Top 5 New Gadgets of the Week

A digital camera Barbie and large phone: ABC picks the week's best gadgets.

ByJOANNA STERN
February 17, 2012, 6:46 PM

Feb. 19, 2012 — -- intro: In the technology world, it was a very busy week of app security issues and iPad 3 rumors, but don't think for a second that there weren't a bunch of new shiny gadgets arriving simultaneously.

If you're interested in a retro, Nintendo-like controller for your iPhone or iPad, a Barbie with a built-in camera, or a phone that's likely bigger than your face, you'll want to start clicking through to see ABC News' top gadget picks of the week.

quicklist: 1title: Samsung Galaxy Note (AT&T)text: We'd like to call the Galaxy Note a phoneblet (a portmanteau of phone and tablet), but AT&T would rather you just call Samsung's new Android device a phone. While its mammoth 5.3-inch screen is its claim to fame, it's got another standout feature: its pop-out stylus, or S-Pen (as Samsung would prefer you call it), for writing and doodling on the screen. Other key features include a beautiful HD Super AMOLED display and an 8-megapixel camera. Stay tuned for our full review. ($299.99; AT&T) media: 15730879

quicklist: 2title: Sony PlayStation Vita text: Sure, smartphones might have dug into the handheld gaming market, but the Vita might just be the device to help it regain momentum. It has joysticks, buttons, a six-axis motion-sensing system, a rear touchpad, quad-core processor and a large, 5-inch touch screen. Basically, what that all means is that this thing is a gaming powerhouse that will absolutely knock out your phone when it comes to playing games with heavy graphics. Speaking of games, you can download loads in the PlayStation Store over Wi-Fi or AT&T 3G. The Vita hit Japan late last year, but it lands in America next Wednesday. ($249.99, Sony) media: 15731125

quicklist: 3title: Canon PowerShot G1 Xtext: There are cameras, and then there are cameras. The Canon PowerShot G1 X isn't a higher end DSLR, but it has a lot of professional features built into a smaller package. Aimed at "advanced amateurs," the 14.3-megapixel G1 X has a high quality CMOS sensor and can record full HD video. It's also built to last with a bigger build and firm-grip back. It also has both a large LCD and optical viewfinder. It's one mean piece of camera machinery and, even better, it's been getting very good reviews. The $799 price is a bit hard to swallow though. ($799, Canon) media: 15731191

quicklist: 4title: iCADE 8-Bitty text: Sometimes, you just want to go back, back to the days of Atari and the first Nintendo. The iCADE 8-Bitty does just that for those nostalgic iPhone, iPad and Android owners. The wireless game controller has a classic D-Pad and button layout reminiscent of retro, 8-bit game consoles. The battery-powered device connects with your device wirelessly and lets you play any of the iCADE's growing list of games, including the Atari Classics collection, Pac Man, Super Mega Worm and more. The downside? It won't be available until later this year. ($24.99, ThinkGeek)media: 15731062

quicklist: 5title: Barbie Photo Fashiontext: We imagine it was fairly painful when they gutted Barbie's organs and put in a digital camera, but we also imagine it was well worth it for the pictures you will be able to take. Yes, there is a camera built into the doll, and then the images appear on her shirt. Barbie can then be plugged into a computer so the photos can be transferred to the computer and shared. It holds more than 100 photos and has an internal rechargeable battery. Sadly, you have to wait until August to start taking pictures with Barbie. ($49.99, Barbie)media: 15730961

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