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

HP Spectre 13, iPad Pro 10.5, and Sony MDR-1000X make the cut in T3's ultimate tech guide

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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 S8

A truly sublime smartphone

Reasons to buy
+Brilliant display+Blazing fast performance+Dual audio
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The Samsung Galaxy S8 is the best smartphone in the world right now, boasting the brilliant Infinity Edge display which occupies 84-percent of the body and cutting-edge guts. Yep, this futuristic smartphone is a looker, and instantly made its competitors look dated. It's the next step in smartphone design.

The S8 is the complete package, as well as the amazing display and industry-leading specs, this handset also has decent battery life, an excellent camera and amazing performance. With all of that combined, you get not only the best-looking smartphone, but one of the top performing smartphones in the universe. Yes, the universe! 

We think the 5.8-inch S8 is perfect, but if you're after an ever larger smartphone, Samsung also offers the Galaxy S8+, which features a massive 6.2-inch display.

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2. Best home audio - Naim Mu-so Qb

Amazing audio quality and a stylish, compact design

Reasons to buy
+Looks stunning+Sounds even better+Lots of connectivity options
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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.

3. Best tablet - iPad Pro 10.5

The best tablet in the world

Reasons to buy
+Superb screen+Powerful CPU+Can shoot 4K video
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Apple has improved things in three key areas from the 9.7-inch iPad Pro this replaces - our previous king of tablets - the amount of space to work, the quality of the display, and the performance. The move to a 10.5-inch screen with a higher resolution of 2224 x 1668 adds around 20% more area, while keeping the same sharp pixel density (and barely any extra size to the chassis, thanks to the new design). Items on the screen generally stay the same size as they were on the 9.7-inch model, but you have more space to play with, and it allows for bonuses such as the on-screen keyboard (and attachable Smart Keyboard) being just about full-size, which does help for typing speed. The size difference is subtle overall, but it’s instantly obvious if you work in Split View a lot.

4. Best headphones - Sony MDR-1000X

The best Bluetooth headphones, with noise-cancelling to boot

Reasons to buy
+Ridiculously good noise cancelling+Excellent sonics+Great comfort
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Bose's QC35 were a revelation in terms of adding noise cancelling to a pair of Bluetooth headphones to create something truly special.

Sony's MDR-1000X takes the same idea and creates something even better sounding. The noise cancelling is superb, but where the Bose sounds very good, these sound great, with a more dynamic sound and better focussed bass.

There are better headphones in terms of pure audio quality, but the wireless convenience and use-anywhere versatility of the MDR-1000X makes it the best pair of headphones you can get for its price.

5. Best TV - LG OLED E6 Series

Combining stunning contrast with an ultra-thin design and exceptional sound

Reasons to buy
+Amazing black levels+Stunning thin design+HDR heaven
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The OLEDE6's incredibly slim 'picture on glass' design technique creates simply the most gorgeous TVs ever made. Each OLED pixel produces its own light and colour independent of its neighbours. Unprecedentedly deep black colours sit right alongside even the brightest HDR whites without a hint of light 'bleed' - something just not possible with current LCD technologies. The OLED E6 series delivers levels of contrast and light control just not possible with LCD. 

This works wonders for high-contrast HDR sources, as well as making today's standard dynamic range sources look better than on any other TV. The OLEDE6's lose some detail in very bright HDR areas, and occasionally suffer fleeting colour noise. They're not cheap, either. But none of that stops them being utterly brilliant.

A sound bar attached to the bottom of the screen, meanwhile, produces sound quality that wouldn't be out of place on an external audio system. 

6. Best smartwatch - Apple Watch Series 2

An incredibly versatile and well-designed smartwatch

Reasons to buy
+50-metre water resistance+In-built GPS+watchOS 3
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The original Apple Watch was far from a perfect product, however it was still streets ahead of the rest of the competition on launch. Series 2 is what Series 1 should have been originally, with a number of improvements and fixes, such as 50-metre water resistance and in-built GPS, making it an even more compelling package. When reviewing Apple Watch Series 2, T3.com's Editor Dan Grabham said that:

"Apple Watch remains one of the nicest-looking devices you can own. And with watchOS 3 and the extra features, it's now properly useful throughout the day, too."

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7. Best TV service - Sky Q

A seamless TV experience

Reasons to buy
+Slick UI+Multiroom+Loads of content
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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."

8. Best fitness wearable - Garmin Forerunner 935

Built for triathletes, great for any fitness freak

Reasons to buy
+Delivers genuinely useful info+Fully waterproof+Endlessly versatile
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The pinnacle of Garmin's many years of building fitness wearables, this is way more than a running watch. Pair it with Garmin's smart cardio strap and it'll tell you everything from your average pace to cadence and running oscillation.

However, it's also 100% waterproof, and can also be used for pool and outdoor swimming and when linked to Garmin's huge range of accessories, it becomes a wrist-mounted bike computer.

Best of all, it delivers genuinely useful metrics, with a training load calculator, a decent recovery time estimator and personalised Training Status and VO2 Max score. 

9. Best laptop - HP Spectre 13

A Windows laptop with the sleekness of a MacBook

Reasons to buy
+Sleek and lightweight+Tactile keyboard+Loads of connections
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HP's most luxurious laptop borrows the Lenovo Yoga 900S's style and the MacBook's bag-friendly dimensions. The Spectre 13 is so thin that tapping away on its tactile keyboard almost feels like your fingers are tap-dancing on the table. Its biggest advantage over the MacBook is its Intel Core-series processor inside, which lends it the winning combination of dazzling looks and computing muscle. Packing three USB-C ports for hooking up peripherals (note that you'll need a converter to use your old USB-A ones), the Spectre 13 doesn't just look like a laptop from the future - it has one eye trained on it too.

10. Best connected home - Amazon Echo

A top use-it-every-day product

Reasons to buy
+Attractive price+Excellent music playback+Good smart home hub
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It's certainly not perfect, however this nifty little device from Amazon is not only really quite handy in a use-it-every-day type way, but at only £149.99 it is also rather affordable too. Allowing you play your music, order food and products, and control lights, switches and thermostats with the power of your voice, among many other things, Amazon Echo is a versatile and forward-thinking product.

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11. Best camera - Sony A7R II

A premium compact with amazing features

Reasons to buy
+42-megapixels!+Tasty video capabilities+Top build quality
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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.

12. Best automotive - Land Rover Discovery

The ultimate lifestyle accessory

Reasons to buy
+Amazing versatility+Intuitive infotainment system+Semi-autonomous driving 

We think Land Rover's Discovery is the ultimate lifestyle accessory. It's equally at home travelling in a convoy across the desert as it is dropping the kids off at school. Nothing can faze the Discovery, and that's mostly down to the smart off-roading tech Land Rover has spent years developing. The updated model also features a raft of upgraded tech inside the cabin, with semi-autonomous driving, an intuitive infotainment system, and nifty features such as the ability to fold and unfold seats with a smartphone app. Simply put, one of the world’s most capable cars is now more luxurious, connected, and easier to live with. We think it looks great as well.

Here are some details/specs:

Price: from £43,495 | landrover.co.uk

Towing capacity: 3,500kg Wheelbase: 2,923mm Wading depth: 900mm Gearbox: 8-speed automatic transmission Features: Hill Descent Control, All-Terrain Progress Control (ATPC), Terrain Response 2, 360° Parking Aid, Activity Key, Adaptive Cruise Control, Incontrol Touch Pro 10-inch Touchscreen