Assuming that 2012 will not be the last year and there would be a 2013 to look forward to, then 2012 is a great year that will serve as the foundation of exciting technologies. This year marked the release of great gadgets that will shape the technology landscape for years to come.
Some early adopters have jockeyed for their favorite gadgets that will make their daily lives and work a bit easier. Gadgets that range from increasing productivity, gaming and entertainment have revolutionized how we work, play and entertained. The PC revolution of the 1980s have seen its bitter and as technology has shifted to become mobile and computing now using the clouds. Let us pause and then rewind to the gadgets that made some noise this year.
Surely a new release of the iconic smartphone will create a buzz (okay two more buzz). In fact, iPhone sales has reached three million in its first weekend release. One of the most anticipated gadgets of 2012, iPhone 5’s launch was greeted with a mixed bag of reaction. Some people were not surprised about the specs and the design owing to the numerous leaks and rumors leading to the launch. Whether or not, iPhone still catches your fancy, it is one piece of hardware that will stand out as all-time favorite gadgets.
Samsung Galaxy S3
Launched in mid-May, the Samsung Galaxy S3 took the title Best Selling Smartphone in the World for the third quarter of 2012. It sold more than 30 million units thus far. The sales record alone will show that the beast smartphone offering from Samsung will surely make the guys at Apple scamper to wrest the lead from the guys from South Korea. Innovation and improvement in design, made the Galaxy S3 endeared to smartphone lovers in Europe and in Asia.
Samsung Galaxy Note 2
This 5.5-inch combination tablet and phone (also known as phablet) has sold more than three million units in just a little over a month. That is an impressive number considering that it was launched almost the same time Apple introduced the iPhone 5 to the market. The use of the S-Pen revived the use of a stylus that has gone out of style with the introduction of the capacitive touchscreen in the original iPhone. The Note 2 has an impressive offering that has lured three million people to try this one heckuva phone.
The late Steve Jobs said that tablets less than nine inches would not sell. Now his folks at Apple think that a tablet that is smaller than the iconic iPad will sell. Fast forward to October as Apple beat its competitors’ announcements by launching iPad mini. The iPad mini is a smaller version of the iPad2. It shares essentially the same A5 processor but with upgraded iSight rear camera. It shares the same screen resolution with the iPad 2. The opening day of iPad sales was a mixed bag and only time can tell if iPad mini will become a blockbuster hit.
Google launched its own Android-powered; Asus-manufactured tablet to counter the offerings of Apple. Named Nexus 7, it has a seven-inch IPS display powered by a quad-core nVidiaTegra 3 SoC. What makes the Nexus 7 different from other Android tablets is its price. In October, the price of Nexus 7 went down from $299 to $199. This appears that the tablet is being sold without profit. How does Google get more money? From adverts of course!
Just like Nexus 7, Amazon is selling its Kindle tablets almost without profit. Amazon is banking on the sale of books and other media from its online store. With a facelift, the Kindle was 2011 Android tablet poster child and it seeks to reclaim its lofty position but sees Nexus 7 as a big stumbling block.