Instead of trying to do everything — like Google’s famously ambitious and unsuccessful Google TV — this thumb-sized gizmo does one thing, does it as simply as possible and does it for the impulse-purchase price of $35. Plug it into one of your TV’s HDMI ports, and you can fling videos and other content from your laptop, tablet or phone to the big screen, no wires involved. Lots of companies have built devices to do this; Chromecast is the first one that gets it right.
2. Apple’s new iPads
Do you want a powerful iPad or a portable one? How about both? At just one pound and .29-inch thick, the 9.7-inch iPad Air is much svelter than previous full-sized models. And except for the smaller screen, the 7.9-inch iPad Mini with Retina has almost exactly the same potent components as its big brother, as well as the same ten-hour battery life. Both benefit hugely from the App Store’s 475,000 iPad-optimized apps. It’s best tablet you can buy, in two convenient sizes.
3. Oculus Rift Development Kit
At the moment, Oculus Rift is only available in a $300 kit aimed at game developers. But once you strap on this virtual-reality headset onto your noggin and experience it in action, you’ll get itchy for the consumer release, which is scheduled for 2014. Used with a PC or Android device, Rift will let games create 3D worlds which surround you — you can even look over your shoulder for enemies lurking behind. If the games live up to the hardware’s potential, it could be an epoch-shifting landmark.
4. Pebble Smartwatch
Whether smartwatches ever turn into a booming business to rival smartphones or tablets remains anyone’s guess. But Pebble is off to a promising start. The $150 wearable gizmo acts as a satellite for your iPhone or Android handset, receiving snippets such as text-message notifications via Bluetooth and displaying them on its power-efficient E Ink display. Third-party developers can write programs to let it do everything from playing games to tracking your fitness. Did we mention that it tells time?
5. Apple iPhone 5s
iPhones with an “s” at the end of their model numbers are supposedly snoozers, because they focus on refinements to the previous year’s model. But the iPhone 5s introduces two of the best smartphone features which Apple or anyone else has ever come up with. The Touch ID sensor lets unlock your phone with a quick press of your finger or thumb. And the camera sports a unique dual-LED flash which provides subtle, custom lighting for an array of picture-taking scenarios.
6. Microsoft Xbox One
Officially, Microsoft’s Xbox One is a game console, but its aspirations go far beyond play. With built-in video calls via Skype, integration with cable and satellite TV boxes and an interface derived from Windows 8, it’s really a living-room PC. The most intriguing technology is built into the new Kinect sensor, which understands spoken commands, recognizes faces and can even measure your heart rate. Some aspects of the One are still rough around the edges, but it’s going to be fascinating to see where it goes.
7. Amazon Kindle Fire HDX
Amazon’s third-generation Kindle Fire tablets — a $239 seven-inch model and a $379 8.9-incher — are the first ones which felt truly polished and pleasing from the day they debuted. As always, they make it as simple as possible to consume mass quantities of Amazon content — video, music, books, games and more. And they’ve got one feature that’s a ground-breaking dazzler: Mayday, which lets you get tech support from a real live Amazon rep who appears on screen and can take control of your tablet.
8. Nest Protect
Silicon Valley startup Nest Labs specializes in making the most mundane household devices a lot less mundane. In 2012, it introduced a Web-savvy touch-screen thermostat. And its new product is Nest Protect, a $130 smoke and carbon-monoxide detector. Rather than emitting an eardrum-shattering squeal, Protect alerts you to hazards in a calm female voice which says helpful things like “There’s carbon monoxide in the den.” If it mistakes your smokey cooking for a fire, you can set it wise with a wave of your arm.
9. Leap Motion Controller
This pint-sized USB accessory for Windows PCs and Macs is an $80 preview of where man-machine interfaces may be headed. Plug it in, plop it on a flat surface, and you can perform tasks — from playing games to reading New York Times stories — by waving your hands in the air. It can even detect the angle your palms and how many fingers you’re sticking out. The technology is also being built into laptops, starting with HP’s Envy17 Leap Motion SE.
10. Nokia Lumia 1020
Every modern wireless phone is a cameraphone, but this Lumia is something new: a phonecamera. Its oversized sensor packs 41 megapixels of resolution; you can capture the most detailed phone snapshots you’ve ever seen, and zoom in without reducing your pictures to a blocky mess. (You have to download the high-res versions to a computer via USB cable, but it’s worth the effort.) Even iPhone and Android fans who thought they couldn’t care less about Windows Phones might find themselves smitten with this one.
With Tim Cook taking the reins at a transitioning Apple, it seems like there’s no better time for others to pounce with their own advancements in smartphones, tablets and laptops this year, and great advancements from the likes of Google and Samsung on that front.
But what’s more exciting are the unexpected surprises we see on the gadget front. This year, awesome advances in cameras, speakers—even lightbulbs experienced great improvements. Below are 15 favorites gadgets of 2012:
15. Switch Lighting Co. Switch Bulb from $43
The first LED lightbulb range that can replace pretty much all of your traditional bulbs. Switch’s appeal is as simple as that—until now, if you wanted to replace traditional lightbulbs in your home for low-energy ones, you’d immediately run into trouble if you wanted to mount one in an awkward place, or you wanted it to run bright at 100 Watts, or even if you wanted one on a dimmer.
Switch’s bulbs also feature a unique liquid-cooling method and they look great too. Sure, they’re pricey per bulb, but as each bulb is reckoned to last up to 25 times longer than conventional incandescent bulbs, they’ve made low-energy lighting pretty much a no-brainer.
14. TDK Wireless Sound Cube $299
It’s stylish, functional and super portable—anything a tech-loving music fan could ask for. TDK’s latest wireless design is the Sound Cube, which is essentially a room-filling sound device that sits at one point in the room. The cube device features four 2" drivers, two 5.25" passive radiators and a 5.25" subwoofer in a complex package: enough power to crank some tunes on a Friday or quietly fill a room on a Sunday morning. Add in auxiliary ports and a charging port for USB devices and a remote control and you’ve got one of the most effective portable stereos on the market.
13. GoPro Hero3 from $199
What got its start in extreme sports and has been recently billed as the world’s most versatile camera just got a little more powerful. The GoPro Hero3 takes what many loved about its easy-to-use, super-sturdy predecessor and improved with a smaller size, lighter weight and much more power. With built-in Wi-Fi Remote and compatibility with any tablet that runs a GoPro app, here’s a camera that’s not just for extreme sports enthusiasts anymore.
12. Samsung Galaxy S3 from $199 with service plan
This is it: the King Daddy of all Android super-phones. Featuring a beautiful design that feels great (even in one hand) and an incredible, perfectly-sized 4.8-inch display, this phone became the one to beat in 2012. Samsung’s Android overlay really came into its own here: not only was the user interface easy to understand—even for first-time smartphone owners—but it was also decidedly powerful. The Galaxy S3‘s ability to easily share data via NFC with its S Beam feature or its ability to truly multi-task with Pop Up Play, or even its Smart Stay feature that detects whether or not you’ve fallen asleep while reading, make it one of the most feature-rich phones on the planet. Powerful, beautiful, and as feature-loaded as can be, the Galaxy S3 has changed the way many of us look at our cellphones.
11. Kindle Paperwhite $119
The Kindle Paperwhite is a huge step up for the Kindle lineup, and one that makes what was already one of the best e-readers around far better. The improved resolution is the first huge deal: with over 60 percent more pixels than previous Kindles, the Paperwhite is a big step up as far as pixel density goes. It’s not a Retina-quality screen, but it’s a huge (and necessary) improvement that makes the Paperwhite a little closer to the paper-like quality that Amazon has been pushing all along. Beyond that, a new built-in light can increase the screen’s brightness for night-time reading without damaging your eyes. Thanks to the e-ink screen technology, the Kindle is a lot gentler to read than any LCD screen, and the Paperwhite is easily the best Kindle e-reader yet. My advice? Get the $140 model without advertisements.
10. Sony Vita from $249
We’re in the middle of a massive change in how we consume our media. These omnipresent digital devices are rewriting how we receive information, and thus rewriting how we interact with culture on the most basic levels. Print has been withering away for years, and tablets might strike the killing blow. How can gaming handhelds, with their high price tags, expensive games and overpriced peripherals ($99 for a 32 GB Vita memory card?), avoid the same fate? Launching the Vita in 2012 is almost like launching a new nationwide newspaper that costs three bucks a copy.
So yes, it’s easy to be skeptical about the PlayStation Vita. It’s easy to make fun of it when you haven’t held one in your hands. It’s easy to dismiss the Vita as superfluous when you’ve never actually played one. Spend any time with the Vita, and you’ll realize that Sony’s new system could fill the dwindling niche for dedicated gaming handhelds better than any other device on the market.
9. iPad Mini
As Apple points out, the brand new iPad mini might be smaller, but that doesn’t make the experience suffer. It was introduced earlier this year along with the iPhone 5 and boasted a size that was 23 percent thinner and 53 percent lighter. You could even hold it in one hand if you wanted, and with features like this, the folks at Apple maintain that it’s at a perfect miniature size (7.9 inches if we’re counting) to capture function and the full iPad experience. Throw in already great features like the iPad’s long battery life, HD video camera and thousands of apps and the iPad mini can be a no brainer for the on-the-go iPad lover.
8. Nike+ FuelBand $149
Everyone’s jumping on the health and fitness technology bandwagon. And the FuelBand is just one of a whole series of exercise-tracking devices that have launched in the last year. So, apart from the “swoosh” logo, what makes it more worth your attention?
The FuelBand offers a simpler and more user-friendly approach. You wear it on your wrist constantly (it works as a watch too), and it tracks your activity level, automatically and wirelessly uploading this to your smartphone. This, combined with its “Fuel” activity score and social-media integration means it’s easy to use, but successful at motivating you to move around more often.
Other fitness gadgets may offer more accuracy, as a wrist motion tracker is fairly easy to fool, but none look as good or are as simple to use so far.
7. iPhone 5 from $199 with service plans
Apple had to step up the game with their newest iPhone this year: Not only was it the most anticipated gadget of the year, but Apple was facing stiff Android competition from the likes of the S3 and the HTC OneX. It didn’t disappoint: A new 4” display, a drastically thinner and lighter body, and the fantastic camera really shine here. What’s really impressive is that, despite the more compact body, the hardware is easily twice as fast as the iPhone 4S—and finally includes LTE network capabilities. With the iPhone 5 came the new Apple EarPods, which are so much better than the old earbuds that shipped with previous iPhones that a comparison hardly seems fair. iOS 6 occasionally shows some grey hairs, particularly in the Maps app, but it remains the most intuitive phone OS in the market.
6. Nintendo Wii U from $299
With the Wii U, Nintendo has added a tablet-like touchscreen element to its motion-sensing control system. As a solo player, in games like Zombi U, you’re now forced to juggle visually between the TV and your touchscreen at crucial moments. Even more innovative, so far, has been the GamePad’s use in multi-player-where one player can play a different role to others, using the touchscreen to gain extra information or work against other players.
There are issues, however. There’s not many games worthy of the technology yet; there’s new consoles from Sony and Microsoft coming in 2013; and, most dangerous of all, the Wii U’s chief competition is increasingly the touchscreen tech found in smartphones and tablets. How many of us need a dedicated console and an iPad, after all?
5. Nest Learning Thermostat from $249.99
The Nest Learning Thermostat is a look into the bright future of home gadgetry and consumer technology. The first of its kind, this learning thermostat originally came out in October of 2011—but became widely available earlier this year as we saw it broaden to retailers like Amazon and Lowe’s. But more importantly, 2012 saw the release of the second generation of Nest thermostats. The Nest still learns your heating and cooling schedules and can still be controlled from your smartphone, but the second generation boasts a new slim design and a 90 percent compatibility rate in homes. As more and more of our home appliance become “smart,” the Nest will most certainly be seen as the device that started it all. Who knew thermostats could be so exciting?
4. Nokia Lumia 920
The Lumia 920 is not a perfect phone. For starters, it’s a bit on the heavy side and the battery life is fairly unimpressive. Furthermore, the limited ecosystem that Windows Phone 8 provides is enough to turn a lot of people away—the app selection and support is simply just not there. With all of this said, there is no doubt that running Windows Phone 8 on a beautifully designed piece of hardware like the Lumia 920 feels remarkably fresh. This OS removes most iOS tropes and replaces them with something altogether different, but nearly as innovative. Combine that with some great Nokia apps and a killer 8.7-megapixel PureView camera and you’ve got the premiere handset to run the new Windows OS.
3. Tesla Model S
The Tesla Model S isn’t technically a gadget, but take a seat in one and your smartphone will start to feel like a child’s toy. The Model S is the car people have been dreaming about for decades. While it doesn’t fly, it does boast a completely touch-screen digital interface, a lithium-ion powered electric engine, a body manufactured in America, and just about every luxury commodity you could imagine. Furthermore, with the tax credits and government incentives included, the Tesla Model S’s price tag isn’t a huge leap from other new high luxury vehicles. This full-sized sports sedan is a glance into the future of cars—at least as we’d like to see it.
2. Google Nexus 7 from $199
This year, Google’s seven-inch touchscreen tablet has proven not only massively popular, but also seriously threatening to other technology companies. Steve Jobs famously hated 7-inch tablets, yet Apple now makes the (7.9-inch and far more expensive) iPad Mini. And the eReader market has been so threatened by the arrival of the Nexus 7, Amazon’s responded with its Kindle Fire range.
Why is it so threatening and so popular? The Nexus 7 offers most tablet users 90+ percent of the usability and productivity of a 10-inch device, at a fraction of the cost, and in a far more portable form factor.
Seven-inch tablets also trash dedicated eReaders on everything but extended battery life (only really useful if you’re going on holiday on a desert island). And the Nexus 7 specifically remains far more compelling than all its rivals on a spec v price trade-off.
1. The New iPad starting at $499
The tablet market in 2012 is a very different thing than it was back in 2010 when Steve Jobs revealed the original iPad to the world. This year will no doubt be remembered as the year that Apple finally got some serious competition in the tablet space, but it will also be remembered as the year Apple proved once again that when it comes to sleek design and hardware innovation, the Nokias and Samsungs of the world still lag behind. It’s not a huge technological step forward from the iPad 3 that came out earlier this year, but with its super high-res “retina display” screen and substantial processor upgrade, the fourth generation iPad is simply the best tablet money can buy.
A good mobile game understands the power of impulse. It should be cheap enough to rack up impulse buys, like a candy bar or tabloid in a grocery store check-out line. It should also be quick and easy enough to pick up, plboyfrienday and then put away at a moment’s notice. Our list of the best mobile games of 2012 is full of games perfect for brief patches of free time, but with unlockable perks or deeper mechanics that will keep you engaged past those fleeting moments.
Here are The 20 Best Mobile Games of 2012:
20. Pocket Planes
Platform: Android / iOS
Pocket Planes buzzes like a good pop song. The gameplay is repetitive, catchy and best in small doses. It’s pure and simple pop gaming—addicting, sweet and crunchy, but sure to leave you with a mouth full of cavities.—Luke Larsen
19. Hero Academy
Developer: Robot Entertainment
Since the success of 2009’s Words with Friends, developers have been eagerly trying to find a way to implement its turn-based multiplayer format into other games and genres on mobile devices. Hero Academy is one of the first games to make that multiplayer format work in another genre—in this case, the strategy board game. Excellent use of multiplayer matchmaking aside, Hero Academy is a surprisingly deep tactical strategy game that forces the player to think, overthink and agonize over every move they take. That alone is the mark of a compelling strategy game.—Luke Larsen
Developer: Introversion Software
Imagine the ’90s cyber-crime movies Hackers or Sneakers in videogame form. That’s Uplink, a remastered version of the 2001 PC hacker sim. Few games effectively exploit the balance between power and vulnerability. Uplink does. Hacking a well-defended mainframe makes you feel like a superhero, but you never stop looking over your shoulder.—J. P. Grant
17. Call of Cthulu: The Wasted Land
Developer: Red Wasp Design
Platform: Android / iOS
It’s fitting that the grim setting of World War I should figure prominently in a game about unimaginable horrors. Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land is the latest videogame foray into H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu mythos. Primarily a turn-based strategy game, The Wasted Land adapts some of the tabletop Call of Cthulhu RPG’s systems. In both its mechanics and its aesthetics, The Wasted Land demonstrates keen reverence for the source material. It’s a striking debut from a promising small studio.—J.P. Grant
16. Angry Birds Star Wars
Platform: Android / iOS
Angry Birds Star Wars takes the best of classic Angry Birds and Angry Birds Spaceand puts it in a setting that automatically conjures warm fuzzy feelings. It’s the level design here that makes this an undeniably well-refined product—it’s balanced, varied, and all-around delightful to play through. One star is easy enough to figure out for casual gamers, but achieving three stars still feels like a true accomplishment. Angry Birds Star Wars is the video game equivalent of going on vacation—even if for just minutes at a time.—Luke Larsen
15. Boyfriend Maker
Developer: 36 You Games
Platform: Android / iOS
Sure he was a bastard and a racist, ELIZA’s evil son, but he was taken from us far too soon. Boyfriend lived in our pockets for only a little over a week before being virtually jailed for his sexy crimes against users aged 4+. We cooked for him, we dressed him, and we chatted him up for five-minute spurts before he reminded us that he was out of energy. Some said it was our curiosity, or our loneliness, or the last gasp of our obsession with Asian culture. We were probably only bored, but Boyfriend was slightly less awful than most of the people who live in our computers.—Simon Ferrari
14. Super Crate Box
There’s a primal appeal to Super Crate Box’s basic set-up for anybody who ever spent time in arcades or played the 2600 or Nintendo Entertainment System. Simple controls and self-evident goals help Super Crate Box tap into a wellspring of nostalgia, and, like Angry Birds and other easily grasped mobile games, those aspects also welcome the non-enthusiast into the fold.—Garrett Martin
13. Bad Piggies
Platform: Android / iOS
Functional successor to Amazing Alex and spiritual successor to Angry Birds, Rovio’s Bad Piggies offered mobile gamers some creative license in the developer’s winning three-star physics-puzzle formula. Though not met with as much critical success, the swine’s mechanical misadventure has every bit as much charm as its feathered cousin, and a dash more ingenuity.—Dan Crabtree
12. Monsters Ate My Condo
Publisher: Adult Swim Games
Platform: Android / iOS
Monsters Ate My Condo, with its single-swipe gameplay and seizure inducing neon aesthetic, kept me up at night. Sitting in bed, lit only by my iPhone, I tried to keep the monsters happy while growing my tower ever higher. But like the best endless puzzlers, it beat me again and again. Deleting it was the only way to get a good night’s sleep ever again.—Casey Malone
11. Angry Birds Space
Platform: Android / iOS
Angry Birds Space transports all the unpredictability, frustration and addiction of Angry Birds to outer space. It takes the basic foundations of the original and supplements them with various gravity effects. It’s not too dissimilar to Super Mario Galaxy in that way—the basics of an old favorite reinterpreted with new physical twists. It tweaks the formula enough to justify its existence and to send even the most reformed Birds fanatic into a time-devouring relapse.—Garrett Martin
10. Cool Pizza
Developer: Secret Library
Cool Pizza is an auto-runner, but it avoids the been-there, done-that by changing the perspective. The action happens from a three-dimensional third-person view like the old classic Space Harrier. Instead of running left to right our heroine runs straight ahead. And instead of running she’s on a skateboard, albeit one that never needs a kick. The art style also distinguishes it from the typical mobile game: It’s not a bright cartoon or a navel-gazing 8-bit tribute, but a stark piece of black-and-white line art with sparse color accents and a great Tettix score that sounds like Jan Hammer jamming chiptunes.—Garrett Martin
Word game Letterpress is a shining example of minimalist game design that is incredibly easy to pick up, but deeply layered in strategy. Players take turns choosing from the group of 25 randomly-generated letters to create words. When you make a word, the tiles you use turn light blue, adding points to your score. As players claim the board for their own, deeper levels of strategy arise. Resources become increasingly scarce and competitors are forced to become more and more creative in their word-making. It’s as different from Scrabble or any word-puzzle game as could be, while still keeping the knowledge of a large vocabulary at the center of the game’s required skillset.—Luke Larsen
8. Fairway Solitaire
Developer: Big Fish Studios
Big Fish Games’ Fairway Solitaire isn’t exactly a new title—it was originally released five years ago for PC and Mac, and only made its way to iOS in March of 2012. But the wait was worth it. This ingeniously simple hybrid of solitaire and golf is perfectly suited to mobile platforms. With its quick-fix gameplay, high production value and varied challenges, Fairway Solitaire is a bite-size gem that’s as tightly designed as it is polished.—J.P. Grant
7. Super Hexagon
Developer: Terry Cavanagh
In Super Hexagon, you control a small triangle trying to survive in a world full of shapes, sounds and colors that would love to engulf you. Rotating left and right around a hexagon is the only action possible, as patterns and obstacles moving in sporadic motions come hurtling toward you. The first time you play you’ll probably make it through 10 games in 30 seconds. The game is that hard and sessions are that short. One thing is for sure, though: That 30 seconds will quickly turn into hours if you’re not careful.—Luke Larsen
Developer: EightyEight Games
At this point, match-3 games are like zombie games: There’d better be a damned good hook if you want me to pay attention. Fortunately, the strange hybrid 10000000 has several. A fusion of the match-3, RPG and endless runner genres, 10000000 employs a surprisingly effective combination of common mechanics to keep players coming back.—J.P. Grant
5. Beat Sneak Bandit
Rhythmically-challenged gamers beware: Beat Sneak Bandit‘s environmental puzzles bounce to the beat of the music and you can only move by tapping the screen correctly on beat. Beat Sneak Bandit is another refined achievement from Simogo and perhaps their most successful game yet. It’s intelligently designed and it works marvelously with the iOS interface. Most importantly, though, Beat Sneak Bandit has cured me of my habit of cringing at the sound of the phrase “rhythmic puzzler,” which is saying a lot.—Luke Larsen
4. Punch Quest
Developer: Rocketcat Games and Madgarden
“Endless runner-slash-something-else” may as well be its own genre. After the success of Jetpack Joyride, it wasn’t surprising to find clever hybrids popping up. Punch Quest adds the brawler to that growing list of endless runner mash-ups. Button-mashing brawling action takes center stage here, and for the most part, it feels great.—J.P. Grant
3. Waking Mars
Developer: Tiger Style
Platform: Android / iOS
Thousands of video games ask you to take life, but very few ask you to create it. Waking Mars is one of the rare creatures in the second camp. It’s also the rare mobile game that excels in all phases of its execution, elegantly integrating story, mechanics and aesthetics. As the story quietly unfolds—as you, well, wake Mars—you may find yourself more emotionally invested than you’d thought. That’s the thing about making life instead of taking it: eventually, you remember how to care.—J.P. Grant
Developer: Action Button Entertainment
Publisher: Freshuu Inc.
The one-finger shoot-‘em-up Ziggurat‘s unique greatness only becomes clear once you get sort of good at it. Like most good iOS games, it’s defined by an extremely focused shallowness, targeted entirely towards getting you to dive back in. Keeping the action set minimal while providing a wide variety of gameplay situations forces the player to get creative. Even in a short burst of play, it’s pretty easy to discover a permutation of the action that had previously gone unnoticed. Ziggurat has a great knack for creating itches and then permitting you to scratch them, if you can.—Joe Bernardi
1. Rayman Jungle Run
Developer: Pastagames / DotEmu
Platform: iOS / Android
There’s very little to complain about with Rayman Jungle Run, a downsized iOS version of Rayman: Origins that effortlessly simplifies its mechanics without losing an ounce of playability or character. Without even mentioning the incredible art direction and sound design, it’s a game that raises the bar for big franchises trying to make some extra money moving to the touch screen. It’s the kind of game that could easily stand on its own apart from the popularity of the successful franchise and will undoubtedly shape the future of the genre.—Luke Larsen
Amazon Offers AT&T Samsung Galaxy S III (16GB) For Just $79.99
Check out this hot deal from Amazon Wireless, they’re offering you the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S III (16GB) for just $79.99 with a new 2-year contract agreement with AT&T. Just to remind you, the Samsung Galaxy S III packs a 4.8-inch 1280 x 720 Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, a 2GB RAM, a 16GB of internal storage, a 1.9MP front-facing camera, an 8MP rear-facing camera, 4G LTE connectivity and runs on Android 4.0 ICS OS. Interested? [product page]
Mouse Computer has released a new gaming notebook "NEXTGEAR-NOTE i970BA3" for the mass market. As part of the G-Tune series, the system features a 17.3-inch 1920 x 1080 Full HD display, a 2.40GHz Intel Core i7-3630QM processor, an Intel HM77 Express Chipset, a GeForce GTX 680M + Intel HD graphics 4000, a 16GB DDR3 RAM, a 500GB hard drive, a 2MP webcam, a DVD Super Multi Drive, a multi-card reader, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 + LE and runs on Windows 8 64-bit OS. The NEXTGEAR-NOTE i970BA3 sells for 169,890 Yen (about $2,017). [product page]
Here's the latest digital camera from Vivitar, the ViviCam S536. This compact camera sports a 16MP CMOS image sensor, a 3.3x optical zoom lens, a built-in flash, a 2.4-inch rear LCD display, an SD card slot (up to 32GB), a USB 2.0 port and 640 x 480 VGA video recording capabilities. The ViviCam S536 retails for $74.95. [product page]
MetroPCS has just released a new Android 4.0 ICS smartphone from ZTE namely the ZTE Avid 4G. Specs-wise, the handset is equipped with a 4.0-inch 800 x 480 touchscreen display, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, a microSD card slot, a 5MP camera with LED flash and video recording support, WiFi, Bluetooth, 4G LTE connectivity, a 1730mAh battery and runs on Android 4.0 ICS OS. The ZTE Avid 4G can be yours for just $149.99 (+tax) off contract. [product page]