The Best Gadgets for 2016: A Year for Virtual Reality

25 December 2016, 5:00 am EST By Jomst C. Mobile & Apps

2016 displayed several launches of virtual reality related devices, such as the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, PS VR and Daydream, a new mobile platform from Google. Virtual reality is truly now, not just a distant dream. More titles are still ahead in the future of the VR industry, and the price of the trend to lower.

In addition, 2016 also brought in several great devices and gadgets. The continuous evolution of mobile devices, which are Pixel from Google, iPhone 7 plus, Samsung's Galaxy S7 line (Note 7 exclusive). A couple of laptops from Dell and HP also brought in powerful laptops we have witnessed.

The following list, dictates the devices that made it to be considered the best devices and creations for 2016:

Oculus Rift

A High-quality VR that works in the house, that delivers immersive virtual reality experience. As a complete package at $800, it gives motion tracking and support for the experience even in small rooms.

HTC Vive

Released after the Oculus Rift, cam inclusive of motion controllers and room-scale support from purchase. A deeper VR option coming from Vive and HTC. A bit bulkier and with more wires for an expansive experience of a VR environment.

PlayStation VR

Solid virtual reality experience delivered, though as an attachment to the aging PS4 console. Has numerous titles to go with, best economic option.

Google Daydream View

Light and comfortable, and also affordable. Delivers the VR experience on the level of other competitors, inclusive of the basic motion controls as well. Compatible with any Daydream able device.

PlayStation 4 Pro

A half step upgrade for the 4k and HDR ready televisions. With improved hardware, it can run titles at a higher quality compare to the predecessor.

Google Pixel and Pixel XL

The first smart-phone designed solely by Google. Greatly refined, has fast performance, can be considered with the best cameras on a mobile phone. Worth the price for a high-end android feel.

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

After the controversies, Samsung is still one of the best device maker in the world. The S7 and S7 edge has fast-performance, fluid designs and great image capturing pieces.

iPhone 7 Plus

With a great screen included, speedy hardware with dual cameras that gives great photos, though some may.

HP Spectre 13.3

Thin batteries, lightweight, beauty from all sides. Inspired by high-end watches and accessories, suave is evident in the design.

Dell XPS 15

A slim, 15 incher laptop that an ideal option for windows users that levels to a Macbook Pro.

Amazon Echo ®

Access to Alexa voice assistant, through the small speakers built-in for the devices reply. Weather report, reminders and list, playing podcasts, connect to online music services are part of its features.

Anki Cozmo

A Wall-E lookalike, it is cute and naughty, a palm-sized tiny bot that can be at the desk for companionship. Learns through time and has facial recognition. 

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