From CES 2012 lots of new gadgets were released to the wild. Most of them ended up in some warehouse no one knows about. Some of them caught on to sell millions and millions. These were the biggest Tech trends of 2012
7 inch Tablets: Android Manufacturers have been trying to make a good 7 inch tablet since 2011. But this June they hit the gold mine with Nexus 7. It has already outsold most of Android tablets out there and even convinced Apple of the opportunities in the 7 inch field. And then came iPad mini. Love it or hate it’s quite a revolution it’s own way. There are no high end graphics and retina display but a package that’s just 7.2 mm thick and weighs tad over 300 grams has made it an instant hit. And when you consider all the amazing apps that already work with iPad mini, all those downsides don’t seem to matter that much.
Google Now: Siri? huh? What? Apple gave us the dream of a no nonsense voice assistant. Who would have thought Google would be the one to actually deliver to the promise. After various reviews and comparison it’s clear that Google Now beats Siri when it comes to versatility. Some still argue that both of these services are pointless and buggy. but it’s the first step towards the right path.
Windows 8 mutation: How can you not mention this, with all those ads trying to convince you that Windows 8 is the coolest best most futuristic OS ever. Truth is Windows 8 is a great OS. it’s fast and responsive. And has a great new UI thats very cool and beneficial if you have a touch screen. But honestly, how many of us have touchscreen laptops or desktop? not a lot. And that’s why the bigger impact of Windows 8 will be seen in a year or two.
Phablets: It happened. I didn’t want it to happen but it did. Phablets went mainstream. Note has itself sold millions of units which has alerted other manufacturers. You can find copies of Note for 12k Rs by companies like Micromax and Spice. Some of us still totally judge these phablet users though.
Ultrabooks: Ultrabooks everywhere. 100s of new Ultrabooks made it’s way from the warehouses but not that many found a home. That might have something to do with the high prices at the starting on 2012. But from last couple of month the prices are dropping constantly. You can now get a GOOD Ultrabook from Lenovo or Toshiba for as little as $700. And these come with Ivy Bridge processors and SSD in a package that’s easy to carry around and a battery life of at least 5 hours.
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