There are more than one million apps on the App Store. There is an app for everything these days, literally. The common perception is that the gaming apps are the most popular ones. But that is not necessarily the case. You’ll be surprised to see how many non-gaming apps are frequently used by people.
To get the most out of some of these apps you’ll need a fairly powerful device. As iPhone is sort of a given, I would like to provide an Android alternate for Android users. Therefore, look no further than the Nexus 5 which performed extremely on the GFXbench tests earlier in the year and considering its affordable price point, it is ideal for both casual and hardcore mobile phone gamers.
Top 5 iPhone Apps of 2013
Here we go, here are the top five:
Afterlight is a photo editing app that allows the iPhone users to crop, rotate and edit photos. There is an advance set of tools such as filters, gradients, color shades, bordering and texturing etc. The good thing about this app is that it can turn an ordinary photo into an artistic one. You can get this amazing app just for 99 cents.
Duolingo was recently nominated as “app of the year” by Apple. It is a teaching app that allows users to learn new languages. At the moment there are five languages it can teach: German, Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese. There is both verbal and visual assistance provided to the users. And remarkably enough, this app is free!
Temple Run 2
You probably knew that this app would make the list. Even though it is a free app, it is the most widely played iPhone game in the world. Great graphics, adrenaline rush, skill, hand-eye coordination – this game will push your limits. Based on the sample principle of collecting coins and trying not to fall or get hit by objects, this game has been treating iPhone and Android users the day it came out.
Venmo is another creative app that addresses a very common problem: retrieval of small loans you give to your friends. Don’t worry about that $5 you lent! This app enables users to connect their checking account with the app and pay money with a click or a ‘touch’ would be more appropriate. The best part is that there is no processing fee for Venmo, the transactions are completely free! The app is not only about payments, one can also use it for “recovery”. The app sends reminders to your friends, family and coworkers to send your money. And hold onto your hats: Venmo is a free app.
ThirdLove is another example like Venmo of a small technology solving a real life issue. When ordering clothes online, there is always a threat that the clothes won’t fit. This is lingerie making company’s app that allows woman to send pictures so the appropriate bra-size can be determined. It is another useful app that is free. However, since the company that owns the app is an online store, they make money when you purchase anything from them.
Tablet PC or tablet computer is the recent twiddle around the technology driven world today. Tablet PCs are mobile personal computer with almost all functions of the PC. It is obvious, presumptuously, that the public have assimilated the broad-spectrum advantage in owning a Tablet PC. Given the handy, shrunken, glossy looking portable mobile computer, the public dazzles upon something when they are out in the market to buy them. Because of the advancement in technology, several firms have emerged in manufacturing tablet computers and each one boast their versions of tablet releases with fine refinements aiding user community. The trending competition is between Apple’s iPad Mini, Google Nexus and Amazon Kindle Fire HD.
The Battles of Tablets:
The buzz on the buyer’s mind starts from the tablet price. The famous and much luxurious Apple recently released iPad Mini that is slightly thinner than the larger iPad, yet offering the entire experience of its predecessor at around $330. On the other hand, the basic models of Kindle Fire and Google Nexus cost just around $200 a piece. Despite larger screen of iPad Mini, it loses to Nexus and Kindle Fire’s resolution (being 216 ppi). iPad Mini is much thinner and lightweight than its competitors. As it goes with tablet processor, Google Nexus with quad-core processors easily beats its counterpart having dual-core. iPad Mini with both front and rear camera at HD resolutions wins over the competitors in tablet performance. Tablet life of all the competitors is roughly same. All rivals share one year limited tablet warranty. Both Nexus and Kindle Fire are android tablets while Apple has its own touch to it with Apple iOS 6. To be precise, Nexus comes with Android Jelly Bean whereas Kindle Fire presents with a custom Android OS. iPad Mini stands a notch up supporting both Wi-Fi and cellular services with 4G LTE connectivity. Bear in mind, tablet life of all rivals are at par, given their brands popularity.
It will be quite difficult to conclude claiming one as ‘best tablet’ over the other. Each of the competitors has something more to offer to their counterpart. The most famous Apple’s iPad Mini has de-escalated processor and screen resolution compared to its previous release iPad. Yet, it has two means of connectivity, namely cellular and Wi-Fi. Besides, the adage of Apple’s products is something worth considering. However, Google Nexus and Kindle Fire have captured its own audiences. For example, enthusiastic Android users seek Google Nexus, for it now comes with the Android Jelly Bean. Google Nexus features among gamers luring them with HD gaming experience. Kindle Fire HD, as it is an Amazon product, is the right-on tablet to use among the Amazon members maximizing their interaction with Amazon products. Moreover, kindle Fire tablet gives the best service for a common user with lower cost and high memory design. Apple’s iPad Mini are costly compared to others. The choice to conclude the ‘best tablet’ is in the hands of the buyer as he/she picks the best-suited tablet meeting their parameters of consideration.
If you have to believe the rumors and speculations, then the technology giant, Apple, is gearing up for the next product release, which is nothing but the much anticipated iPad Mini. Already, the mini version of the Apple’s tablet is garnering enough attention from the rumor makers even before its release. The speculations too keep on counting the rumored features of the device everyday, which has now increased the Apple fans’ anticipation further to buy the tablet. Here is what everything that is being talked about the iPad Mini.
Why should Apple Develop and Release iPad Mini Now?
Apple is already making huge profits with all its previous tablet versions, the iPad, iPad 2 and the new iPad, are being sold at a fantastic pace. The Tim Cook led company’s latest offering in the iPad series was the new iPad, which boasts about some excellent features like the High Definition screen and so on. With just a few months after the release of new iPad, why should Apple gear up for another release in the tablet series? And even if Apple releases the iPad Mini, will not it affect the sales of the new iPad? An industry expert tells us that Apple’s market share in the tablet space is quite high when compared to the market share of the competitors like Samsung and Sony and Barnes and Nobles and Amazon. He adds that even though Apple is leading the space now, the tablet market still has all the opportunities to grow big in the coming days. He further adds that it is because of this reason Apple is concentrating more on the tablet space.
How the Mini Version of iPad would look like?
The latest speculations about the iPad Mini reveal that the device might look like a large third generation iPod Nano, but as thin as the fourth generation iPod Touch. This means that the device would be thinner than its one of its rival devices, the Kindle Fire. The rumored dimensions about the device give us the figure that the mini tablet would be just incredibly 7.2 mm thick, which is almost 25 percentages thinner than the recently released new iPad! The display of the tablet might measure up to 7.85 inches, if the rumors are to be believed. This says us that the new device might look like a large iPod Nano rather than a small iPad. Regarding the height of the device, it might be same as the Google’s Nexus 7, but the width just a bit longer than the Android tablet.
Features of the Mini Tablet!
It seems as if Apple might release the iPad Mini that would cater to both the 3G and the non 3G users. The speculations about the device give us the detail that Apple might go for a dual core A5x SoC processor. If this becomes true, then the mini tablet would be faster than the expected speed. However, the device might not feature a retina display and would come with limited, but enough, storage capabilities. The rumors claim that the mini tablet might come with 8GB or 16 GB of storage. The experts say that the limited but the unique features of the mini version of iPad will not decrease the sales of the premium editions of the device.
iPad Mini Price and Release Date
Since the product’s design and features are not known completely, there is still no news about the price of the mini tablet. Some rumors state that design is being conceived in China, but the mass manufacturing of the device would take place from September in Brazil. If this speculation holds true, Apple fans can expect the company to make the announcements about the iPad Mini in four or five months, targeting the Christmas holidays!
Tech geeks nowadays hunt for the list of new gadgets in 2012, as speculations reveal that the 2012 gadgets are some awesome deals that one can never miss this year. Just now, the year has begun, and so far, the happenings in the world of technology suggest us that the year 2012 will see people getting to the next level in terms of technology. Whether it is mobile phones, or the laptops, or the new sensational tablets, or the cameras, or other gadgets like operating systems and gaming devices, the year 2012 seems to have many in store for the technology lovers and users. Based on the speculations and the wish lists of geeks and tech critics, here are the 15 gadgets that come under the most anticipated list of new gadgets in 2012!
1) Google Ice Cream Sandwich
Android is the most used mobile operating system on the earth and its popularity is sky high, even though it faces a tough competition from Apple. Usually, Android gets better every year with the yummy names. This year too, the mobile operating system reaches the version 4 named Ice Cream Sandwich, and eventually, the products using Ice Cream Sandwich fall into this list of 2012 gadgets. This means more good news for the Android fans and more bad news for the Apple and Windows phone fans.
2) Next Edition of Kindle Fire
The year of 2011 was something great for the Amazon, as the company’s tablet, Kindle, sold like hot cakes. Kindle, Amazon’s product aimed against the Apple’s iPad, had a few technical and user – friendly limitations even though the sales were quite successful. The makers of Kindle have promised a new edition in the Kindle series, and because of the previous edition’s success and many people expect it, next edition of Kindle easily gets into the list of new gadgets in 2012. However, one has to wait and see whether Kindle 2 manages to find solutions for the limitations and problems that the first edition faced.
3) iPad Mini
If Android fans have a reason to celebrate this year, surely Apple fans too have their own reasons. The little version of the iPad, which is the world’s most famous tablet series, called the iPad mini may hit the Apple stores this year. People always say that the Apple products have big numbers in the price tags. To put people’s mouths silent, Apple is getting ready to release the small version of iPad to make it affordable to everyone. Speculations also reveal that an interesting price of $300 will attract more buyers. If iPad Mini is possible in 2012, then it is surely the go-get-it type in the list of 2012 gadgets.
4) Next Gen MacBook Air
Apple gives reasons for the conventional laptop lovers too to celebrate this year. MacBook Air, one of revolutionary devices from the Apple, has a thin design and powerful performance, and it is the differentiating factor of the laptop. A speculation says that, soon the Tim Cook led tech company may come up with a next generation MacBook Air, which may have an awesome design at the size of just 15 inches, thinner, lighter and more powerful than the previous editions. People who are looking out to buy new gadgets in 2012 should be ready to grab this ultra-design laptop.
5) Nook Tablet 2
Nook tablet from the Barnes & Noble Company clearly had a tough battle fighting against the likes of Apple’s iPad and Amazon’s Kindle. This year, the tech lovers can expect the next edition of Nook with improved technical specifications along with other 2012 gadgets. The previous edition lacked the Bluetooth feature, and Nook 2 may sell more, if it includes the Bluetooth this time.
6) Fourth Generation Phones
The 3rd generation mobile devices ruled the world of mobile technology last year. The last year also witnessed the introduction of 4th generation mobile phones. Hence, the new gadgets in 2012, in terms of mobile phones, may use the 4th generation technology that will promise better facilities than the 3G models of mobile phones. By the end of the year, the usage costs too come down, according to the predictions of the experts of mobile industry.
7) Nintendo Wii U
Gamers can also expect some awesome 2012 gadgets specially made for them. Nintendo, one of the top companies in the gaming arena, has plans to release the new Nintendo Wii U, which has some stunning features like 1080p graphic support and great compatibility. Critics also predict that the Wii U can try something different and can come up with a revolutionary set of controls.
8 ) PS Vita
In addition to Nintendo Wii U, the list of new gadgets in 2012 has more gadgets to keep the gaming buffs happy. Vita, a handheld gaming device from Sony Play Station, has everything including an affordable price that can help its makers to get to the top again this year in the gaming world.
9) iPad 3
The year of 2011 witnessed the introduction of various tablet PCs. Apple, ahead of all other companies, released the iPad way back in 2010, which set the benchmark for its competitors, which followed it. When the followers release their next versions of tablets in 2012, why not the leader? Speculation has it that soon Tim Cook may hold the next edition of iPad, the iPad 3, and may smile to the snaps after an introduction ceremony soon. If iPad 3 gets out, in addition to iPad Mini, then it is sure that it will be one of the hottest 2012 gadgets.
NetBooks became successful last year. However, many people said that the laptops had a price that was not affordable for many regular tech buyers. This year, the UltraBooks may be available at a gettable price, and hence, features in the wish list of new gadgets in 2012.
11) Nikon D800
Photography attracts huge number of people every year, and hence, cameras attract the photographers every year. Nikon D700 attracted a huge number of buyers in the last two years. Nikon D800, a successor to the yesteryear release, Nikon D700, can have its release this year. The 32 Megapixel cameras, if released, will clearly feature in a photographer’s list of to-buy 2012 gadgets.
12) Canon 5D Mark III
Competition is tough in the sales of cameras too. If Nikon comes up with a new gadget, then surely its tough competitor Canon too will be ready. Canon’s 5D Mark II was very popular last year, after its makers released it in 2010. Camera lovers expected the next edition Mark III in 2011. However, the gadget did not arrive and may do this year. It is not necessary to mention that it earns a place in the expected list of new gadgets in 2012.
13) Apple iTV
Television is one area, which has caught up in the eyes of big payers of technology, Apple and Google. People, however the day is to them, good or bad, never fail to switch on their Television sets. Google realized this fact clearly, and hence, it came up with the concept of Google TV way back in the year of 2010. Now, it is the time for Apple to have plans to come up with its own products to captivate the TV market. Apple iTV may be result, and if it becomes a reality, it may top the charts of 2012 gadgets.
14) iPhone 5
In addition to the iPads, MacBooks and iTV, Apple seems to have more plans to execute it this New Year. Here is the ‘Wow’ news for the mobile phone buffs. Apple may release the iPhone 5, the fifth edition of iPhone, which changed the terms of a mobile phone after its inception. People expected iPhone 5 in 2011. However, Apple came up with iPhone 4S, an improved 4th edition of iPhone. This year, it is almost sure that iPhone 5 may have its release. What is up then? Those who wish to buy new gadgets in 2012 once again have to stand in queues in front of the Apple stores to buy the iPhone 5 this year.
15) Windows 8
If computers rule the world, then it is easy to say that Windows rule the world of computers. The phenomenal success of Windows made Bill Gates the richest man on this earth. Everyone is aware of this fact, and of course, it is as easy to say that everyone has used Windows and is still using. Last year, Bill Gates’ Microsoft released the developer preview of Windows 8, which is the new operating system from the technology giant. The hottest thing with this one of the hottest 2012 gadgets is the new user interface – Metro UI. Metro user interface concentrates in integrating all the features right on the desktop.
It is clear that both the big shots and tiny players of the technology world are gearing up to change the face of the technology once again this year. All those who wish to get some new gadgets in 2012 can do one thing – saving some bucks and buying their favorite 2012 gadgets!