The Observer (Kampala)

Uganda: Gadgets - Gizmos of 2012

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As the year comes to a close, the world of gadgets has witnessed some of the best innovations in as far as technology is concerned.

I present to you some of the gadgets that impressed me because of their engineering and technological complexity.

Samsung Galaxy S III

Samsung's Galaxy S III is arguably the best Android phone. Before the Galaxy Note II, there was the Galaxy S III, which was Samsung's flagship phone of the year. At last count, Samsung had sold 30 million of the Galaxy S IIIs since its launch in May.

The Galaxy S III was the first phone to excellently challenge the iPhone this year. The 4.8-inch display on the phone looks gorgeous, yet it is small and thin enough to fit in the pocket.

iPhone 5

Apple did not take that lightly though. They managed to introduce one of the hottest smart phones this year, the iPhone 5. Apple subtlety redesigned the iPhone 4S and made the iPhone 5 taller and thinner.

Despite a huge Apple Maps debacle, easily scratched cases, and other hiccups, the iPhone 5 sold five million units in the first three days of release. Even today, the phone is so popular that it's tough to find one in stores.

iPad Mini

After Apple's iPad Mini arrived, many called it, "the real iPad"

The iPad Mini received a lot less hype than other Apple products that came out this year. Many people did not know what to expect from Apple; so, there were many unanswered questions about the device. But after Apple announced the Mini's existence in late October, everyone fell in love.

The miniature size made the tablet much portable, and the fact that all of the regular iPad apps ran on the smaller device made people love it even more.

The 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro

It proved that you could cram power into a sleek, slender design.The MacBook Pro is the best new laptop of the year. It is light, thin, and packs a powerful punch. Plus you get an incredible high-resolution display. It has a quad-core processor and separate graphics card. The Retina MacBook Pro is truly the best professional grade laptop available right now.

Amazon Kindle Paper white

Amazon's Kindle Touch was already an amazing device, but the online giant revamped the e-reader this year by adding the one thing it was missing. You now have an adjustable backlight for reading in the dark.

Simply put, the Kindle Paperwhite is the best e-reader around.

Nintendo Wii U

Lastly, the Nintendo was the only big console maker to come out with a new system this year. And while the Wii U has not had breakthrough sales like the original Wii, it is still a game- changer. The console's unique tablet-like controller will surely spur imitators and hopefully give us a new way to interact with all video games.

The Wii U is also the first Nintendo console to support high-def visuals with 2GB of RAM and onboard storage. Best of all, the Wii U is backward compatible with games made for the original Wii.

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