In 2015, all these three companies released products that are successful in different categories. With Google, it was the Nexus 6P that made waves, with Microsoft, it was the Surface Pro 4 and Windows 10 that were hugely successful, and Apple led a smartwatch revolution - by selling the highest adopted smartwatch ever. Which means, these three companies had to be featured on Toppers of 2015, and I asked my audience which products they found most worthy of appreciation from each of the companies.
So here are the results...
Android M won a fair share of votes - 18.2% - and it is the readers choice best product after the Nexus phones. The Marshmallow edition of Android doesn’t bring any big aesthetic changes, but fixes the many things that were wrong with Lollipop. M introduces an all new much awaited app permission system that will let you individually control what you give a particular app access to. Moreover, it beings “Doze”, a battery saving feature that disables a lot of background tasks like syncing with connected services and turns off network access to allow for least possible battery usage. Doze proves to work really well, as pointed out in the Nexus 6P review on the blog. Android M is a great step up from L, reducing the number of bugs while including settle yet important changes to the OS. The only concern: how much time will it take to reach the majority of Android devices?
The iMac with the 5K Retina Display comes in third on the chart, and this is the product I voted for. Even today, the adoption of 4K hasn’t been all that outstanding, but Apple is taking it one step further with their 27” iMac all-in-one desktops. The 5K display is a glorious piece of innovation. At 218 PPI, this display is almost as good as that on the MacBook Pro with Retina Display, which means pixels are just not visible to the naked eye. The computer is a beast, with the dedicated 4 GB graphic card pushing the insane 14745600 (yeah, that’s 5120x2880) pixels packed in the display panel. This means editing 4K footage on 100% scale is possible on your desk using this computer. The iMac has no practical competition as yet, so I have to conclude that it is the best all-in-one desktop to own (unless you want to go with a Mac Pro paired with a bunch of 4K displays).
All the other products, like the SurfaceBook and the Surface Pro 4, rely on Windows 10 for their ultimate form and function. The OS does have a lot of expectations to live up to in the coming years.