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Tech Guide’s Best of 2017 awards – the products we judged as the best of the year

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It’s been a big year in technology and as 2017 draws to a close, Tech Guide has decided to hand out its awards for the best products we’ve seen throughout the year across all categories.

We have seen a few trends emerge including the rise of smart Internet of Things devices, smarter speakers, smart appliances and smartphones fitting larger screens into smaller devices.

Tech Guide has gone through the many categories of products and awarded what we believe to be the best product in that class.

We have also included other products that might not have been the best but that deserved an honourable mention.

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BEST SMARTPHONE

iPHONE X

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Apple really hit it out of the park with the iPhone X. It was a huge departure from the iPhones we been seeing for the last 10 years and a move in a bold new direction.

READ TECH GUIDE’S COMPLETE REVIEW OF THE iPHONE X

Honourable Mentions

Samsung Galaxy Note8

Samsung Galaxy S8

iPhone 8 Plus

Google Pixel 2 XL

LG V30

Huawei Mate 10 Pro

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BEST SMARTPHONE UNDER $1000

HTC U11

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HTC produced a top tier device and intelligently priced it at under $1000. The device ticked all the boxes when it came to screen size and quality, camera, audio and smart features.

READ TECH GUIDE’S COMPLETE REVIEW OF THE HTC U11

Honourable Mentions

BlackBerry KEYone

Huawei P10

Samsung Galaxy A7

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BEST SMARTPHONE UNDER $500

NOKIA 6

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Nokia impressed with its new Android powered smartphones in what was viewed as a comeback of sorts. The $399 Nokia 6 certainly punched well above its weight.

READ TECH GUIDE’S COMPLETE REVIEW OF THE NOKIA 6

Honourable Mentions

Alcatel A3

Alcatel A3 XL

Huawei Nova 2i

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BEST TABLET

iPAD PRO 10.5-INCH

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The iPad Pro was already a powerful device and the 10.5-inch delivered all of that power in smaller form factor with 20 per cent more screen but only a minimal increase in the device’s size.

READ TECH GUIDE’S COMPLETE REVIEW OF THE iPAD PRO

Honourable Mentions

Samsung TAB S3

Samsung Galaxy Book

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BEST CAMERA

PANASONIC LUMIX GH5

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Panasonic’s Lumix GH5 puts a lot of powerful features in the hands of photographers including a 20.3-megapixel sensor for incredible pictures and stunning 4K video.

READ TECH GUIDE’S REPORT OF THE LUMIX GH5

Honourable Mentions

Nikon D7500

Canon EOS M5

Sony a9

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BEST GAMING DEVICE

XBOX ONE X

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The Xbox One X is the most powerful gaming console in the world which can handle 4K HDR games and movies. It has 40 per cent more power than any other console on the market and there are a range of games to showcase its amazing performance.

READ TECH GUIDE’S REPORT ON THE XBOX ONE X

Honourable Mention

Nintendo Switch

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BEST E-READER

KOBO AURA H2O EDITION 2

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The waterproof Kobo e-reader can go anywhere so you can keep reading your books anywhere. The refreshed 6.8-inch anti-glare e-ink screen means it’s as sharp as a printed page in any lighting conditions.

READ TECH GUIDE’S REPORT ON THE KOBO AURA H2O EDITION 2

Honourable Mention

Kindle Oasis

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BEST WINDOWS LAPTOP

HP SPECTRE X360

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The HP Spectre X360 is thin, light and powerful with plenty of connectivity. It also has a touchscreen and can be folded into different modes to use as a tablet or to view content.

READ TECH GUIDE’S FULL REVIEW OF THE HP SPECTRE X360

Honourable Mention

Alienware 13 R3

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BEST COMPUTER

iMAC

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Apple’s iMac has no rival in the desktop computer space and it is now brighter, faster and more powerful than ever before. It is an amazing all-in-one solution that can be used as a family computer or to run your business.

READ TECH GUIDE’S FULL REVIEW OF THE iMAC

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BEST TV

LG SIGNATURE WALLPAPER OLED TV

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This is a TV that has to be seen to be believed. It is mounted just like wallpaper thanks to being just 2.57 mm thick and connects to a sound bar with Dolby Atmos.

READ TECH GUIDE’S FULL REPORT OF THE LG SIGNATURE WALLPAPER OLED TV

Honourable Mentions

LG G7 OLED TV

Samsung Series 9 QLED

Panasonic TH-65EZ1000U

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BEST TV UNDER $5000

SAMSUNG SERIES 7 65-inch QLED TV

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Samsung’s incredible QLED TVs provide amazing contrast and stunning colours with brightness that blows the competition away.

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BEST TV UNDER $2500

HISENSE SERIES 7

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Hisense has had a remarkable year thanks to products like the Series 7 TV which is loaded with patented technology to offer superb picture quality and connectivity.

READ TECH GUIDE’S FULL REVIEW OF THE HISENSE SERIES 7

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BEST SOUNDBAR

SAMSUNG MS750 SOUNDBAR SOUND+

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The Samsung MS750 Soundbar Sound+ is a sleek and unobtrusive soundbar that adds amazing sound to your TV viewing experience. The all-in-one unit packs in 11 speakers and a subwoofer to elevate your home theatre experience.

READ TECH GUIDE’S FULL REVIEW OF THE SAMSUNG MS750 SOUNDBAR

Honourable Mention

LG SJ9

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BEST SMART HOME DEVICE

RING 2 DOORBELL

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The Ring 2 Doorbell let you know who’s at your front door and allows you to talk to them even if you’re on the other side of the world. It is not only a convenient product but it will also provide security to give users peace of mind.

READ TECH GUIDE’S FULL REVIEW OF THE RING 2 DOORBELL

Honourable Mentions

Google Home

Netgear Arlo Go

Elgato Eve

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BEST SPEAKER

BOSE SOUNDLINK REVOLVE

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The Bose SoundLink Revolve delivers amazing sound in all directions thanks to its cylindrical design and the Bose audio technology under the hood.

READ TECH GUIDE’S FULL REVIEW OF THE BOSE SOUNDLINK REVOLVE

Honourable Mentions

Braven Stryde 360

JBL Link 10

Bose SoundLink Micro

UE Wonderboom

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BEST HEADPHONES

SONY WH-1000XM2

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Sony’s WH-1000XM2 headphones are a complete package with wire free connectivity, stunning audio quality and amazing noise cancellation put these head and shoulders above the competition.

READ TECH GUIDE’S FULL REVIEW OF THE SONY WH-1000XM2

Honourable Mentions

Bose QC35 II

AKG N60NC BT

Plantronics BackBeat Fit 500

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BEST EARPHONES

AUDIOFLY AF100W

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The Audiofly AF100W earphones are the result of an Australian company’s audio expertise in designing pro-musician and recording headphones with multi-driver technology. They’ve brought that to the consumer in stunning fashion.

READ TECH GUIDE’S FULL REVIEW OF THE AUDIOFLY AF100W

Honourable Mentions

Blueant Pump Air

Jaybird Run

Fitbit Flyer

Plantronics BackBeat Fit 305

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BEST FITNESS WEARABLE

FITBIT ALTA HR

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The Fitbit Alta HR is the world slimmest exercise band and also includes a heart rate monitor. It has a display to show you steps, calories burned and distance and can automatically recognise what exercise you are doing.

Honourable Mentions

Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro

Garmin Vivofit 3

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BEST SMARTWATCH

APPLE WATCH SERIES 3

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Apple Watch Series 3 went to another level this year thanks to its built-in eSIM which you replicate your iPhone’s number so you can make and receive calls even if you leave your phone at home.

And with the latest update it’s become an incredible fitness device as well.

READ TECH GUIDE’S FULL REVIEW OF THE APPLE WATCH SERIES 3

Honourable Mentions

Samsung Gear Sport

Huawei Watch 2

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BEST TECH TOY

LENOVO JEDI CHALLENGES

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And Star Wars fans who have dreamt of wielding a lightsaber and facing off with an opponent can now do just that with the Lenovo Jedi Challenges. The augmented reality experience is incredible and the lightsaber replica is worth the $399 price on its own.

READ TECH GUIDE’S FULL REVIEW OF THE LENOVO JEDI CHALLENGES

Honourable Mentions

Propel Star Wars Drones

Sphero R2D2 and BB9E

Cozmo

Anki Overdrive

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BEST IN-CAR DEVICE

ZUS SMART CAR CHARGER

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The Zus Smart Car Charger is one of the most versatile devices you can have in your car. It can charge all devices, remember where you park your car, remind you when you’re parking metre is about to run out, check your car battery health and even log your trips.

READ TECH GUIDE’S FULL REVIEW OF THE ZUS SMART CAR CHARGER

Honourable Mentions

Laser Navig8R X817 F+R Crash Camera

Belkin Road Rockstar 4-port Charger

Navman Drive Duo GPS Dash Cam

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BEST SMALL SMART APPLIANCE

ECOVACS DEEBOT OZMO 930

The Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 930 is a robot vacuum cleaner with a difference. It can map and vacuum your carpet and mop the hard floors as well. It has built-in sensors to get into every corner of your home for a surprisingly good clean.

READ TECH GUIDE’S FULL REVIEW OF THE ECOVACS DEEBOT OZMO 930

Honourable Mentions

Nespresso Vertuo

Breville Sommelier

Evasmart Personal Air Conditioner

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BEST MODEM/ROUTER

D-LINK COBRA

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The D-Link Cobra is a modem router built for the modern home with a built-in VDSL2 and ADSL 2+ modem making it ideal for NBN customers. It can also deliver fast Wi-Fi speeds with a combined speed of 5.3Gbps.

READ TECH GUIDE’S FULL REVIEW OF THE D-LINK COBRA

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BEST HOME Wi-FI

NETGEAR ORBI RBK50

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The Netgear Orbi RBK50 creates a solid wireless network to achieve consistent connection speeds in every corner of your home. The router and satellite work together to create a network that could handle our daily demands.

Honourable Mentions

Google Wi-Fi

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