Year-in-Review:Top Gadgets of 2014

 

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The year 2014 turned out to witness the launch of tons of gadgets. Many giant phones, selfie sticks and smart watches hit the  market this year. We have rounded up the most impressive and entertained gadgets of the year regardless of the controversy, novelty and any other qualities.

Our picks is based on tests of multiple devices in the same gadget category and also from the recommendations of people who bought the gadgets themselves and were delighted with the results.

Best smartphone: iPhone 6 and 6 plus

 

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Apple’s new smartphones iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are the most elegant, thoughtfully designed and powerful smartphones in the market. Both the smartphones sport the same essential design, but 4.7-inch version is more comfortable to hold and is less prone to being dropped. Both the models are just amazing and battery life is just solid. The Camera and the processor hold their own against other flagships. The Operating system iOS 8 improves the user experience, and highly coveted features like third party keyboard is added. The design includes ion-strengthened glass to protect the screen. The iPhone 6 has enhanced its camera specs, which features an 8MP sensor, latest focusing system and slow motion video at 240 frames per seconds. The bigger display on the iPhone 6 Plus gives plenty of room for multitasking. Both the iPhones are the best smartphones, but iPhone 6 is preferred out of two phones as the over sized iPhone 6 Plus is unwieldy and ultimately unsatisfying. Even though its capabilities are enormous with 1920 x 1080 Retina HD display and improved camera, it’s bulky to carry and doesn’t feel good in your hand. Even with the large screen, new iPhones remains comfortable to hold. With its fast performance, an elegant new design, a great display and a much needed software update, it remains the best smartphone of 2014.

price: iPhone 6 – from $199, iPhone 6 Plus from $299

 

Best tablet for play: iPad Air 2

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Apple has lavished more attention on the largest tablet this year and the results showed. The Air 2 tablet is a nice refinement of last year’s model and is slightly larger than its predecessor and also 18 percent thinner, which makes the tablet sleeker . Even though it is a full size tablet, it is comfortable to hold in one hand. In simple words, iPad Air 2 is the golden standard for the tablets. The tablet is noticeably faster, with sharper and bright display, as the hardware tweak has fused the touch sensor, protective glass and LCD into a single layer.

iPad 2 Air has a more capable camera, powerful A8X processor, M8 motion co-processor and newly added barometer to measure the data continuously. The 9.7-inch display with a resolution of 1536 x 2048, translate to a pixel density of 264 ppi.

The new Apple’s iPad Air 2 is best as it is  leaner, faster and meaner than all its predecessors and android tablets.The iPad Air 2 is a decent improvement upon last year’s iPad Air in all the ways with a better camera and faster Wi-Fi and LTE (if you are using a cellular version), and you can use thumbprint to login instead of a PIN. The screen resolution of iPad Air’s is 2048 x 1536 at 264 ppi – same as last year. A new anti reflective finish is added to the top of the glass. The A8X processor is faster than last year’s A7. The final conclusion is iPad Air is the best tablet of 2014 if you are not compromising on any quality of the tablet.

Price: Wi-Fi Model: 16 GB $399 and 32 GB- $449

Wi-Fi + Cellular Model: 16GB- $529 & 32 GB $579

Best tablet for kids: Amazon Fire HD Kid’s Edition

firehd_kidsedition-100441319-largeAmazon has introduced the Fire HD Kids Edition tablet, the first real tablet built for kids. The tablet has a quad-core processor and HD display and has offered both 6-inch and 7-inch version. The Kids Edition also comes with a two-year guarantee that Amazon will replace the device if it is broken. It also includes a year of Amazon FreeTime unlimited, with unlimited and free access to 5,000 books, TV shows, movies games and educational apps.

All Fire devices have Amazon’s FreeTime parental controls, which lets you to set time limits and app restrictions. FreeTime unlimited is a mishmash of branded videos, high profile games, and books featuring a lot of the characters kids love from movies and TV. Amazon also has a deal with Nicelodeon. You can also load Netflix onto this tablet.

The final conclusion is this is the best low cost tablet for the kids to play with and the hands-on supervision to software parental control is a very impressive point.

Price: From $149

 

The best e-reader: Kindle Voyage

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The new Kindle Voyage from Amazon is pricier than you’d expect from an e-reader, but it offers best reading experience one can get anywhere of an actual book. It is Ulta thin, with a razor-sharp display, Re-imagined Page Turns, Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi + , Free 3G and the adaptive front light that automatically adjusts the brightness to match the light of that room. The device is very nice and aimed at Kindle addicts who love the real feel of a book with their e-reader.

Price: $199

Best laptop: 13-inch MacBook Air

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The 13-inch MacBook Air is the finest piece of Technology from Apple. The device is powerful enough to replace your desktop computer and also light enough that you’ll find little use of your iPad. The 2014 version is not radically different from its predecessors.

The fourth-generation Intel Core processor with Intel HD Graphics 5000 makes editing photos to web browsing, ultrafast- with less energy usage. The compact all-flash storage in Macbook Air is impressive. Working together with the power-efficient fourth-generation Intel Core architecture delivers high performance with the use of less power.

Price: From $999


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