This is where we get to pull out fantastic phrases like ‘future tech’ and ‘tomorrow’s technology today’, to everyone’s horror. The wonderful mobile world is evolving at an incredible rate, and our smartphones and tablets are now just as powerful as hulking desktops from just a few years ago. With that increased power, and a burgeoning need to stand out from the ever-stiff competition, we’ve seen some great innovation this year. These devices were the first to pack some incredible new features, shaping the industry rather than copying it.
Samsung’s Galaxy Note was the first smartphone to break the five-inch barrier, and that 5.3-inch Super AMOLED HD screen is truly a thing of beauty. However, it’s the inclusion of the S Pen that makes the Note truly revolutionary, giving you full freedom to sketch, scribble and doodle. Pressure sensitivity and a comfortable grip makes it the ultimate tool for creating digital masterpieces on the move, while S Choice gives you a full selection of excellent apps that make the most of the Pen. With the Note 2 hitting stores as these awards blast off, and the tablet version already out, we’ve truly caught the doodle bug.
A 41-megapixel camera seems almost an obscene thing to build into a phone, but when we finally tried the 808 PureView we instantly fell in love. A wealth of excellent options allow you to tweak your snaps just so, giving splendorous results more akin to DSLRs.
Apple iPhone 4S
Love her or hate her, Siri was an impressively flexible voice command tool when Tim Cook unveiled her almost a year ago. Many of her best features sadly drowned on their way over the pond, including local service searches, but with iOS 6 they’ve finally been restored.
HTC One X
HTC’s One X packed in loads of fantastic features, and was one of the first quad-core smartphones to hit the UK market. But most impressive was its groundbreaking camera, which perfected the likes of Burst Mode and also introduced features such as taking stills while recording video.
Sony PS Vita
Sony’s follow-up to the PSP is the first portable gaming machine to offer a true console experience on the go, thanks to its excellent dual-analogue controls. Factor in the touchscreen and rear touch-pad, and you have a highly interactive device that can also play your media and surf the web.