Dozens of amazing gadgets hit the market in 2011. Many different devices that were already popular in their earlier versions were revamped and improved upon this year. People purchased everything from cameras to laptops to phones that offered new capabilities, like being able to use cloud computing to the consumers’ advantage. Regardless of the benefits, every gadget listed here made a good impression on the market, and we’re sure they’ll be sticking around for a while (or at least updated again).
Gadget: iPad 2
Release date: March 11
Price: $499 (starting)
Description: When you think of the most high-tech (and expensive) gadget that’s making a splash in the electronics market, Apple’s iPad 2 probably comes to mind. The device has so many features that it’s hard to imagine what it can’t do.
It’s been updated from the original iPad to include iOS 5 and iCloud, equipping it with both an advanced operating system and convenient, massive storage space. Another noteworthy addition is its front camera, which allows people FaceTime. These new updates and all of the original perks of owning an iPad make this one of the coolest things on the market.
Gadget: Kindle Fire
Release date: November 15
Description: At a very close second, the Kindle Fire deserves its spot simply for shaking up the tablet market. While the iPad 2 still gets first place for its wide range of features, the Kindle Fire is a worthy competitor and deserves a lot of credit for being a quality product people can afford.
Apple products come with a lot of perks (like iCloud), but Amazon is equally as impressive. Kindle Fire features fast web browsing via Amazon Silk and access to the Amazon Cloud. Another perk for people always on-the-go is that Kindle Fire can be easily held in just one hand. If you’re looking for email, app, and Internet capabilities without all the extra features, this product is the ideal choice.
Gadget: Toshiba CAMILEO P100 Pocket Camcorder
Release date: June 22
Description: Portability has been in for years, and it doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere. The convenience of mobility just can’t be overlooked, and the same can be said for video cameras. This camcorder is slim and small enough to fit snugly in your pocket, so you never have to worry about missing a moment.
The Toshiba CAMILEO P100 Pocket Camcorder isn’t just easy to carry around with you — it also has an impressive LCD video display and advanced 5x optical zoom that makes the price look like a steal. Its size doesn’t detract from its filming quality, either. It records 1920x1080p HD imagery and captures 16-megapixel photos, as well.
Gadget: Motorola Droid Razr
Release date: November 11
Description: The Droid Razr is essentially an astounding number of features stuffed into one of the thinnest phones in the country (in fact, Motorola claims it’s the thinnest). Skinnier than a CD case, this smartphone isn’t just lightweight — it’s also water repellent and scratch resistant. Within this awesome exterior is a dual-core processor and Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread.
This phone is the epitome of efficient Android devices. It has the perfect design coupled with extensive capabilities, including Smart Actions, an app that allows you to specify location-based actions on your phone. Pretty cool, right? On top of everything, the Droid Razr has government-grade security. How can you go wrong with this phone?
Gadget: Samsung Series 9 Notebook
Release date: March 17
Description: Talk about portability — this laptop manages to weigh less than 3 pounds. How is this possible, you ask? It uses duralumin because it’s twice as strong as the typical aluminum. It also happens to be a material used in the building of advanced aircrafts.
Aside from being extremely lightweight and durable, it also includes the second-generation Intel Core i5-2537M CPU and Windows 7 Home Premium. To boost performance, it offers Turbo Boost Technology, which increases CPU processing power when it’s most needed. You get to admire the speed of this computer with a large LCD display screen, and if you’re a movie buff, you’ll really appreciate its SuperBright screen, which isn’t affected by sunlight reflections.
Some amazing technology debuted this year, so don’t just admire it from afar! Check out these amazing features for yourself. You can buy these products from Best Buy, Amazon, or even directly from the manufacturing company. If you don’t want to pay full price for device, there’s always Presta, which allows you to lease the products by paying a small amount every week.
Whether you’re buying the products listed here or other tech gadgets of your choosing, make sure you’re getting your money’s worth and that the device fits your needs! If you can’t find anything out right now that really suits you, just wait—new technology’s being developed constantly. It’s only a matter of time!