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Just few days left for the year to end. We bring you the list of gadgets that were considered to be the best in 2015.
The Surface Book is equal parts WTF and pure future, which is exactly why we love it. This laptop builds on Microsoft’s Surface and Surface Pro lineup-which saw its own legion of copycats this year-but packages it into a more traditional laptop shape. The Surface Book is very much a generation one device, so it has a few issues. But for being the first of its kind, it sure is something else.
The Galaxy S2 is one of the more inventive watches from 2015, primarily because of its dial-based navigation that hides in plain sight right on the bezel. The Tizen OS is set up with apps lined around the circular menu screen, which you can then turn left or right to select which app you want. It’s a great way to display a lot of small icons without worrying about missed presses from using your finger.
With a refreshed interface, a Siri-equipped controller, and most importantly, tvOS, Apple TV (2015) is an excellent deal at $150 (32GB). And since apps are going to continue being made for the platform, it will only get better with time.
4. Nexus 6P
Nexus took a bit of a hiatus from being among the top Android phones in 2014. The Nexus 6 was a fine phone, but it was too big to enthusiastically recommend. But in 2015, the 6P once again proved that Google can make a damn good smartphone. It’s also a big win for Huawei, the first Chinese phone maker to be part of the Nexus program, as the company’s been trying to make inroads into the U.S. smartphone market.
5. Galaxy S6
Samsung’s decision to ditch utility over design was a disappointment for many. But the S6 came with so many features, it felt like you were palming the future. Magnetic secure transmission technology meant you could actually use your phone to pay for more stuff, and the phone includes both Qi and PMA for wireless charging.
6. Yuneec Typhoon Q500 4K
Drones, like VR, have this weird hobbyist glow around them. Companies like DJI and Yuneec are trying to design these little aerial lawsuits-in-waiting into something that the average person might covet. With super simple controls, a stunning camera, and features like “Follow Me,” the Yuneec Typhoon is the best drone that’s an out-of-the-box complete experience.
7. Galaxy View
When Samsung released the Galaxy View, a massive 18.4-inch tablet, my first question was “Why?” But when you see the device in person, and specifically how Samsung made the View, it all starts to make sense. The View isn’t meant to be used as a normal tablet, which is obvious when you consider it’s weird, permanently attached stand/hinge. Instead, the View is basically a go-anywhere television-no wires attached.
8. Roku 4
Apple TV may have taken a giant leap forward, but in 2015, Roku continued steadily honing its streaming hardware. And with the release of the Roku 4, the battle for best set top box is now even more fraught. For one, the Roku 4 is $20 cheaper and offers 4K playback, giving it two easy wins over the Apple TV.
9. Time Steel
Smartwatches are tricky. Do you go with a bright, full-color LCD display with dismal battery life, or a more conservative screen that boasts battery life for days? Pebble has always stood firmly with the latter option, and the Pebble Time Steel is the culmination of those efforts.
10. Dell Chromebook 13
Until Dell released this super-slick, 13-inch machine encased in a carbon fiber, buying a Chromebook meant a crappy half-computer or one of the incredibly luxe (and incredibly expensive) Pixel lineup options. With the Chromebook 13, Dell tightroped between the two and created a device that’s as affordable as it is sharp.
11. Moto G (3rd Edition)
In 2015, Motorola decided to go ahead and waterproof the whole thing. It even improved the Moto G’s overall design while maintaining the phone’s stellar battery life.
12. Kindle Paperwhite
Amazon makes a lot of hardware, some great and some terrible, but the shining star has always been the Kindle, and the Paperwhite is the very best of the bunch. As looks go, the Kindle Paperwhite looks about the same as all the iterations that have come before. But Amazon has greatly improved the reader experience with more sensible line break algorithms, a better font, and a much sharper display.
13. Apple Watch
Apple’s smartwatch offers lots to distinguish it from Android Wear and Pebble. Apple is notoriously terrible at shipping first generation products. The next Apple Watch, due to be announced in March, already sounds like it’ll be much better.
14. Fitbit Charge HR
Fitbit has always been at the top when it comes to fitness trackers, and the Fitbit Charge HR is the near perfect mixture of form and function. If you’re looking for a smartwatch/fitness tracker hybrid, this isn’t the gadget for you, but it’s a good standalone fitness companion. Fitbit’s forte is simple hardware.
15. Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless
B&W’s P5 Wireless really make you believe that Bluetooth can soon be a viable means of listening to music. These things sound good, look good, and feel good. There’s one minor issue with initially connecting to Bluetooth, but once you do, you’re not going to want to listen to music any other way.