Best products of 2012
iPhone 5 ($400)
The iPhone that so many have come to love is now lighter, thinner and faster. With a larger screen than the previous generation, the iPhone 5 phone has 4G service, Siri is ever-improving, and the new “EarPods” enhance what you hear.
Samsung Galaxy S III ($200)
For half the price of the iPhone, the Samsung Galaxy III gives you the 4G network, an 8-megapixel camera, and a superb HD display for large-screen lovers. It can act as a mobile hotspot for up to 10 mobile devices.
From our sponsor: Beats Mixr Headphones
Designed to be heard over parties. Beats Mixr headphones deliver super-deep bass at extraordinarily high volumes while the ultra-flexible lightweight headband allows for easy folding when on the go.
Google Nexus 7 ($250)
At a lower price point than some other tablets in its size, the Google Nexus 7 is light and fast, with an excellent display. The Nexus 7 offers both a voice-typing feature and access to all of Google's apps.
Nest Learning Thermostat ($250)
This technology reads your habits and heats your house accordingly. Very simple and energy-saving for those who haven’t programmed their home heating. And during that first cold snap that takes you by surprise, you can even turn up the heat manually from the comfort of your own bed, using your smartphone.
From our sponsor: Samsung Touch All-in-One PC
Designed for fast and easy use with Windows 7. The Samsung Touch All-in-One PC with 23" High-Definition Touch Screen merges a stunningly thin design with a powerful Intel processor and 1TB hard drive.
Lytro Light Field Camera (16GB, $500; 8GB, $400)
Imagine the following scenario: You’re a bird watcher, and you think you’ve spotted the elusive Ivory-billed woodpecker. You take a quick photograph to verify your find, but when you get home that you realize you focused on the leaf in the foreground, not the bird, which is just a blur of feathers in the background.
If you took the photo using the Lytro Light Field Camera, you don’t need to curse yourself. The Lytro’s groundbreaking light-field technology allows you to refocus your photograph after the fact. There is no auto focus or shutter lag, which means that you can snap a shot quicker than ever. The other birders will be green with envy.
Kindle Paperwhite (Price: $119 with ads; $139 without ads; 3G: $179/$199)
If you’re an in-bed reader, this e-reader may be your dream come true. The frontlight is low-stress on your eyes and the screen has sharp easy-to-read contrast. You can store up to 1,100 books, and there is free cloud storage on Amazon’s servers. You’ll never run out of things to read.
From our sponsor: Canon EOS Rebel T4i
The most sophisticated Rebel ever—the EOS Rebel T4i DSLR with 18.0 Megapixel CMOS delivers advanced photography with phenomenal image quality, high performance, and EF and EF-S lens compatibility.
Toshiba 40L2200U - 40" class 1080p 60Hz LED TV
This Toshiba 40" HDTV with sleek new Aero Design gives big-screen seekers what they crave–big, bold 1080p Full HD resolution and Audyssey Audio providing clear and natural sound right out of the box.
Kodak Playfull HD Video Camera ($150)
A pocket cam for a very small pocket. An addition to pocket cams of the likes of Soy Bloggie Touch and Flip UltraHD, this little video camera can go anywhere with you (including under water) and get decent video. Kodak has a very easy three-step sharing technology that makes uploading to social media a snap, and you can take stills from your videos as well.