It’s that time of the year again when we look back at some of the best technology products of 2012. Here’s a quick listing of DNA Digital ’s top picks of 2012, along with two runners up for each segment.
Samsung Galaxy Note II — Rs37,000
Despite its size, the Note II proved to be another huge success for Samsung and surprisingly, appealed to a much wider audience than just those with large hands. It’s also one of the most powerful phones to come out this year. However, the Note II gains the top spot, mostly due to the brilliant stylus technology used. The S Pen manages great levels of accuracy and its varied pressure sensitivity allows you to sketch and draw with great precision.
HTC One X - Rs32,500
Apple iPhone 5 - Rs45,000
Apple iPad 4th Gen (16GB, Wi-Fi) — Rs31,900
The iPad continues to bag the top spot every year and even though the 4th Gen iPad may not be a major overhaul of the 3rd Gen, it still is the best tablet out there right now. The latest incarnation features a Retina display for accurate colours and great viewing angles. The new iPad also features a faster SoC called A6X which has quad-core graphics for smoother gameplay. The 5MP iSight camera continues to be the best one fitted on a tablet till date. It’s capable of Full HD recording and really good macros and low light photography.
Asus Transformer Prime TF201 (64GB, Wi-Fi) - Rs46,000
Apple iPad mini (16GB, Wi-Fi) – Rs21,900
LG 84LM9600 Ultra HD TV — Rs17 lakh
The LG 4K TV or Ultra HD TV steals the show with its massive size and super high resolution. This 84-inch monster packas in a UHD resolution of 3840 x 2160p which is four times the resolution of Full HD that current TVs have. While content of this sort is still hard to come by, it’s truly a technological achievement for LG and sets a precedence for high-end TVs in 2013. This edge-lit LED TV features local dimming LEDs or LED Plus as LG likes to call it. This causes portions of the screen to dim or brighten depending on the scene and the end result is deeper blacks as well as lower power consumption. Other features include built-in Wi-Fi and WiDi technology, Cinema 3D, Dual Play, 3D World, Smart Share and a whole bunch of apps to go along with it.
Sony KD-84X9000 – Rs16.9 lakh
Samsung UA40EH5000R – Rs50,000
Canon EOS M — Rs49,000
Compact System Cameras (CSC) have caught the fancy of many as they offer you DSLR-quality photos with the convenience of a point-and-shoot. Canon has been waiting patiently in this arena and have finally launched the EOS M, which is easily one of the best performing CSC cameras this year. The camera is based on the new EF-M mount system and comes with a 22mm f/2 STM lens. The camera packs in an 18MP sensor with Canon’s Digic 5 image processor. You have the option to shoot up to an 12800 ISO level for stills and 6400 ISO for video. It’s also capable of Full HD recording, PictBridge support, HDMI, Direct Print and lots more.
Samsung Galaxy Camera – Rs30,000
Sony Cyber-shot RX100 – Rs34,500
MacBook Pro with Retina Display — Rs1,52,000
Apple’s next-gen MacBook Pro is truly a feat to behold. It manages to marry high-end performance in chassis that’s as deep as some of today’s Ultrabooks. The highlight of this MacBook Pro is of course the Retina display which manages to squeeze in a whopping 2880 x 1800 pixel resolution. The LED back-lit IPS display gives you an accurate representation of images which is what makes this ideal for photo and video editing professionals. The Retina MacBooks also have all flash-based storage up to 512GB so your programmes and apps open in an instant. The notebook also has Nvidia’s powerful Kepler GT 650M GPU onboard with Optimus technology. Connectivity-wise, you get Thunderbolt, USB 3.0, dual mics and HDMI.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon – Rs85,000
Dell XPS 13 – Rs77,000