A big product category shown at CES 2015 was drones and quadcopters, and one of the most exciting of these was the new Parrot Bebop drone. This is the same company that made the popular AR Drone, which was first revealed in 2010. Like the other Parrot drones, Bebop creates its own Wi-Fi hotspot and is controlled with an app on your mobile device.
OnePlus One is our smartphone pick of 2014. This is an inexpensive "flagship killer" Android phone, but it's only available for those who can get an invite. You can get invites from friends, or you can request an invite at the OnePlus One website. Once you get an invite, the phone starts at $299 contract-free and unlocked.
The Fire TV Stick from Amazon is a smaller and less expensive version of the full Fire TV. It's a self-contained stick that plugs into one of the HDMI ports on your HDTV, and lets you watch or listen to content from Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Showtime, Crackle, ESPN, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, Vevo, and many more. And if you're an Amazon Prime member, you'll also be able to stream movies and TV shows from its Prime Instant Video service.
The Verizon Droid Turbo from Motorola is a smartphone with powerful specs and boasts longer battery life than most other phones on the market. To accommodate that bigger batter, it is heavier and thicker as well. Motorola claims it can get up to 48 hours of battery life with its 3900 mAh under mixed usage. The Turbo supports Turbo charging as well, and can get 8 additional hours worth of power with just 15 minutes of charging.
Nexus 6 is the latest 'pure Android' smartphone from Google. Nexus devices are known for not having any additional carrier or manufacturer bloatware installed. Because of this, they are first in line to get the latest Android updates when Google releases them. The Nexus 6 is the first smartphone to ship with Android 5.0 Lollipop.
Pono is a music download service and portable digital music player that's focused on high-resolution music. This was developed by Neil Young, who wanted people to hear songs "as they first sound during studio recording sessions" as opposed to "the compessed audio inferiority that MP3s offer."
The Nikon D3300 is a great entry level DSLR in a compact body. It features a 24.2 megapixel CMOS DX-format sensor with a new EXPEED 4 image-processing engine. It can also capture fast action with 5-fps continuous shooting, and can shoot video in 1080/60p.
DPReview says this is a great camera for the beginner looking for a DSLR experience, and may want to have more control over shooting settings. Read the full review at DPReview.com
The iPad Air 2 is the latest 9.7" tablet from Apple, and it's even thinner than its predecessor. It's just 6.1 milimeters thin and weighs 0.96 pounds, which makes it 18% thinner than the original iPad Air. The screen resolution is still 2048x1536 with 264 pixels per inch, but Apple has added an antireflective coating.
Google has released a new product that aims to make email more managable, simply called "Inbox by Gmail." One of the biggest issues with email today is that we get inundated by thousands of emails that all land in the same place. Whether they're messages from family and friends, social media updates, flight confirmations, or promotions, it all lands in your inbox as "unread" with the same priority level.
Apple announced a new 27" iMac at its October 16th event, and it features a Retina 5K display with a resolution of 5120 x 2880. It has 14.7 million pixels, which is four times the amount of pixels found on the previous generation iMac. It uses highly efficient LEDs, which Apple claims use 30 percent less power while still delivering the same display brightness. It has the same seamless aluminum design as before, with edges just 5mm thin.