2010 was a huge year for new innovative gadgets. From e-book readers, to a slew of new smart-phones, to new video game consoles there was something for everyone and more.
This is important to note, because as we are mired in the worst economy in over 50 years, customers still wanted new gadgets and they bought them in droves. Gadgets are hot, and here are some of the hottest gadgets of 2010.
Apple iPad Over 10 million iPads will be sold this year, making it the fastest selling gadget of all-time. What makes this product special? Is it the brilliant 9.7″ screen? Is the easy to use, user interface? Or the hundreds of thousands of apps available for download? Or maybe the 10 hour battery life or the fact that the starting price is under $500? It’s all of the above and more. It’s the gadget of the year, hands down. The only thing missing is a camera, but there will more than likely be one when the new iPads come out in 2011. Anyone who finds an iPad under their tree is in for a treat.
HTC Evo 4G Android Phone In a universe of Android smart-phones, this one stands out. With an 8-mega-pixel camera, 720p HD video, and bright 4.3″ screen and an HDMI port this is truly more than a smart-phone. I didn’t even mention the GPS and the fact that you can turn your Evo into a Wi-Fi hotspot that will provide Wi-Fi for up to eight devices. If you want to use it as a phone, it does that too. In 4G connected areas you get 10 times faster speed than other similar phones. This is the Android phone to get.
Amazon’s Kindle 3 If you are looking to just read, this Kindle 3 should be your choice. This is the number one e-reader on the market and at $139 for a Wi-Fi only model and $189 for 3G, it now could be a stocking stuffer. Its small, light and durable. The screen has 50% better contrast so it’s easy on the eyes. A full battery charge lasts on month. It can hold 1,000’s of books and documents. Get it and remember how fun reading can be.
Logitech’s Harmony One Advanced Universal Remote This one remote can handle all your needs. It can be your remote for up to 15 different devices. It has a color touch screen and you don’t need to be scared of it since it practically sets itself up. If you need extra help, a customer support team is available to help you. It’s a bit pricey at around $150, but this remote is well worth it.
Kinect for Xbox 360 The Kinect is a basically a web camera for your Xbox 360. It enables you to play games with out a joystick or a hand-held control. You make gestures, dance, jump, and speak to play the games. Kinect will compete with the Nintendo Wii, but it takes it a step further. Kids give the Kinect a high grade, and adults will find it challenging and great exercise. It’s bound to be a popular holiday gift.
These are just five of many great gadgets.
Honorable mention goes to the Sling Media Slingbox, the Panasonic Lumix DMC 16MP camera, the Apple MacBook Air 11″ and 13 models, and the Motorola Droid X Android phone.