File photo – the employee is in possession of an Apple iPhone XR during the press visit of the new Apple Store Champs-Elysees on Nov. 15, 2018 in Paris, France.
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The technology is developing rapidly, and it can be difficult to keep track of what gadgets and gizmo’s made the biggest splash. Fortunately, looking back on 2018, a few major themes developed — tvs are getting smarter, speakers responded to voice commands. Another interesting trend? Prices were a little more reasonable for the gadgets such as the Apple iPhone XR. Here are the top picks in various categories.
1. Phone: Apple iPhone XR ($749)
Apple made waves this year by releasing three different phones (including the iPhone XS and CS Max with an OLED display), but the iPhone XR with LCD display is perhaps the best option. At $749, it still has a very quick A12 Bionic processor and a high-end camera.
2. TV: Samsung Q9FN 65-inch ($2,999)
Televisions are smarter than ever. The Samsung Q9FN can read your Wi-Fi settings, and the password of your Android phone and it feels like you are a Xbox connected and can customize the display for the 4K resolution and the best gaming mode color.
3. Tablet: Apple iPad Pro 12.9-inch display ($999)
The big news with the Apple iPad Pro 12.9-inch this fall is that it makes use of a processor is more powerful than some laptops, including Apple’s own MacBook line. Apps like Adobe Lightroom CC for iPad and Affinity Photo handle high-res images with ease.
4. Laptop: Dell XPS 13 ($850)
At just 2.67 pounds, the Dell XPS 13 is lighter than many tablets (including the Microsoft Surface line), but running on a screaming fast Intel Core i7 processor. The claim to fame? Dell has figured out how to make the screen and run all the way to the edges.
5. Desktop: HP EliteOne 1000 G2 34-in Curved All-in-One ($1,794)
For the productivity gurus, a curved wide screen, such as the HP Elite means you have more space for tabs in a browser, and more screen space for your apps. It is also a brilliant gaming desktop and is ideal for Skype sessions, with a pop-up high-res webcam.
6. Earbuds: the Jabra Evolve 65t ($329)
For those who have not completely accepted the reality of the use of wireless earbuds still prefer a wired connection, it’s time to reconsider. The Jabra Evolve 65t sound as good, if not better, and have the extra advantage of one-touch access to a voice assistant.
7. Drone: DJI Mavic Pro ($999)
Drones with the folding of the weapons was the norm in 2018, and the DJI Mavic Pro is the best of the bunch. It is also much quieter and smoother in flight. The Mavic captures in 4K resolution and requires no complicated installation.
8. Robot: Neato Botvac D7 Connected ($699.99)
The smartest robots will let you leave them alone, all day, for weeks at a time, and they happily go about their business. Set a cleaning schedule, the Neato robot vacuum cleaner does its job without getting stuck or falling down a flight of stairs.
9. Speaker: Sonos-Radius ($399)
Speakers eventually embraced the concept of voice control in 2018. The Sonos Bar you can ask Amazon to Alexa questions about the weather, but also to the DISH Hopper, 3-receiver to change channels, find shows, and the increase of the volume of the TELEVISION.
10. Camera: Nikon Z7 ($3,400)
A great camera, the Nikon Z7 makes photos very fast, even at an athletics event. It makes use of a new mirrorless technology to capture stunningly sharp photos on 45.7-megapixels, which allows more light than a traditional DSLR.