Back in January, we didn't expect 2012 to be the year we’d finally see real rivals to the iPhone and iPad. Or a female executive with the guts to run a big company, as well as a family. Or home automation becoming a mass-market attraction.
But we saw all of this and more in 2012. Here’s a look at some of the people, companies and products that either came out on top this year, or simply deserve style points for trying very, very hard.