Handheld gadgets continue to rise in popularity and many of the price comparison websites can help search out the best deal. Sometimes there are free gifts, such as a free television set or PS3 with a new mobile phone; sometimes free delivery or cashback can be claimed; and often prices can be significantly reduced by the application of an available coupon or discount voucher. There are now sites that specialise in browsing top retailers and collating a range of deals and offers to pass on to customers. It is worth taking the time to shop around in order to get the best deal.
Latest Gadgets on the Market
Since the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) 2012 took place in January in Las Vegas, lots of people are talking about the newest gadgets to appear. These include an amazing variety of apps for mobile devices, including many that are money-saving devices and will, for example, check and adjust the power output on a range of machines to reduce costs. The new ‘ultrabook’ laptop is a slimmer, more sophisticated and lightweight version of the notebook, with a longer battery life. Finally, new features including internet connectivity have rejuvenated ‘smart TVs’, which have been around for a while but have not made a significant impact; they can now download and run apps and other software.
In a rather quirky development, a tablet computer that has been designed for the kitchen was showcased at CES; ‘le Qooq’ can withstand high temperatures and has a protective covering so an accidental spill on the surface will not be a problem. Then there are new devices for managing devices – one clever gadget can recognise another and will automatically play a video showing how to connect the right cable to the right port.
Today’s Most Popular Gadgets
Several gadgets have achieved amazing popularity. Samsung reported record smartphone sales even in the face of the economic recession, and had its best ever sales recorded in the three-month period to December 2011; among mobile phones the Samsung Galaxy S2 is highly rated by gadget-lovers. Apple was overwhelmed by demand for the iPad and iPhone 4s during the Christmas holiday periods, and the sales achieved doubled the company’s profits. The iPad 2 has proved particularly popular.
E-readers such as Kindle have leapt into the limelight with the advent of Kindle 4, as ardent readers find they can carry around several hundred books in one lightweight machine, whilst MP3 players continue to be favourites for music lovers. GPS devices remain popular aids to getting directions and checking travel routes, and portable weather stations help users to access accurate local weather details.