The Best Tech Gadgets of 2011
It’s time to look back at the best tech gadgets of 2011. From gaming devices to cameras and laptops to tablets, many great tech toys were released this year. But some gadgets tower over the rest as the clear leaders.
Here are our picks for the best tech gadgets of 2011.
The HTC Thunderbolt
The HTC Thunderbolt earned honors for being the first longterm evolution phone on the market, which means it offers much faster mobile internet than other cell phones. Verizon’s LTE network launched in 2011, and the Thunderbolt was the first phone built to handle high-speed internet like what you can access on your home computer.
Download speeds range between 8 and 12 megabits per second. While the price tag is hefty — going as high as $649.99 to purchase it without a contract — Verizon has offered the phone for as low as $39.53.
The Nintendo 3DS gives you a 3D-gaming experience without 3D glasses, the first gaming system in history to offer that kind of technology. While games for the 3DS are still sparse, more games will undoubtedly be released in 2012. At $250, most gaming fans will want to give the 3DS a try.
Motorola Atrix 4G
Speed and power set the Motorola Atrix 4G smart phone apart from its competitors. With a 1 GHz dual-core processor and a 4-inch, high-resolution screen, Atrix offers a lightning-fast way to browse the internet.
Another cool feature is the built-in fingerprint reader, giving you the option to unlock your phone with your thumbprint. Prices on the AT&T network range from $29.999 to $599.99.
Apple iPad 2
Apple has owned the tablet market since it launched the original iPad. With the introduction of iPad 2 before most companies had even released their first-generation tablets, Apple cemented its place as king of tablets. The iPad 2 is faster, lighter and thinner, with a dazzling 10-inch screen that offers everything you love about the iPhone in an even better size.
Barnes & Noble’s new Nook debuted to much better reviews than its original version from December 2009. The e-reader features a full e-ink touchscreen that replaces the Nook's old Android navigation screen. The touchscreen is what sets Nook apart from its main competitor, Kindle Fire. The Kindle has a full keyboard, while the Nook looks much more streamlined. And at $139, the Nook is competitively priced to battle Kindle for years to come.
After much anticipation, the iPhone 4S released to eager crowds in late 2011, offering a flawless internet browsing experience thanks to its lightning-fast A5 chip. Have a cockroach problem? You can find a solution in a split second with 7x faster graphics and double the power of previous iPhone processors. The phone is not only fast, but it features Siri, an artificial intelligence assistant that responds to voice commands. You can ask Siri questions ranging from the weather to directions.