2012 Year in Review: Top 10 products

Reviews 24 Dec, 2012

We look back at the 10 standout products which have been reviewed on IT Pro this year.

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So Google comes out top in the hardware stakes and two of the best performing devices were running the Android platform. Microsoft also got onto the list - delivering a unique set of features with Windows 8. Despite its well publicised problems, HP produced two outstanding pieces of hardware. Interesting, although Apple still made the list with the iPad and iPhone, it failed to dominate.

With Christmas bearing down on us, it’s time to reflect over the last 12 months to see the best of the tech world offered.

We've seen some truly great products pass through the IT Pro office this year, so it's been a tough choice. Unsurprisingly, mobile devices continued to dominate the market and we were inundated with smartphones and tablets. Processing power and pixel counts continued to rise, but perhaps most importantly, price points of high-end products started to drop.

Apple and Samsung (with the help of Google) make the list, but so do stalwarts of the tech world – we won’t ruin the surprises, so read on to find out.

As always share your thoughts on what you think has been the best products of the year.

10) Apple iPhone 5

What a difference a year makes. The iPhone 5 didn’t provide a giant leap forward that Apple fans were expecting and even introduced the bug-riddled Apple Maps.

However, this didn't stop Apple flogging five million units in the opening weekend it went on sale. There's no denying the popularity of the device and it's clear Apple did get some things right. The firm finally increased the screen size from 3.5in to the more useful 4in. With this, the firm also facilitated a change in aspect ratio to the much more appropriate 16:9.


In terms of design, security and quality of apps, the iPhone still remains the top dog too - it remains a favourite for business users and consumers. It's just not as invincible as it once was.

9) DataFort Hi-5 disaster recovery

Disaster recovery products are important for many businesses and the Hi-5 is the best of the bunch in 2012.

Pricing starts at £500 per server, per month, so the pressure was on DataFort to provide good value for money. And it did exactly that. The price includes cloud disaster recovery as part of the package, and we weren't disappointed. DataFort managed to get us back up and running in 40 minutes.


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