Christmas is around the corner and everybody is busy preparing their top ten list. I said why not? I should prepare one too. But it will not be a best gadgets of the year list which is subjective. This list is subjective by not being subjective, because it is my wish list. These are the things which dawned upon us in the year 2010. Though there are many more which I still like, these are the things which I most desire.
Some are down right useful, some are utterly insane. Yet these are the things I would buy if money is not problem.
I am not much of a gamer. The last game I was addicted to was DXBall. That’s a dos based game and would probably not work with today’s dual core processors. A lot has changed since then and I have silently witnessed the change by not being part of it. The time has come to be part of it. I would give full credit to Kinect for this transformation. Kinect’s gesture controlled gaming takes gaming to a whole new level.
However much you hate Steve Jobs, you got to give it for Apple’s products. iPad is one of the successful product launches in the recent history. It’s the product launch which created a brand new category. Users love it, publishers love it. There is no flash support, no camera, no USB’s yet this is still desirable. Have you looked at the way all publishers are flocking to iPad? That’s where the future is. I just want to be part of it. That’s all.
You know how Al Gore won the peace prize? Because of this set-up:
I so want that three monitor set-up. Besides being cool, it is fully functional. How else can I track multiple twitter streams? Besides, blogging is as serious as tracking climate change itself.
Who wouldn’t want a laptop which you can hold with two fingers? Macbook air which comes in two varieties (11 inch and 13 inch) has a form factor which just entices you to touch. A neat no fuss keyboard layout and a wafer thin screen to go with it. For some serious computing and writing, you still need the physical keyboard. As someone said, Macbook Air is the iPad for old people. It could be for wise people too.
Logitech Solar Keyboard
You can touch all you want but keyboards are here to stay. Wireless keyboard’s and mice suck out a lot of batteries and that is something I could keep up with. My wireless keyboard is gathering dust and probably will not work. This Logitech Solar keyboard solves the very problem. It’s charged from ambient light and not necessarily sun light. For this keyboard, batteries are aliens. Since we are talking about keyboards, I wouldn’t mind getting one of these revolutionary keyboards, to see if it really is revolutionary.
Swap Rebel Watch
I am not big fan of watches, but for this one I will make an exception. Watches for long tried to shed away their unitasker image by coming up with alarms, calculators, contact list. None of them were revolutionary enough. Swap Rebel Watch is that rare breed which is a phone bundled in to the watch. It comes with a 1.46 inch touch screen, an mp3 player, an USB port, 2GB storage capability, camera, Bluetooth, video recorder. Of course it is a watch to start with so it comes with the strap.
Noise canceling headphones
Any one would do but I heard Bose has best. Bose QuietComfort 15 is the best available and not necessarily cheap. At $300, may be I would never buy this one but that’s where Santa comes in right? I don’t work on a shop floor or anything but I am a sucker for grapevine. This is where my predicament comes. Once I try to pry in to other people’s conversations, which aren’t very subtle, I lose focus. Music comes in handy but there are noises which can still get through. I cannot put on a “Do Not Disturb” sticker on my face, so the best way to avoid distractions is a noise canceling headphones. Or so goes the thought.
When I bought my iPhone, I didn’t realize Android would be a big thing. Androids and touch screen phones have become so ubiquitous. With every increasing apps for Android, the desire for Android is only getting stronger. Any decent piece of hardware would do but Dell Streak looks like good phone to have.
Kindle rules the eReaders with the eInk display. Nook comes as a close second. When Nook color was released, it placed itself slightly in to the iPad market without the touch screen. For a serious reader, magazines are part of the equation. All magazines come in color. An ebook reader which can show color magazines would be a nice thing to have. Nook Color provides that. With its access to Android market, no one has to worry about not having their favorite magazine on Nook. I was pretty close to hitting the buy button on Kindle but some kind of force stopped me. Come to think of it, it is Nook and its ilk.
Notion Ink Adam
Adam promises a lot of firsts. It won’t be out till 2011, but it made waves in 2010. Adam promises to be a nice blend of sexy iPad, humble Kindle and newbie Nook color. It might probably replace Nook Color and iPad from the list but the jury is still out on Adam.
There you are, my wish list for 2010. Year 2011, promises to be an exciting year for the gadget world. There will be new tablets launched almost every other day. Android devices will be coming in thick and fast and then there is the dual core mobile phones and Windows phone 7 which make 2011 an exciting year to look forward to.
What’s yours gadget of 2010?