2014 saw the launch of many great smartphones and tablets, like the iPhone 6, iPad Air 2, Samsung Galaxy S5, Nexus 6, and Nexus 9.
Other gadgets which were released this year include Sony’s Cyber-Shot RX100 III, Jawbone’s Bluetooth-equipped UP24, the Samsung Gear VR, and the DJI Phantom 2 Drone.
To select the top gadgets of the year is not easy, and MyBroadband approached some of South Africa’s gadget experts to give their views.
MyBroadband’s Jan Vermeulen liked the BlackBerry Passport (because it takes guts try something different when your back is against a wall), the iPad Air 2, and the Samsung Gear VR.
Vodacom innovation head Jannie van Zyl said he preferred the iPhone 6 and Sony Xperia Z3, with the iPad Air 2 the best tablet. He also liked the DJI Phantom 2 Drone.
Radio 702 Technobyte and TechBusters host Aki Anastasiou had three top smartphone choices – the LG G3, the iPhone 6 Plus, and the HTC One M8.
Aki agreed with Jannie and Jan that the iPad Air 2 was the top tablet, and also liked the Jabra Sports Pulse Wireless and the Polar V800 Sports Watch as health gadgets.
World Wide Worx MD Arthur Goldstuck said that the best feature phone of 2014 was the Alcatel Tribe 3003. He added that the most innovative design goes to BlackBerry for the Passport.
In the high-end gadget category Goldstuck liked the MakerBot Replicator 3D printer, with the CloudGate desktop computer box winning in the mid-range category and the SanDisk Dual USB Drive winning in the low-end section.
Finweek journalist, 22seven adviser, and 5FM tech show host Simon Dingle said the new iPhone 6 was his pick for smartphone of the year.
Dingle also selected the iPad Air 2 as the best tablet of the year, and Google Chromecast as the best gadget of the year.