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We’re well on our way into 2014, and with each milestone we pass, the future becomes more, well, nerdy. Nerdy, that is, in the sense of existing on a more technology and algorithm-based plane. The planet around us is growing smaller as more and more of our OS and HTML obsessed brains grow just a little bit larger. The tech world grows faster every day, and it shows. The late 2013 is no exception to the rule, having given us many bright new gadgets, as well as many dull ones.

In a nutshell, here are the better, best, and not-so-good #gadgets of 2013, (as well as the rising stars to watch in 2014) including smart phones, tablets, laptops, gaming systems, wearable tech, apps, mobile operating systems, and other miscellaneous gadgets.


Smart Phones 2013

Winner: Apple iPhone 5s

Runner-up: HTC One

Loser: Blackberry Z10

The one to watch in 2014: Motorola Project ARA

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Tablets 2013

Winner: Apple iPad Air

Runner-up: Google Nexus 7

Loser: Microsoft Surface RT

The one to watch in 2014: Amazon Kindle Fire HDX

Graphic courtesy Alex Hillsberg - financesonline.com
Graphic courtesy Alex Hillsbergfinancesonline.com

Laptops 2013

Winner: Apple MacBook Air 13″

Runner-up: Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus

Loser: Google Chromebook Pixel

The one to watch in 2014: Asus Taichi

Graphic courtesy Alex Hillsberg - financesonline.com
Graphic courtesy Alex Hillsbergfinancesonline.com

Gaming Systems 2013

Winner: Sony Playstation 4

Runner-up: Microsoft XBox One

Loser: Ouya

The one to watch in 2014: Oculus Rift

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Wearable Tech 2013

Winner: Pebble Smartwatch

Runner-up: Misfit Shine

Loser: Samsung Galaxy Gear

The one to watch in 2014: Google Glass

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Mobile Apps 2013

Winner: Waze

Runner-up: Blackberry Messenger

Loser: Twitter #Music

The one to watch in 2014: Tinder

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Mobile OS 2013

Winner: Android 4.4 KitKat

Runner-up: Apple iOS 7

Loser: Blackberry BB10

The one to watch in 2014: UBUNTU

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Other Gadgets of 2013

Winner: Google Chromecast

Runner-up: NEST Project

Loser: Hapilabs Hapifork

The one to watch in 2014: Leap Motion

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All graphics are courtesy Finances Online and designed by Ruby Media Corporation