Three things that made IFA 2013 great



Wondering what were the biggest products to come out of the IFA tech show? We´ve compiled three of them into one handy guide - find out about Samsung´s smartwatch and Sony´s latest Xperia phone here...

The past week has been a haze of new tech launches.
The waves of new tablets, TVs, laptops and smartphones launched at IFA have left us with a serious tech hangover.
The IFA show floor is now open, but all the major product launches are done and dusted.
So as the crowds mingle with the latest gadgets, we thought we'd reflect for a few minutes on what we've seen.
In doing so we hope to give you a bitesize guide to the products of IFA 2013.
Without further ado, here are three things which made IFA 2013 great.

Keep on top of your phone messages from your wrist: Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch

Day One Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch On Wrist At IFA

Smartwatches are the next big thing, if some tech experts are to be believed - others aren't so sure. Nevertheless Samsung stole the show at IFA Berlin, with its Galaxy Gear smartwatch dominating the headlines from Berlin. The smartwatch allows users to access email, text and even make phone calls - all without touching their mobile.
It features speakers and microphones, meaning people speak into and hear from the device on their wrist instead of a handset. It currently works with the newly announced Note 3 phablet and Note 10.1 2014 edition - but will be able to work with other Samsung smartphones and tablet models by October.
Pranav Mistry, head of Think Tank Team at Samsung Research America, said: "We have created something incredible. You don't need to get your phone out anymore. Gear takes the entirety of your digital world and places it right where you can see."

Watch two programmes at once: Samsung's S9C TV

Day Two IMG_0182 Samsung OLED 55inch TV At IFA

It can be pretty annoying when you want to watch the football and your missus wants to watch Embarrassing Bodies. Samsung has come up with a solution to such domestic quandaries with a new TV that allows the two of you to watch different programmes at the same time.
The Samsung S9C is a 55-inch OLED TV with a curved screen, but it's its MultiView technology which has been racking up the most headlines. You put on one pair of the special glasses, your wife the other and you'll be able to drift off to your own little worlds with the programmes you want to watch. Compromise is, of course, good - but it's not always essential.  

Take high-end photos with your smartphone: Sony Xperia Z1

Sony Xperia Z1

Okay, so the idea of taking photos with your phone is hardly ground-breaking - we have, I suppose, been doing it for years. However, Sony has upped the ante with a new phone capable of taking what it calls "world-leading photos" thanks to a 20.7 megapixel camera and a larger-than-usual sensor. Sony reckons the Xperia Z1 Android smartphone - which is also waterproof - provides the "best overall image quality" of leading smartphones.
Sony president and chief executive Kazuo Hirari said the smartphone captures beautiful, sharp and bright images in lowlight conditions, which he said is an "experience you will find only in a Sony smartphone".
And if that's not enough, it also has the ability to live stream video to Facebook so your friends can add their comments in real time - whether they're in Brixton, Berlin or Brooklyn.

These are a few of our favourite products from this year's IFA, but what are yours? Let us know in the comments below…