For the first in our Top Ten series, we’ll take a look at some of the hottest gadgets at the moment. And although there are so many that rightfully qualify to be in the Top Ten Gadgets list, only the cream of the crop have been selected.
The list is rather varied, including products like laptops, mobile devices, tablets and cameras. In due course we’ll look at more specific categories, such as Top Ten Apps, Games, African Innovations, Outdoor Gadgets etc.
In no specific order:
* Apple’s iPad 2
The race for the best tablet has truly come to life since the beginning of the year, with every second manufacturer bringing out a tablet. And although there are many, the iPad is just one of the most versatile products out there. Although it has its flaws, it’s the best value for money.
* Canon EOS Rebel T3i 18MP Digital SLR Camera
Featuring Canon’s newest DIGIC 4 Image Processor and an 18.0 Megapixel CMOS Image Sensor, the Rebel is as good as it gets. Not only will users get the full might of the camera, but the unit also features Full HD video recording, Live View shooting, Wireless flash photography and a Vari-angle 3.0-inch LCD monitor.
* Amazon Kindle
e-Readers have become all the rage for a paperless society, and not only is an e-reader good for the environment, it also helps to reduce the clutter and weight from actual books. The latest version of the Kindle sports a better screen, improved battery life and costs slightly less than its predecessor. It’s by far also the most popular e-reader on the market.
* Garmin nüvi 1490 LMT
Getting around in the concrete jungle can be a daunting task, but the 5-Inch Bluetooth Portable GPS Navigator from Garmin is sure to take the hassle out of finding your way around. It comes standard with free Lifetime Maps and Traffic, and also has a nifty junction to help you navigate on- and off-ramps from the highway.
* Western Digital TV Live Plus HD Media Player
For those who like to watch a lot of movies at home, the best way to do that is via a media centre. Western Digital is known for quality products, and the TV Live Plus is no different. It streams media at full 1080p, supports a wireless network connection and features the ability to mount and play ISO images. As a bonus, it has built-in support for wireless mice and keyboards.
* Kodak Playsport
For outdoor types, it’s very important to always have a minicamcorder at hand to capture those precious and action-filled moments. The latest offering from Kodak is built with rugged terrain in mind, and won’t easily break when dropped from height. It’s waterproof up to 10 feet and records excellent HD footage.
* Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750
Everybody is trying to do their bit to save the environment, and now gamers and office-bound workers can have a clean conscience by helping nature right from their desk. The keyboard requires no batteries, as any light source will charge the unit, and it makes use of Logitech Advanced 2.4 GHz wireless.
* LG HS201 Slim LED Projector
With a 30,000 hour LED life and 200 ANSI brightness, the LG LED projector is great for displaying all your favourite films without the worry of the failing. It features USB 2.0 input, Divx player support, FM wireless audio, HDMI 1.3, and built-in speakers, although external speakers will always work best.
* Logitech Harmony 1100 Advanced Universal Remote
The Harmony 1100 gives users a powerful home-entertainment control solution through a customisable, 3.5-inch full-colour touch screen. The buttons are easily to access and are backlit, so you can easily find them in the dark. One-touch, activity-based controls turn on the right devices in the right order with a single touch.
* VIZIO XVT 3D LED HDTV
The VIZIO is one of the most powerful television sets on the market, and with Full Array TRULED, 120 -zone Smart Dimming, 480Hz smooth motion processing, Full HD and rich SRS TruSurround HD audio, is rather clear as to why. The set also allows for streaming of movies, music and photos from a media centre.
Charlie Fripp, Consumer Tech Editor