2012 is set to come to a close in just a few hours, and we are just in time with our annual top 10 list of the most-watched Gear Live video episodes. Over the past year, as expected, there was a bunch of Apple gear that made the list, and it's dominated by smartphones and tablets, with the exception of two Monster headphones, a look at the Boeing 787, and a USB 3.0 hard drive.
Sure, we've given you a list of our top 10 most popular stories of 2012, but we figured we'd go a bit more broad than that. We also thought it would be interesting to give you a look at the top ten most read stories on this site this year, period, regardless of what year they were posted. We must say, we're just as surprised as you are at what did (and didn't) make the list! For example, you guys seem to really like Monster's Beats by Dr. Dre audio line. Here we go:
- ColorWare now offering custom-painted Beats by Dr. Dre Studio headphones
- White iPhone 4 vs. black iPhone 4 comparison
- iPhone 3G vs iPod touch 2G in pictures: Odd that an image gallery featuring the iPhone and iPod touch from two years ago made our top ten list, but there it is!
- Exclusive: Pink Beats by Dr. Dre Charles Hamilton customs
- Limited Edition white Beats by Dr. Dre headphones hands-on: You can't deny that Monster has a hit on their hands with the Beats by Dr. Dre line of headphones.
- iPhone 5 vs. iPhone 4S vs. Original iPhone in pictures
- iPhone 5: White & SIlver or Black & Slate? (gallery)
- iPhone 5 White & Silver unboxing gallery
- Bleeding Edge TV 190: How to Replace Your iPhone Battery
- iPod touch picks up 4-inch display, better cameras, new colors, and Siri
Any surprises? We've also compiled a list of the stories that have dropped out of the top ten between 2010 and 2011, which you can check out after the jump, and don't miss the ten most popular Gear Live videos of 2012 either!
Monster is giving away a pair of its NCredible N-Tune headphones, along with a Back to School Prize Pack full of other cool prizes, in its Be NCredible photo contest - and I'm a judge! To enter, just head on over to the Facebook contest page and submit a photo of your NCredible moment. Make it funny. Make it inspiring. Just make it stand out. You have until September 12 to enter, and five grand prize winners will be announced on September 21 after we pick through all the entries to find the cream of the crop.
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We've been waiting for the Monster Diesel VEKTR headphones to drop ever since we laid eyes on them back at CES, and now the on-ears have finally arrived. A collaboration between Monster and Diesel, the VEKTR headphones bring great sound and hybridize it with a stylized, high-fashion look. Don't believe us? That's why we put together our Monster Diesel VEKTR unboxing gallery so you can see for yourself. If you still aren't convinced, be sure to peep our Diesel VEKTR video unboxing. After you get take it all in, if you decide you want a pair, you can grab them for $250 on Amazon. Or you can just win the pair we're giving away!
We give you a look at the new Monster Diesel VEKTR on-ear headphones, jointly designed by Monster Products and Diesel. The on-ear headphones are a fashion statement that also aims to bring superior sound through the earcups thanks to titanium-coated drivers. We show them off, and also tell you how you can win this pair of headphones from Gear Live simply by subscribing to our email newsletter! These sell for $279 (or $249 on Amazon!), so free is a pretty good deal, good luck to all the entrants!
We're giving away a pair of the long-awaited Monster Diesel VEKTR headphones, and we're making it super-easy for you to enter and win. The Diesel VEKTR on-ear cans bring premium fashion alongside premium sound, co-developed by Monster Products and the Noise Division of the Diesel clothing line. The design features strong lines in a diamond cut, definitely unorthodox for a headphone. Wanna win them? Here's how to enter:
- Subscribe to the free Gear Live newsletter
- Follow the Gear Live Twitter account and post this exact tweet: “Hey @gearlive hook me up with those @MonsterProducts Diesel headphones! http://gear.lv/e-vektr” (Click here to tweet this now)
That's it! One of our newsletter subscribers will walk away with a pair of Monster Diesel VEKTR headphones for free. The contest is open through Friday June 15th at 11:59 PDT, and you must be a US resident to win.
The Monster iSport Immersion headphones are in-ears that are targeted towards those with an active lifestyle. They stay in your ears while you run, job, bike, hike, swim, surf, and more. The iSport Immersion headphones are also waterproof, sand proof, and sweat proof, so they're ready for all your extreme sporting needs. If they get dirty or sweaty, you can simply throw them in the washing machine (seriously!) and they'll come out good as new. They're available in black and blue, as well as a special yellow Livestrong version as well. You can pick up the Monster iSport Immersion headphones for 28% off.
If you've been checking out the Gear Live Twitter and Facebook pages, then you've likely been looking forward to our next giveaway, featuring the Nokia Lumia 800 and Monster Purity Headphones. Well, the time is now!
The Nokia Lumia 800 is a super-sexy Windows Phone device for AT&T that features a 3.7-inch 800x480 ClearBlack AMOLED display, 1.4 GHz processor, Carl Zeiss 8 megapixel wide angle lens with dual LED flash, and a seamless, curved glass one-piece body design.
The Purity HD stereo headphones from Monster feature Windows Phone playback controls, as well as ControlTalk Universal. This means you can control both your media and phone calls hands-free. It's also got a tangle-resistant cable, and comes with a hard shell carrying case. The best part? The headphone color matches the color of your Lumia 800!
Microsoft only sells the Lumia 800 as part of an $899 bundle here in the US, but we're giving you the opportunity to win the smartphone and Purity HD headphones right here, for free! Here's how to enter:
- Follow the Gear Live Twitter account and post this exact tweet: “Hey @gearlive hook me up with that @Nokia Lumia 800! #PuritybyMonster http://gear.lv/e-lumia800” (Click here to tweet this now)
- Use the hashtag #PuritybyMonster in your tweets over the next week
Do that, and you're in! Now here is the fun part - you can enter as many times as you'd like by including the hashtag #PuritybyMonster in your tweets next seven days. At the end, we will pick a winner randomly from all valid entries. If you use Twitter regularly, just throw #PuritybyMonster into your tweets over the next week, and you could walk away with this awesome prize. The winner must be over 18, and must have a mailing address within the US to be eligible. Contest ends at 12:00am on April 12th!
We give you a look at Monster's entire CES 2012 headphone lineup. This includes the Inspiration over-ears, Livestrong iSport earbuds, JYP Diamond Tears, Ncredible, Gratitude in-ears, Diesel VEKTR on-ear headphones, and more.
Big thank you to MozyPro and JackThreads for sponsoring the show - be sure to check them out! MozyPro provides simple, automatic, and secure data backup. As for JackThreads, we've got exclusive invite codes that give you $5 to use towards anything you'd like on the site.
We give you a look at the Monster Gratitude in-ear headphones, a collaboration between Monster CEO Noel Lee and the band Earth Wind & Fire. Some of the highlights of the Gratitude in-ear headphones include unique noise isolation to keep the music sounding good and outside noise out. The headphones are tuned to make live music and instrumentals sound amazing, and fans of that style of music will love the Gratitude in-ears. The headphones also feature a flat cable design that makes it so that the cables don't get tangled, a ControlTalk in-line mic and volume control so you can use them to take calls with your smartphone, a premium rose gold finish, and two protective carrying cases. You can pick up the Monster Gratitude headphones on Amazon.
Big thank you to GoToMeeting and JackThreads for sponsoring the show - be sure to check them out! GoToMeeting with HDFaces provides rich, super-simple collaborative virtual meetings. As for JackThreads, we've got exclusive invite codes that give you $5 to use towards anything you'd like on the site.