Best of IFA 2013: Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Gear, Xperia Z1, G Pad 8.3 and more
Two main events took place on the 4th of September, as you probably know – the announcements of the Xperia Z1 and the Galaxy Note 3 – both of which sent a merciless barrage of raw information that we did our best to decipher and transform into a legible, coherent format, while preserving the core for you. Somewhat unfortunately, however, the caliber of the aforementioned introductions overshadowed other great devices that saw the light of day for the first time. For that very reason we've cherry-picked some of best of those for you in the slideshow down below, which is precisely where you should head right about now.
Best of IFA 2013
1. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
2. Samsung Galaxy Gear
With skepticism and caution disposed of in the most reckless of manners, we're nevertheless truly excited to see the category receive validation from the tech behemoth. While the limitations of the Galaxy Gear are telling, it does feel like the wearables niche is on just the right course, and this one particular journey has managed to grab the complete and utter attention of the inner geek in us.
3. Sony Xperia Z1
4. Sony DSC-QX10/QX100
5. LG G Pad 8.3
6. Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 edition)
7. Alcatel One Touch Hero
8. Acer Liquid S2
9. Asus FonePad 6
10. Asus Transformer Book T300
11. Sony Vaio Tap 11
But processing power is hardly where Sony stopped, for the Vaio Tap 11 also sports a very slim profile, at 9.9mm, and comes with a host of extras that are bound to come in handy. Those include a stylus, plus an attachable keyboard and a retractable kick-stand, very much alike the Microsoft Surface.
12. Lenovo Idea Pad Yoga 2
Don't let the attractive looks fool you, though -- Lenovo offers some beastly internals for the Yoga 2, such as a fourth-gen Intel Haswell chipset, up to 8GB RAM and a massive 512GB SSD.
1. PunyPoop (Posts: 714; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)
It doesn\'t surprise me after all.. BUT, GALAXY GEAR?? Are you serious??
2. someones4 (Posts: 619; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)
The acer liquid s2 really caught my eye. Anyone knows if the track record of acer is any good?
3. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5399; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Well, IFA 2013 is finally over... 2013, a year of the beasts (Xperia Z1, Galaxy Note 3, One Touch Hero, G2, Liquid S2 etc.) Oh wait, where's the HTC One Max?
Anyway, can't wait for the CES 2014!
4. pyradark (Posts: 767; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)
Lol!! Note 3 is still the.same 3 years boring design, this time its just leather back and with more features that a lot of people will never used
5. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5399; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
At least Samsung changed the materials a bit, the leather-like back is better than the glossy plastic.
8. pwnarena (Posts: 873; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)
note 3 is certainly a beast filled with features but i don't think the leather back is an upgrade. just imagine how difficult it would be to clean that. well, you can buy a new one if you like, though, since it is removable.
10. someones4 (Posts: 619; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)
I honestly think that Samsung is just kicking it back a notch to give other companies a fair chance. No way in Hell, they'd actually think the Note 3 will impress.
7. nothingmuch (Posts: 165; Member since: 03 May 2013)
Sony's attachable lense was pretty interesting this year, looks feasible enough to try out.
Its to bad that htc one max didnt show despite rumors of "might be" being there though
9. pwnarena (Posts: 873; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)
i just wish they added a little physical viewfinder so you can really use it as a dedicated camera. nobody would complain about it being overpriced if it has a viewfinder since it becomes a fully usable independent camera.