12 best gadgets in the world today: T3's definitive list of the top tech you can own

Sky Q, Garmin Fenix 3 Sapphire and Mu-so Qb make the cut in T3's UPDATED ultimate tech guide

Here we present the best gadgets available right now in 12 key categories, to save you the hard work of doing all the research yourself. In short, if you’re starting from scratch and want the very best there is, then this is your new shopping list.

This list will only be updated when something new emerges that is capable of toppling an existing product from its perch – there may therefore be months when the 12 products featured here don’t change.

But this is an exclusive club, and only tech that is capable of achieving a towering standard of excellence gets in.

1. Best smartphone - Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

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The S6 Edge was, quite simply, the best smartphone of 2015. It was also the best smartphone of early 2016 too, with a combination of a stylish glass and metal build, gorgeous curved screen and stunning camera turning iPhone and Windows Phone users green with envy. However, Samsung have since dropped the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and, while not delivering radical advancement, the company has upgraded and honed last year's flagship with super impressive results. When reviewing the phone, T3 said that:

"Whether you value the premium glass and aluminium chassis, the high-end specs, or the outstanding camera. This smartphone has it all."

Price: £539 | Buy Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

Read: Galaxy S7 Edge review

More: Best Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge deals and tariffs for April 2016

2. Best home audio - Naim Mu-so Qb

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When undertaking an ears-on with this stunning piece of audio tech, T3’s own resident audiophile Duncan Bell said:

"This thing sounds superb. Cracking. As Jim Bowen would say, super, smashing, lovely, great. It [delivers] a rich, delicious, chocolatey sound with plenty of well controlled bass and even a reasonable stab at stereo, considering the small size. All in all, there's very little to complain about with the Qb. Given how well its £895 big bro' did it should absolutely fly off the shelves, and it deserves to."

Nuff said.

Read: Naim Mu-so Qb review

3. Best tablet - iPad Pro 9.7

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The iPad Air 2 ruled the roost here for ages as, really, it has enough power and perfomance to satisfy most people. However, finally the iPad Pro 9.7 has taken it down, with its awesome 2048 x 1536 resolution screen, A9X CPU and 4K video shooting capability helping it take the crown.

Tasty hardware specs mixed with Apple's trademark flair and style? Yes please!

Read: iPad Pro 9.7 review

4. Best headphones - Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Wireless

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We simply hate mediocre sound quality here at T3 Towers and, in the bloated, hype-tastic field of headphones, we choose and recommend only the absolute best cans on the market.

The Momentum 2.0 Wireless from Sennheiser tick all the boxes you would want from a premium set of headphones, delivering deep, rich sound, a lovely premium finish and some tasty active noise cancellation tech in one amazing package.


Read: Sennheiser Momentum Wireless review

5. Best TV - LG 55EG960V

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Ok, we know, that’s some serious brass to layout on a TV, however we can absolutely guarantee that it will be money well spent as this OLED 4K, ULTRA HD TV from LG is just stunning. With a sound system designed by Harman / Kardon, as well as packing a Smart TV interface, 4K upscaler and LG’s Perfect Black tech, watching both 2D and 3D content on this bad boy is simply a dream. A jaw-dropping combination of total black, cracking colour, judder-free video, a reflection-free curve and an innate ability to make standard-def sources ripple with realism.

Read: Best 4K TV

6. Best smartwatch - Apple Watch

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Apple’s first wearable isn’t perfect, however after selling out on launch and now a recognisable sight on the highstreet, there’s no doubting its impact. And, looking at the tech, it’s not hard to see why. The OLED display is beautiful, with great contrast, the battery life is solid and the functionality rich and varied. The Apple Watch is luxury over necessity for sure, but as luxury tech goes, it’s really rather attractive.

Read: Apple Watch review

7. Best TV service - Sky Q

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T3's own Dan Grabham, when reviewing Sky Q, said that:

"It’s futile to deny that Sky Q is brilliant. [It is] a seamless experience in an age where the connected home remains a bit of a hotchpotch. So, while it's expensive and has quirks and missing features, Sky Q is a brilliant system that takes TV watching to another level. It also becomes very easy to use very quickly. If your main TV is in constant demand (and/or you want multiroom) and you're happy to pay the extra to upgrade, Q is for you."

Read: Sky Q review

8. Best fitness wearable - Garmin Fenix 3 Sapphire

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A sport watch that really does do it all, the Fenix 3 Sapphire just knocks it out of the park with its rock hard build, bombastic aesthetic, comprehensive feature set (it can deliver metrics for running, cycling, swimming, rowing and more) and advanced technology. Indeed, with a 1.2-inch sunlight-readable colour display, 3-axis compass, altimeter and barometer, as well as stainless steel antenna with GPS and GLONASS reception, you strap this to your wrist and you are basically ready for anything life throws at you.

Read: Best running watch for new, improving and serious runners

9. Best laptop - Apple MacBook

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When reviewing Apple's popular laptop, T3 said that if "money is no object, Apple’s gorgeous new MacBook glistens like gold (literally, if you opt for it in Gold, rather than Silver or Space Grey)."

As well as looking a million dollars, we also loved the new Macbook's superb battery life, portability and futuristic design, with the system easily coping in all our general, everyday usage scenarios.

It's not the most powerful system out there and a few compromises have to be made, but in terms of desirability and useability it remains leader of the pack.

Read: New MacBook review

10. Best connected home - Nest Learning Thermostat

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Despite a rapid influx of smart home tech flooding the market, the Nest Learning Thermostat remains king of the category thanks to some really solid tech, slick and stylish design and - crucially - genuine everyday use.

This latest, 3rd generation, comes with some really wizzy features too, such as auto-scheduling, remote hot water control and auto-away, the latter a feature where the Nest automatically detects when nobody is at home and turns down the temperature accordingly.

Read: Nest Learning Thermostat review

11. Best camera - Sony A7R II

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Canon and Nikon have dominated the camera market for years, however new kid Sony is really starting to make waves in the market with a series of excellent products.

One of the most notable of these is the superb A7R II, an absolute corker of a camera that comes with a massive 42-megapixels, making it perfect for landscape and portrait photography.

Partner this with a solid and premium feel compact body, as well as rather tasty video capabilities, and you've got one hell of a camera.

Read: Best camera: whether you're after CSC, DSLR or action cam, these are the top snappers around

12. Best automotive - Volvo XC90 T8

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We really like the Volvo XC90 here at T3 Towers. It looks mint, drives well and surrounds you with incredible materials, build quality and confidence that it is one of the safest cars in the world. In addition, if you choose the T8 variant then you get added green points by installing a petrol plug-in hybrid engine.

And, crucially, with entry level prices coming in lower than the BMW X5, Audi Q7, Mercedes M-Class and Land Rover Discovery, it is one of the most compelling and affordable packages on the market.

Price: £60,455 | Buy Volvo XC90 T8

Read: T3 Drives: Volvo XC90