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Top Tech of 2013

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2013 was the year when consumer technology really became part of our daily lives. Thanks to a confluence of hardware, software and infrastructure the devices we own can now help us with exercise, trips, dating, and even cooking! We’ve summed up 2013 in tech in our infographic featuring best smartphones, tablets and other gadgets.

We look at the consumer technology landscape of 2013 through four windows:

  • Winners: They’re a cut above the rest. Best in class. Clear standouts.
  • Contenders: Would have been winners, but beaten to the tape by millimeters.
  • Game changers: There’s something to them that might upset the old order and start a whole new way of doing things.
  • Clunkers: Bright ideas when they were rolled out, but consumers didn’t think so.

The players in this infographic are widely known. Who hasn’t heard of the iPhone 5s, for example, and wasn’t hyped by rumors of a champagne-tinged model? The long awaited retina display for the MacBook Pro 13” was also met with much enthusiasm, as was the impending double whammy of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 that were released just days apart. There’s the constant talk about Google Glass and how it will change that way we use technology, forever.

But this list also includes not-so-popular devices that have flown under the radar for many reasons. One example is the HTC One, perhaps the most beautiful smartphone ever designed. It has won awards from many tech sites and blogs for its outstanding design and is clearly an enthusiast’s phone but it never really caught the buying public’s fancy. Then there’s the highly praised Nexus 7, with a display that has the highest resolution ever in a tablet. It’s cheaper than the rival iPads, but isn’t making as much noise.

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Jess Loren is an energetic entrepreneur and start-up savant who specializes in the team-based execution of innovative ideas. The co-founder of Chicago social media marketing and business technology solutions company Kambio Group (acquired May 2013) & tech/pop culture blog SocialTechPop, Jess is not only a fluent expert in the present state of social media, but a visionary with an eye toward the future. In her projects, Jess combines the effects of cutting-edge technology with the connectivity of social media, and examines how they play a role in determining the next big thing. Jess has contributed across the industry, working with everyone from Fortune 500 companies to a company that hosts the “largest bar crawl in America.” Follow Jess on Twitter @ChiTownJess

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