This is the list of my top 10 mobile device for me. Just to make it clear, this top 10 list is just my personal reference. Also, this about mobile device, not just smartphone. 🙂
10. The Surface Pro 2
The Surface pro is one of the best tablet that I ever lay my hand on, it is one beautiful tablet, which can also be a very powerful laptop. It got the 4th generation Intel Core i5 Haswel. There are 4GB of memory for 64/128 models and 8GB of memory fir 256/512GB models . THe Display have 10.6 inches diagonal with the resolution of 1920×1080 with the ratio of 16:9. This tablet run smoothly on Windows 8.1 and can handle intense activities from gaming to pretty much anything else. The only reason the Surface Pro 2 is not on a higher spot is because of it’s price: 899$ for the 64GB model. You can get a better laptop with the same price. But beside that, it is a great tablet and if you have some money to spend and want a reliable table, check it out.
9. The Chrome Cast
Hey, I said Mobile device right? Anyway, after a failure with Google TV (that giant orb if you guys don’t remember), Google once again, attempted to use the idea but on a smaller, portable and cheap device for the consumer, the Chrome Cast. How the Chrome Cast work is you plug it into your TV through HDMI port (and power by USB, I know, it’s kind of weird), and then you can turn on Netflix, YouTube, even your Chrome web browser on your smartphone, tablet, laptop, and stream it through the Chrome Cast, and you can also control the video, like pause, pay, fast forward, etc… Now, someone ask me what is the different between the Chrome Cast and the HDMI cable, well, it is not just transferring your action through internet, and every action is going through the internet it is streaming. Now you can get it in the play store for only 34$.
The Nexus 7 is a budget tablet but its performance is equal if not a little bit better than other high end tablet in the market right now. It has 7 inches screen with the resolution of 1920*1200, 1080 HD IPS, and it is running android 4.3 out of the box, but you can get 4.4 soon, some report says that user already got 4.4. The tablet have 2GB of RAM and 2 capacity options: 16GB and 32GB. Also, you can get the tablet the 32 GB version for only 269$.
7. Samsung Galaxy S4
The Samsung Galaxy S4 is one of the most popular phone of 2013 globally. The phone its self is awesome, with the Snapdragon 600, 2GB of RAM, 5 inches 1080p, 16 GB of storage BUT it is expandable, display and full with feature and touch-wiz that only comes from out ONE AND ONLY, Samsung. Although there is some lagging here and there, it is a very good phone, responsive and when it is not lagging, it work VERY well. The only reason that it is not higher on the list is because other devices are just better (more swag!!!!!!!)
6. Nexus 5
Well, hand down, this is, not just one of the best phone, spec-wise, but also the deal of the year. Now, start with specifications: it got the Snapdragon 800 chip, 2 GB or RAM, 4.95 Inches diagonal with the resolution of 1920*1080p display (that is 445 ppi) and 8MP rear facing camera with OIS (Optical Image Stabilization). 2300 mAH and support for 4G LTE. All of this goodness pack into this phone and its price it is only 349$ for the 16 GB models.
5. Ipad Air
Simply just one of the best tablet I ever handle. Yes, it is just an upgrade from last model but it have good build quality. With smaller bezels and the 9.7 diagonal Retina Display, the screen looks fantastic. Also, the build in A7 and M7 chips is marvelous (yea, the 64 bit part is kind of useless right now but it is needed for future proof and I like just that gimmicky part of it). Also, it’s supporting WiFI and LTE. Although the price of the Ipad is pretty high, when you buy an Ipad, you buying the experience of apple, which some consider is valuable.
4. LG GFlex
This phone is probably is the surprise of the year. This phone is not the best in spec-wise, but stand out for the innovation in build. Let’s get the specification out of the way, most of it is like the G2 which contain: 6 inches screen (only 720p though), packed a curve batery 3500mAh of energy, Snapdragon 800 Soc and 2GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage and support LTE Advance. But we all know spec is irrelevant here, what worth mention is the flexible display, and it is also the ability of the phone. If you not already know, the phone is literally flexible, and the coding which can heal it self. This it is probably one of the first phone in the world that have these feature (unless I am slow on news this is not the first “flexible phone”. This stand out because it is simply the future. Phone manufacture should start to head this direction and created more durable and flexible type of phone because of this.
3. HTC One
Come down to the TOP 3 we have the HTC One, one of the most praised phone in the tech world in 2013. Not only it well built, but with decent specification: Snapdragon 600, 2 GB of RAM, 4.7 inches diagonal 1080p display, 4 megapixels (I KNOW) rear facing camera with OIS and the most awesome feature: front facing speaker Boom Sound (and it have nothing to do with Beat Audio). Also, Sense 5 skin run on top of android is just simply flawless. This phone hand down is one of the best phone experience I ever have.
2. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
One of the best phone of the year, the Note 3 (sequel of the Note 2) is one of the best phone. Not just with specification: Snapdragon 800, 5.5 inches 1080p display, 3GB of RAM and pack the S-pen. Samsung is smart on the usages of screen as much as possible with dual screen, and more feature that can bug down the phone, but if you can by pass that, it is an awesome devices. Samsung is just nailed with the phone, from build quality (for those who don’t know, its have leather back) and chrome around it, to the usage of the S-pen. the software maybe can be a little bit smoother. but overall, it is a great phone.
1. Nokia Lumia 1020
Now, you could read this and say: “WHAT? WINDOWS FAN BOY,” Andddddddddddddddd you probably right, partial of this placement is a little bit biased. BUT, there is a reason for this placement. The specification is not the best in the market: Snapdragon S4 pro, 2GB of RAM, 32 GB non-expandable storage and a built-in barometer. But we all know why it is here, the giant Oreo in the back, the 41 megapixels with IOS and “Reinvented Zoom.” Now, you can say that the camera alone is not enough to convince people. But, this is a fact, people know about the phone, about Windows Phone 8 more through this phone. This phone is what make people consider Windows Phone 8 and make the reputation of Windows Phone 8 growth. Also, going back to the 41 megapixels camera, “nothing even come close” to that because it can literally become your point and shoot camera with it’s own Xenon flash , hand down, this is one of the best smartphone camera of the year, and the “innovation”, which is rightfully used by Nokia and Ellop, in the camera work combine with the Windows Phone OS, which I am just adored is what make the Nokia Lumia 1020 on top of this list.
That is ME, now is YOUR TURN
what is your top 10 gadget mobile of the year???????? tell me what did I miss? Moto X, Iphone 5S, Sony?