The year 2018 has witnessed some significant upgrades in technology. From virtual reality to mobile phones we have observed a vast change in gadgets released. Tech giants like Apple, Samsung, Microsoft and more are constantly finding new ways to improve their cutting-edge gadgets, whether it’s with stunning new hardware designs, useful software improvements, or by coming up with entirely new products we didn’t even know we wanted.
Here we have curated some of the best gadgets released in 2018,
Apple iPhone XR
For those of us who don’t need the flagship gadgets like iPhone XS, the XR is an easy recommendation for anyone who wants an iPhone. It’s got the same chip, same memory, and same Face ID as the XS, for hundreds of dollars less. Among its negligible concessions is an LCD display (rather than OLED) that, unless you regularly watch 1080p HD videos, you won’t care. Plus, colors!
Samsung Galaxy Note 9
The 6.4-inch AMOLED display on the Galaxy Note 9 packs more pixels per inch than even the new iPhone XS Max’s screen. A cooling system, which circulates water through multiple layers of conductive materials like copper and carbon fiber, pulls heat away from the processor (a top-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 845) and the graphics chip. The chilling effect helps the components avoid CPU slowdowns when temperatures rise.
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
Samsung is making a big deal about the camera on the S9 range and for good reason, on the back of the S9 Plus are dual 12MP cameras, both with an impressive f/1.5 maximum aperture. At the time of writing the S9 range is the only phone with a camera aperture this wide, making its low-light prowess second-to-none. Add on top of that the ‘infinity’ screen that the Samsung Galaxy range is now famous for.
The Oculus Go is the first VR headset that can create real immersion experience all on its own, without the help of a high-end gaming PC that costs as much as your first car. The 2560-by-1440-pixel LCD actually has more pixels dedicated to each one of your eyes than the Oculus Rift. And the visor’s built-in speaker system adds to the sensory onslaught, pumping carefully timed audio that can trick your ears into thinking there’s really a zombie sneaking up behind you.
Jabra Elite 65T
If you want genuinely wireless earphones for every occasion then we recommend the Jabra Elite 65T. Unlike most of Jabra’s efforts, they’re less concerned with the gym and running and more tailored for everyday use. They sound, and look, great and you get five hours of use from a full charge and a further two from the charging case. There are no audio and video sync issues when watching Netflix and they’re secure enough to be usable all the same.
Dell XPS 13
The Dell XPS 13 is the definitive MacBook substitution. This 13-inch laptop weighs a mere 1.2kg yet is powerful enough to deal with a heavy workload. There are numerous configuration options, including non-glare screens and touchscreen versions. The tiny 4mm screen bezel means it has a very small footprint, making it easy to fit in any bag.
DJI Mavic 2 Zoom
The camera on the Mavic 2 has a 2x optical zoom lens, which allows pilots to change perspective “on the fly”. Because holding shots steady gets exponentially harder when you zoom, computer vision helps the camera lock onto objects in the frame, and onboard stabilization pulls data from gyroscopes to keep the horizon straight. If something manages to get too close, collision-detection sensors automatically tell the drone to hover in place.
Nikon D850 has a brilliant 45.4MP full-frame sensor, stunning image quality, and that’s where the story starts. It has a sophisticated 153-point AF system and 9fps bust shooting speed. The D850 is just as home shooting wildlife, landscape, and portraits. He thinks it could perhaps be the most well-rounded camera he’s ever seen.
GoPro Hero7 Black
Hero7 Black, GoPro developed a feature called HyperSmooth, which digitally steadies footage without making it look unnatural and wobbly. The system relies on a buffer of pixels framing the camera’s sensor. When an onboard gyroscope and accelerometer detect shakes, it adjusts the active part of the sensor in real time. While the tech cuts out the ugly jitters, it doesn’t lock the horizon in place; if you lean into a turn, the footage goes along with you.
Apple Watch 4
The Apple Watch 4 undoubtedly a gadget that stole the show at the launch of three new iPhones, and for good reason: where those were all just copying the iPhone X from last year, the Watch 4 feels materially different. This is Apple’s best smartwatch – not just because it’s the newest, but by a long way. Watch 4 is now a health-focused device, something to help you get fitter or stay healthier if you’ve got a serious condition.
Sennheiser Momentum Wireless
Sennheiser Momentum Wireless headphones are wireless, which makes them more convenient for portable use, and they’re noise-canceling for those who want to use them on a noisy commute. And, most importantly, they do all this without compromising on sound quality, which still lives up to the high standards that Sennheiser normally achieves. Oh, and they look pretty good as well.
Sleepbuds by Bose
Snoozing with earplugs or earbuds is a tempting way to drown out a snoring partner or endless street noise. Unfortunately, clogging up your earholes also means you could miss a fire alarm. Bose designed each of the sleep-friendly sounds. The plugs use a single balanced armature speaker, like what you’d find in a hearing aid, so they’re 20 percent smaller than typical in-ear headphones—much comfier for sleepin’.
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