Five of the Most Popular Tech Gadgets for the 2012 Spring and Summer

Abstract: Summer and spring are traditionally great times for tech enthusiasts, and this year will be no different. I look at 5 of the most anticipated tech gadgets which are set to be released in the next few months.
During the spring and summer of 2012, a slew of new tech gadgets, including everything from phones to televisions, will hit the U.S. market. Here are 5 of the most anticipated gadgets.

Nokia Lumia 900 Smartphone
Assorted smartphones (1).

There are plenty of new smartphones coming out in the next few months. The Nokia Lumia 900 appears to be one of the most anticipated of these devices. If the International Business Times is correct, the 4G LTE capable cell phone will sport a 4.3 inch screen and contain a 1.4 GHz processor, "512MB of RAM, and 16GB of storage." These specs do not differentiate it from the field. What does set it apart from its competitors is its low cost of $99.00. I really like the fact that it is Microsoft compatible, making it easier for people, like me, who use Windows 7, to transfer data between the Nokia phone and their computers. If you want to purchase this item, you won't have to wait long; it will be released in stores on April 8, but only for AT&T customers.

Item: Nokia Lumia 900
Price: $99.00 for AT&T users
Release Date: April 8, 2012

HTC Titan II Smartphone

AT&T has generated buzz over another Windows smartphone that will be marketed exclusively for its customers. According to PC Magazine, the HTC Titan II's processing power (1.5 GHz) and memory (16GB) are similar to those found in the Nokia Lumina 900. The Titan II sets itself apart from the competition via its large, 4.7 inch "Super LCD screen" and the first of its kind, 16-megapixel camera. One caveat, PC Magazine does state that the camera's 16-megapixel capability does not necessarily mean that it will take better photographs than a high quality 8-megapixel phone camera. Per Engadget, this smartphone will cost you about $200.00 and can be purchased at AT&T stores beginning on April 8, 2012.

Item: HTC Titan II
Price: $200.00 for AT&T users
Release Date: April 8, 2012

Kindle Fire 2 Tablet

Moving from phones to tablets, recently mentioned a rumor that Amazon will roll out the next generation of its popular Kindle Fire in late summer. Supposedly, the Kindle Fire 2 will cost more than its predecessor and will feature a 10 inch screen, as opposed to the current model's 7 inch screen. I hope that Amazon's new tablet will come equipped with more than 8GB of memory currently sported by the basic version of the Kindle Fire. Per Amazon's own website, that is only enough memory to store "10 movies or 800 songs."

Item: Kindle Fire 2
Price: Unknown but likely more than $199.00 for the basic model
Release Date: Late summer

iPad 3 Tablet

Even though it has already been released, it would be remiss of me not to mention the iPad 3. That tablet might prove to be this spring's most popular tech gadget. According to International Business Times notes that some customers have reported problems with the device overheating.

Item: iPad 3
Price: $499.00 for the basic model
Release Date: March 16, 2012

LG OLED 55" Television

According to TV Technology, OLED screens are "the next wave in display technology." They are lighter and provide a better quality picture than other types of screens. The problem with OLED has traditionally been that they do not last very long, and their lifespans decrease the larger the screen. However, TV Technology notes that recent breakthroughs have increased OLED lifespans significantly. With that said, LG unveiled a 55" OLED television at the 2012 International CES Convention; it plans to "begin mass OLED T.V. production by mid-year," which might allow it to hit the U.S. market at summer's end.

Item: LG 55" OLED television
Price: Unknown
Release Date: Unknown

If all of these gadgets are released on time, it might be a wonderful spring and summer for tech enthusiasts.

1.  Photographer: ALT1040
     Date: April 22, 2007
     Title/Description: Assorted smartphones. From left to right, top row: iPhone 3G, Blackberry 8820,
                                Nokia N78, Nokia N81, (bottom row) Nokia N95, Nokia E65, Nokia N70.
      Location/Permission: Wikimedia Commons - Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic
      license (click on the title/link or the caption/link to see the photo, credits, and permissions).

-- Anthony Hopper

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