Best gadgets of 2013: our favorites so far

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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104 Comments

1. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

the top two are my two personal devices. ;D

51. designerfx

Posts: 76; Member since: Mar 26, 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.

70. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 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.

87. Daboss

Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 27, 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!

89. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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.

75. appleDOESNT.com

Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 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 :/

76. a_tumiwa

Posts: 393; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

where is ipad and itouch?

97. MobileKicker

Posts: 212; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

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

99. MobileKicker

Posts: 212; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

So what can I do :D

100. MobileKicker

Posts: 212; Member since: Sep 19, 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

3. chrislars

Posts: 77; Member since: Apr 11, 2013

like the verity

4. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

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

6. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 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

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")

17. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Ok I get it now... +1

19. Sauce unregistered

:) ^_^

8. Victor.H

Posts: 1062; Member since: May 27, 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.

18. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 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"

20. Immolate

Posts: 310; Member since: Jun 17, 2011

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

36. jellmoo

Posts: 2588; Member since: Oct 31, 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.

38. MobileKicker

Posts: 212; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

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

42. Randz

Posts: 10; Member since: May 14, 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..

61. housry23

Posts: 136; Member since: Jun 03, 2012

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

86. jb4674

Posts: 145; Member since: Apr 05, 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.

98. MobileKicker

Posts: 212; Member since: Sep 19, 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

90. Penywyz

Posts: 255; Member since: Aug 13, 2013

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

5. rawbow

Posts: 428; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

iPhone and chromecast \m/

7. steodoreben

Posts: 379; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

Samsung GALAXY Note line?

37. jellmoo

Posts: 2588; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Has yet to be widely released in 2013.

10. justsayit

Posts: 256; Member since: May 09, 2013

no love for LG G2? :(

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