As this week is my final week at LightInTheBox, I thought that I would take this opportunity in the LITB Lab to sit back and reflect on all the great (and not so great) tech that I have encountered during my time at LightInTheBox and choose my favourite product from the last 12 months. Over the last year I’ve seen it all from high-end Android tablets, to cheap and cheerful MTK cell phones and everything else in between. There have been a number of pieces of tech that are worth a mentioning and I thought I would give a reflective rundown here.
The Ouku Tab
The original Ouku Tab proved you could get a fun and functional Android tablet for under $150. The Ouku Tab really felt like a good quality tablet and it soon became a hit with the LightInTheBox customers. With its unique design, respectable specifications and superb (glitch free) usability the original Ouku Tab and the Ouku Black are still one of my favourite products offering as they did incredible value for money.
Next up we have the i-Helicopters, which landed at MiniInTheBox at the end of summer. These little gadgets are quite possibly the most fun thing you can use your iPhone (or Android phone) for. I certainly had a whale of a time flying various versions of these flying machines around the LightInTheBox offices here in Beijing. And with Christmas just around the corner I’m sure these cool little gadgets will find themselves in stockings all around the world.
Malata Z Pad
The Malata Z Pad stuck out like a sore thumb in the tablet category when it arrived at LightInTheBox, largely thanks to its $600 price tag. However despite this high price tag I really liked this Android 2.2 tablet. Yes the Malata Z Pad came at a price, but it when you took a closer look you could understand why. Packing a 10 inch capacitive touchscreen, an NVIDEA Tegra 2 dual core processor, 16GB built in memory and 1080p HD video playback, the Malata Z Pad was something a little bit special.
PVP Gaming Console
The PVP Gaming Console, which made an appearance in the LITB Lab a couple of weeks ago (and has remained on my desk for some at work classic gaming ever since) is certainly worth a mention as one of my favourite gadgets of the year. Loaded with a whole bunch of classic Sega Megadrive/Sega Genesis games, the PVP Gaming Console offers a retro gaming experience that will instantly take you back to those worry-free days of the early 1990’s. In fact I think you’d be pretty hard pressed to find a more fun gadget for $39.
The Othello Tab
This brings us to my final and favourite piece of tech from the last 12 months and for those of you who read the blog regularly this might not come as any surprise…the Othello Tab. When the Othello Tab was released on LightInTheBox it was our first tablet to have a capacitive touchscreen and got many people in the office excited, not mentioning any names (Andre). However there was more to the Othello Tab than just its 7 inch multi-touch capacitive touchscreen, it also came with a 1GHz Samsung processor which allowed for a silky smooth, lag-free user experience. The Othello Tab also looked great, with its simple clean lines and the black bezel flush with the touchscreen. Eight months on and I’m yet to find an Android tablet on LightInTheBox that I like more than the Othello Tab and at under $190 you get a hell of a lot for your money.