There were a ton of great gadgets released in 2018, and a few of them rose to the top of the tech heap. Here are our picks for the top 18 gadgets of 2018 that we saw at stores in SM Cyberzone.
Probably the best at what they do
These are the gadget superstars, the best of the best. They may not always be the most expensive in their category, but their performance put them head and shoulders above the rest.
Apple iPhone XS Max
The latest and greatest (and biggest) of Apple’s iPhone lineup, the XS Max provides a rock-solid smartphone experience that can only be described as industry-leading. The screen is inarguably the best part, although the butter-smooth performance is an excellent touch.
MSI GS65 Stealth Thin
While a growing number of gaming laptops have been bucking the thick-and-fabulous trend, there just aren’t many awesome thin models around. The MSI GS65 Stealth Thin is an excellent exception, giving great performance while being only 0.7” thick.
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
Possibly the best Android smartphone currently available, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro combines raw power with unbeatable camera performance (thanks to Leica) and a gorgeous design highlighted by the vibrant color options.
Jabra Elite 65t
While more and more audio makers are coming out with their take on true wireless earbuds, the Elite 65t from Jabra is perhaps the closest to being perfect. From their battery life to the fit and even sound quality, these Bluetooth buds have yet to meet their match.
Apple iPad Pro
Is it a computer or not? One thing’s for sure, the 2018 iPad Pro is an awesome device. Made for creation, you can use it to sketch (best with the improved Apple Pencil) and even do post-processing on photos. Got more demanding requirements? Chances are, it can handle it.
Latest and greatest of the family
These product lines have been going on for quite a while, and the latest models show why they’ve lasted this long. With every generation, envelopes are pushed and limitations are broken.
GoPro Hero 7 Black
The latest from the company that single-handedly grew the action cam segment, the GoPro Hero 7 Black offers extensive Electronic Image Stabilization, tack-sharp video recording and intuitive software that makes every adventure feel like a movie in the making.
Sony RX100 VI
The pocket-sized point-and-shoot that takes DSLR-worthy pictures, Sony’s RX100 VI is the latest generation of the line that showed consumers how size isn’t the best way to measure photo-taking performance.
Apple Watch 4
Inarguably the company’s best ever, the Apple Watch 4 brings a high-visibility screen and new health features that show how it evolved from previous generations to be an amazing wearable. The Digital Crown is a great touch, too.
Samsung Galaxy Note9
When the first Samsung Galaxy Note came out, people weren’t sure that the then-massive screen would be a hit. The Note9 is proof that the line defined the category, and led it as well. No other smartphone does stylus integration like this one.
Apple MacBook Air (2018)
After going for too long without a refresh, the 2018 Apple MacBook Air shows that it was well worth the wait. With a beautiful new design that shows reference to the MacBook Pro line, the new MacBook Air comes with Intel’s 8th-gen processors that make it as speedy as it is thin.
Avoiding the notch
While 2018 was definitely the year of the notch, some companies were already looking beyond this trend, and exploring different ways of hiding that pesky (but so necessary) front camera.
OPPO Find X
At a glance, you won’t see the front camera of the OPPO Find X. That’s because it lurks in a motorized module that slides up when you need it, for selfies and unlocking the smartphone. Definitely innovative and quite eye-catching.
Mi Mix 3
In a throwback of sorts to designs that were popular in the days when Nokia was king, the Mi Mix 3 uses a sliding mechanism that allows the front panel to slide down, revealing the front-facing cameras. An effective old-school solution for a very new-age problem.
These products push the boundaries of their category, or even create new ones to be in. More bleeding-edge than cutting-edge, these are the gadgets that tech lovers go crazy over.
DJI Osmo Pocket
Part action cam, part stabilized gimbal, part robot, the Osmo Pocket from famed drone-maker DJI fits easily in your pocket. Pull it out, wake it up and it’ll shoot great stable videos, and even follow you by automatically swivelling to keep you in focus.
ASUS ROG Phone
There aren’t many true gaming phones around, but the ROG Phone from ASUS would likely still be king even if there were. Nothing really matches its level of innovation, from the high-refresh display to the wide number of available accessories.
Inexpensive doesn’t mean cheap, as these products adequately demonstrate. Their performance isn’t at the top of the class, but is definitely more than just acceptable.
JBL GO 2
Small Bluetooth-equipped speakers are widely available from different manufacturers, but the JBL GO 2 strikes the best compromise between price, sound quality and looks. JBL’s long history of making great audio products is a big plus, too.
Enjoying support from Mi, Pocophone’s first (and only) device is the F1, which enjoys great popularity as the most affordable smartphone to have the Snapdragon 845 processor and 6GB of RAM. Midrange price, meet flagship specs.
Small, affordable and built for drone aficionado fun, the Tello is the first product of Ryze, a small company that has help from the industry leader DJI. The Tello is compact, easy to fly, and an all-around excellent way to get into drone flying.
Anker Liberty Lite
True wireless earphones beyond a certain amount are typically characterized by having short battery life, subpar sound quality, or both. The Liberty Lite from Anker somehow manages to have neither, while offering a sturdy construction and a low pricetag.
These top gadgets are just some of the very many models available at stores in SM Cyberzone. When you’re looking for great tech, remember to always #CheckCyberzone!