From tablets to motion gaming, from iPhone4 to Gingerbread: Here's a quick look at the year in gadgets
Apple iPad: Back To The Future
The iPad leads the pack of revolutionary products of the year. Not only has it taken the Apple effect to a whole other level, it's also created a brand new product category. The downside – it's still to officially launch in India even as iPad 2 rumours do the rounds of the Internet
Samsung Galaxy S: Calling Card
Samsung took an Apple shaped bite out of the gadget world with the Galaxy S, one of the most wanted Android based smartphones. Watch out Apple, here comes the competition
HTC Desire: ‘Quietly Brilliant'
Taiwan-based HTC has been almost-but-not-quite in the spotlight for a while now. That changed with HTC Desire which mixes the Android OS with it's own HTC Sense UI (User Interface) to live up to it's name as the smartphone everyone wants
Samsung Galaxy Tab: It's Getting Better All The Time
Clutching at the iPad's coattails, Samsung's tablet boasts of a front and rear facing camera, expendable memory, USB ports and flash support: all features we'd hoped the iPad would have. The best part: running on Android 2.2 OS with a gorgeous 7 inch touch display, the Galaxy Tab is sold in India for Rs 38000
Dell Streak: The Jury's Still Out
Somewhere in between the tablet and the smartphone, the hybrid Dell Streak gets a thumbs up as well as a thumbs down. The good: an easy to use 5 inch touch display which makes for an unique web browsing and multimedia experience. The bad: Android OS was not customized to make the most of what the device can do
Apple MacBook Air, 11 and 13”: A Joy Forever
Have you ever seen anything slimmer and more beautiful than the new MacBook Air? This beauty can boot up in 15 seconds and has a full size keyboard along with a multi-touch track pad. With battery life lasting upto 7 hours and a standby time of 30 days, you won't be plugging this baby in the wall very often!
Google Nexus S: The Next Level
If the Nexus One was Google's flagship phone to show off the Android OS, then the Nexus S takes ‘showing off' to another plane altogether. Packed with goodies like Android 2.3, 5MP camera and a 1 GHz Cortex A8 Processor, we can't wait to get our hands on this one
Apple iPhone 4
Apple's worst kept secret, the iPhone 4 had an incredible launch. Despite an array of glitches including yellow spots on the display and the ‘antenna' issue, it remains the most preferred smartphone selling 1.7 million units in just 3 days. As with the iPad, the iPhone 4 hasn't officially arrived in India
Toshiba Libretto Dual-Screen Laptop: Two For The Price OF One
Not happy with a touchscreen device? How about a device with 2 touchscreens? The Toshiba Libretto Dual-Screen Laptop may just be what your laptop will look like in the future. The device has twin 7-inch WSVGA LCD panels along with a Pentium U5400 processor, Windows 7 Home Premium (32-bit), integrated Intel HD graphics, 2GB of DDR3 memory, a 62GB solid state drive, card reader, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, an in-built webcam and an 8-cell battery. All for $1099
New iPods: Music To Our Ears
Let's face it! If Napster changed the music industry forever then Apple changed the way we listen to music. The portable music player was pioneered by Sony with the Walkman, and soon taken over by Apple with a little device they called the iPod. The rest as they say is history. A decade later with numerous tries, no one has been able to match the iPod music experience!
Windows Phone 7: Verdict Suspended
With all the hype built around it, Windows Phone 7 was expected to be great. But was it? Well once the dust of hype had settled, all Windows Phone 7 had to offer was a really cool ‘tile' interface and XBOX Live integration apart from the whole array of features already available with the competition. And with the lack of copy-paste straight out of the box, this is one OS that may not survive till the end of 2011
$35 Tablet: Cheap Thrills
Conceptually the $35 tablet is a phenomenal product. An Android based tablet for a mere $35 is the perfect replacement for all those heavy books carried today by students in school. But will we see it practically implemented in 2011? Only time will tell
PlayStation Move: Sony Plays Ball
Combining the best of the Nintendo Wii and Microsoft Kinect, Sony has entered the motion gaming arena with the PlayStation Move. Using a camera and motion controllers to track players' movements, the Move is considered as one of the most accurate motion gaming peripherals today
Microsoft Kinect: Rage Against The Machine
“You are the controller!” That's the point Microsoft has made with Kinect. You no longer need a controller in your hands to play games. The Kinect peripheral for the XBOX 360 detects 48 points on the player's body to determine accurate movements. Kinect is voice enabled as well, which means the device, will obey your every command
Samsung LED 3D 9000 series
The Samsung success story began with it being the Korean discounter and had a happy ending as one of the most respectable brands the world over. Pioneering 3D technology in comsumer homes, Samsung's 3D LED 9000 is among the best 3D TVs that money can buy
Twitter got a makeover in 2010 with an all new sidebar which displays videos, images and user information. You can easily navigate through all the Tweets without leaving the comfort of your Twitter home page
Android and Chrome OS from Google: Future Expectations
The Google behemoth rolled out a year of hits: they launch Android 2.1 (Éclair), 2.2 (Frozen Yoghurt) and announced 2.3 (Gingerbread) with the Nexus S. Google's Android OS has overtaken Apple in smartphone sales in the US. The only blip was the non-arrival of the Chrome OS and we'll have to wait another year to see the cloud-based service. Also missing: details of Google Me, their take on the social networking world
The iOS 4: Steve Does the Job
Multitasking, creating folders and all the other problems that you faced with Apple's portable devices (the iPad, iPhone and the iPod touch) were all addressed in 2 updates issued by Apple. The updates 4.1 and 4.2 have brought Apple's devices up to speed with the competition
PlayStation Phone: Play While You Talk
Even though Sony won't admit it, we have already seen videos of the PSP Phone in action. The PSP Phone is said to combine the power of Sony's portable gaming platform with a smartphone running Android 2.3. Expect to see a working model at CES 2011, which is right round the corner
Amazon Kindle: Once Upon A Time….
2010 was the year of the e-book reader. The Amazon Kindle led the way for Sony, Barnes & Noble and co. but with tablets offering increased functionalities and e-book reading capabilities, will the Kindle and it's like survive 2011?