As a gadget-loving nation, we are obsessed with devices, especially mobile devices. We are constantly checking our Facebook for new messages, snapping photos on Instagram, or having another go at Level 720 of Candy Crush while waiting for the train. Heck, we hardly talk to anyone anymore. Just look around you. No wonder we can’t beat this constant need to own the next shiny new toy.
So, fellow Singaporeans, these are the top 10 gadgets that you searched for the most on Google in the year 2014.
1. iPhone 6
The long-awaited and much rumoured iPhone 6 has finally hit the store. Apple managed to shave off an impressive 0.7 mm off the iPhone 5s and made the iPhone 6 an anorexic 6.9 mm. Housed in an anodised aluminium unibody that seems to blend seamlessly with the glass display, the iPhone 6 also made improvements to its processor chip, camera and screen resolution. “The biggest advancements in iPhone history” said Tim Cook — and we agree.
The “king of phablet” Samsung is not far behind with its flagship large-screen smartphone, the Galaxy Note 4. In this iteration, Samsung made improvements to its popular S Pen and multitasking capabilities. The Note 4 also comes with a 16 megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilizer they call Smart OIS. We were pleasantly pleased with the ease of taking wefie (wide selfie) shots using the 3.7 megapixel front shooter. However, no one seems to care about the Samsung Note Edge, also launched in 2014.
3. Galaxy S5
The biggest rival to Apple’s iPhone, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is a big improvement over the former Galaxy S4. The S5 sports a 16-megapixel camera, an improved AMOLED 5.1-inch screen and a fingerprint sensor. Although nothing to shout about in the design department, one of the main draw is the water-resistant properties of the S5. You can submerged it in water for 30mins and still be able to use it.
The big brother to the iPhone 6, the iPhone 6 Plus is a huge 5.5-inch screen phone. Other than size, it clocks an impressive 24-hour talktime and uses optical image stabilisation technology for its 8-megapixels iSight camera. Oh, we hear that it bends too — though that wasn’t an intended design of the phone.
5. iPad Air 2
Only a little heavier than a can of Coke, the new iPad Air 2 is pencil thin at only 6.1mm thin. The iPad Air 2 is also a huge upgrade in terms of performance over its predecessor with the new 3 billion transistors A8X processor chip. The chip is 40 percent faster and offers up to 2.5 times better graphics performance.
6. LG G3
To even make it to this list and be among the two tech juggernauts, LG must have done something right with this smartphone. Extremely ergonomic, thanks to the screen bezels and tapered edge design, the 5.5-inch screen phone feels comfortable operating with one hand. To make it even more elegant, LG had made a bold move to place the power button and volume rocker on the back of the phone. It is also the first time we see a phone use laser-aided focusing for its camera, resulting in better low-light images.
7. Motorola Nexus 6
First of all, the Nexus 6 is a freaking big phone. The “6” in Nexus 6 means a monstrous 6-inch screen. Other than headlining with the screen size, Google also made sure you get the best value for its hardware. The phone comes with 2.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805 CPU, 13-megapixel camera, 3220 mAh battery and 3GB worth of RAM. We are guessing Singaporeans are searching where to get it as it is currently not available here yet.
8. Apple Watch
Announced in the same keynote as the iPhone 6, Apple fanboys can’t wait to strap the Apple watch onto their wrist. Slated to start shipping early 2015, all eyes are on this smartwatch and whether it can take tech wearables mainstream. Some innovative features include a digital crown (watch dial) for navigation, heart rate sensors and force touch gesture.
9. Xiaomi Redmi
The 4-year old phone maker from China, Xiaomi, has been whipping up a frenzy in the world of smartphones with its budget phone models. The Redmi, for instance, costs only S$169 and comes with a 4.7-inch HD screen, a quad-core 1.5GHz processor and a 8-megapixel shooter.
10. Oculus Rift
The Oculus Rift is really a surprise entry for us at number 10. Initially designed for 3D gaming, the Oculus Rift is a virtual reality headset that tracks your head orientation through a combination of 3-axis gyroscopes, accelerometers and magnetometers, provideing an approximately 100° field of view for an immersive VR experience.