2019 has been an interesting year for the consumer electronics industry. It can be argued that it was the most boring year for gadgets in the last five years, however, it also brought forth some of the most refined pieces of technology in the consumer electronics industry.
As we enter 2020, we take a look at 20 gadgets that defined the last year of the decade. So without further adieu, let’s look at the best gadgets of 2019.
2019 was when Apple regained the crown of the best smartphone in the world. The iPhone 11 Pro may be boring, it looks the same as the last two iPhone models, however, now its camera finally is able to take on the Google Pixel, while doing so it also now has one of the longest-lasting smartphones in the market despite it packing speed that would put most PCs to shame.
While I’ve not reviewed it, I can tell you, it is one of the most important tools of 2019 considering the number of creators who depend on Apple’s macOS. Apple didn’t even soup up its thermals and gave firepower that would be the envy of most workstations, but it fixed its Achilles’ heel — its keyboard. Apple went back to a scissor-switch mechanism and shortened the touch-bar which has resulted in the most gratifying MacBook in 5 years.
Apple’s Mac Pro used to be the darling of creators all around the world till WWDC in 2013, Phil Schiller dropped the trash can Mac Pro which in the last 5 years went from innovative to a joke. The much-awaited refresh of the Mac Pro brings a more traditional modular design that’s being called the “cheesegrater” but what it lacks in looks and mobility, it makes up for it beastly power and modularity that users have been asking for half a decade.
It can be said that Huawei’s P30 Pro is the most innovative smartphone of the year. In fact, it could’ve taken the crown for the gadget of the year had it not been for the Android embargo that Google has imposed on Huawei because of the US-China trade war. Get this, it has the most whacked-out design, it is very powerful with the custom Kirin 980 chip and it has 4 cameras on the back that don’t only take pictures in low light but can take photos from a distance as no other smartphone can. While doing so, it also packs in perhaps the longest-lasting battery on a flagship phone in 2019.
Often air purification just seems like an afterthought, however, in light of the record levels of pollution in countries like India and China, air purifiers have become core gadgets. Dyson’s Hot+Cool is perhaps the most innovative air purifier that exists with its ability to deep clean all kinds of pollution and also smartly cools your room or heats it. On top it is wicked smart, can be connected via Wi-Fi and looks bloody cool in your living room.
Apple Watch is basically the only smartwatch that matters. And in 2019, the Apple Watch gained a feature that many argue it should’ve had in 2015. An always-on display which ensures that you can tell time by just glancing at it. At the same time, it is now offered in titanium which appeals to fashionistas and has become faster and more power-efficient.
AirPods Pro are the best true wireless earbuds in the world. They sound very good, better than the AirPods 2, while doing so, they add smart active noise cancellation which is easy to use and also a cool transparency mode. All things considered, even the price, this also packs great battery life and offers a very secure fit which makes these the best ones around.
If you’re looking for the best big-screen Android smartphone of the year, then it shouldn’t be a big surprise that Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10+ hits that zenith. It has the prettiest screen that you’ll ever see on a smartphone whilst boasting perhaps the nicest design on a 2019 smartphone. While doing so, it is power-packed with powerful processing and cameras, and some clever smarts with its famed S-Pen and deep integration with Microsoft services like Office and My phone on Windows, making it a productivity monster.
When Google decided to make a budget Pixel 3, the fear was what would Google skim on? Then the Pixel 3a came out and it turned out, its camera was identical to the Pixel 3, and it actually managed to pack even better battery life while also offering a stellar display. Google had skimmed on processing but optimised the system very well. It even retained the signature Pixel design but replaced metal with plastic making the phone even more durable. It still is almost perfect with its price being a bit of a blot!
While the Amazon Echo has been transformative for natural language and voice assistants, however, one thing it sucked at was its sound. The Echo Studio changes that as it provides high fidelity sound in a package that also marries Amazon services and Alexa at its core. This one is the party starter.
Like Air Purifiers, you just can’t beat Dyson at vacuum cleaners. Its latest V11 Absolute Pro model has three modes which includes a dynamic auto mode and as well as an eco mode. Apart from this, Dyson has upgraded the bristles for deeper cleaning and as usual you getting power from its unique electric motor which is driving all the dust out of your home.
If you’re looking for simplicity and fluidity of an iPhone in an Android phone, then don’t look further than the OnePlus 7T Pro or the OnePlus 7T depending on your budget. These phones are a combination of an epically fluid screen, spectacular performance and clean software which just works while also giving you niceties like warp charging, all around cameras and a fashionable gadget.
Xiaomi’s latest smart TV is a symphony in motion providing you high-end at a very cost effective price. Imagine a 4K LED panel with a 60Hz refresh rate combining Dolby Surround sound, a dynamic picture engine that’s optimised for console games and sports with Netflix and Amazon Prime Video certifications based on Google’s Android TV platform at a price that’s less than your top of the line smartphone? Yes, that’s the new Xiaomi Mi TV.
With the firepower of the iPhone XS and the compact size of 7.9-inches, the iPad Mini is the perfect travel companion because it’s super easy to lug around and doubles as a great reading tool. Its size also makes it a great gaming portable which really makes this the most adaptable iPad of them all considering it now supports the first-generation Apple Pencil.
The K20 Pro makes Xiaomi’s big foray into the premium segment of the smartphone market. While it is not the most expensive smartphone, it will go head to head with all the phones that have been mentioned in this list and will come out with its head held up high. Hell, if you’re looking for the phone which looks completely otherworldly, then again, this is the phone to choose.
The Powerbeats Pro are basically AirPods with better more musical drivers, and over the ear clamps which suspend them on your ears. You also get a boomier bass which is a signature of the Apple owned brand but with all the convenience of the AirPods. Before the launch of the AirPods Pro, these were the best over the ear earphones that launched this year. They are still superb which is why they make this list.
A portable notebook that promises a balance between performance and portability is the holy grail for most people. For the longest time, that mantel was occupied by the MacBook Air. However, Dell’s latest XPS 13, takes over from the MacBook providing a balance between a great keyboard, Intel’s latest 10 th generation CPUs and a gorgeous screen that also supports touch input. You just can’t go wrong with this one.
Google’s Nest Hub combined the super popular Google Home speaker with a smart display which acts like a hub for all things related to the Google Assistant. If your home setup as a bunch of smart lights, your TV is based on Android or you’ve got a Chromecast hooked up, apart from other things, then this is the gadget for you. Considering how good it is, it deserves a space in the best gadgets of 2019.
While Amazon’s Echo has been the flagbearer of smart speakers, it was Google Home which has popularised the concept in recent times mostly on the bedrock of Google’s brand name and the smartness of its AI. The latest Nest Home Mini packs in the same design but with more powerful speakers and the ability to wall0-mount them which makes it quite desirable.
For many this will be the TV of the year. Packing a visually stunning photo-frame like design, Samsung’s frame TV delivers superlative 4K HDR picture quality at 120Hz making it perfect for gaming and UltraHD Netflix which some of the other smart TVs can’t deliver with elan. At the same time, it is also uber affordable with it being available for south of Rs 1,00,000. If you really care about visuals, then this is the TV to go for. While doing so, you will realise it integrates quite discreetly in your living room.