G&G HAD THE HELP OF THE FOLLOWING EXPERT PANEL IN SELECTING THE TOP STUFF OF 2011
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.