What Is Your Favorite Tech Innovation Of 2012? [You Told Us]

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Are you all prepared for the end of 2012 and the start of 2013? I hope so, as there will likely be someone, somewhere determined to force you to celebrate the new year whether you want to or not.

If you can’t think of a legitimate reason why the date changing on the calendar is cause for celebration, then you should perhaps don your geek hat and sit in the corner thinking about the tech innovations of the past 12 months.

That’s what we did last week, when we asked you, the loyal MakeUseOf readership, to nominate your candidates for the best tech innovations of 2012. As always, you delivered.

What Is Your Favorite Tech Innovation Of 2012?

We asked you, What Is Your Favorite Tech Innovation Of 2012? There was a healthy response to the question, even when the attempts to game the MakeUseOf Rewards system are filtered out of the equation. Innovations were put forward in all of the categories: Websites and Web services, apps and programs, and hardware and gadgets.

There was one clear winner as the favorite tech innovation of 2013, and it’s one that may surprise many of you. It may also surprise my fellow writers, some of whom aren’t exactly keen on this particular product.

If you hadn’t figured it out by now I am referring, of course, to Windows 8. The new operating system from Microsoft, which is designed to forge the future of computing by straddling both the desktop and the tablet, generated 11 mentions. The Raspberry Pi came a close second, with the Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy Camera, and Google Nexus 7 following in hot pursuit.

Other notable mentions went to Android Jelly Bean, Nokia PureView, the Nintendo Wii U, the Ouya games console, and the Microsoft Surface. Amazingly the iPhone 5 didn’t receive even one nomination (at the time of writing), and in fact the iPad 3 was the only Apple product even mentioned. Is this a sign that Apple needs to do more than just roll out incremental updates to its existing product lines year after year?

Comment Of The Week

We had great input from the likes of Fawad Mirzad, Vishal Srivastava, and Kevin Gnanaraj to name just a few. Comment Of The Week goes to Albert Harris, who, as well as the respect of myself and hopefully everybody reading this, receives 150 points to use for MakeUseOf Rewards. What follows is his original comment, and then a follow-up comment explaining what made him buy the Galaxy S III.

Hands down for me easily is the Galaxy S3. There isn’t anything I have wanted to do that I can’t do with it. And that’s without rooting. Sometimes it may require a little clever thinking or a Google search for someone more techy than I am but eventually it will tackle it.
I haven’t been fortunate enough to get my hands on a Raspberry Pi yet but I would love to tinker with one. All that versatility in such a small and inexpensive piece of hardware sounds cool.
3D printers have been around for a while I’m sure but the fact that they have become more mainstream deserves a mention.
XBMC, now with an official Android build and live TV/PVR support, was great news for me. I benefited from both.

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I was an original Palm Pre owner and swore to go down with the ship. I loved the OS and physical keyboard. Friends of mine jumped ship and got the S2 last year. I began following the S3 when it was just a rumor and continued after it was first introduced. I knew once it was announced Sprint was going to carry it that I was going to have to have it. Even though I had read about all the other options out there and ones that were coming, my mind was made up.

This shows the power of conversation, with the original comment being augmented by a simple question and answer. Those who have ambitions of winning ‘Comment Of The Week’ in future would do well to remember the need to not only answer the question, but also to add value to the debate. Especially now that comments can be “liked.”

We will be asking a new question tomorrow, so please join us then. We Ask You is a weekly column dedicated to finding out the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. We ask you a question and you tell us what you think. The question is open-ended and is usually open to debate. Some questions will be purely opinion-based, while others will see you sharing tips and advice, or advocating tools and apps for your fellow MakeUseOf readers. This column is nothing without your input, all of which is valued.

Image Credit: Jenni Douglas

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Comments (4)
  • Rohit Jhawer

    I think Windows 8 will get microsoft back into the mobile market and in PC world, but they are real bad at marketing their products. I have been using windows 8 since its developer preview and i would have to say its much superior to other OS. SSD is a real deal with win 8, If you have a SSD you will love the experiance. I am not a big fan of tiles though on WIN 8 for PC. they should have given an option for basic start menu.

  • Pax

    I’ve got devices in two categories that are really close but still missing some key features.

    1. The Samsung Galaxy Camera (announced in late-August). It’s basically the Galaxy S3 with a real camera (21x optical zoom). What’s missing is the phone. Once they get the phone circuitry built-in and make the device a little thinner, it’s the all-in-one device I’ve been waiting many years for.

    2. Larger than 12″ ultrabook laptop/tablet hybrids running a real Operating System. Right now there’s the Lenovo IdeaPad YOGA (13.3″), the Dell XPS Duo 12 (12.5″) and the Lenovo ThinkPad Twist (12.5″). I thought the ASUS Transformer was the ultimate device from a hardware standpoint but it lacked both a real OS and at 10.1″, a bit too small (I was a 10.1″ netbook user for over 2 years).

    What’s missing from these devices are the ability to completely remove the screen from the dock/keyboard. They’re all both thin enough and light enough but the devices would be really epic with dual-battery compartments (as in the Transformer line) and the extra lightness of a pure tablet screen when needed on occasion. I may opt for the YOGA soon as the closest device to my dream machine.

  • Obed Cutaran

    The release of Gangnam Style? Oh, tech innovation. Not really a jaw-dropping innovation but my favorite tech innovation is the Microsoft Surface. Does this count?

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