6 best technology products of 2019: Airpods Pro, Samsung Galaxy Fold, Google Nest Wifi, Huawei x Gentle Monster, and more
A little recap
It has been a great year for tech. In other words, a great year for us — all-knowing consumers of the digital realm. The industry is constantly evolving to enhance and innovate existing creations. What was once deemed as ambitious and the stuff of the dreams, now lie right in our hands. Just when we think innovation has hit a plateau, another breakthrough hits the market.
Sure enough, the next decade holds a lot more in store for us. From wireless earbuds to camera-packed smartphones to truly immersive VR, the list goes on and on. As we eagerly anticipate the next big thing, let's recap some of the game-changers that wowed us this year and simplified our lives in ways we didn't know were possible.
If you thought AirPods were the best thing to happen to Apple since the iPhone, the AirPods Pro is here to prove you wrong. Taking in feedback from consumers, the AirPods Pro tackles the cons of its first model by implementing cutting-edge design that delivers a snug and secure fit, on top of an active noise cancellation feature that cancels out any external ambient noises. It's just you and your music.
Samsung Galaxy Fold
This might just be the gadget to take home the prize for the most revolutionary smart device of the year. Redefining smartphones, the Galaxy Fold unfolds to reveal a stunning 7.3-inch AMOLED display alongside other ground-breaking features like a 4.6-inch cover display and six pro-grade cameras. A smartphone-tablet hybrid that is just the beginning of a whole new decade for smartphones.
Huawei x Gentle Monster Eyewear
Right off the bat, the Huawei x Gentle Monster smart eyewear appears more promising than market rivals like Google Glass and Snapchat Spectacles. Huawei's collaboration with the cult-favourite Korean eyewear label Gentle Monster has led to the conception of smartglasses that skillfully balance functionality and design. With dual speakers, AI noise reduction features and a smart assistant built into the sleek 0.45mm temples, answer calls and play music with just a few taps on the side.
Google Nest Wifi
Google Nest WiFi marries the best of both worlds — a mesh WiFi router that doubles as your trusty Google Assistant. A breeze to set-up — this scaleable ergonomic system ensures strong network connectivity throughout your home with the help of various WiFi points. Everything's under your control; create dedicated guest networks or even restrict WiFi usage on devices right from your Google Home app. Truly convenience at its peak.
Bang & Olufsen Beosound Stage
Rest assured. The Danish brand's first soundbar sounds as good as it looks. While the Beosound stage may be late to the market but keep in mind — good things take time. The Beosound Stage offers a three channel sound system coupled with Dolby Atmos that allows sound to surround you in three-dimensional space — recreating an at-home theatre experience. The sleek soundbar comes with an aluminium or oak frame, and stays flush against the wall, integrating seamlessly into your minimalist home.
Apple Watch Series 5
Everyone's go-to smartwatch, the Apple Watch, has just gotten a much needed upgrade with the incorporation of an Always On Retina display, that dims when not in use. No more weird arm twists to just tell the time.New additions like the Compass app that helps you navigate through the trickiest of routes and the Noise app — which measures ambient sound levels in your environment, are also a step-up from their predecessor. Not to forget the slew of finishes and straps available to customise your arm candy to your personal preference. We can't remember the last time we missed a workout with this stunner strapped on.