The REAL TOP 10 gadgets To Die For in 2011

Here is a list of the actual, existing and/or planned to exist gadgets, gizmos, and new technology planned for, or already released in 2011-2012:

1. iPhone 5

The next installment of the extremely successful series of iPhones is predicted to continue with the iPhone 5, which is speculated to have a late fall 2011 release if Apple preproduction doesn't run into any snags. It is rumored to be 4G LTE, have a better camera, better screen, a faster processor, and to be released with the next iOS, iOS 5. It is rumored to possibly have NFC (Near Field Communication) technology, although several Apple fan and media sites claim to have reported Apple's passing on such technology.

2. HTC Thunderbolt

The HTC Thunderbolt is the very first 4G LTE smartphone on the Verizon Network. This phone is considered the top-notch phone for Verizon, with the HTC EVO following behind. The Thunderbolt has a 1Ghz Snapdragon Processor made by Qualcomm, whom Apple just recently switched to as the maker of their processors as well. It is equipped with a 1.3megapixel front-facing camera and an 8.0megapixel rear-facing camera.

3. iPad 2

The iPad 2 was released on March 11, 2011, and succeeded the original iPad released in April of 2010. The iPad 2 sports a front and rear facing camera for use of Apple's free video calling service dubbed FaceTime, a faster dual-core A5 processor, and is dramatically thinner and lighter than its predecessor. It was also designed for use with a new line of magnetic hinge-based covers called Smart Covers.

4. Motorola Xoom

The Motorola Xoom was the first tablet in the market to run android 3.0, also known as Honeycomb. It was released early January of 2011 and featured more impressive hardware than the iPad 2. It has a higher resolution, more RAM, and expandable storage. It is both wi-fi and 3G capable, running on the Verizon Wireless Network. A rumored Xoom 2 is supposedly in the works for a release date either later this year or sometime in 2012.

5. Apple Thunderbolt Port and Display

The new Thunderbolt port is the next generation of I/O technology. It has data throughput speeds of up to 20x faster than USB 2.0 All new MacBook Pro's and MacBook Air's come with this new port built-in, and Apple has just released the first Thunderbolt Display which utilizes the maximum transfer speeds and resolution capabilities of the Thunderbolt port.

6. Nook Simple Touch

The Nook Simple Touch is the next in line in the series of e-ink technology e-readers equipped with a touch screen, and is used for downloading books and storing them for digital reading. It is much smaller than the previous generations, has a 2GB internal memory, (roughly 1,000 books) and it runs on the Android operating system. Although it runs Android, the Simple Touch has a LendMe service, which allows the owner of a book on the Simple Touch to lend it to anyone running an Android, Blackberry OS, iOS such as iPhone and iPad, or MacOSX device.

7. Android 4.0: Ice Cream Sandwhich

The next installment of Google's extremely popular Android tablet and cell phone operating system is titled Ice Cream Sandwich, replacing Android 3.0, Honeycomb. It is scheduled for a Thanksgiving release in the U.S., in time for the holidays. It is speculated that the next Google Nexus device will sport this new Android OS.

8. Mac OSX Lion

Mac OSX Lion is the latest operating system designed by Apple for Macintosh computers. It features Launchpad, where you can access and launch any of your apps on your Mac, Mission Control, where you can view everything open on your system at once, Airdrop, a wi-fi FREE delivery system between computers, a new version of Mail, full-screen apps, and the Lion servers, as well as a host of new multi-touch gestures and features.

9. Nintendo 3DS

The Nintendo 3DS is the successor to the Nintendo DS line of handheld gaming devices. It has two screens, of which one is touch and the other is 3D, without the need of 3D glasses. It is equipped with backwards Nintendo DS compatibility, higher internal storage, and a rear and front facing VGA quality cameras. It has an accelerometer and a gyroscope, as well as a new PICA200 graphics processor needed for the 3D graphics.


The PSVITA is the new handheld gaming system brought to you by Sony. It is next in line in the PSP franchise despite its name change. It has a touch screen, a rear touch controlled back surface, dual analog sticks, a new software system called LiveArea, which is also a branch off from the PSP's XcrossMediaBar, or XMB, a new form of memory stick, and will be wi-fi and 3G enabled on AT&T.

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Comments 4 comments

casabella 5 years ago

Really informative article!

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Taylor Lueck 5 years ago from Dayton Author

Thank you!

Desmodium 5 years ago

Gotta love an OS with the name Ice Cream Sandwich! Write-on!

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Taylor Lueck 5 years ago from Dayton Author

I agree Desmodium! Although I'm an Apple fan more than I am Android, this OS looks promising!

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