The Gadgets Of 2013
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Image courtesy of Siddartha Thota

Whether young or old, we all have a fascination for gadgets. The intelligence of manmade inventions and innovations is more than enough to excite and inspire and the rapid evolution of technology means we never cease to be surprised by what gadgets can achieve. Each New Year in fact, brings a succession of fascinating gadgets and here are those of 2013.

Samsung Galaxy S4

Now Samsung had a huge hit on their hands with the Galaxy S3, the successor to the widely acclaimed Galaxy S2. In 2013, Samsung look to continue the trend with the Samsung Galaxy S4. According to rumours, the display will be up to a screen resolution of 1080p, which will also be one of the trends most likely to be followed in 2013 in smartphones. Going by the super successful Galaxy S3, we’d like to think the S4 will be a major hit.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

No one thought the original Galaxy Note was going to be successful. It was more of an experiment by Samsung to see how people would respond to a bigger screen; however it ended up a pretty major success.

Samsung had a category all to themselves to benefit from and this they did with the Galaxy Note 2, which brought even more advancements to the table. Now the question is where do they go with the Galaxy Note 3? Do they go bigger than the 5.5inch display on the Note 2, or do they instead concentrate on giving users new features. Either way, it’ll be interesting to find out once it’s unveiled.

Google Project Glass

Project Glass by Google finally hit the public in 2012, albeit in a small amount and with a high asking price. But the most interesting thing with Project Glass is Google still don’t know what to do with it. A wearable head mounted augmented reality display computer platform, Project Glass isn’t the most straightforward thing to describe, but that could just be a testament to how much it is ahead of our time.

The iPad Mini 2

The iPad Mini finally happened in 2012 and marked the first time Apple caved in to market demands by producing a 7.9inch version of its popular iPad lineage. For most people, it got a lot right this first time.

However, there are still people who scoffed at the outdated specs and the absence of a retina display. Our guess therefore is that Apple will finally go retina display for the Mini 2. But we still have to wait and see if this happens.

Wireless Fly Air Keyboard with Mouse

The next generation of wireless keyboard, the Wireless Fly Air Keyboard is a great innovation for several reasons. Firstly, it is cross platform and can therefore be used on anything from your PC to Android TV box; as well as on all operating systems. Furthermore, it’s easy to install, unlike other wireless keyboards on the market.

In addition, it comes with a gyroscope controlled wireless fly air mouse. Rather than using a touchpad, the Air Mouse registers movements made by the keyboard, which also boasts an anti-shake algorithm.

The device also boasts a working distance of up to 20 metres.

Apple’s New iPhone

Last year Apple continued to reign supreme in a category which it has dominated for some while now and deservedly so. The iPhone 5 was brilliant with a great widescreen display and a fast speedy performance with great battery life. It sold like fantastically too.

But for many, the iPhone 5 meant that Apple shipped a product without a single standout feature that it could call its own. IOS 6 was just catching up to things that a lot of other smartphones already provided, and the lightening connector was a response to Apple’s reluctance to adopt the mini-USB standard. And don’t even get us started on the new maps!

Now as 2013 is upon us, people are already looking forward to Apple for its next iPhone. Whether it’s an iPhone 6 or a 5S is what we’ll have to wait to find out.

[author ]Richard Curtis is a gadget enthusiast with a passion for mobile technology.[/author]

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