The readers have spoken, and now it's our turn. We at Engadget aren't shy about singing the praises of the products we love, and you'll find plenty of kind words past the break as we reveal our picks for the best (and worst) gadgets of 2013.
The Moto X doesn't have flagship specs, but it still impressed us with a gorgeous design and great features like always-on listening and active notifications. It's also the most customizable phone we've ever used (read: optional wooden backplates), not to mention one of the most comfortable to hold. -- Brad Molen, Senior Mobile Editor
When Apple released the Retina display MacBook Pro with new Intel processors, we expected a bump in performance. What we didn't realize was that we had a MacBook Air rival on our hands. The Retina display MBP can now last up to nine hours on a charge, up from seven in the previous generation. -- Dana Wollman, Managing Editor
Following months of rumors, Apple finally released a pixel-packed version of its 7.9-inch tablet in November of last year. But that 2,048 x 1,536 display wasn't the only novel feature in tow; Apple also loaded the Retina iPad mini with new chips and a beefier battery -- all while keeping the design super slim. -- Edgar Alvarez, Associate Editor & Lead Video Producer, NY
2013's Kindle Paperwhite offers only slight tweaks from its predecessor, but if you're in the market for an e-reader, this is the one to get. The flagship feature here is the built-in light, which can support low-light reading for weeks on a full charge. -- Zach Honig, Deputy Managing Editor
At $1,300, Sony's flagship point-and-shoot is hardly cheap, but with a large 1-inch sensor and a constant-aperture f/2.8 24-200mm lens, you can expect brilliant image quality even when shooting in low light. We traveled to three continents while testing the RX10, and it performed phenomenally despite the occasionally harsh conditions. -- Zach Honig
When Nike released a new version of its popular FuelBand, it retooled the companion app, threw in a load of new social features and tacked on sleep tracking. These additions, alongside modest design changes, allow the wearable to expand its activity-monitoring abilities to bragging amongst your Nike+ mates. -- Billy Steele, Associate Editor
The PlayStation 4 is the most powerful console of 2013, and still the game platform we'd suggest buying. That's saying a lot considering stiff competition from both Microsoft and Valve. The console is still waiting for its big exclusive game, but the PS4 is the only place to find next-gen indie darlings. -- Ben Gilbert, Senior Editor
The Chromecast is easy to love for several reasons: The HDMI dongle is inexpensive; it works seamlessly; and it gets more useful by the day. Perhaps what stands out most, though, is its versatility. Beaming HBO Go, YouTube, Google Music and tabs from Chrome to your home theater is effortless. -- Timothy J. Seppala, Associate Editor
Few of us have lusted after a smoke alarm. That is, until the Nest Protect. The smart smoke detector ditches the alarm sound of its forefathers for a human voice. When wired to your home, it tells you exactly which room it's detected smoke in. Bonus: The LED ring serves as a night-light. -- Emily Price, Associate Editor
So far, we've only had a chance to check out the A350's display-packed flight deck, but Airbus' Dreamliner equivalent sounds very promising indeed, especially considering the 787's many setbacks. Expect a comfortable flight with up to 20 percent humidity and pressurization fixed at 6,000 feet or below. -- Zach Honig
When your smartphone has a display with the same resolution as your TV and sports a camera that rivals your point-and-shoot, what's next? Smells. Or, scents... to make it sound nicer. Scentee plugs into your iPhone's or Android's headphone socket and, through an app, can expel a scent from separately purchased capsules ranging from jasmine to, well, just meat. -- Mat Smith, Senior Editor
The Gear "wins" for worst gadget because it doesn't live up to our expectations for smartwatches. Its one-day battery life is a letdown, and hardware support is very limited. The new Gear line fixes some problems, but that just suggests Samsung shouldn't have released the original Gear in the first place. -- Jon Fingas, Associate Editor
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