In Pictures: Top 10 gadgets of 2012

Here are 10 that made a significant impact in the industry this year, listed in the order of their releases

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Kindle Paperwhite

When Amazon announced updated models to their Fire tablets and Kindle e-book readers, it’s the latter that saw the most obvious technological improvement. The Kindle Paperwhite uses a new proprietary display that has a contrast range 25% higher than in prior Kindles, 62% more pixels to produce sharper images, and a built-in backlight. Basically, the Paperwhite shows text set against white in such a way that it very closely emulates the appearance of text on actual paper - and you can read it in a low-light environment. The Kindle Paperwhite solidified Amazon as the leader in the e-book device market.

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