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Tech Guide takes a look back at our favourite products of 2015

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It’s been a big year for consumer tech with plenty of cool devices released in 2015. And most of them have come across the Tech Guide desk. So what are the standout products of the year?

We’re taking a look back at the products we’ve reviewed this year and have picked the top three from the main categories.

SMARTPHONES

1. iPHONE 6S

Apple latest device didn’t put a foot wrong and, despite having the same look and feel as the iPhone 6, it did introduce a number of new features including 3D Touch and Live Photos.

READ OUR iPHONE 6S REVIEW

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iPhone 6S

2. SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE5

Samsung’s latest powerhouse smartphone not only offered a larger screen but also a more powerful processor and even more versatility with the S Pen.

READ OUR SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE5 REVIEW

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Samsung Galaxy Note5

3. SONY XPERIA Z5

Sony continues the high quality and durability of the Xperia range. It’s still waterproof, still has a great design and has arguably the best camera you can find on a smartphone.

READ OUR XPERIA Z5 REPORT

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Xperia Z5

Honourable mentions:

Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3

LG G4

Huawei P8

TABLETS

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Xperia Z4

1. SONY XPERIA Z4

Sony’s Xperia Z4 is thin and light and offers excellent performance so it can be used for work or play. It has excellent battery life is waterproof and includes the same screen technology as the Sony Bravia TVs.

READ OUR SONY XPERIA Z4 REVIEW

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iPad Pro

2. IPAD PRO

The largest iPad is also the best. Apple’s new 12.9-inch iPad Pro has computer-like performance, a gorgeous display, excellent speakers and the ability to write and draw on the screen with the Apple Pencil.

READ OUR iPAD PRO REVIEW

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The Surface Pro 4

3. MICROSOFT SURFACE PRO 4

Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 is powerful enough to replace your laptop with the speed and connectivity that other tablets just don’t offer. The included Surface Pen also adds another dimension to the many ways the device can be used.

READ OUR SURFACE PRO 4 REVIEW

Honourable mentions:

Lenovo Yoga Tab 3

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

Samsung Galaxy Tab A

SMARTWATCH

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Apple Watch

1. APPLE WATCH

The Apple Watch has brought the iPhone to your wrist and has been a device that has energised the smartwatch market. And with thousands of apps already available, it’s no wonder it’s so popular.

READ OUR APPLE WATCH REVIEW

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Samsung Gear S2

2. SAMSUNG GEAR S2

Samsung’s latest version of the smartwatch has a circular screen and a rotating bezel that makes it easy to navigate the features and apps.

READ OUR SAMSUNG GEAR S2 REVIEW

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Huawei Watch

3. HUAWEI WATCH

Huawei Watch went for the premium look and feel and delivered a device that was functional and stylish and that delivered your notifications and information without being annoying.

READ OUR HUAWEI WATCH REVIEW

Honourable mention:

LG Watch Urbane

COMPUTER

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MacBook

1. MACBOOK

The 12-inch MacBook Pro is one of Apple’s finest achievements. It combines cutting-edge engineering and technology with incredible design and excellent performance.

READ OUR MACBOOK REVIEW HERE

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2. HP STAR WARS LAPTOP

HP’s Star Wars laptop is a standout for fans and was created in partnership with Disney and Lucasfilm and features logos and designs for the film on the outside and special wallpapers and galleries on the inside.

READ OUR HP STAR WARS LAPTOP REPORT

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3. iMAC

Now all iMacs will include a Retina Display to make the already excellent desktop computer even better. And the iMac also comes with Apple latest wireless accessories – the Magic Keyboard and either the Magic Mouse 2 and Magic Trackpad 2.

READ OUR iMAC REPORT

Honourable mentions:

Surface Book

HP Pavilion x360s

WEARABLE/FITNESS

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Garmin VivoSmart HR

1. GARMIN VIVOSMART HR

Garmin is a leader in GPS and wireless sports devices and its vivosmart HR activity tracker can monitor your heart rate and your daily activities and deliver notifications from your smartphone.

READ OUR GARMIN VIVOSMART HR REPORT

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FitBit Charge HR

2. FITBIT CHARGE HR

FitBit has become the default name for activity trackers for many customers and the Charge HR gives you a display on your wrist to track your progress and an excellent companion app to manage all of your data.

READ OUT FITBIT CHARGE REVIEW

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Garmin Fenix 3

3. GARMIN FENIX 3

The Garmin Fenix 3 multisport GPS sportwatch is an allrounder that can suit athletes and adventurers and anyone who loves the outdoors.

READ OUR GARMIN FENIX 3 REVIEW

Honourable mention:

Suunto Traverse

AUDIO

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Sonos Play:5

1. SONOS PLAY:5

Sonos somehow managed to managed to make a good speaker even better with the latest Play:5 and the new Trueplay features on the app can make it sound even better still in your home.

READ OUR SONOS PLAY:5 REVIEW

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The Bose SoundTouch 10 is available in black or white

2. BOSE SOUNDTOUCH10

The Bose SoundTouch10 is the new entry level wireless speaker and has both Bluetooth and wi-fi onboard to enjoy your favourite songs or radio stations anywhere in your home.

READ OUR BOSE SOUNDTOUCH10 REPORT

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Plantronics BackBeat

3. PLANTRONICS BACKBEAT SENSE HEADPHONES

The Plantronics BackBeat Sense headphones have the convenience of wireless connection along with a number of features that make listening to your music a pleasure.

READ OUR PLANTRONICS BACKBEAT SENSE REVIEW

Honourable mentions:

Philips Fidelio NC1

Jabra Sport Coach

UE Boom 2

Braven BRV-X

CAMERAS

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GoPro Hero4 Sessions

1. GOPRO HERO4 SESSIONS

With the Hero4 Sessions, GoPro has shoehorned the features the brand is known and loved for into the smaller square chassis with a waterproof design that doesn’t require a separate bulky housing.

READ OUR GOPRO HERO4 SESSIONS REPORT

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Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

2. CANON POWERSHOT SX710 HS

The Canon PowerShot SX710 HS is an excellent camera that can suit photographers of all skill levels. And with features like built-in wi-fi it makes it even more versatile.

READ OUR CANON POWERSHOT SX710 HS REVIEW

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3. 360FLY

The 360Fly is the action camera that can shoot 360-degree videos and literally capture every angle whether you’re out having fun or away on holiday in an exotic location.

READ OUR 360FLY REVIEW

Honourable mentions:

Sony 4K Action Cam

Panasonic Lumix FZ300

TELEVISION

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LG 4K OLED

1. LG 4K OLED

LG’s latest OLED technology combined with the 4K Ultra High Definition resolution makes the new range a standout and provides an incredible home viewing experience.

READ OUR LG 4K OLED TV REVIEW

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Samsung SUHD TV

2. SAMSUNG SERIES 9 SUHD TV

The secret sauce of the Samsung Series 9 TV is nano-crystal technology that improves colour, brightness, contrast and black levels.

READ OUR SAMSUNG SERIES 9 SUHD REVIEW

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The Sony X9100C Bravia 4K TV

3. SONY BRAVIA X90C 4K UHD TV

The Sony X90C looks great even when it’s turned off thanks to its slender 4.9mm thickness but when you do switch it on – wow! It has amazing 4K picture quality and excellent sound.

READ OUR SONY 4K TV REPORT

GAMING

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1. STAR WARS PLAYSTATION 4

The Star Wars themes PS4 has an image of Darth Vader on the side and repeated etchings of the Star Wars logo on the console. The Force is strong with this one.

READ OUR STAR WARS PS4 REPORT

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Call of Duty Black Ops III

2. CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS III

The latest Call of Duty games delivers what fans of the franchise have come to expect – a solid campaign and an amazing online experience.

READ OUR CALL OF DUTY BLACK OPS III REVIEW

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Star Wars Battlefront

3. STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT

Get into the action on some of the most famous battles of the Star Wars universe including action from the latest film The Force Awakens.

READ OUR STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT REVIEW

Honourable mentions

Guitar Hero Live

Fallout 4

GADGETS

The popular BB-8 toy from Sphero
The popular BB-8 toy from Sphero

1. BB8 BY SPHERO

The loveable ball-shaped droid of the new Star Wars film The Force Awakens was a huge hit when it was released by Sphero who turned the on-screen magic into reality.

READ OUR BB8 BY SPHERO REPORT

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The ZoomR Sport

2. ZOOMR HOVERBOARD

The ZoomR self balancing scooter was one of the first optimised for Australian users and offers performance that is clearly superior to the cheaper models flooding the market.

READ OUR ZOOMR REVIEW

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3. DJI PHANTOM 3 PROFESSIONAL DRONE

The DJI Phantom got even better this year with improved flight technology as well as a 4K camera to capture breathtaking photos and videos.

READ OUR DJI PHANTOM 3 REVIEW

Honourable mentions:

Nespresso by KitchenAid

Samsung Gear VR

SwannOne Video Monitoring Kit