Tons of standalone or complementing accessories were launched this year. Despite not being ready for prime time, wearables graduated from concepts to actual consumer products. During the 1st week of December, O+ and Cherry Mobile jumped into the bandwagon and launched wearables too! (CM is a bit of an exemption as it launched the G1 earlier this year). This month, PowerMac also launched new products that may be purchased from their retail stores.
But the year isn’t all about wearables and accessories, it’s also a year of new beginnings, innovations and partnerships. This is also the year when…
- More affordable quad-core devices were launched
- Microsoft and Firefox were introduced to even wider socio-economic class
- Intel, as a mobile processor and SoC manufacturer, “schooled” other brands like Qualcomm, Mediatek and Rockchip thru the Zenfone line and other devices launched by Cloudfone
- Current Gen gaming exploded! Xbox One is slowly catching up, but Playstation 4 is going to end as the undisputed winner this 2014… yet again.
Our team thought long and hard to narrow our lists to top 5 per category. These are subject to our experience and personal opinions, therefore relative in a sense. However, we would appreciate your feedback and comments on our list should you have any.
Best Gadget Accessory
- Runner-ups: LG G Watch, Xiaomi 10400 PowerBank, Cogito Classic, Fiio X1
Mobile Game of the Year
- Runner-ups: Clash of Clans, Star Wars: Commander, VainGlory (iOS), For the Tribe (Multi)
Video Game of the Year
- Winner: Grand Theft Auto V (PS4)
- Runner-ups: Hearthstone, Far Cry 4, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Valiant Hearts
Budget Smartphone of the Year (From PhP3,999 to PhP6,999)
- Winner: Asus Zenfone 5
Best Low Tier Smartphone of the Year (From PhP7,000 to PhP12,999)
Best Mid Tier Smartphone of the Year (From PhP13,000 to PhP24,999)
- Winner: ZTE Nubia Z5 Mini
- Sony Xperia M2 Aqua
- O+ Air
- Starmobile OCTA
- Huawei G750 Honor 3x
Best High Tier Smartphone of the Year (From PhP25,999to PhP39,999)
Best Tablet of the Year
- Winner: Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
- iPad Air 2
- iPad Mini 2
- Tegra Note 7
- Nvidia Shield Tablet
Gadget of the Year
- Winner: Cherry Mobile Alpha Morph
- iPhone 6+
- LG G3
- Sony Xperia Z3/Z3 Dual
- Starmobile Knight X
So, there have you have it guys – these are our best gadgets and games in 2014. How about you guys? We’re interested to know about your own list. If you’re to be give the same categories, what would your list look like. Hit the comments section below.
Thanks and happy holidays!
Gadget Pilipinas Team
Giancarlo Viterbo is a Filipino Technology Journalist, blogger and Editor of gadgetpilipinas.net, He is also a Geek, Dad and a Husband. He knows a lot about washing the dishes, doing some errands and following instructions from his boss on his day job. Follow him on twitter: @gianviterbo and @gadgetpilipinas.