep 10, 2016 23:01 IST