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Sony has never really been a tablet forerunner. The company has offered some decent slates in the past, but nothing you’d urgently recommend to a friend. The Tablet Z was good—but nobody remembers you for being mediocre. Example: we recognize the Kindle Fire HDX because it offers a solid experience highlighted by a unique service in Mayday; the Nexus 7, meanwhile, is important because of its affordability and powerful specs. The iPad is the obvious tablet emperor, but even that crown has lost some of its sheen, giving way to a relentless Android invasion. That said, can Sony’s latest tablet step up and finally cement its status as a bonafide competitor?







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Samsung isn’t new to the wearable market, but its Gear Fit announcement in February was a major surprise. Not only did it see the company make an unexpected entrance into the crowded world of activity trackers, it saw Samsung really flex its (mostly unused) design muscle. From the start, the Fit showed plenty of promise, and was by far the most attractive fitness gadget we’d ever seen. But beauty will only get you so far. Samsung had a huge opportunity to capitalize on the booming fitness market, but instead fell short of the Olympic gold.