Best of IFA 2014

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best ifa logoIFA 2014 in Berlin, Germany is well underway, leaving us with a big wishlist for the next wave of exciting mobile devices. Brands like ASUS, Samsung and Sony brought their A game, highlighting some significant evolutions in the world of smartphones, tablets and laptops.

Handsets like the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge are challenging standard smartphone design conventions, just like the Acer Aspire R 13 does for laptops. From waterproof tablets to multi-device keyboards, here's our favorite tech from IFA 2014. (Not all product prices have been announced.)

Best Smartphone: Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

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At IFA 2014, Samsung quite literally has an Edge on the competition. The company's new Galaxy Note Edge touts a curved display that provides an innovative secondary screen on the right to display tweets, sports scores and a handful of app shortcuts. Add this eye-catching feature to the phone's 16MP camera with optical image stabilization, and speedy Snapdragon 850 processor, and you've got a handset that's truly ahead of the curve.

MORE: Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Hands-On

Best Tablet: Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

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Like its smartphone cousin, the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact is a sleek, bright and zippy device that can even survive a quick dunk in the bathtub. Measuring a slim 0.25 inches thin and weighing just over half a pound, this is a petite powerhouse. It boasts a speedy quad-core Snapdragon processor, an 8-inch, full HD Triluminous display (meaning great color), and IP65 water resistance allowing it to survive about 5 feet of water for 30 minutes. Got a PS4? You can play your games off-TV with the Z3 Compact's Remote Play feature.

MORE: Sony Shows Off Xperia Z3 Family at IFA

Best Laptop: ASUS ZenBook UX305

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With smartphones and tablets cutting into more of their traditional features, laptops have to up their game. The ASUS ZenBook UX305 has done just that by combining a beautiful screen, mid-range specs and an extremely lightweight design. The 13-inch screen can display 3K images (better than 1080p, not quite 4K). An Intel Core M processor, an Intel HD 5300 graphics card and 8GB of RAM ensure that the UX305 can handle office work, media and lightweight gaming. Squeeze all that into less than half-an-inch thickness and 2.65 pounds (smaller than a MacBook Air), and this laptop is about as portable as they come.

MORE: ASUS ZenBook UX305 Hands-On

Best Hybrid: Acer Aspire R 13

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Windows hybrids are becoming commodities, but Acer is determined to stand out from the pack. Its $900 Aspire R 13 offers a whopping six use modes. Thanks to the notebook's 180-degree, pop-out "Ezel Aero" hinge, you can use the R 13's Ezel mode to pull the display closer, or use the easel-like stand mode to sketch or take notes. Throw in the more familiar notebook, tablet, display and tent modes, and you've got a Windows 8.1 machine that bends to your will.

MORE: Acer Aspire R 13 Hands-On

Best Accessory: Logitech K480 Multi-Device Keyboard

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Unless you're an old fogey who prefers to make phone calls, you probably communicate with your friends, family and coworkers primarily through the written word. With the $50 Logitech Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard K480, you can type across three devices on-the-fly simply by adjusting a dial. Writing a Word document on your PC, responding to a text on your phone and searching for a title on Netflix on your tablet just got much easier — and much less prone to thumb-induced typos. The K480 is compatible with Windows, Mac, iOS and Android, and makes use of comfortable chiclet keys.

MORE: Logitech K480 Hands-On

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2 comments
  • bravenewlife Says:

    Keyboard seems interesting. I wonder about viewing angles. What in the world is with the "second screen" on Edge?? Would it just be a ticker with single line of tweets?

  • Robert Jasiek Says:

    I disagree with considering the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact the "best tablet of IFA" because it shows strong light reflection. Panasonic's ca. 20" models are better candidates, but with prices from EUR 4000 to 5500 they are not consumer tablets.

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