What were the best selling gadgets from 2013?
As 2013 has finally come to a close and we find ourselves in the icy grip of a freshly born year, we’re in a curiously nostalgic mood, asking ourselves some of the pressing questions that one does when faced with recollecting an entire 365 days of our lives. Who was born? Who died? What mattered, and of course, what were the bestselling gadgets of the year? Well, if the latter one has been bugging you too, join us as we take a look at the bestselling gadgets of 2013, in no particular order at all.
1) Kindle Paperwhite
Apple might have made bold claims about the iPad’s abilities as a reading centric device, but nobody seems to have told Amazon about that, because their Kindle line has been selling like gangbusters since 2007 and continued to do so in 2013 as their backlit Paperwhite did tremendous business. Packing an improved refresh rate, higher contrast screen, more even screen lighting and numerous other improvements, the 2013 Kindle leapfrogged over the competition to become the e-reader to own.
2) Moto G
2013 saw Motorola step back out of obscurity with two new phones, a highly customizable (and excellent) flagship called the Moto X, but their biggest hit came in the form of the Moto G, a budget effort. Reviewers praised its fantastic screen, clean version of Android 4.4 along with its excellent speed and battery life. The real kicker though? It can be had sim free for as little as $179/£99, making it outright incredible value for money along with one of the more solid phones of 2013.
3) Google Chromecast
Google caught everyone off guard when they launched the Chromecast, a simple HDMI dongle that plugs into your television and either mirrors your browser tab or allows you to send content from your Android phone right to the TV. Though this functionality could be found in devices like the Roku or Apple TV, Google priced this bad boy at a shockingly cheap $35, pricing the competition completely out of the market. It’s been on sale in America since July, it’s not quite found its way to UK shores just yet, but Google are promising it’ll be here soon enough.
Whilst it’s not a single gadget on its own, 2013 found audio equipment move back in to the mainstream as the general quality of cheap speakers went up, a whole new generation of audio-minded individuals rose up and made audio into a big trend again. Superfi’s wireless speakers like Sony’s SRSBTM8, Acoustic Energy’s AE29-06C and JBL’s Onbeat Venue were all very well reviewed and came in at reasonable prices whilst iPod Docks from Superfi once again did incredible trade, with high end beauties like the Epoz Aktimate Mini + and Libratone’s Zipp Wireless Speakers dominating the conversation, it’s a good time to care about sound.
5) iPad Air & Mini
Following up the confusingly named ‘New iPad’, Apple announced and released the iPad Air in 2013, a shockingly thin and light (hence the Air moniker) tablet with more power than you could shake a stick at. Excitingly, Apple threw the exact same specifications into the Mini (albeit with a smaller screen), finally putting small tablet fans on an even footing with their big tablet loving friends. Unsurprisingly, the iPads sold brilliantly, and continue to be a high watermark for those looking to purchase a slate to call their own.