Top 10 Gadgets of 2011

1. Best Tablet PC: iPad 2

The iPad 2 is certainly one of the best gadgets to carry around with you due to its lighter and slimmer design.

Apple played the right move with the iPad 2 when they announced its release earlier this year. The iPad 2 is thinner and lighter than its predecessor, has a front and back facing camera as well as a new processor, which was enough to get new acquisitions as well as previous iPad owners to upgrade.

The iPad, nevertheless, is an excellent product, setting the standard for all tablet PCs alike. After the launch of iPad 2, we wonder what will be in store for the new version in 2012.

2. Best Notebook: Samsung series 9

The Series 9 is a great success with its gorgeous black aluminium body and core i5 processor, combining beauty and performance.

Samsung released some amazing products this year and the Series 9 is top of our list for the best notebook. Featured in our top 5 thinnest and lightest laptops article, the Series 9 is the main contender to the Macbook air with its sleek and stylish black brushed aluminium body and fast processor.

3. Best Digital Compact Camera: Fujifilm X100

This retro looking camera packs a new hybrid viewfinder, something never seen before in other cameras.

The Fujifilm X100 definitely gets photo enthusiasts excited with its retro looks and huge APS-C sensor that promises to deliver high image quality. The view hybrid viewfinder that can display shooting data and frame was also something never seen before in digital compacts.

The X100 is indeed more than a regular point and shoot, combining a retro look and feel to advanced technology that cater to photographers today.

4. Best Smartphone: iPhone 4S

The iPhone 4s is an improvement over the previous model sporting a 8 mega-pixel camera and Siri, the personal voice control assistant.

The iPhone 4s might be considered a disappointment as most of us were expecting the iPhone 5 to be released this year. However it's the improvements on the inside -- an all new dual-core processor, 8 megapixel camera and full HD video recording -- that make it count.

The 4s also comes with Siri, an intuitive voice control personal assistant that will provide you with an answer to everything -- provided it understands your accent. 

5. Best Android Smartphone: Samsung Galaxy S2

The Galaxy S2 may be the best android phone out there with a dual-core processor and amazing super amoled plus display.

The Samsung Galaxy S2 is the successor to the the Galaxy that was such a hit with the Android fanboys. The Galaxy S2 feels great in the hands with an ultra slim and light body that not only looks good, but is also of incredible built quality. The Super-Amoled Plus display on the Galaxy S2 is second to none with bright and super vivid colours that pop out when viewing videos or photos.

6. Best Android Tablet: Asus Eee Pad Transformer

The Eee Pad Transformer is a great hybrid of a tablet and computer with a docking keyboard that allows for better productivity.

The Eee Pad Transformer is a great alternative to the iPad 2 if you want a tablet PC for work and play. What makes the Eee Pad Transformer such a unique product is the ability of the tablet to be attached to a docking keyboard with USB and media card ports -- your tablet PC can be easily transformed into a netbook with a physical keyboard to get work done if neccessary.

7. Best Gaming Device: Xbox Kinect

The Kinect is a great extension to the Xbox where now players can use voice and motion control to play games.

It's been 4 years since Nintendo introduced the Wii and revolutionized the world of gaming. Now, it is Microsoft's turn with the Kinect for Xbox introduced this year, a motion based sensor similar to the Wii. The Kinect is compatible with an array of games that require full body motions -- a great alternative to actually working out. Full voice control can also be used on the Kinect.

8. Best Handheld 3D Device: Fujifilm Finepix REAL 

The Finepix REAL 3D can now allow you to create 3D images and videos at the palm of your hands.

This digital compact that fits in the palm of your hands now allows you to shoot 3D images and videos. Not one, but two wide angle lens allows the camera to capture two different images at the same time to form a 3D image or video.

Hook it up to your brand new 3D television and you will be able to view your own 3D images and videos on the big screen. The camera also comes with the option to shoot in regular 2D mode.

9. Best e-Book Reader: Amazon Kindle Touch

The Kindle Touch is part of the famous kindle family and now with multi-touch, your Kindle experience is surely enhanced.

The Amazon Kindle is capable of holding more than 3000 books, magazines and newspapers -- more than you will ever read in your lifetime. Now equipped with a multi-touch E-ink screen that provides easy navigation, this pocket-sized e-Book reader is your handy companion you should never leave home without.

10. Best LED TV: Sony Bravia XBR-55HX929

The Son Bravia is the best option for LED TVs with superb image quality non can rival.

Televisions have come a long way since its black-and-white days. These days, 3-D television viewing is all the rage, and the Sony Bravia, with its refresh rate of 960Hz (the best in the industry) and infinite contrast ratio that produces brilliant and sharp images instantly, should be the centrepiece at every tech addict's household.

via LifestyleAsia

© 2011 Hafiz Halwi
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