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The 20 best gadgets of 2021 | Smartphones

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 £1,599, £799

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3: “Smooth, smooth and even”.

High-end technology is often very expensive, difficult to use, and less stains. Not so for the latest Samsung foldable screen phones. The Z Fold 3 Hybrid and Z Flip 3 feature a smooth, cool design that’s water-resistant, and it packs large screens into compact bodies. The Fold may be pricey, but the Flip 3 costs about the same as a regular smartphone, but much more interesting. Samuel Gibbs

Fairphone 4 £499

Verfone 4
Fairphone 4: Morally built.

The Fairphone 4, developed in a different way, is proof that a good phone can be ethically built, built to last and repaired at home with just a small screwdriver. This Android phone is a bit heavier than the iPhone or Samsung, but it has a distinctive design, with a user-replaceable battery and pop-up modules for things like the display and camera. It even has 5G now. SG

MacBook Air M1 £999

Apple MacBook Air M1
The Apple MacBook Air M1: Silent Power.

Unlike the first iteration, it wasn’t pulled out of the Manila envelope on stage, but Intel’s abandonment of Apple’s first custom-designed M1 chip in the MacBook Air was nothing short of a game changer. It’s turned the original Ultrabook into a powerhouse that’s thin, light, and silent with battery life that doubles practically everything else. The best consumer laptop by a diagonal mile. SG

Sonos Roam £179

Lots of festive tricks: Sonos Roam.
Lots of festive tricks: Sonos Roam.

Sonos’ first portable speaker showed that Bluetooth speakers don’t have to suck. The good-looking Roam has Bluetooth and wifi at home, a microphone for Alexa or Google Assistant, and a 10-hour battery, supports practically every music service under the sun and has plenty of party tricks. The best part is the sound, it takes out anything that size or weight, so you won’t end up gathering dust in the tray. SG

Sony WF-1000XM4
Sony WF-1000XM4: sparkling sound.

They still have a terrible name, but Sony made it possible with their 4th generation true wireless earbuds. They tick just about every box: top-notch noise cancellation, sparkling sound, long battery life, solid Bluetooth, a more compact case and, finally, a smaller design that’s really comfortable to wear. Like most earbuds, they are unfortunately not repairable and you cannot replace the batteries, so there is some work left to do. SG

None Earbuds (1) Earphones £99

none ear (1)
Ear None (1): Comfortable fit.

If you’re thinking of buying a pair of true wireless earbuds but can’t afford the Apple AirPods Pro (£239), then Nothing ear (1) might fit the bill. At £99, they’re on the more affordable end of the spectrum, complete with advanced noise-cancelling technology and a comfortable fit. Its transparent design also sets it apart from the generic headphone crowd. Rhiannon Williams

Apple iPad mini £479

Apple iPad mini
Apple iPad mini: A clearer, brighter screen

Apple’s latest iPad mini takes the best parts of the high-end iPad Pro and turns them into a more compact 8.3-inch design, including a faster A15 chip, Apple Pencil compatibility, and a more powerful front camera. Small enough to fit in a coat pocket, it almost sounds better, thanks to its repositioned speakers, as well as a clearer and brighter screen. RW

Nintendo Switch OLED £310

Nintendo Switch OLED
Nintendo Switch OLED: Guaranteed to delight fans.

Provided you can get one, the Nintendo Switch OLED is guaranteed to delight fans who have been hoping for an upgrade to the popular video game console. The new model features a larger 7-inch screen (compared to the previous version’s 6.2-inch screen) and a significantly improved protective kickstand that allows you to tilt the monitor back to play at an angle. RW

Google Pixel 6 £599

Google Pixel 6
Google Pixel 6: An excellent multifunctional phone.

If you fancy a smartphone a little different from the standard price tag of Apple and Samsung, Google makes highly efficient and well-priced phones at a fraction of the price of its competitors. The Pixel 6 is an excellent multifunctional phone that showcases the best of the Android operating system, a sleek design, and most importantly, a great camera for the price. RW

£30 Dyson Supersonic Flyaway accessory

Dyson Supersonic Flyaway accessory
Dyson Supersonic Flyaway Extension: To smooth flyaway hair.

This very popular Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer Magnetic Attachment promises a smooth, mirror-like shine that is difficult to achieve at home without professional help. The hooked tip of the device harnesses the powerful airflow of a hair dryer to smooth frizzy, frizzy hair without having to resort to higher temperatures that are more likely to damage it, and it’s also used as a styling tool. RW

Fitbit Luxe £130

Attractive tracker: the Fitbit Luxe watch.
Attractive tracker: the Fitbit Luxe watch.

Fitness trackers are great, motivating you to take the stairs instead of the elevator, go to bed a little earlier, and even give up the extra help of candy, but they’re often wrongly ugly. Luxe is cute enough that wearing it doesn’t feel like a chore, even when it bothers you to reach 10,000 steps before bed. Kat Ellis

Garmin Forerunner 55 £180

Major 55: Full of ideas.
Major 55: Full of ideas.

Do you like the idea of ​​running, but find yourself always plodding down the same road and not actually speeding? The Forerunner 55 is the watch for you. Not only does it track your runs and measure your pace, but it also tells you how long to rest between sessions and suggests different workouts to help mix up your training so you don’t get stuck. This is amazing

Incos Nova (Multiplesports wearable) RRP £300

Incos Nova: Like
Incos Nova: Like “glowing alien.”

The Incus Nova looks like a glowing, alien parasite, a small device that sits on your back and tracks your shape as you run and swim. Unlike a watch, it can monitor the movement of your entire body and give you tips on how to adapt your technique so you can move more efficiently and not hurt yourself. He’ll soon be able to monitor cycling as well, making it ideal for athletes. This is amazing

Amazfit Zeinab119 GBP Pieces

Amazfit ZenBuds
Amazfit ZenBuds: Soothing sounds to help you sleep.

These small earplugs are specially designed to be worn at night and will emit a variety of soothing sounds to help you sleep. Options include hammered rain, falling whales, crashing waves, and even snoring cats. Once you fall asleep, they will track your heart rate and movement and give you a detailed sleep report in the morning. This is amazing

Oral-B iO Series 6 £100

“Amazingly stimulating”: Oral-B iO toothbrushes. Photography: Joan Cross/Shutterstock

Does your toothbrush really need Bluetooth? Well, no, but it doesn’t hurt. The iO Series 6 connects to the Oral-B app on your smartphone and gives you real-time guidance as you brush your teeth to make sure you don’t miss a place. The brush also gives you emoji-shaped notes on the handle, which is surprisingly stimulating. Nobody wants to be affected by their toothbrush. This is amazing

milo mixer pound252

Milo mixer:
Milo’s Mixer: “The Super Sci-Fi Chopper.”

The Millo is a 500W (12800rpm) super fancy chopper that uses a magnetic power system similar to the one in your electric toothbrush. Not only is this thing twice as efficient as a standard blender, it’s four times quieter. On top of that, the companion app has presets for smoothies and the like, and once the wireless base is charged, you can move away, moving the cable-free Millo around your house or garden. Jeremy White

Cowboy 4 e-bike £2,290

Cowboy 4
Cowboy 4 e-bike: No complicated frills, just pedals and power.

This 18.9kg aluminum e-bike has excellent assist power of 43 miles, but what the Cowboy 4 really sells is its simplicity: no needlessly complicated frills, just pedals and power. Even the lights are already built in and your phone attaches to the handlebars to help with directions and happily charges there while you ride. JW

LG OLED65G16LA TV £2200

LG OLED65A16LA TV: Perfect for gaming or watching Netflix.

Choosing a TV is difficult – there are a lot of variables. LG’s gorgeous G1 TV will see you in almost any regard, but it’s especially good at gaming. You get a black 65-inch OLED 4K display and a super fast 120Hz refresh rate with VRR (Variable Refresh Rate), a key feature for smooth, clean, and flawless images when gaming. And if you don’t like games, just enjoy the bright and vivid images that the group can easily display while watching Netflix. JW

Elan Voyager folding mountain skis, £1,260

Elan Voyager skates
Elan Voyager foldable all-mountain skis: an award-winning design.

The award-winning new Voyager skates, based on a design originally developed for the military, use a four-axle mechanism and are then reinforced with a carbon plate that swings into place. Amazingly, you end up with a skate just as hard as “regular” skates. You’ve tried them, and on the snow, I dare you to notice the difference. Luxe bundle includes slides, laces and foldable poles – all in a custom travel case. JW

Urbanista Los Angeles solar powered headphones, £169

Urbanista Los Angeles solar powered headphones
Urbanista Los Angeles Solar Powered Headphones: A Battery Worry-Free For Wireless Enthusiasts.

The loft azan in Los Angeles transforms all forms of light – exterior and interior – into energy. It also includes active noise cancellation. This means that wireless fans are completely free from battery anxiety. An hour spent outside on a sunny day generates three hours of play. If it’s cloudy, 60 minutes will give you an extra 2 hours. They even charge in ambient indoor lighting. If that wasn’t enough, Los Angeles has 50 hours of battery life from a 750mAh (mAh) power pack. We tested these – solar technology works, it looks great and you can even get a carrying case. JW

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