2013 may have been one of the most exciting years in the history of gadget releases. The Smartphone and Tablet market was filled with new technological advances this year getting everyone talking. From finger print scanning and water resistant Smartphones, next gen gaming consoles and wearable technology, we take a look at some of the gadgets that were most anticipated throughout 2013 and what exactly they brought to the technological table:
As soon as the news was out that the Xbox One would hit our shelves in 2013, it was clear this was going to be far more than your average gaming console. Instead the next gen console was set to be an all round entertainment console complete with the ability to play Blu-Ray discs, a number of great entertainment apps and voice and motion control. The latest offering from Microsoft boasts some impressive specs; with an eight-core CPU, that has been designed especially for the console by Microsoft and AMD. It has 8GB of RAM memory and a 500 GB Hard drive. The graphics are supported by a D3D 11.1 chip and 32mb of memory. It also comes complete with an improved version of Microsoft’s Kinect system which allows the consoles camera to track player body movements.
The iPad Air is Apple’s lightest and thinnest iPad to date, yet it compromises nothing in the way of design, features and internal specifications. For the first time since the iPad 2 launched in 2011, Apple treated us to a brand new design with enviable results. The stunning iPad Air is only 75 mm thick and weighs just a pound, but brings a faster, clearer user experience. The Retina display screen has been given an upgrade to feature 2048 by 1536 pixels and the device comes complete with the new iOS 7 operating system. Boasting the new A7 chip to deliver faster CPU and faster graphics, whilst looking and feeling amazing, the 2013 gadget hall of fame wouldn’t be the same without it.
Our Top Tech list simply wouldn’t be complete without featuring Apple’s iPhone 5s. Thousands flocked to Apple stores on the official launch date to be one of the first to own a brand new iPhone 5s. Arguably one of the most exciting features of the new iPhone 5s is its Touch ID fingerprint scanner but other features made it a must have for any Apple lover. Apple launched their new iPhone designed to work perfectly with the new i0S7 operating system and completed the device with the new A7 chip and M7 c0processor for greater results and longer battery life. For the first time the new iPhone was available in a gold and gave the user the ability to film slow motion videos.
Be skeptical if you must, but while technology got more and more expensive and further out of many people’s price range it was refreshing to see an affordable yet reliable gadget enter the market. Tesco saw a gap in the market and they grabbed it with both hands despite having limited experience in the technology market. Tech fans everywhere rolled their eyes, but those on a tight budget and those familiar with pester power breathed a sigh of relief at the introduction of a Tablet that won’t break the bank. It was never going to rival Apple but this is a basic Tablet that does everything a basic Tablet should, complete with a 3 MP camera, dual band Wi-Fi and a powerful quad-core processor for a smooth online experience.
Nokia Lumia 1020
2013 has been a great year for Smartphone photo taking abilities and if for you a Smartphone is all about the camera then you’ll understand why the Nokia Lumia 1020 can’t slip by without a mention. Whilst 2013 was also the year of the impressive specs, Nokia decided to join in with an offering of their own and what they bought to the table was the great mega-pixel Nokia Lumia 1020. The windows phone boasts a 41-mexapixel cameras and a 7712 x5360 resolution, making it the perfect Smartphone for anyone who fully appreciates the portability and freedom of a Smartphone camera . This little beauty comes with front and rear cameras, 32 GB of memory as standard and 2 GB of RAM. Well done Nokia, it’s been a while.
Sony have created some of the most successful consoles to date and seven years after the PlayStation 3 hit our shelves, it was time for a new console to take the limelight in 2013. Sony clearly weren’t going to let Microsoft take all the glory, so in the same month as the launch of rival console Xbox One, they launched the PlayStation 4. Gamers everywhere anticipated the launch of the console and in November 2013 we could finally get our hands on the sleek new model. The new console has 32 times more system memory that its predecessor and 10 times the performance. The console brings not only games but movies quickly into your home, and connects you with other online gamers with some great interactive features. Whether the Playstation 4 or the Xbox One floats your boat, one thing is for sure, gaming changed for the better in 2013.
Apple and Samsung may have commanded much of the media attention in 2013, but the HTC One easily deserves a place in the Smartphone 2013 hall of fame. Android fans had a decision on their hands this year as a number of Smartphone’s launched. The HTC has to be one of the best looking, with its sleek aluminium frame and 4.7inch full HD screen it looks impressive. “The specs aren’t too shabby either with the quad-core processor and 2gb of RAM and super display all make this a great offering from HTC. The front facing boom sound give quality sounds with built-in amps for a louder and richer sound experience like no other.
Galaxy S4 Active
Water resistant Smartphone’s existed prior to 2013 but they were arguably bulkier and somewhat niche. In 2013 however Samsung decided that it was time for a mainstream Smartphone to get a water resistant makeover. The Galaxy S4 launched with most of the features of the original S4 but with the added bonus of water resistance and additional protection. Stretching the abilities of a Smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active can be submerged in up to 1 Metre of water for up to 30 minutes, allowing you to take photos with the 8MP rear and 2MP front camera and even listen to music in the wettest of conditions. The camera can also be turned into a bright LED flashlight for darker conditions making it a great Smartphone for the most active audience.
Google Glass may not have officially launched to the public as of yet but it April 2013 early adaptors got the chance to test out the technology and the product commanded a reasonable amount of column inches throughout 2013. 2013 was a big year for wearable technology and Google Glass is pretty much the most advanced to date. Gadget lovers everywhere felt the excitement as news and reviews were released praising the technological advance from Google. Glass responds to voice commands as well as taps and gestures on the touch-sensitive bar that runs along the side of the frame allowing you to access everything you need with the greatest simplicity bringing to the table something that had never been seen before. Whist there was some ambiguity around the product, Google Glass proved that in 2013 we were ready for technology to change and become an even bigger part of our every day lives.