When it comes to cool gadgets, we don’t mean James Bond’s cool gadgets. The term “cool gadget” refers to certain electronic devices that stand out from the rest in their use or rarity. Usually, the reason can be anything. While calculators cannot be ruled out as cool gadgets, cool electronic binoculars with night vision and focus control will count as one. The obvious question will be the factor that separates cool gadgets from not-so-cool ones. While listing all the factors can take some time, you’ll find some here.
* New Technology – When Bluetooth was introduced, there were only a few manufacturers who understood its importance and incorporated the technology into their phones. This phone is considered a “cool gadget”. Typical examples of cool gadgets today are Smartphones or iPhones or even iPads. While the Amazon Kindle can be considered a cool gadget, it’s debatable.
* Rarity – If you have it and your friends have it and everyone you know has it, it’s not a cool gadget anymore even if it’s an iPhone. Think about it – while everyone you know is hanging around with candy phones, one of your friends must have a cell phone gem. Well, that would be a cool gadget.
* Cool Brand Names – Well, this is simplicity itself. Some brand names are cool and some are not. Barbecue Propane Gauge is a boring name while Xbox sounds cool.
These are just a few reasons why this cool gadget stands out from the rest. It was never unanimously accepted as there were always complainers. If the majority of geeks accepted it as a cool gadget, then it would go down in the history books as one.
This year is great for cool gadgets as there are some impressive gadgets in the market. With computers gradually decreasing in size and their features increasing exponentially, vacuum tube computers evolved into desktops and laptops and eventually tablet PCs. You can describe it in one word – Amazing! Windows Phone received critical acclaim but hasn’t received too much attention from people, perhaps because they thought it would be riddled with bugs as well.
On the other hand, Android phones are well received by the masses. You can now change the way you watch TV with the latest 3DTV. If Nintendo Wii can attract people, Microsoft Xbox 360 Kinect can redefine the concept of gaming. These are just some of the really cool gadgets of the last year but 2010 has been lucky in the endless list of new innovative products.
The vacuum tube is a long way off and you’ve passed the desktop age and with any luck, you have a decent laptop. In this electronics chain, next in line is tablet PCs; it comes without keyboard and without mouse. We recommend that you familiarize yourself with the touch screen if you want to buy a tablet. If you’re crossing notebook PCs and PDAs, a tablet is what you get – combining the features of these two gadgets.
Now you know why this can be classed as a cool gadget. Remember the days when you used a black slate and a piece of chalk; Well, this is the electronic version. You can use the virtual keyboard to write something or you can write on the screen with the stylus – depending on your preference. The amazing thing about this tablet is that it does everything your regular computer can do and more.
It can be mounted for use with keyboards and mice and even larger monitors. When we talk about convertible tablets, it means there is a small detachable keyboard while slate tablets only come with a screen. Its size and portability make it a great gadget for travelers and people who need to move around all the time. Usually, tablets can be as expensive as you want them to be.
While you’ll often hear rumors about a $100 tablet, you’d be better off with the cheapest $300 tablet knowing that it definitely works. The most expensive tablets can cost a thousand dollars or more. As compactness, innovation and technology define tablets, tablets are the best for teenagers, travelers, business people and regular Internet users.
Microsoft has gone big with the Windows 7 OS and has decided to include their advanced Windows Mobile OS in some phones. Amazingly, this phone has no bugs or at least is as easy to find as on the desktop version of the operating system. The term “Windows Phone” refers to the class of phones that come with the Windows operating system. Sending email and text messages, browsing the Internet using mobile Internet Explorer, calendar, games, and office applications are some of the things that can be done with a Windows phone.
The whole world uses Windows, of course with the exception of some Linux geeks. This is a good sign for a casual user to get a Windows phone as it can easily interact with his computer. Multi-tasking is better with Windows phones; it also comes with millions of third party apps like Android phones. The cost of a Windows 7 phone ranges from $500 to $800. Anyone who thinks that Windows XP is the best operating system out there can definitely use a Windows phone for the same user experience.
3DTV is another cool gadget. Simply put, you can bring home theatrical effects on your home screen with this electronic gadget. While some models may come with glasses, other models do not. Technically, it allows you to watch TV in three dimensions with features like stereoscopic capture and multi-view capture.
The difference between 3DTV and regular TV is the fact that the former projects all the entities on the screen in a three-dimensional plane which contributes to the visual appeal. Depending on the technology, 3DTV prices start at $1000 at Samsung for a 50″ LED screen starting at $2499 for the Sony Bravia model. A regular potato-couch will have a whole new TV viewing experience; movie lovers and techies will find this irresistibly cool gadget.
Google strikes again with Android OS on phones. It makes it impossible for us to rule it out as just another operating system because of the huge cult it has managed to create. Usually, any phone with Android operating system can be called an Android phone. Like any other Smartphone, the entire gamut of messaging, email, notes, Internet and third-party applications is catered for by Android phones.
The main difference between any operating system and Android is the simplicity of use. You can choose to create buttons for anything and everything. The cheapest model may be priced at $250 for a no-contract offer while the price of the most expensive phone is not limited by anything. People who want the best Smartphone and OS-in-line can use Android phones.
Motion control joysticks have become a new game mode with the advent of the Nintendo Wii, Sony Move, and Microsoft Kinect. With Kinect, you get a full body gaming experience. If you manage to pull yourself off the couch, you’re ready to play games with Kinect. Usually, everything you do in real life, your character does it on screen.
The whole body moving concept is new and has been achieved only with the Kinect – this sets it apart from other products. If you own a console and just want to get your hands on a Kinect controller, you’ll have to shell out $150. Every gamer would love to buy one of these babies.
Android and Windows phones definitely have cheaper alternatives, but other cool gadgets don’t have the known Chinese product in the pocket. But if you can wait a while for these products to hit the market, it will give China time to think of great alternatives.