Every year sees the arrival of plenty of new gadgets. Last year was no different and it was a slow process of deciding on the top 5. In the end, however, some items just stood out from the rest and would definitely warm the insides of any serious gadget addict. Here are the top 5 gadgets of 2011:
One of the hottest gadgets for 2011 is a phone. No, actually it’s a notebook – or is it a media server? Actually, it is all of these things and is the very funky Android smartphone from Motorola, called the Atrix. It is lighter than the iPhone, boasts some impressive specs, and can be transformed into a proper pc.
There are ports to connect a screen (or you could use your TV as its screen) as well as a keyboard and mouse. You could even add the Motorola Lapdock which will give your phone – notebook eight hours of battery life!
2. iPad 2
No gadget list would be complete without an Apple item entry. And the obvious choice this year would have to be the Apple iPad 2. With a faster dual-core CPU and nine times faster graphics, it certainly is a step up from the original iPad.
Oh, it is also thinner, lighter, and has a 3-axle gyroscope. What more could any gadget junkie ask for?
Cameras don’t usually make it to the top of something lists – could we really get excited about another point-and-shoot model? But every now and then something really different comes along. The Casio Tryx is definitely one of a kind and takes the concept of “point and shoot” to new heights.
It not only holds the record as the most adjustable camera ever being able to turn and twist in amazing ways but is also the 1st to have full touchscreen capabilities. Other cool features are the ability to activate the self-timer remotely through movement, instantly applying photo art to your snaps, and the ultra-wide angle 21 mm lens. And if you don’t want to use it as a camera, you can use it as a digital photo frame. Talk about multi-purpose!
4. Handycam HDR TD10
While on the topic of cameras, there is a very nice camcorder that managed to sneak its way onto the top 5 list of 2011. So what is special about the Sony Handycam HDR TD10? It contains an integrated dual-lens system that allows you – wait for this – to record in 3D!
This capability will change the future of home videos forever. Imagine when you watch the reruns of those special family holidays you will be right there back on the beach with the waves crashing at your feet. This camera is a giant leap forward for Sony and sets a new standard for video recording equipment.
5. Mobile X2
The fifth gadget on the top 5 list doesn’t look like much and is the smallest of the bunch. At first glance, it looks like a standard memory card and that is exactly what it is, with one important difference – Wi-Fi. The Eye-Fi Mobile X2 card allows one to do wireless transfers of photos from devices such as cameras and smartphones.
It is perfect should you want to transfer a picture from your camera to your phone or from your phone to a laptop. No wires or Wi-Fi network is required and it will transfer high-resolution images at high speed.
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