The year 2012 has seen more and more people giving gadgets as gifts. In fact, most of the holiday gift spending will revolve on gadgets. A lot of gadget manufacturers are banking on the holiday spending to increase the sales of their gadget offerings. To understand the top gadgets this year is to look at it by category. Basically the gadgets in the market are categorized as entertainment, mobile, and tablet.
Each of the categories has its own top dog. We picked the best of each category that made quite a good splash to merit the thumbs-up of people who ditched their cash just to get a hold of these shiny new gadgets.
Let us start off with the entertainment category:
Let us start taking a look at Smart TVs or the gadgets that can make your dumb television smarter. One of them is Roku which is a simple device that is connected to your television through an HDMI cable and it can be connected to the Internet through an Ethernet or wi-fi connection. It is able to connect through Netflix, Hulu, Crackle and a lot more. Another choice is the Apple TV which can work well with your iPhone or iPad especially when streaming content that is best seen on a larger screen. If you are an Apple fanboy then you are in for some treat.
If you want to check out high-definition televisions and you have the moolah to spare, then check out Panasonic’s TC-PVT50 series which has one of the best black levels in the industry and its color accuracy is top-notch. It has great screen uniformity and off-angle fidelity compared to other brands in the market. The price, well if you have $1,900 lying around you can get a base model for it.
Let’s go to the mobile category and we’ll start off with:
The Samsung Galaxy S3 proved to be one of the most popular phones in the market today and even has taken over the sales of the iPhone 4S. It has sold more phones than the Apple flagship. It has an eight-megapixel rear camera, it has a lot of software based amenities such as burst shot, smart stay, pop-up play and more. It is even capable of connecting to newest 4G networks and allows you insanely blazing internet speeds.
Runner-up mention would be for HTC One X which has an excellent camera and a fast processor noteworthy of being one of the best smartphones to be launched in 2012. Another runner-up in the smartphone category is the LG Optimus G which has a very fast chipset which is provided by chipmaker Qualcomm.
If you are a loyal fanboy, then we recommend the iPhone 5, which is the latest offering from Apple. The 4-inch Retina display toting phone has all the bells and whistles that you have gone to love with the iPhone. A robust ecosystem and a better camera with panoramic capabilities, is what the iPhone 5 brings to the table.
Personal media player
For personal media players, the king remains the iPod touch fifth generation. The new iPod touch has a Retina display and a five-megapixel rear camera with LED flash with the same five-element lens in the iPhone 4S but a megapixel count similar to iPhone
Now we go to the tablets featuring:
The new iPad has a processor similar to what is running the iPhone 5 and an insanely fast graphics processor that allows you to run 3D games that you can get from the App Store.
This low-priced yet high-quality offering from Asus and Google has proved to be a worthy adversary in cornering the tablet market. It offers blazing-fast processing speed and a decent display to play content downloaded by Google Play
Another low-priced but high-quality tablet, Kindle GD has rocking the scene due to its price to feature ratio. Some say that Amazon’s gamble not to charge much for each table makes it unbeatable and could give the iPad a run for its money.