12 best gadgets in the world today: our definitive list of the best tech around

T3 Elite's regularly updated selection of must-have gizmos, from the top smartphone to the best car

Whether you’re a seasoned tech aficionado or this is the first gadget website you've visited, The T3 Elite is the best possible place to start your gadget-selection journey.

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, The Elite is your new shopping list.

The Elite 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 S6 Edge

Price from £760

The S5 was an also-ran last year, but the improved S6 is now the best phone money can buy – and the Edge is its cooler cousin.

T3 says: A stylish glass-and-metal design, a stunning screen and a great camera.

Read our in-depth review.


2. Best home audio - HEOS by Denon

Price from £199

Sonos has been ruling the multi-room music roost, but HEOS just pips it to the post, offering a superb-sounding set of speakers, a great app and top VFM.

T3 says: HEOS by Denon will allow you to unlock the music around your home.


3. Best tablet - iPad Air 2

Price from £399

As with any Apple product, you pay a premium, but for your extra pennies you get the best tablet money can buy right now – you definitely won’t be disappointed.

T3 says: Sleek, solid and a spectacular display – the Air 2 is a pleasure to use.

Read our in-depth review.


4. Best headphones - Oppo PM-1

Price £999

A huge wedge of cash is needed, but Oppo’s headphones are well worth the premium entry fee in order to acquire musical nirvana for your ears. Simply sumptuous.

T3 says: The build, immense sound quality and comfort justify the price tag.


5. Best TV - Panasonic TX-50CX802B

Price from £1,799

Tick off your dream-TV box - the Panasonic has it all. Brilliant 55-inch picture, in-built 4K content and a superb interface.

T3 says: Waiting to jump on the 4K TV bandwagon? Well, wait no longer.


6. Best smartwatch - Pebble Time

Price from £179

Thought the Apple Watch had the market sewn up? Wrong – Pebble’s new wrist baby is the best smartwatch you can buy, and you don’t even need to have an iPhone.

T3 says: Inexpensive, clever and beautiful – it’s the ultimate smartwatch for 2015.

Read our in-depth review.


7. Best TV streamer - Roku 3

Price £99

It seems that nobody can hold a candle to the original streaming box – the third incarnation is powerful, feature-packed and has loads of available content.

T3 says: The Roku 3 is the best choice for freedom of entertainment.

Read our in-depth review.


8. Best fitness tracker - Basis Peak

Price £169.99

Sporty but smart, the Basis Peak is the perfect fitness tracker without making you look like you’ve just stepped out of the gym. It has great functionality, too.

T3 says: Straddles the line between watch and fitness tracker beautifully.


9. Best laptop - Dell XPS 13

Price £1,060

The best laptop around, and there’s not an Apple logo in sight – PC giant Dell proves that it can do more than churn out desktop computers with this feature-packed laptop.

T3 says: Fantastic performance and build. It will serve you well for years to come.

Read our in-depth review.


10. Best connected home - Nest Learning Thermostat

Price £180

A smarter way to handle your knobs, Nest is an essential upgrade for any home, making your heating easier to manage than ever.

T3 says: Nest is a great first step in creating a smarter home.

Read our in-depth review.


11. Best camera - Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7


Price £430

Though it’s a compact device, the GF7 offers all the prowess of a DSLR. A Four Thirds sensor results in fantastic images.

T3 says: Ideal for shooting a range of subjects in a variety of conditions.


12. Best automotive - BMW i3

BMW i3

Price £25,250

It looks great, it has a quirky interior, and it’s fast and fun. An optional range extender makes it a long(ish)-distance proposition.

T3 says: Your next small car could be all-electric, and it should be a BMW i3.

Read hands-on review.