What is even harder to believe is that they did it with the help of social networking sites, phones, computers and tablets — even after the regime cut off the communications network. Without the use of technology, who knows where we would be today?
Egypt has one of the largest online communities in the Middle East, and the revolution caused that number to swell significantly with more and more citizens turning to the internet. Technology has become the people’s voice, their educator and, in some cases, their entire livelihood with so many new online ventures popping up.
In honor of that, Egypt Today brings you our picks for the most revolutionary (pun intended) tech gadgets of the year.
THE LYTRO CAMERA
Some of us like to think we’re brilliant photographers, but, let’s face it, most just want to take focused pictures. Enter the Lytro Camera.
Without getting too technical, the Lytro Camera, which was unveiled this year but will begin selling in 2012, takes photos without the need to focus first, shooting instantly. What you get is ‘living pictures,’ which let you change the focus of the image using the company’s software.
SAMSUNG GALAXY SERIES
If you need proof that the Galaxy products are great, consider this: We couldn’t pick just one. With tablets and phones in all shapes and sizes running Google’s latest version of Android, incredible quality displays and a stellar user interface, Samsung may be giving Apple a run for its money.
Available at most local mobile resellers
The second generation iPad hasn’t fallen short of expectations this year, with wireless TV streaming, a powerful user interface that is completely touch based and a portable powerhouse of productivity.
Available starting at LE 3,799 at Tradeline Stores
35 Gamaet El Dowal El Arabia St., Mohandiseen • Tel: 19857
City Stars, Omar Ibn El Khattab St., Nasr City
Dandy Mall, KM 28 Cairo–Alexandria Desert Road
Mall of Arabia, Juhayna Square, Sixth of October
We didn’t forget you, gamers. Nintendo has brought the 3D craze to gaming. Aside from better graphics and powerful processing, the Nintendo 3DS is an enticing new device that gives all your games an alluring 3D element. It takes a bit of getting used to but once you do, you won’t know how you ever played 2D games before.
Available for LE 2,222 at Virgin Megastores
City Stars, Omar Ibn El Khattab St., Nasr City • Tel: (02) 2480-2244
Banking on the 4’s success, the 4S was released this year, adding enough features to make it an entirely new phone experience. Introducing the revolutionary voice recognition system Siri, wireless syncing, a pumped-up camera and speedier processor has made this the fastest-selling phone within the launch period.
Watch for it at official Apple retailers like Tradeline and major mobile network providers
BOWERS & WILKINS P5 HEADPHONES
If you want to consider yourself a real audiophile, toss those white headphones that came with your iPod. You’re not doing your music any justice with those, but you will if you buy Bowers & Wilkins’ P5 over-the-ear, noise-canceling headphones. With excellent build quality, a rich, balanced sound and exceptional noise-canceling capacity, these headphones will completely change your musical experience.
Available for $373 at Archimedia
42 Rd. 12, Maadi • Tel: (02) 2359-3050/60
Designopolis, KM 38 Cairo–Alexandria Desert Road
NOKIA LUMIA 800
Die-hard Nokia users can rest easy. Nokia has come out with a smartphone that may give others some competition. The sleek and slim design does not belie the beauty that lies within this phone. A stunning display, incredibly slick interface, speedy touch responsiveness and powerful software make this a great smartphone option.
Will soon be available at Nokia retailers in Egypt
THE 11 INCH APPLE MACBOOK
When Apple first launched their MacBook Air they proved, literally, that good things come in small packages. Now they’ve come out with an even smaller, faster and more powerful version with the 11 inch model. If you want something ultra portable but aren’t quite ready to commit to tablets, look no further.
Available starting at LE 8,199 at Tradeline Stores
All right book lovers, you won’t buy a Kindle on principle, but what about the Kindle Fire? This combination Kindle and tablet from Amazon is your solution to the iPad vs Kindle debate. Its fast processor, vibrant color screen, responsive touch and compact size make reading, socializing and working an absolute pleasure.
Available for $199 from Amazon.com
Put the Microsoft vs Apple debate on the shelf for a minute. With the developer version announced in 2011, Windows 8 is the company’s newer and better version of their platform. Slated for a 2012 release, Windows 8 is fast and user friendly with hundreds of new features like a touch-based interface, Windows Live integration for seamless syncing and an app store. Rejoice, Windows users, you’ll no longer have to slap an Apple sticker on your computer in shame. et