The 10 Best Gadgets of 2015
10. Typo iPad Air Keyboard
This keyboard is something that can finally compare with a Microsoft Surface product. The keyboard is clicky and sized well, feeling much more like a solid laptop then a junky tablet accessory. It’s expensive, at $189, but if investing some money in turning your iPad into more of a work machine, it’s worth the cost.
9. Surface 3
Microsoft finally released a cheaper Surface product that doesn’t feel like a waste of your time. The original Surface and Surface 2 suffered from a processor that kept it from being anything more than a confusing mess of operating systems and features. The Surface 3, however, was finally given the processing power to make it a true tablet/laptop hybrid. At $499, it’s a pretty fair competitor with the iPad Air 2—and is even good enough to win over some who are looking at buying a Windows laptop. The best part is that with Windows 10 coming, the Surface 3 will finally get software worthy of the great hardware.
8. LG G4
The G4 doesn’t have the same jaw-dropping design that the G3 had, but the G4 still has the goods where it really counts. More specifically, it’s got one of the best smartphone cameras on the market and one of the highest resolution displays you’ll ever see. Furthermore, it’s really the only flagship smartphone worth buying that still has expandable storage and a removable battery.
7. Dell Venue 8 7000
Though it’s admittedly a little odd-looking, the tablet is one you’ll quickly get used to. Once you realize even the chunky bottom piece is being used, thanks to the front-facing speaker grill, it’s easily the best Android tablet of the year.
6. Pebble Time
The Apple Watch isn’t the only smartwatch in town. Pebble was one of the very first on the market and its latest device, the Pebble Time smartwatch smashed Kickstarter records for its crowdfunding campaign in March, reaching millions in days. The battery life and lower price are two things that truly set it apart from the host of other smartwatches out there and make it far more than just an Apple Watch alternative.
5. Dell XPS 13
Dell has created one of the most beautiful laptops ever. Other than that, the XPS 13 is a fairly standard, though high-powered ultrabook—though you should probably go for the $1,299 Touch version to get the QuadHD 3200 × 1800 display.
4. Amazon Echo
The Echo is essentially Siri for your home—you can ask it pretty much any question and can perform a variety of Siri-like functions with just its microphone and speaker. In many ways, it’s still very much an experiment (and it’s honestly a little weird how disconnected it is from your smartphone), but the technology really is there to make for a truly exciting piece of home technology.
It’s a laptop so thin that it’s almost hard to believe they squeezed everything into such a tight package. The truly spectacular thing about the MacBook’s size, though, is how it forced the people at Apple to re-engineer and re-design so many aspects of a functioning laptop. It might be a bit expensive for what you’re getting spec-wise right now, but there’s no question that the MacBook is the future of laptops.
2. Galaxy S6 Edge
The Galaxy S6 Edge has one of the most interesting smartphone designs you’ll ever see. Unlike so many of Samsung’s failed design experiments, the curved display on the S6 Edge actually enhanced the experience of using it. Because it wraps around the edges of the front of the device, the S6 Edge really feels unique in one’s hands.
1. Apple Watch
No other device is going to gather a crowd of people around when worn in public—and it’s not just due to the hype. The design of the Apple Watch is fantastic and immediately iconic, not unlike what Apple has done time and time again with its new product launches. The Apple Watch has a long way to go in terms of realizing the dream of a smartwatch that actually earns its spot on your wrist, but it will in a few years.
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