Best of IFA Berlin 2012: Top 10 Gadgets from the Big Show
Windows 8-based notebooks, tablets and hybrids received a lot of attention at this year’s IFA Berlin show, which has become so huge the folks running CES should be nervous. We also saw a slew of new Android phones and slates, iOS accessories, gaming peripherals, cameras, TVs and more. But these were the devices that truly stood out in terms of innovation, design and pure “wow” factor.
Best Smartphone: Samsung Galaxy Note II
At last year's IFA show, Samsung released its first pen-enabled Android phone in the Galaxy Note. In 2012, the electronics giant kicked it up a notch, unveiling the Galaxy Note II, which features an epic 5.5-inch screen, a quad core processor, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and a whopping 3,100-mAH battery.
With the Galaxy Note II, Samsung has perfected the pen, with a new rubberized stylus tip that makes writing on the screen feel more like writing on paper, and a host of new pen-enabled features. Users can preview photos, emails or videos by hovering over them with the stylus, write notes on the back of photos and scribble quick commands that let you open emails or make calls from anywhere in the OS.