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Saturday 25 October 2014

From Airfloss to iPad - the best gadgets of 2011

Phone - Nokia Lumia 800
While Apple only gently upgraded its splendid iPhone 4 by adding an S, Nokia had the best bounce-back of any technology company for years. The Lumia 800 is a great-looking handset that feels spectacularly good in the hand, has an outstanding display and the latest mobile phone operating system: Windows Phone. The OS looks fresh and stylish and though it’s not perfect it has amazing potential. Apps are way short of Apple’s roster but at 40,000+ there are plenty to choose from and they look great. This is the ideal handset for anyone who wants a classy, different phone.
From free with contract
Tablet - HP TouchPad
I know, you can’t buy it any more, but I love the TouchPad. Its interface is brilliant fun to use, the hardware, while lacking the speed of the iPad, is decent enough. And now it’s been discontinued, the number of apps won’t be growing any time soon. But for sheer joy of use, it was hard to beat. In its absence, the best tablet is still the iPad, and is a perfect combination of lustrous hardware, endless apps and great intuitive system. The iPad is still the tablet every other tablet is trying to beat, but the TouchPad came closer than others. If you buy an iPad, you need protection for it. The best case by a mile is the Knomo iPad 2 Folio, (£49 from which includes magnetic closure that wakes the iPad screen on opening. Nobody knows when the next iPad will be released, but my guess is Spring 2012.
iPad from £399,
Bathroom gadget - Philips Sonicare Airfloss
Do you like flossing? Thought not. But you need to do it. Although it’s not quite as perfect as the real thing, the Airfloss is an effective alternative that’s even fun to use. Fill the chamber on the back with water or mouthwash and hold to your gum line between gnashers. Press the button and the liquid is shot out at 45mph, dislodging plaque effortlessly. And, more importantly, painlessly. It’s especially great for hard-to-reach parts of the mouth. The battery lasts a week or two between charges. A perfect gift for the person who has everything.

From the perfect camera to the top phone, read David Phelan's guide to this year's must-have gadgets

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