It’s that time of year again to surf the net and look back at arguably the best tech products of 2020, so here goes!
Best Flagship Phone 2020 | Samsung Galaxy S20
The Samsung Galaxy S20 packs the best overall combination of specs, cameras, battery, and interface of any phone that’s come out this year, including new perks like a 120Hz display refresh rate and 5G connectivity. Plus, the 30x ‘Space Zoom’ capability is largely unmatched.
Best Budget Phone 2020 | iPhone SE 2020
The iPhone SE 2020 packs the leading A13 Bionic chipset found in the iPhone 11 handsets, but at around half the price. While the design hasn’t changed since the iPhone 6, the new iPhone SE is a powerful yet affordable handset for folks who want to enjoy iOS 14 at a serious discount.
Best Smartwatch 2020 | Samsung Galaxy Watch 3
Samsung’s latest iteration of its smartwatch is the best yet, with a dazzling design, a genuinely useful rotating bezel, far better fitness features than most smartwatches, and more. Plus, there’s the fact it works well with your smartphone whether you’re on iPhone or Android.
Best Flagship TV 2020 | Samsung Q950TS QLED TV
It’s not cheap by any stretch of the imagination, but there’s little doubt that the Samsung Q950TS is the TV of the year: with its 8K resolution, QLED technology that Samsung has been refining year on year, and its innovative new Object Tracking Sound+ audio tech, the Samsung Q950TS is an engineering marvel. If you have the budget, Samsung has produced a future-focused screen that will keep any home cinema enthusiast royally entertained.
Best Budget TV 2020 | TCL 6-Series QLED with MiniLED
What the TCL 6-Series QLED (R635) delivers is incredible: it’s a QLED 4K HDR TV with MiniLED technology that costs half as much as QLEDs from Samsung and LG. Its color vibrancy is off the charts, its contrast is exceptional thanks to MiniLED, and its brightness is competitive in the mid-range segment. It’s the best TV that most folks can reasonably afford, gamers will absolutely love its VRR support and auto-low latency mode.
Best Soundbar 2020 | Sonos Arc
For years, Sonos was at the cutting edge of audio with its multi-room technology, but recently it had begun to fall behind as more and more manufacturers adopted Dolby Atmos and DTS:X object-based surround sound. Thankfully, Sonos has righted the ship and caught back up to the pack with the new Sonos Arc, a streamlined soundbar that combines the latest in immersive audio with Sonos’ tried and true multi-room tech.
Best Bluetooth Speaker 2020 | UE Hyperboom
Throwing parties may not be at the top of everyone’s to-do list right now, but a decent party speaker is a must-have device for any music lover – and the new UE Hyperboom Bluetooth speaker is rated one of the best reviewed this year. With powerful sound that exceeded our expectations, a smart dual connectivity feature, and a stylish unassuming design, it’s hard not to fall in love with this bombastic speaker.
Best Camera 2020 | Fujifilm X-T4
The biggest trend in cameras this year was full-frame powerhouses, but it was the smaller Fujifilm X-T4 that actually gave us the clearest glimpse of the future. A true hybrid camera that’s equally comfortable shooting photos and video, the X-T4 is one of the best all-rounders we’ve ever tested. Sure, its APS-C sensor is smaller than those of its full-frame rivals, but it’s also the key that allows the X-T4 to pack pro-quality video specs and IBIS into a small, stylish body. Truly two cameras in one, the X-T4 is a joy to shoot with.
Best Printer 2020 | Canon Pixma TR8550
The Canon Pixma TR8550 ticks off all the features you might need for your home office, including duplex printing, separate paper feeds for plain and photo paper, and an ADF. Bluetooth, in addition to Wi-Fi, ensures easy connection to the helpful Canon Print app, and its extra pigment black ink cartridge gives every text document a crisp and bold finish, while photos appear rich and vivid. The size and style of this surprisingly compact printer will endear it to anyone who works in a cramped office, while the enormous 4.3-inch touchscreen makes everything from setup to checking your workflow at a glance just a little bit easier.
So there you have! Just remains for me to wish you all the best of festive greetings and hopes of a better 2021 for all.