“As we bring the year to a close, I invited our Resident Technology Nerd here at Sibat to put together a list of his top 10 technological devices of 2010. Look’s like I’ll have to wait until next year for my Light Cycle. Anyways, here’s what he came up with, in no particular order…” – Tycho Dolphín
Apple’s iPad was perhaps the most important device released this year, although it is far from perfect. It provides the user with capabilities close to a regular computer, but with portability that enables them to bring it on the road. With the Wi-Fi & 3G network access, you can send emails from your couch, jump into the car, and continue working seamlessly. In fact, it is so easy that you sometimes forget the significance of what you are doing: I often sit it my car watching the Redskins game, without considering the fact that I’m sitting in a parking lot, watching live TV on a tablet. It’s pretty crazy how far technology has advanced over the years.
Apple iPod Touch
After being around for several years, you would think that the iPod Touch would have lost it’s relevance and died off. However, it is still a strong seller, especially as an alternative to the iPhone for those who don’t want to sign up for a cellular plan with AT&T. With memory sizes ranging between 8-64 gigabytes, it can hold most people’s music libraries, run the same apps as the iPhone, and looks just like an iPhone (for all you socialites).
I’m sure our forefathers would soil their loins if they saw this one… the Amazon Kindle allows you to have an entire library of books at your fingertips, without the incovenience of carrying an actual book. With a major emphasis put on a book-like experience, it’s screen simulates paper, and you can flip from page-to-page almost like a book. This looks to be the device that changes the way we read books forever. R.I.P. to the bookmark!
Promoted as “The World’s Thinnest Notebook”, this may be the first true claim in advertising history. The best thing about the MacBook Air is that it is extremely portable, attracting traveling businessmen, college students running between classes, and many other people who need to travel light. Today’s generation loves portability, and the MacBook Air plays right into that.
The Droid 2 is the newest release from the Droid line, and has been growing in popularity. The two biggest features of the Droid 2 are the Android OS by Google and the fact that it can run Flash Player. With the iPhone still lacking Flash capabilities, this brings much attention to the Droid 2. Also, many reviews of the Droid 2 have spoken favorably about the new keyboard, which was one of the most common complaints about the first generation Droid. Motorola users should be pleased with this new phone, and we might even see it migrate to other carries as well.
The Xbox Kinect was one of the most popular holiday gift this year, with users popping up on Xbox Live already. Also, videos have been circulating on YouTube and Facebook of people really enjoying the full body experience of gaming. Watching someone in a living room, jumping around hitting a virtual volleyball can actually be pretty hilarious. It would be interesting to see how many Xbox Kinects are sold simply off word of mouth. So far, I have heard nothing but good things about the Kinect. If you would like more info on this device, feel free to read my previous article here.
It was great that the PlayStation Move came out before the Kinect, and for a lower price, but there was little promotion, and consequently, little buzz. Still, it is a neat device, with controllers like a Nintendo Wii, and motion sensors like the Kinect. For PlayStation users, the Move is the perfect device. In fact, the motto for the Move is “It Only Does Everything”. It also has some very cool optional accessories, including a sharp-shooter attachment, and a charging station. Oh, and the ball on the controller glows while you play… who doesn’t love that?
Samsung 3D 1080p LCD HDTV 46”
The first time I saw this TV, I was speechless. With 3D, LCD, and HDTV features all in one television…I don’t even care what the price is, I want it. The reviews for this thing are just phenomenal as well: it has gotten 5 stars across the board for features, design, value and performance. I just hope one of my friends get this TV soon because I will stuck at their house forever!
Call of Duty: Black Ops
Nowadays, you can’t have a Top 10 List and not include the newest Call of Duty. This version features gameplay from the time of the Cold War, which is a nice change from Modern Warfare. The multiplayer is a lot of fun, and even though some of the maps aren’t as good as previous versions, trash talking and shooting people is always a lot of fun.
HTC EVO 4G
I absolutely love this phone. One of my best friends owns it and even though I have an iPhone, I’m pretty jealous of the HTC EVO 4G features. The screen is huge, the backgrounds for the phone are awesome, it runs the Android OS… all around it is just an impressive device. If you are on the Sprint network, don’t even think twice about getting one of these.
Thanks for a great year!