The Best Gadgets for 2019
by Jennifer Read-Dominguez
Want to buy the latest tech gadgets on the market? We review 2019's best gadgets and most innovative technology on offer now, from phones to drones.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10+
The latest tech offering from Samsung once again places the brand on an even playing field with its competitors. The Galaxy Note 10+ boasts an expansive, high-quality screen, professional-standard cameras and laptop-level storage packed into mobile size. Available with either a 6.3 or 6.8 inch screen, the Note 10+ offers super fast charging and extra long battery as well as speedy processors that make gaming, downloading and streaming quality even better than before.
What also sets this phone apart is the 'note function'. Complete with an S Pen, users can jot down notes or create doodles by hand on the phone's screen and then instantly save, upload or share their work. the pen can also be used to control applications and functions on the phone, such as moving the camera angle or lowering the volume. The Galaxy Note 10+ comes in two colours: black, or aura glow (pictured).
From £999, Samsung.com
Amazon Echo Show 5
The echo Show 5 from Amazon offers an advanced step up from the previous handsfree amazon echo speaker. The updated version has all the features of the classic echo such as the abilities to research information, make calls and play music but now has a 5.5 inch screen for added effect. This new technology means that users can now ask Alexa anything and be shown answers; follow step-by-step recipes, watch shows and tv or connect with family and friends via video calling. Added features include the ability to connect with and playback your home security camera footage, control lights and thermostats or simply display your favourite photos on the interface. Alexa is back and better than ever.
From 79.99, Amazon.co.uk
Bose Audio Sunglasses
The new audio sunglasses from Bose signal that the future really is here. While providing UV protection, these wearable devices can be used to play music, make and answer calls and connect to bluetooth. They can be pared with your other devices and are capable of accessing apps including Spotify, Skype or Google Maps. Eventually Bose hopes to offer sunglasses that can be connected to fitness and gaming apps too. There are currently two frame shapes to chose from; Alto (pictured) and Rondo.
Pocketalk Voice Translator
For the well-travelled, the pocketalk voice translator is a must-have gadget. Wherever your next trip takes you, this pocket-sized tech translator will be able to make communication smoother between foreigners and locals. Simply speak into the device in your mother tongue and the conversation will be instantly translated on the device's screen. Up to 74 different languages have been programmed on the device and its built-in data and advanced microphones will ensure that nothing is ever lost in translation.
From $299, pocketalk.com
12.9in iPad Pro
Apple’s top-of-the-range tablet has been given a serious makeover with a tiny bezel that increases the size of the Liquid Retina screen without upping the overall dimensions; in fact, Apple has managed to shrink the casing down to a paltry 5.9mm thick. Gone is the home button, replaced by Face ID and a series of intuitive gesture controls, while the much-maligned Lightning cable has been replaced by USB-C, and the Apple Pencil has been redesigned and now charges wirelessly from the iPad. If you like the ease of tablets and you’re looking to replace your laptop you’ll not find better, especially if you opt for 1TB memory and both Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity.
£1,869 (with cellular), apple.com
This aluminium and carbon-fibre drone features 13 on board cameras each powered by the NVIDIA Jetson AI processor. The upshot of all this surveillance is that it can map the world around it in real time, independently capturing footage. There’s also no need for manual control, as once you assign a target subject the R1 sticks to it like glue, while avoiding even the most complex and hazardous environments.
Vaonis Stellina portable smart telescope
Point it skyward, connect the app, choose your constellation and let the Vaonis Stellina do the rest. No bigger than a briefcase (11.2kg, 49cm by 39cm by 13cm), this motorised smart telescope takes total control of the image processing, tracking the star, planet or constellation while overlaying multiple exposures to reduce noise and create a spectacular galaxy-worthy photograph.
Anden Valet for Apple Watch
Born out of a desire to create beautiful and tactile tech accessories using traditional carpentry techniques and the finest materials, the Valet is the first design from new luxury brand Anden. It provides an elegant stand for charging your Apple Watch as well as four perfectly proportioned slots for any spare watch straps. Available in sustainably sourced walnut, maple and cherry wood or in limited-edition heavyweight pure white Corian, each is handmade to order in London and finished with natural oils.
From £89.99, madebyanden.co.uk
Google Pixel 3XL
Google’s latest flagship smartphone has the obligatory edge-to-edge, pixel-perfect premium quality and is crammed with AI-inspired features. Top of the list is a camera which automatically takes multiple photos – combine them and identify the best one, or try Group Selfie mode, which zooms out to capture 184 per cent more into the frame. Most impressive is Google Lens, which allows you to shop from your photos: see something you like, take a picture of it and buy.
From £739, store.google.com