Top Gadgets & Tech Of 2013: Best Smartphone, Tablet, Laptop, App, Console, OS And More

gadgets-thumb2013 was the year when consumer technology really became part of our daily lives. Thanks to a confluence of hardware, software and infrastructure the devices we own can now help us with exercise, trips, dating, and business (with CRM software available for mobiles you can be a pro businessman all the time.) We’ve summed up 2013 in tech in our infographic featuring best smartphones, tablets, laptops, apps and other gadgets.

We look at the consumer technology landscape of 2013 through four windows:


  • Winners: They’re a cut above the rest. Best in class. Clear standouts.
  • Contenders: Would have been winners, but beaten to the tape by millimeters.
  • Game changers: There’s something to them that might upset the old order and start a whole new way of doing things.
  • Clunkers: Bright ideas when they were rolled out, but consumers didn’t think so.

The players in this infographic are widely known. Who hasn’t heard of the iPhone 5s, for example, and wasn’t hyped by rumors of a champagne-tinged model? The long awaited retina display for the MacBook Pro 13” was also met with much enthusiasm certainly recognizing customers’ expectations, as was the impending double whammy of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles that were released just days apart. There’s the constant talk about Google Glass and how it will have a huge technological impact on the way we use technology, forever.

But this list also includes not-so-popular devices that have flown under the radar for many reasons. One example is the HTC One, perhaps the most beautiful smartphone ever designed. It has won awards from many tech sites and blogs for its outstanding design and is clearly an enthusiast’s phone but it never really caught the buying public’s fancy. Then there’s the highly praised Nexus 7, with a display that has the highest resolution ever in a tablet. It’s cheaper than the rival iPads, but isn’t making as much noise.

The year that was gave us a bumper crop of devices to choose from.

Which of the top tech gadgets in this infographic do think was the best one in 2013?


Nestor Gilbert

By Nestor Gilbert

Nestor Gilbert is a senior B2B and SaaS analyst and a core contributor at FinancesOnline for over 5 years. With his experience in software development and extensive knowledge of SaaS management, he writes mostly about emerging B2B technologies and their impact on the current business landscape. However, he also provides in-depth reviews on a wide range of software solutions to help businesses find suitable options for them. Through his work, he aims to help companies develop a more tech-forward approach to their operations and overcome their SaaS-related challenges.

sharon says:

Huge fan of the HTC 1,moved from iPhone to HTC and have never been happier. I have had zero issues with it, it does what it says its going to do, and it does it with a sleek and fast interface. I still haven't figured out why sales are so low on this phone but I highly recommend it!

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Gamer35 says:

The war between Xbox One and PS4 spills over to first quarter this year when we’ll see enough stocks of both consoles. Then the question is, who’s gonna empty the shelves first now that excitement replaces analysis. I believe PS4 will remain the more profitable brand.

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GadgetGeek says:

I love HTC One. It’s stable and reliable. Battery life is long. Integration with Android apps is fine. It has the functionality of the Galaxy and the chic design of an Apple (kind of). It just bogs the mind why it’s taken as second rate to the two.

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Alex says:

Hi Simon! Thanks for noticing. We've already fixed that. Actually the image and price were ok, it was the headline that was wrong since we've meant it to be MacBook Air all along.

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Roger Jennings says:

Glad to see Chromecast made your keepers list but you missed low-cost, generic MiniPCs and TVBoxes running Android 4.4.2 and sporting 1080P HDMI outputs as media players and desktop replacements.

Happy New Year.

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Simon says:

Looks like you used the wrong image and price for the MacBook Pro 13 Retina. Image/price is for a MacBook Air.

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