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

HP Spectre 13, Sonos One, and Bowers & Wilkins PX 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.

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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 - Bowers & Wilkins PX

The best Bluetooth headphones, with noise-cancelling to boot

Reasons to buy
+Ridiculously good noise cancelling+Top battery life+Great styling
Today's best Bowers & Wilkins PX deals

The current big battlefield in audio tech is noise-cancelling, over-ear headphones. The Bose QC35, Sony 1000X (both of which have updates hitting shelves now), the excellent Beats Studio 3… they’re all fine headphones. 

However, PX, the first noise-cancelling Bluetooth cans from British speaker legend Bowers & Wilkins, is narrowly the best of the lot.

The sound quality, adjustable noise-cancelling and battery life (20+ hours) are excellent, as is the case with all the current wave of such headphones. However, B&W’s PX adds better styling, easier-to-use controls and some motion-sensing features (pull a cup away from your ear, or take the headphones off, and the music pauses) that actually work. Brilliant.

5. Sony KD55A1


Screen size: 55-inches
Other sizes available: 65-inch, 77-inch
HDR: HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG
USB: 3
Dimensions: 1228 x 860 x 78mm
Reasons to buy
+Dramatic design+Superb image quality+Innovative sound system
Reasons to avoid
-Clunky Android smart platform-Requires low AV furniture
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Whatever way you look at it, the 55-inch Sony A1 is a drop-dead gorgeous OLED TV.  The design is elegant, and image quality outstanding. The A1 doesn’t use a conventional pedestal stand, instead it leans back on a hinged support which also contains an integrated subwoofer. 

The set doesn’t use conventional speakers either. Instead it boasts Acoustic Surface technology. On the rear of the panel are a pair of sonic actuators. These vibrate, to create stereo sound that emanates from the panel itself. While the actuators produce high and mid-range audio, the 8cm subwoofer handles bass. 

With the screen also effectively the speaker array you might very well think this would inevitably cause distortion to the sound, or issues with image quality. Well, you'd be wrong on both counts, and with a total audio output of 50 watts, the end result is astonishingly good.

Thanks to Sony’s 4K HDR X1 Extreme image engine, picture quality is also outstanding, with both 4K and HD sources. Blacks are deep, detail high and HDR wonderfully effective, with HDR10, DolbyVision and HLG are all supported.  The set’s object-based HDR remastering also does a brilliant job boosting highlights on material filmed without HDR (standard dynamic range or SDR).

The smart platform, Android with Chromecast built-in, is a bit ‘meh’, but you can't have everything. Console yourself with the 4K content on Netflix, Amazon Video and YouTube. A YouView app replaces the standard Freeview HD programme guide, combining live TV with catch-up TV services such as iPlayer.

Overall, a hugely impressive high-end TV that more than justifies its price at 55 inches, even if the 77-incher is a slightly more sphincter-tighteningly priced, at £20,000 rrp.

6. Best smartwatch - Apple Watch Series 3

Cellular connection gives the Apple Watch a new found freedom

Reasons to buy
+Good smartwatch battery life+Clear, bright screen
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Building nicely on Series 2, Apple Watch Series 3 now features a cellular connection, allowing you to use the smart watch free from an iPhone or WiFi network. You can even make voice calls over cellular, again, without an iPhone present.  

The Apple Watch Series 3 is exactly the same size as the original, but you'll notice a minor redesign, in that the digital crown is now coloured red (for Cellular models only). While there's also a new Rose Gold colourway, as well as a host of new Apple Watch Bands (including a few beautiful Hermés ones).

Throw in the fact that it comes running watchOS 4, with a new updated UI and faces, and it is the obvious choice for those looking for a premium smart watch.

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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."

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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 - Sonos One

Like an Echo, but with way, way better sound

Reasons to buy
+Attractive price+Excellent audio playback+Good smart home hub
Today's best Sonos One deals

When Amazon’s Echo came out, we said, “Nice voice-controlled AI assistant with music, news-reading, shopping and smart home features, Amazon… But the sound quality could be better, no?”

Sonos obviously read our review as it has incorporated Echo’s tech into its latest multi-room speaker. The result: an Echo but with way, way better sound. Sonos 1 would be a really good speaker even without the Alexa stuff. With it, for about £200, purchase is almost a no-brainer. No wonder Currys has it pegged as its predicted number one money-spinner this Christmas.

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11. Best camera - Nikon D850

The best camera money can buy right now

Reasons to buy
+45.4-megapixels!+Tasty 4K video capabilities+Top build quality
Today's best Nikon D850 deals

Simply put, if money is no object and you are looking for the best camera money can buy right now then you need to go and pickup Nikon's mental-good D850 DSLR. 

It comes packing an outrageous 45.5MP full-frame sensor, 153-point AF system, 3.2-inch tilting touchscreen, and 9fps burst shooting speed. As you would expect, the image quality is stunning, no matter if you are shooting wild landscapes or intimate portraits.

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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