And just like that, 2016 is now in the books and it left a lot of good and unfortunate happenings in the world of technology, from exploding Note 7 to jackless iPhone 7, there is nothing much to say but it is a roller coaster ride but it did showed us a lot of new possibilities and innovations. And for us tech junkies we are sharing you our picks for this year’s Gadget Awards.
Before we begin, I just want to let you guys know that this is absolutely and honestly based on what we think and there is no other factors or influence from the others on making our pick/s. So let’s start of with the Notebooks/Laptops.
Spoiler alert: All of the winners here are Intel-powered devices just so you know 😉
1.) Best Gaming Laptop: **ASUS FX502VM**
- Although this device is not considered an ROG device because of the branding, accessories etc. this gaming powerhouse is the best gaming laptop out there because of its price, aesthetics, and performance. This pascal GTX1060-powered notebook is just priced as low as P69,995 or $1,430! It is really a great deal for all those who seek an entry-level VR-Ready gaming laptop, not to mention it also has a quad core 6th gen Intel-powered processor. The only trade-off for this one is that ASUS has only limited stocks for this but you can still check here for where-to-buy-list
2.) Best 2-in-1 Laptop: **DELL Inspiron 7359**
- DELL is ranked number 2 (behind Apple) in the Top 10 list of consumer notebooks so there is no doubt about its quality. I personally own one for my work and surprisingly it has a superb battery life (if we’re talking about a PC and not a Macbook). The 13-inch Full HD Windows 10 device has a pre-built in 16GB of DDR3L RAM, 256GB of SSD storage and a Skylake core i7 processor all for just P55,000 or $1,122. It even has a stylus for doodling and you can rotate it up 360 degrees, now that is portability!
3.) Best Flagship Smartphone: **Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge**
- We know that 2016 is a terrible year for Samsung RE: The Exploding Note 7. But we have to know that it was their QA’s fault for not checking the quality of its batteries so on a lighter side I don’t blame them fully on this, but at least their S7 Edge truly saved their mojo with its top-of-the-line smartphone camera. It was ranked #2 (behind Google Pixel) in Dxomark beating the jackless iPhone 7 Plus. In addition to this the S7 Edge redefined the smartphone market with its curved display and powerful specifications. We heard that Samsung will fast track their Galaxy S8 in response for their botched Note 7.
4.) Best Mid-range Smartphone: **OnePlus 3**
- The Oneplus 3 is the runaway winner for this category, why? Just look at its specificiation-price ratio: a Snapdragon 820 processor, 6GB RAM in a full metal body all for just P21,000 or $428. Not to mention its camera equipped with Sony IMX298 sensor and a true customizable (less bloatware) Android OxygenOS. The cons? Well it has no NFC and the battery is non-removable but that’s it.
5.) Best Budget Smartphone: “ASUS Zenfone 3 Max ((ZC553KL)”
- For just P10,995 or $224 the Zenfone 3 Max is our choice, mainly because of its battery life you can use for 2-5 days on a single charge which is truly outstanding. We’re talking about the Snapdragon 430 version and not the Mediatek. And also the Zenfone 3 Max now comes in Full HD (1920×1080) resolution which is a true upgrade from a battery-centric device. Kudos to ASUS on this one!
6.) Best Selfie Smartphone: **Oppo F1s**
- Priced at just P12,990 or $265 the “selfie expert” tagline lived up to its name, with 16-megapixel front facing camera (the quality is great for a selfie camera) and an upgraded Snapdragon 616 CPU it is a great phone for those who are into self portraits and uses a selfie stick all the time.
And that pretty much sums up our choices for last year’s Gadget Awards, we hoped that this year would be a better one with CES2017 coming up in January 4th. Let us know what you think in our comment section below. Cheers! 🙂