LivelyState’s best tech of 2013

Apple Macbook Air.

Macbook Air

Apple have released a refreshed version of the Macbook Air every year since it was first introduced in 2008. Boasting exceptional battery life and showing that extreme portability doesn’t have to mean sluggish performance, the Macbook Air is an exceptional gadget. This years model was no exception and showcased Intel’s latest Haswell processors. It brought with it much improved battery life and even saw a price reduction. The built in trackpad gestures are frankly brilliant and make me love the device like my own child. The Macbook Air is the envy of every Ultrabook and really highlights Apples commitment to market leading quality.

Apple iPad Air.

iPad Air

2013 saw a change in design for the iPad Air and the inclusion of Apple’s new 64bit A7 processor. The device sports a super slick slimline chassis and comes pre-loaded with the beautifully intuitive iOS7. Apple pretty much singlehandedly created the tablet market and the iPad still sets the benchmarks to which every other tablet aims to best. The iPad Air is simply a beautiful gadget and a real tech innovation. Love or loathe Apple, you cannot deny the quality and the innovation that goes into their products.

PS4 and Xbox One.

PS4 vs Xbox One

This year we finally saw the release of the much anticipated Playstation 4 and Xbox One. Both consoles boast next generation PC like graphics and super slick user interfaces.With octa-core processors and AMD Radeon based graphics under the hood, both consoles are lightning fast. The PS4 appears to be slightly more powerful with faster DDR5 RAM and a slightly higher CPU clock speed. Either way the differences in performance are marginal. The PS4 does come in at a slightly lower price point, but with the Xbox One you do get the inclusion of the excellent Kinect hardware which  goes some way to justify its higher price.

Pebble smartwatch

Pebble

Wearable tech is all the rage at the minute with google showcasing its intuitive glass hardware and smartwatches making a real appearance. One of my favourite smartwatches is the Pebble. Rather than a standalone product the Pebble synchs seamlessly with your smartphone delivering notifications and other relevant bits of information to your rist. Its well affordable at $150/£110 and is even waterproof. The Pebble is dead intuitive and being one of the highest-crowd funded products to date its incredibly desirable. Check out my smart watch guide: http://livelystate.com/2013/12/07/smartwatch-guide/

HTC One

HTC One

The HTC One was the smartphone set to reverse the tide of the companies troubled revenues. The super-phone showcased what HTC were capable of with a superb iPhone matching aluminium unibody design and top end internals. The device also featured a new ultra pixel camera capable of taking high quality low light photos. This is all complimented by a 4.7 inch market leading full HD LCD display. The HTC One is one of the best Android smartphones to date and won international acclaim. The device was (and still is) a fantastic all round powerhouse of a smartphone and really became the One to beat. Lets just hope the once mighty HTC continue to make high quality smartphones and can win enough hearts to secure a fruitful future. You can find my review here:http://livelystate.com/2013/09/17/htc-one-review/

Netflix

Netflix

If your not already aware Netflix is an online video streaming service. For a monthly fee of £5.99/$7.99 (streaming only) you get unlimited access to an ever expanding library of movies and TV programs. Netflix has a intuitive user interface which learns your viewing habits and recommends things you might like to watch. It also recently had a visual overhaul making it even more pleasing on the eye and easier to use. What is particularly good for UK subscribers is the amount of great American TV series’ and Netflix have even started making their own original productions – such as the multi award winning House of Cards.To make it even more accessible, Netflix is also available on a huge range of platforms including iOS, Android, Xbox, Playstation and and even smart TV’s.Even Virgin Media have now included Netflix to its offerings. For the price Netflix is an absolute bargain and every home needs to have a subscription.

Samsung Galaxy Note3

Samsung-Galaxy-Note-3

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is an absolute beast of a gadget. If you follow my blog then you will know that we are a massive fan the Note3. The Full HD Super Amoled display is shockingly brilliant and really brings the device to life. The Note3 Also includes Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragons 800 mobile  processor making it incredibly powerful. In the camera department is a brilliant 13mp snapper and it also supports 2K video capture. What sets the Note3 apart from the competition is the S-pen functionality and it makes paper and penlook like a thing of the past. The Note3 is a highly functional device and easily warrants being considered one of 2013’s best tech innovations. Check this out: http://livelystate.com/2013/10/22/5-reasons-why-you-need-a-samsung-galaxy-note-3/

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