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Best gadgets of 2013: our favorites so far

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Best gadgets of 2013: our favorites so far
Powerful got redefined in 2013 - devices have gotten thinner, better and more power-efficient, but some stand out. We are rounding up the best gadgets of 2013, with a focus on mobility. It’s not just about smartphones, it’s about all the innovations that come with them. The smartphone is becoming an enabler, a hub opening a whole wide field of gadgets that work with it.

In this round-up, we are summarizing the powerful, the good looking, the creative, the useful and the innovative gadgets of 2013. We’ve picked among many great devices, and some very good ones were left out, but we feel like we should keep it short here and only include what has passed the test of time and users.

We’ve only included devices you can buy right now and will update this regularly as the year comes to a close. Of course, we are looking forward to hearing about your absolute favorite gadgets of the year and why did you pick them. Have we missed something particularly good? Let us know in the comments right below. 

With no further ado, here are our favorite gadgets of 2013.



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posted on 26 Sep 2013, 09:36 5

1. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


the top two are my two personal devices. ;D

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 13:29 31

51. designerfx (Posts: 76; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)


I'm disgusted to see iphone 5s as #1. The thing is "Alright", but these days it doesn't really stand up to the competition. I can't tell if this is "we put it at the top because it's newest" or just blatantly silly adoration of apple.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 20:19 6

70. 14545 (Posts: 1604; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Bingo, it's a great device, but it's not even in the top 5 best devices of 2013. All that it has going for it is a fingerprint scanner, other than that it is nothing "special". It's not even remotely competitive hardwarewise. I wonder how much apple paid for this spot.

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 17:18 1

87. Daboss (Posts: 42; Member since: 27 Sep 2013)


It's not even remotely competitive yet it crushes the others.
I know phonearena is made up of 90% android fans of which 70% will never admit when beaten.
I use a sgs3, but I had to admit that those apple engineers really know their stuff. A 1.3ghz dual core outperforming a 2.3ghz quad core is just glorious!

posted on 28 Sep 2013, 08:30

89. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


you know this thing has the SGX Rogue GPU right? it's about 25% better than the Adreno 320 in current Android devices. this thing has mad power.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 22:12 11

75. appleDOESNT.com (banned) (Posts: 456; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


It's Victor who works for iOSarena. We are lucky it didn't go like this:
1)iPhone 5s
2)iPhone 5c
3)iPhone 5
4)iPhone 4s
5)iPhone4

It's actually funny lining them up knowing they are all the exact same phone with almost nothing new between them :/

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 22:22

76. a_tumiwa (Posts: 373; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


where is ipad and itouch?

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 09:45

97. MobileKicker (Posts: 212; Member since: 19 Sep 2013)


You call apple foolish
Ok, leave the iPhones see the MacBooks iMac iPads iPods EarPods

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 09:52

99. MobileKicker (Posts: 212; Member since: 19 Sep 2013)


So what can I do :D

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 09:55

100. MobileKicker (Posts: 212; Member since: 19 Sep 2013)


Apple beats samsung in many ways:

MacBooks vs Sammy's old notebook
iPad vs samsungs tablets
iPods vs nothing
EarPods vs quad beats

Who won huh android lovers

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 09:41

3. chrislars (Posts: 77; Member since: 11 Apr 2013)


like the verity

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 09:43 2

4. shuaibhere (Posts: 1986; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Z1 deserves to be there in my opinion or zu for triminolous display...

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 09:48 4

6. buccob (Posts: 2578; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Well it is PA's favorite... it reflects on past reviews...

I would have chosen Z1, SmartWatch 2 over Pebble (a lot of hw and sw problems with Pebble)...

also the QX10 and QX100 lenses are way cooler gadget than a fitness tracker

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 09:55 2

9. Sauce (unregistered)


It's not about the Pebble itself, but about the Pebble leading the industry into a future that will flourish better, improved, higher standard smart watches. Note: read descriptions ("For heralding us into the era of smartwatches")

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 10:34

17. buccob (Posts: 2578; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Ok I get it now... +1

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 10:40

19. Sauce (unregistered)


:) ^_^

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 09:54 7

8. Victor.H (Posts: 671; Member since: 27 May 2011)


Let me stress once again - we've only included gadgets that are currently on sale. Devices like the Xperia Z1 and Galaxy Note 3 have not yet gone up for sale.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 10:35 5

18. buccob (Posts: 2578; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


They have... only not where you are...

And since this is a "2013" list... any gadget not included will not appear neither here nor in 2014 list... where do they belong? "Favorite 2013 Last Quarter Gadgets"

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 10:45 8

20. Immolate (Posts: 310; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)


The LG G2 is on sale, and it got a higher review score than the 5s. And yet the 5same got the nod.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 12:05 1

36. jellmoo (Posts: 1696; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


But the Galaxy S4 also got the nod, with exactly the same score as the 5s.

I think the reach, adoption, and perception of the device needs to come into play as well. The iPhone and Galaxy series of devices are undoubtably at the top of that food chain.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 12:12

38. MobileKicker (Posts: 212; Member since: 19 Sep 2013)


Lg g2 is nothing in front of s4 and 5s
S4s smart interaction and 5s fingerprint scanner rocks

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 12:27 4

42. Randz (Posts: 10; Member since: 14 May 2013)


I thought its about the "innovations that comes with them"? HTC One, Xperia Z1 (already available) and LG G2 are all products of innovations...Iphone 5S and S4 both S stands for same, fingerprint scanner? Hmm.!! IOS7? Hmm..!! Just d same as android platform..

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 15:05 2

61. housry23 (Posts: 130; Member since: 03 Jun 2012)


No Moto X? It's 10 times the device the Galaxy S4 is. That's all.

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 11:46

86. jb4674 (Posts: 145; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


You failed on this on the sole premise that you didn't take into account devices that are far superior to the POS iPhone 5s and also that said items like the Xperia Z1 are already out.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 09:48

98. MobileKicker (Posts: 212; Member since: 19 Sep 2013)


U have justified, these all mad android lovers are ignoring the fingerprint scanner, 64 bit processor, dual led flashlight and all the cool stuff iphone 5s has
They are blind and can see nothing but android

posted on 28 Sep 2013, 08:58

90. Penywyz (banned) (Posts: 255; Member since: 13 Aug 2013)


If not definitely the Tablet Z. Runs smooth with a solid screen and it's waterproof. Yes please

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 09:46 2

5. rawbow (Posts: 428; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


iPhone and chromecast \m/

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 09:53 1

7. steodoreben (Posts: 271; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)


Samsung GALAXY Note line?

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 12:06 1

37. jellmoo (Posts: 1696; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


Has yet to be widely released in 2013.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 09:59 5

10. justsayit (Posts: 256; Member since: 09 May 2013)


no love for LG G2? :(

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