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What is the best and most significant gadget of 2013? Which Is The Best & Most Significant Gadget Of 2013? [MakeUseOf Poll] Which Is The Best & Most Significant Gadget Of 2013? [MakeUseOf Poll] 2013 is coming to a close, and it's time to choose the best and most significant gadget of 2013! Read More We have our own opinions, but we wanted to know what you guys think about it. Turns out it was a bit hard to decide, but out of the 12 options we gave you, one gadget managed to pull through with over 20% of the votes. Can you guess which one it is?

We gave you 12 gadgets to choose from. Each voter could choose 3. 660 people voted in this poll, and the results are interesting:

  • In 12th place, with 2.5% of the votes, we have the Kindle Fire HDX
  • In 11th place, with 3.8% of the votes, we have the LG G2
  • In 10th place, with 4.2% of the votes, we have the LEAP Motion
  • In tie for 9th place, with 4.4% each, are the Nokia Lumia 1020 and Pebble Smartwatch
  • In 7th place, with 6% of the votes, lies the HTC One
  • In 6th place, 7.5% of you voted for the iPad Air
  • In 5th place… with 8.5% of the votes, is the iPhone 5s
  • In 4th place… 10% voted for the Samsung Galaxy S4
  • In 3rd place… with 11.5% of the votes, is the Oculus Rift!
  • In 2nd place… with 17% of the votes, we have the Chromecast!
  • And the winner of best and most significant gadget of 2013… with 22% of your votes: the Nexus 5!

Last year, the Samsung Galaxy S III was the big winner. Its successor, the Galaxy S4, wasn’t even close. Seems like Google is doing something right.


Comment Of The Week

There were several good comments last week, but the best one was by Scout D who explained why most of the gadgets on the list are not really significant, and what criteria he used to choose the most significant gadgets:

I found it hard to vote for any option that was actually “Significant” and not just rehashing the same technology over and over again (Apple), so I voted for the three best new concepts of 2013: The Pebble Smartwatch, the Oculus Rift, and the Chromecast. Now I highly doubt any of this new technology will pan out besides just as a proof-of-concept, but at least it was better than every single other device that was just the same body with slightly better specs (Apple).

The commenters also told us that devices such as the various BlackBerries an the Moto X also deserve some attention this year.

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Which Major Company Is The Best Of 2013?

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Just like every year, it’s time to tally up what each major company did (or didn’t do) for us this year. This poll question is running for the third year in a row, and after Mozilla in 2011 Which Major Company Is The Best Of 2011? [MakeUseOf Poll] Which Major Company Is The Best Of 2011? [MakeUseOf Poll] 2011 is over, and it’s time to think back on everything that’s happened. Among other things, 2011 saw the release of Android’s Ice Cream Sandwich, the new iPhone 4S, iPad 2 and iOS 5, Facebook’s... Read More and Google in 2012 Which Major Company Is The Best Of 2012? [MakeUseOf Poll] Which Major Company Is The Best Of 2012? [MakeUseOf Poll] Last December, exactly one year ago, I asked you to choose which company was your favorite during the year 2011 . Surprisingly, although many things have happened in 2012, the list I presented last year... Read More , it’s time to see which company was your favorite in 2013. Just like previous years, the list doesn’t change — we’re looking at the same companies we did for the past couple of years. Which of these did the best?

Granted, there are many other companies that might deserve the title, so if you feel your favorite company was left out, do tell us about it in the comments.

  1. Guest
    January 24, 2014 at 1:55 am

    You should run a poll for WORST companies of 2013. Start with Target and CGI Group (the company that designed the world's most god-awful, GeoCities-MySpace, SQL-injected, DDoS-able BSOD kernel panic epic fail honeypot, HealthCare . gov). While we're at it, add the usual NSA privacy offenders: Google, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft... pretty much every major U.S. technology company running the whole bleeping world. What the foo, add the whole U.S. government to the list because they are completely bought off by corporations anyway.

  2. Jack G
    December 29, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    If Android is so great, why does the Xmas shopping stats show that there are more IOS devices use to do Internet Xmas shopping than Android devices?

    • Scout D
      December 30, 2013 at 5:12 am

      That depends on what statistics you use. Some of them market iOS as low as 9%, while others put them up above at 55%. Seeing as there's no one source for this information, you should check the sources that are out there.

  3. Bud
    December 27, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    I agree 1000% about Amazon!!! Google is too much "in my face!!!"

  4. Christopher D. Swigart
    December 22, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Amazon, Microsoft, Mozilla, Nokia are the most important this year. However, Google is one of the worst this year. Google manage to ruin all their products and piss off users. Gmail UI has been ruined, Youtube has been ruined, Google+ is useless, Google reader is gone, iGoogle is gone, Google search page is ruined Chromebooks are a waste of resource, Chrome browser gets more laggy each update, TOC agreement that turns you into an ad, and many more... 2013 is the year I stopped using any Google services.

  5. Scout D
    December 22, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    I'm personally not a fan of big-business gerrymandering, so I voted for the Mozilla project. The new Firefox OS concept has the potential to reinvent what smartphones have the ability to do, and once it hits store shelves we won't have to decide whether to go with Apple's closed-garden paywall or support Google's endlessly confusing business model. Soon there will be a mobile phone not for the mainstream user, not for the geek, but for the developer that wants to have a decent alternative that doesn't suck. For their innovation in new projects and the continued support of their software, I have to say that the Mozilla project deserves to be the best.

  6. Cid Sinclair
    December 22, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    I really wanted to vote for Google. They've managed to chip away at Apple's market share, gobbled up Motorola and they continue to grow and innovate. But, I had to give my vote to Samsung. They've been very strong in every market segment in which they compete. Google, on the other hand has killed off two of my favorite Google properties (Google Reader and iGoogle) without any explanation other than they would rather have us use Goggle+. It's not as if these properties were losing Google money. According to Google, "they know what's best for us". So much for their "do no evil" promise. I'm still a solid Google guy, but I'm still pretty pissed off and far more suspicious of using their storage services or any other properties. I'm pretty sure Jeff Bezos won't be dumb enough to Scroogle their customers. That would put Amazon at #2 and Google at #3 in my book.......

  7. Buffet
    December 22, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Amazon far outshines all the other contenders!!
    They provide me the world at my fingertips. They also provide me numerous options of where to buy, suggestions about similar products, and best of all, reviews. Real reviews from real people, representing the good, the bad, and the ugly of a products true performance, despite what all the other hype might say.
    On top of all that, they provide me with shipping options, nearly always free! Hells bells, I even have an Amazon credit card!
    Amazon ROCKS man. The rest of your nominees are, at best, some pitiful "Also rans". Amazon is my first and final destination for nearly all my purchases.
    Lastly, they have revolutionized Christmas shopping (and all other shopping as well). Often working an 80+ hour week, I don't have time to go to stores, not to mention waste any of that all too precious commodity, gasoline. Well no more. I buy nearly everything the same way I'm writing this - from the privacy of my home office, seated comfotably in my pajamas.
    The gold medal and the blue ribbon shall be awarded to Amazon!
    Ya dig?

    • Ryashini K
      December 22, 2013 at 2:37 pm

      If you live in the US

    • Aibek E
      December 23, 2013 at 12:14 pm

      Totally agree with that!

      Apart from the shopping service they also offer something called AWS (Amazon Web Services). Our entire MakeUseOf website hosted there. The options they are currently providing are amazing and by far better than what you would get with traditional hosting company. It's also cheaper! Most of the popular websites that you find online these days use AWS services.

      you can buy from even if you leave outside US. There are companies like that give you US shipping address and then forward your packages in bulk to any place in the world. I have been using for more than a year now and loved it. Check it out.

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