This was a year in which smartphones started becoming cheaper, more powerful and were finally able to add the battery power that users wanted.
This was a year in which smartphones started becoming cheaper, more powerful and were finally able to add the battery power that users wanted. The mid-range became the dominant segment across all device categories, mostly because you were now getting good value for money. While the focus was all on smartphones, the gadget everyone is interested in, we take a look back at all the devices that impressed us.
Apple iPhone 6s Plus: Rs 72,000
The 3D touch on the phone takes it to a new level opening endless possibilities for apps in future. Also, there is no better smartphone camera out there thanks to the optical image stabilisation on the 6s Plus. And, yes this is a battery you can depend on.
Samsung Galaxy Note 5: Rs 47,900
The most productive of all Android phones got better, thanks to the new slimmer design. There is no other Android phone that lets you do more, thanks to the superb stylus and multitasking features.
Moto X Play: Rs 18,499:
Motorola has worked its traditional Moto X magic again in the mid-range segment with its Moto X Play. This smartphone is a beast for its price and comes with waterproofing and a large battery.
Pentax K-S2: Rs 53,395
While we didn’t get to review a lot of cameras that did not come in smartphones, this one ticked all the boxes despite its compact build. Plus, it has wireless connectivity.
Fitbit Charge HR: Rs 10,392
Simple activity tracking coupled with extra data offered by heart rate monitoring makes the Fitbit Charge HR the best value for money activity tracker. It helps that the device has a battery that can see you through the week.
Philips 8500 Smart TV: Rs 2,35,000
This is a smart TV that offers all the best apps, but does not compromise on the spectacle of watching stunning visuals thanks to a 16:9 ration 4K screen. Also, this has a unique and innovative ambilight systems that makes it easier on the eyes, but is also a whole lot of fun.
ASUS Zenbook UX305: Rs 49,999
The Zenbook UX305 is in our books the best ultrabook you can get. Its only real competitor is the MacBook Air, thanks to good looks, great battery and superb display.
Lenovo Vibe P1: Rs 15,999
The battery of Lenovo Vibe P1 is what every smartphone user wants. Finally, the biggest pain-point has a panacea and that too without adding on the size or weight we have come to associate with larger batteries.
Bose SoundTouch 10: Rs 19,013
What is undoubtedly the most suitably priced of all Bose devices, also offers superb audio quality and a host of web-based features that no other Bluetooth can.
Apple Watch: R30,990+
Apple Watch is the most personal device that the tech giant has ever made. It has every feature that you would want in a smartwatch, right from calling to alerts and activity tracking. It supports a lot of iOS apps and has a ever-growing number of apps made exclusively for it.
Redmi 2 Prime: Rs 6,999
This is Xiaomi’s first made in India device and is an improved version of its Redmi 2. This smartphone continues to dominate the entry-level segment with its features and performance.
Coolpad Dazen 1: Rs 5,999
Dark horse Coolpad surprised us with its Dazen 1. It has everything to make it a great affordable smartphone. For price conscious buyers, the Dazen 1 offers a lot of value.
Google Nexus 5X: Rs 22,999
After the recent price cut, the Google Nexus 5X is the best choice in the R25,000 range. The Nexus 5X delivers on every aspect and the latest Android version makes it a sweeter deal.
Lenovo K3 Note: Rs 9,999
Lenovo K3 Note has a camera and display that is arguably the best in the price range. It pairs decent processing power with day-long battery life to gain this honour.
Moto X Style: Rs 29,999
Motorola’s latest device blends the DNA of previous Moto X smartphones with flagship specifications at a price that makes it a great buy.
Google Nexus Huawei 6P: Rs 39,999
If you want a phone with a great camera and a dependable battery life, don’t look further than the Nexus 6P. For low-light the camera gives some stunning shots and the 5.7-inch 2K display really makes everything else stand out.
Jabra Eclipse: Rs 7,999
This Bluetooth headset is more than just calling. It is a style statement and an earpiece that can actually talk to you.
House of Marley Get Up Stand Up: Rs 39,990
Wood gives this Bluetooth speaker superb looks, but it also makes it sound better than most of its competitors. Idealy for those who need a classy speaker.
IOTA Lite Bulb: Rs 1,899
Delhi-based tech startup Cube26’s IOTA Lite is an affordable smart bulb which connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth to let you light your room for the next house party.
DJI Osmo: Rs 69,990
This new hand-held camera can rotate 360 degrees and shoots everything in 4K. For all we know, actions cameras might just be passe soon.
Fiio X3: Rs 14,599
MP3 players no longer have an existence outside the smartphone. That is why a Hi-Fi music player that does not cost the earth really caught our eye this year.
Compiled by: Nandagopal Rajan, Shruti Dhapola, Debashis Sarkar, Karthekeyan Iyer