Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - COVER STORY -

2011 will be re­mem­bered for so many things in the tech world. It will re­call the last ever year of Steve Jobs’ tin­ker­ing with the chips to come up with i-conic gamechang­ers. The year will also be re­garded as one in which many de­vices ma­tured af­ter ex­cit­ing births in the pre­vi­ous years—tablets, dual-pro­ces­sor smart­phones, ul­tra­books, to name a few.

It is a year-end rit­ual to put these events in per­spec­tive and see the in­flu­ence they have had on peo­ple and places. It is also a time to eval­u­ate the year in terms of what it pro­duced. Many gad­gets were launched dur­ing 2011, some per­ished by the way side, ig­nored by the masses. Oth­ers be­came house­hold names, pre­sent­ing them­selves as sym­bols of ex­cel­lence in util­ity, per­for- mance and in­no­va­tion.

It is not easy to rank prod­ucts since each in­di­vid­ual de­rives his or her own de­gree of sat­is­fac­tion out of them. What may fully sat­isfy the needs of one need not nec­es­sar­ily do the same for an­other. But In­dia To­day G&G, in an ob­jec­tive man­ner, has put the best gad­gets on the podium, hav­ing ranked them on the ba­sis of five at­tributes: Fea­tures present in the prod­uct; de­sign; unique qual­i­ties; per­for­mance; and value for money. It must be made clear here that the de­vices con­sid­ered for rank­ing were from among the ones that were sent to G&G dur­ing the year. If there are other ster­ling prod­ucts out there which aren’t on our list, pre­sum­ably they did not reach our of­fice for re­views in 2011.

ASHISH BHA­TIA is a tech­nol­ogy jour­nal­ist with over twenty years of tech writ­ing be­hind him. TUSHAR KAN­WAR is a tech­nol­ogy colum­nist who con­trib­utes to a va­ri­ety of tech­nol­ogy and life­style pub­li­ca­tions.

VARUN KR­ISH­NAN is founder and editor of fon­earena.com, a web­site on all things mo­bile.

GAGANDEEP SINGH SAPRA con­sid­ers him­self the Big Geek at Sys­tem 3 Group, a lead­ing It-man­aged ser­vices com­pany.

ANAND RA­MACHAN­DRAN is a comics writer, videogame in­dus­try con­sul­tant and in­ter­ac­tive me­dia de­signer.

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