What are the Most Popular Consumer Electronics?

Mitch Morgan
Mitch Morgan

While it is true that most popular consumer electronics may vary from year to year, there are some products that continue to remain popular over time. Continuous development and improvement of some products drives consumers to make frequent purchases to get the newest and best version available. Many of these innovative gadgets, including digital cameras, laptop and notebook computers, and cell phones, are considered fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) due to their low durability and highly-replaceable nature.

Handheld MP3 player with earbud headphones.
Handheld MP3 player with earbud headphones.

Recent developments in home electronics have spurred growth in this area as well. Home media like high-definition (HD) TVs, Blu-ray players, and other devices for home theaters are among the best-selling consumer electronics. Both the size and price of these electronics grow smaller as consumer demand heightens and the supply of these technologies expands to ensure availability.

A Blu-ray® player.
A Blu-ray® player.

Portable media like mp3 players, mobile phones, and GPS navigation units remain among the top-selling consumer electronics in the industry. These continue to gain popularity, in part due to the range of functions each device may now contain. These separate technologies are sometimes merged into one product for consumers, indicating that portability is a major factor customers consider before purchasing new electronics. Devices like the Apple iPhone® combine the convenience of a cell phone with the navigating abilities of a GPS, the media-storage capability of an mp3 player, and hands-free, wireless use thanks to Bluetooth® technology, an increasingly popular ability found in some consumer electronics.

A hands free headset.
A hands free headset.

Since the emergence of technology like Bluetooth®, wireless electronics seem to be growing more popular among consumers. Like the iPhone®, these existing technologies are joined into one unit, allowing the user instant access to an array of options and features including wireless internet access, file sharing, and movie watching, all from the same device. The convergence of similar electronics likely remains a top concern for manufacturers as old technologies are coupled with newer ones. Although once thought impossible, devices like comic hero Dick Tracy's watch phone have become a reality for consumers. New micro technologies have taken the place of earlier, heavier ones, their portability helping ensure that consumers tote the device along for daily outings and use it for various tasks.

Apple's iPhone is a popular multi-function handheld consumer electronic.
Apple's iPhone is a popular multi-function handheld consumer electronic.

New additions to consumer electronics are unveiled each year at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada. Here, consumers and industry professionals alike may get a glimpse of the most popular trends in the market. The nonprofit event, which is sponsored by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), showcases new products, guest speakers, and seminars, providing an inside look at what consumers can expect in the following year. Past unveilings at the CES include the compact disc player and the plasma TV.

New consumer electronics are featured every year at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
New consumer electronics are featured every year at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
A GPS is a popular navigational electronic device; many come with a built-in road map database.
A GPS is a popular navigational electronic device; many come with a built-in road map database.
High-definition TVs remain among the most popular consumer electronics categories.
High-definition TVs remain among the most popular consumer electronics categories.
High-def TVs and Blu-ray players remain among the most popular consumer electronics.
High-def TVs and Blu-ray players remain among the most popular consumer electronics.
Almost every white collar professional today owns a laptop and a smartphone.
Almost every white collar professional today owns a laptop and a smartphone.
Mitch Morgan
Mitch Morgan

Mitch is a journalist, photographer, and test administrator who has contributed to a diverse array of publications, including the Oxford, Mississippi arts and entertainment guide Oxford Town and the trade publication Nightclub & Bar Magazine. In addition to his freelance work for wiseGEEK and several other websites, Mitch has written dozens of album reviews, allowing him to showcase his love of music and media.

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softener

@Illych - Although I don't know if they'll be considered fast moving consumer goods quite yet, I think Internet connected televisions are really going to take off soon. Regular television programming is already starting to seem outdated compared to the wealth of material online and I can only imagine this trend continuing.

Illych

What do you guys think will be the next innovative gadgets to be considered fast moving consumer goods (FMCG)? I think tablet computers like the iPad or Android tablets just about fit the criteria: low durability, highly-replaceable and I think they're only going to grow in popularity over time. They don't quite completely replace laptop or notebook computers but seem to fit a more casual computing void, much like netbooks. However, I think netbooks suffered from having keyboards and screens too small and too low resolution and they simply can't compare with the portability of a tablet. I think whether tablets take off or not comes down to how many worth competitors there are to the iPad.

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