The best gadget of 2020 in a year when survival was the new normal shouldn’t be about the most exciting technology or the most eye-catching design. It should be the one that gets the job done, giving us no reason to complain in an already difficult time. The best gadgets of 2020 are mesmerising, yet practical. The exist to make our lives easier, letting us get on with things without a hassle, and lasting long enough on a single charge to keep us entertained and employed. On this front, no other company kept at changing the status quo more than Apple. The company hosted one virtual event after the other, announcing massive strides in computing and technology in general. Samsung too joined in the efforts, and 2020 finally saw the launch of next-generation gaming consoles. Well, just one for now in India. Yes, there were difficulties but there were also a lot to look forward for us geeks. Before we announce the winner, let’s take a look at nominees –
Nominees for Best Gadget of 2020 for the Indian Gadget Awards 2020:
- Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2
- Apple Macbook Air M1
- Apple iPhone 12 Mini
- Apple iPad Air
- Xbox Series X
- Sony WH-1000XM4
Best Gadget of 2020- IGA 2020 Runner Up: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 comes pretty darn close to ushering in the future of smartphones. Samsung listened to all the feedback for its first attempt at making a foldable smartphone, and made all efforts to get around them, resulting in the Galaxy Z Fold 2 – A near perfect foldable smartphone that’s both premium and practical. The large cover display makes more sense for use as a regular smartphone, while the flexible inner display, infused with 120Hz refresh rate and HDR10+ certification won’t make anyone miss the S21 Ultra or the Note20 Ultra. Samsung also re-engineered the hinge and powered the smartphone with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ to eke out the best possible performance for the premium power user. The Z Fold 2 also made perfect sense for our stay-at-home lives, remaining a regular smartphone for the texts and calls, and opening up like a book for the movies and meetings.
Best Gadget of 2020- IGA 2020 Winner: Apple Macbook Air M1
With the new M1 chip, Apple changed the game in personal computing. The ARM-based Apple Silicon puts all its rivals behind in performance and power efficiency. And the launch of the M1 chip breathed new life into the Macbook Air lineup, which was increasingly coming under threat of being redundant amidst similar offerings from Apple. The M1 chip suddenly makes the new Macbook Air one of the most powerful ultrabooks around. It’s now lighter than before, and lasts even longer on a single charge. Furthermore, the use of the M1 chip opens up the laptop for intensive use including editing 4K videos. The Macbook Air M1 is a clear advantage for creatives and fast-paced millennials, and 2021 will have all its rivals play a lengthy catch-up to match up to its capabilties.