2010 has been a great year from consumer electronics point of view. Many companies launched some of the most exciting products that captured audience’s eyes and became major selling products of 2010. From a small music player to a large television set, there came a stream of wonderful gadgets and the technologies which have never been seen before.
Many gadgets came and go in 2010 but only few of them were able to make a major impact. 2009 was also a great year for consumer electronics, so looking at the sales trend of consumer electronics, many companies entered into this business in 2010, in order to get their share of profit, but only those companies were able to make impact and got market share who brought innovations in this category, and these were the companies which were already in this business and knew about the customer needs at that time.
To consider one particular device as a best gadget for 2010 is not fair and not practical as well, so there are three devices which are in true sense the best gadgets of 2010. Looking at the sales record of 2010 it is prominent that some companies like Apple, Amazon and Samsung made major growth in term of their profits and market share. And interestingly, this growth is by the virtue of innovative gadgets they launched in 2010.
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Apple iPad the touch screen net book was the most speculated gadget of 2009, many bloggers speculated the design and specification of this gadget, but the real thing came in November 22, 2010. The iPad was sold out within the month of its launching, iPad became the trend among the young generation, with the small size and touch screen graphic display, people loved this net book. This was a treat for Apple fan boys, as it was the most talked about gadget even before its launch. And when it was finally launched, it became a major hit. iPad can be termed as the best gadget of 2010; as it was the first net book of its kind, it was an innovative device of Apple, many companies tried to launch similar devices like iPad but no one made an impact like iPad did. So iPad is indeed one of the best gadgets of 2010.
Amazon Kindle though is not a new gadget; it was launched on November 22, 2007 (Wikipedia, 2011). But it made a major impact in 2010, as in 2010, Amazon launched latest version of Kindle with some of the advanced and improved features. Amazon Kindle is an E-reading device and its market comprises of students and people who love to read. Amazon was the innovation in 2007, but its latest model Kindle DX Graphite (3rd Gen) can be declared as one of the best gadgets of 2010; as in this year it was introduced with the innovative features that were not seen before; therefore it attracted the customers and made sales record in 2010. Amazon reported that Amazon Kindle broke the record of Harry Potter in 2010 as the most selling item at Amazon (Amazon, 2011)
Cell phone is the one gadget which has made tremendous advancement in 21st century.And in 2010 most of the advanced cell phones were introduced. The competition in cell phone’s market is more than any other consumer electronics product. Cell phone is the necessity and it fascinates the people more than any other consumer electronic item. Many companies have tried to enter into this market; but only few have been able to make a major impact. There are few companies which are leader in this category i.e., Nokia, Samsun, Apple, Sony Ericson and Blackberry. All these companies are well-known for their cell phones. But in 2010 the best cell phone was clearly the iPhone 4.
Just like every other Apple’s product, iPhone 4 was the most talked about and most speculated product of 2010. Since the launch of first iPhone in 2007, iPhone has become the hot trend and no other company has been able to beat iPhone for its graphics and features. iPhone 4 launched in November, 2010 hit the market like a storm and it made sales records in just three months. iPhone 4 was introduced with some of the most advanced and entertaining features which people had never seen before. It is still the best cell phone available in market and there is no second thought about declaring it as the best cell phone of 2010.
Consumer electronics market is very volatile and to remain in the business of gadgets require constant innovation. Looking at the sales of gadgets like iPad, Kindle and iPhone, it is evident that it is a very huge market and has high prospects of profit. But only few companies have been able to determine the needs of customers and have provided right gadgets at the right time. Many companies have announced some new gadgets for 2011 in the CES L.A. which indicate that 2011 will also be a great year for gadgets.