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Top 10 most innovative gadgets for 2013

Mon Dec 31 2012, 10:00

Apple 15in Retina Macbook
Apple MacBook Pro Retina Display
2012 saw Apple launch its next generation Macbook Pro laptop, but the original spin here was that it was its first laptop to feature the Cupertino firm's Retina Display, previous seen on the Iphone 4.

The retina display alone is an innovation, but the upgraded display on the Macbook Pro boasts a resolution of 2880x1880, which is four times the number of pixels in the previous generation of Macbook Pro displays and one of the best quality displays to be seen on a 15in laptop.

Despite packing an upgraded screen, the new top-end Macbook Pro is just 18mm thick and weighs 2.01kg, making this the lightest Macbook Pro model yet.

The 15.4in Macbook Pro also comes with the choice of a quad-core Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, USB 3.0, Bluetooth 4.0, a skinnier Magsafe connector, a maximum of 768GB of flash storage, and battery life promising seven hours of usage and 30 hours on standby.

Innovative as it is, Apple's Retina Macbook retails for a whopping £3,048.89 if you want the highest specifications model with a 2.7GHz processor, 16GB of RAM and 768GB of flash storage. Ouch.

Ford Sync

Ford Sync with MyFord TouchCar manufacturer Ford announced earlier this year that it will bring the next generation of its in-car voice recognition technology called Sync to the UK in 2013 in its Ford Focus electric car.

Working in partnership with Microsoft, which helped develop the software, Ford's Sync software, dubbed My Ford Touch, will "turn cars into mobile WiFi hotspots" and use Bluetooth connectivity with a driver's smartphone so that they can make hands-free calls.

This technology is unique because drivers will be able to open text messages and warnings, read them via text-to-speech and reply with voice control.

Earlier variations of the Sync software have been available in the US for some time, but My Ford Touch also introduces more voice commands on a large 9in interactive display, allowing the driver to download pictures, play videos (only while stationary), and add pictures to phone contacts as well as music album art so it is displayed while being played. This new innovation will be available very soon in the UK and we can't wait to see it in action.

Nokia Pureview 808
Nokia PureView 808 smartphone
The Nokia 808 Pureview smartphone was undoubtedly the highest specification cameraphone we saw during 2012. As well as a tremendous 41MP sensor, the device boasts Carl Zeiss optics, Xenon flash, 4x digital zoom and HD 1080p video.

Being the flagship phone for the Pureview camera technology, which was later adapted into Nokia's Windows phone range such as the Lumia 920, the 808 also features a 1.3GHz ARM processor, a 4in AMOLED Clearblack display, HSDPA and WiFi connectivity and up to 32GB of expandable storage. Such specifications were and still are completely revolutionary and for this reason alone we couldn't help but get excited about the 808.

The Pureview 808's downfall is that it comes running the Finnish phone firm's Symbian operating system, which in our test review proved very unresponsive at times. However, due to the pure innovation of the Pureview technology, bringing picture-taking features that we've never seen on a smartphone before, the Nokia Pureview 808 is certainly worthy a place as one of the top innovations from the past year.

 

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