Here’s a look at the best gadgets and services of 2012. We still haven’t found the perfect gadget, but the following 21 items are as close as we saw in the past 12 months. While we saw thousands of gadgets, apps and services in 2012, these are the ones we recommend to our friends, family and readers without hesitation.
A lot of the gadgets in our Best of 2012 list are more expensive than category averages. When it comes to technology, as with most things in life, you get what you pay for. We recommend spending as much as you can afford on gadgets you plan to use on a daily basis.
There were dozens of smartphones launched in 2012, but there are just a handful of standouts that we recommend above all others. If you’re going to saddle yourself or a loved one with an expensive 4G wireless contract, you may as well enjoy one of our top picks instead of a device with last year’s technology. The year 2012 also brought several viable tablets and the best pocket camera we’ve seen to date.
Not everything on our list is expensive. One of our favorite 4G plans made the list, offering 5GB of 4G speed for just $30 per month with no contract.
GottaBeMobile staff use and own most of the gadgets in this Best of 2012. Which ones have you purchased or have on your wish list?