Welcome everyone to the biggest, best consumer technology and gadget awards, welcome to Gadget Bridge Awards 2021. This is the third time we are doing our yearly awards to know the best of the best in the tech and gadget journey. All the nominations of Gadget Bridge Awards 2021 can be found here. This year too, we saw the much-needed lockdown and due to which the markets were shut, but after that things improved drastically and everything became almost normal (thanks to the vaccination drive, as well). We saw a wide variety of gadgets throughout 2021 and this time we said why not increase and appreciate more tech toys. So, yes, we can proudly say we are the biggest tech and gadget awards of 2021, with over 32 categories.
We were overwhelmed in some months because of the sudden inflow of gadgets, but we powered through and took it up as a challenge. We thank you, our readers, viewers, listeners and well-wishers who have been standing strong with us, along with the rest of the industry. The new year started with a bang and some cool smartphones were launched in early 2021. Then in mid-2021 we again saw some great gadgets coming to life, including televisions, laptops, smartwatches, cameras, and tablets. The year was business as usual.
You, our audience has helped us decide the People’s choice smartphone, gadget and brand of the year 2021. Thousands came forward and voted on both Twitter and on our voting forum to decide the winners here. We got a clear winner in two categories, while the third one saw a gadget win by just a few percentage points.
So, without further ado let’s get started and see who the winners are in each of the 33 categories. These are Gadget Bridge Awards 2021: The biggest, best consumer technology and gadget awards of the year.
Here are the winners of the Gadget Bridge Awards 2021:
Best Smartphone Of The Year 2021
Like last year, this was by far one of the toughest categories when it comes to smartphones. We put in a lot of thought and retested some of the features. The winner won by the tiniest of margins.
The contenders here are Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, OnePlus 9 Pro, Vivo X70Pro Plus, Mi 11 Ultra and Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3.
Winner: Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra.
It comes with an Exynos 2100 chipset with Quad-Core CPU clocking at 2.91GHz. This speed only kicks in when the phone demands it. Like when playing graphic hungry games or apps. Otherwise, to conserve battery the lower speed cores stay alive. With this, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra has 12GB RAM and 256GB storage (the device we got for review). Graphics are provided by Mali-G78 MP14 GPU.
Best Camera Phone Of The Year 2021
This is one of our favourite categories of the Gadget Bridge Awards 2021. We love to tinker around with cameras especially when it is on a smartphone. We saw some great nominations this year too.
The contenders here are Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, Vivo X70 Pro Plus, iPhone 13 Pro, Mi 11 Ultra and OnePlus 9 Pro.
Winner: Vivo X70 Pro Plus
The technical specifications of the Vivo X70 Pro Plus include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888+ 5G chipset that is the fastest in the current gen of CPUs. It is partnered with Adreno 660 for graphics, up to 12 GB of RAM and 512GB of fast UFS 3.1 storage. Together it makes up for a mean tech specs sheet.
For battery, the company has installed a 4,500 mAh one inside, which some might think is less, but on our tests, it lasted for a full day. Besides, it comes with a 55W faster charger in the box, that can recharge it in a jiffy.
Best Budget Smartphone Of The Year 2021
The segment is one of the most crowded and brutal classifications when it comes to smartphones. A lot of devices were launched in this one year here. The smartphones makers left no stone unturned to make our choice very-very tough. But alas we found the one that stands on the top of the podium.
The contenders here are Moto E7 Power, Samsung M12, Infinix Hot11s, Poco M3 Pro and Redmi Note 10 Pro.
Winner: Redmi Note 10 Pro
The smartphone is powered by Qualcomm‘s Snapdragon 732G processor clubbed with up to 8GB of RAM. The device has up to 128GB of onboard storage and in case that’s not enough for some users, they have the option of installing a microSD card of up to 512GB. Redmi Note 10 Pro runs Android 11 skinned with MIUI 12 that brings several customizations to the device. It houses a 5020mAh battery and sports quad rear cameras (64MP+8MP+5MP+2MP), and a 16MP selfie camera.
Best Gaming Smartphone Of The Year 2021
Gaming is now part of everyone’s life. Many of us play casually as well as professionally. Smartphones were the first weapon of choice to level up our gaming skills. Last year the category was won by Asus ROG Phone 3 and this year will its elder brother step up on to the top of the podium? Let’s find out.
The contenders here are Asus Rog Phone 5, Oneplus 9R, Poco F3 GT, Iqoo 7 Legend and Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra.
Winner: Asus Rog Phone 5
The smartphone comes screaming in with the top-of-the-line Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset. This is the absolute best when it comes to premium performance and gaming capabilities.
The is partnered with Adreno 660 graphics. With that, you get 8, 12 or 16 GB of RAM. The one we are testing has 12GB RAM and 256GB storage. The 8GB RAM version comes with 128GB storage, the 16GB RAM model also comes with 256GB storage. The storage is UFS 3.1 supported.
For audio, there is stereo sound available as there are twin loudspeakers available on the ASUS ROG Phone 5. These are optimised for the best gaming sound with DTS:X so that you always end up getting chicken dinner in PUBG.
Best Mid-Range Smartphone Of The Year 2021
A tough decision for us, as the votes were very close between two smartphones. The Oppo and Poco. But the previous had a wee-bit more firepower in the mid-range category.
The contenders here are Oppo Reno 6 Pro, Oneplus 9rR, Samsung A52s, Poco F3 GT and Mi 11x.
Winner: Oppo Reno 6 Pro.
The smartphone is powered by the new MediaTek Dimensity 1200 processor clubbed with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. The handset houses a 4,500mAh battery and supports 65W fast charging. The device runs ColorOS 11.3 that gets with itself some customizations like always-on display, really-cool animated wallpapers, a dedicated gaming mode, and more.
There are some pre-installed apps on Oppo Reno 6 Pro including Soloop, Snapchat, Facebook, Josh, Hey Fun, Moj, et al. While most of them can be uninstalled, you’ll have to live with Hot Apps and a few other apps from Oppo’s family. This is a downside as some of them really spammed us with notifications during our time with the phone, and we didn’t really expect this from a device that is this expensive.
Best Mid-Range Camera Phone Of The Year 2021
A new category created this year is this one. There are plenty of smartphones, which launched this year in the mid-segment that came with very powerful cameras. So lets’s see which one comes out on top here.
The contenders here are Xiaomi Mi 10i, Samsung Galaxy F62, Oneplus Nord 2, Vivo V21 and Samsung Galaxy A52s.
Winner: Xiaomi Mi 10i
The smartphone is powered by Qualcomm‘s Snapdragon 750G SoC and it is available in three storage options – 6GB RAM/64GB storage, 6GB RAM/128GB storage and 8GB RAM/128GB storage. The handset houses a 4,820mAh battery and it comes with a 33W fast charger in the box.
Mi 10i runs Android 10 skinned with the company’s MIUI 12.0.3 and the software of the device is highly customised. There is plenty of bloatware on the device and we often received notifications for promotional content, which is obviously something that hampered the user experience. Something that we really want Xiaomi to improve on. Not that they have not done it, but there is room to improve.
Best Selfie Smartphone Of Year 2021
Another fresh category we created in the 2021 awards is for selfie lovers. People love clicking selfies and there are plenty of smartphones in the market for that. We went through a ton of phones to find out the winner here.
The contenders here are Samsung Galaxy S21+, Vivo X70 Pro Plus, Apple Iphone 13 Pro, Mi11 Ultra and Oneplus 9R.
Winner: Vivo X70 Pro Plus
The Vivo X70 Pro Plus is by far one of the best we have seen this year. You get best in class Zeiss lenses here, with a gimble attached to it. This means you get super steady shots no matter what the situation is. Also, the primary shooter has a glass lens by Zeiss on it, which is much better than the usual plastic lenses found on most smartphones.
The Vivo X70 Pro Plus comes with 32MP wide-angle lens with f/2.5 aperture size. The story here is also very lively. We were able to squeeze out excellent selfies during the day, but quality fell a little in low light. So, our suggestion is to use the rear cameras if you are shooting at night. The front camera can also shoot videos in 4K at 60FPS, which as said is great for vloggers. The colours are very close to life and you do not see any ghosting or details lost here.
Best Vlogging Smartphone Of The Year 2021
Whether you are creating videos for YouTube or for TikTok, you need a great smartphone for that. Makers are producing specific phones as well as features in them to cater to this audience, so it made perfect sense to create a class to appreciate them.
The contenders here are Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, Apple iPhone 13 Pro, Oneplus 9 Pro, Vivo V70 Pro Plus and Samsung Galaxy Flip 3.
Winner: Apple iPhone 13 Pro
Under the hood, Apple has put the latest Bionic A15 chipset that is the latest and the fastest from the company. This is coupled with up to 1 TB of storage, so all those who were bickering about the brand, not including a memory card slot in the iPhone can simply buy larger storage driven iPhone 13 Pro. The RAM and battery size have been bumped up and together with the latest CPU from Apple, the smartphone can open the most intense of games and apps in a blink of an eye. Battery life has become better in the Apple iPhone 13 Pro, too. You will get a few additional hours of playtime if you compare it to the previous version. Also, iPhone 13 Pro is water and dust resistant and comes with an iOS 15 operating system out of the box.
People’s Choice Smartphone Of The Year 2021
This is our first people’ choice awards category of 2021. This is where all of you helped us decide. You voted and this smartphone won. There was a clear champion here.
The contenders here are Apple iPhone 13 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, Mi 11 Ultra and Oneplus 9 Pro.
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Winner: Apple iPhone 13 Pro
The Apple iPhone 13 Pro has triple 12 MP cameras that take care of ultra-wide, wide, and telephoto shooting experience. There is a TOF 3D LiDAR sensor included, which is great for adding depth to images. This has become better and the depth in shots is far superior when compared to its previous gen.
Not to forget, the imagery has become much better from all three camera sensors. In our test, we got to see exceptional results in the day and at night. There was hardly a time of the day when we could not adjust the settings and get the shot we wanted from the phone. A new cinematic video mode has been added in the native camera app that will adjust the subject focus automatically. If there are two subjects in the video and one looks away from the camera the focus will automatically move on to the other person. Which by the way can be shot in 4K at 60FPS (frames per second).
People’s Choice Gadget Of The Year 2021
Good close completion here as well. Again you decided the winner, and we presented it as the clear winner. Let’s find out who won.
The contenders here are Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3, Amazon Echo Show 10, Apple Ipad Pro 2021 and Asus Rog Zephyrus Duo 15 2021.
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Winner: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3
The smartphone comes with a Qualcomm 888 chipset that has an octa-core CPU with a max clock speed of 2.84GHz. The graphics are provided by Adreno 660 GPU and it comes in two models. One model sports 12GB RAM with 256GB storage and the other has 12GB RAM with 512GB storage. Both support UFS 3.1 for faster performance of storage and better power efficiency. There is a 4,400 mAh battery inside, which does keep the phone alive for more than 21.5 hours under nominal use, which includes few hours of calling an hour of gaming and 1-2 hours of social media and YouTube browsing and playback.
People’s Choice Brand Of The Year 2021
You decided which is the tech brand of the year. The decision was unanimous and some of us in the team did see this one coming.
The contenders here are Xiaomi, Samsung, Apple and Amazon.
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Best Gadget Of The Year 2021
We are all about tech and gadgets and these tech toys made to the top of our lists of Gadget Bridge Awards. We would have loved to award multiple winners here, but only one can win. This particular gadget has become better over time and still is something out of a Sci-Fi movie.
The contenders here are Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3, Dyson Purifier Hot + Cold, Canon Eos R3, Apple Ipad Mini 2021 and Apple Watch Series 7.
Winner: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3
The operating system on the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 is Android 11 with Samsung UI 3.1 skin on top of it. Thanks to the 12 GB RAM and the latest Snapdragon 888 chipset, we hardly came across any lag. The apps and games open in a jiffy and the 120Hz browsing and scrolling experience is top-notch. You get a lot of quick options in the drop-down quick settings menu and users can quickly access recently used apps from the sideswipe menu. We love an app drawer in a smartphone, and this mobile device also has one, so that everything on the home screen looks neat and not cluttered.
Hatke Gadget Of The Year (Design) 2021
Now let’s move to the Hatke categories that have something fresh about them. These gadgets are Hatke (different) when it comes to design. All of them had something unusually cool about them (design-wise). But one stood out as we have never seen this design feature anywhere else.
The contenders here are Asus Aio 241e’, Fitbit Luxe, Oneplus Nord 2 Pac Man Edition, Samsung Flip 3 and Dyson Purifier Hot+Cold.
Winner: Oneplus Nord 2 Pac Man Edition
OnePlus Nord 2 Pac Man Edition comes with a dual film rear cover featuring the OnePlus and Pac Man branding. The rear panel highlights the PAC-MAN elements – such as the game’s iconic PAC-DOTS and PAC-MAN himself. It boasts a glossy phosphorescent design that glows in the dark to reveal a neon maze inspired by PAC-MAN. It also comes with a DIY PAC-MAN phone holder that is inspired by the popular Penrose stairs and symbolizes PAC-MAN’s iconic gameplay loop.
Hatke Gadget Of The Year (Performance And Utility) 2021
The next one in the Hatke series is for performance and utility. The swag value of these gadgets is very high when it comes to the fresh new approach. Let’s see who the contenders are here.
The contenders here are Sharp Qnet Air Purifier Kc-G60m-W, Philips Fresh Air Mask, Sandisk Ixpand Wireless Charger Sync, Sony Ht-S40r and Xiaomi Beard Trimmer 1c.
Winner: Philips Fresh Air Mask
The fan on Philips Fresh Air Mask has 3-speed modes, which can be accessed with the LED-lit button on the fan panel from the outside. Sweat is the biggest problem of any facemask, but with this one (thanks to the fan) you hardly find any sweat drops on your face even when you are in hot temperatures. Charging the Philips Fresh Air Mask is also very easy and one can do that with any USB charger using the supplied cable.
Best Value-For-Money Laptop Of The Year 2021
What do we all want from a gadget? Value for money, especially when it comes to a gadget like a laptop, which we will use for years to come. The choices here were very competitive, but finally, we came to a conclusion.
The contenders here are Acer Aspire 5, Asus Vivobook Flip 14 2021, Xiaomi Mi Notebook Ultra, Asus C214 and HP Pavilion 14.
Winner: Xiaomi Mi Notebook Ultra
So what all do you get under the hood? We are reviewing the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Ultra with the Intel i5 11th Gen (11300H) CPU that has 4 cores and a clock speed of up to 4.4GHz. This is partnered with 16GB RAM (3,200MHz frequency), which is soldered on the mainboard and 512GB of NVMe SSD. For graphics, you will get an onboard Intel Iris XE graphics unit. Other features include WiFi 6 for fast network connectivity and Bluetooth 5.1 support.
Best Laptop Of The Year 2021
A flurry of laptops were launched in the year 2021. The demand was very high this year too, as many were working from home due to the pandemic. Some great runners in this category but one stood out of the pack.
The contenders here are Asus Zenbook 13 Um325u, Dell XPS 15 (2021), Acer Swift X, Xiaomi Mi Notebook Ultra and Hp Envy 14 (2021)
Winner: Acer Swift X
Acer Swift X laptop features a 14-inch FHDQuad HD IPS LED Backlit TFT Acer ComfyView Display. The screen offers 1920 x 1080 pixels of resolution 85.73% screen-to-body ratio, 300 nits brightness, 100% sRGB and 16:9 aspect ratio. The laptop is powered by AMD Ryzen 5 5600U Hexa-core processor and is paired with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 GPU for graphics with 4GB of GDDR6 VRAM and up to 4.4 GHz, 8 cores, and 16 processing threads The Acer laptop comes with 16 GB of onboard LPDDR4X system memory and up to 2TB SSD, PCIe Gen3 8 Gb/s, NVMe (upgradable up to 1TB).
Best Gaming Laptop Of The Year 2021
After gaming smartphones, a category that flourished during the year 2021 was gaming laptops. As PC gaming grew, more companies introduced their portable gaming notebooks that can give tough competition to desktop gaming machines and gaming consoles.
The contenders here are Alienware M15 R5, Asus TUSF Dash F15, Lenovo Legion 5, Acer Helios 300 (2021) and HP Victus 15 (2021)
Winner: Asus TUSF Dash F15
The Asus TUF Dash F15 gaming laptop we reviewed had the Intel Core i7 version that supports 3.3 GHz. But this is just a quad-core CPU, which is not super best for high-end gaming, but does get the job done on medium to high settings with the NVIDIA 3070RTX GPU for most games.
The above is coupled with 16GB RAM, 8GB of which is soldered on the motherboard and 8GB is removable. Most super-thin gaming laptops (this one is 19.9mm thin) like these come with soldered RAM, which has its own pros and cons. Pro is the thinness of the notebook and the con is if it gets ruined, you need to replace the motherboard. Users also get 1TB NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSD. Windows 10 Home is the native OS on the Asus TUF Dash F15 gaming laptop.
Best Tablet Of The Year 2021
Tablets are the preferred choice if someone wants good performance and portability yet does not want to burn a hole in his/her pocket. These became great alternatives to laptops for students and office goes who wanted to attend online classes or a Zoom call in the year 2021.
The contenders here are Apple iPad Mini 2021, Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite, Lenovo Tab P11 Pro and Nokia T20.
Winner: Apple iPad Mini 2021
It features an 8.3-inch screen with a Touch ID. The device will be available in Wi-Fi and a cellular variant. The iPad Mini has support for 5G connectivity. It has a 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera with Centre Stage and a new speaker system. Moreover, the new line-up will have support for the second generation of Apple Pencil. It comes with a USB Type-C port.
Best Value-For-Money Smart TV Of The Year 2021
Another segment where we sought great value for money is TVs. The sector has flared up in 2021 and many from across the globe brought the best. We tested out quite a few, but only one can be crowned as the winner.
The contenders here are Acer P Series Android TV, Mi Tv 5x, Daiwa 4k UHD TV and OnePlus U1S 50-Inch.
Winner: OnePlus U1S 50-Inch
Best TV Of The Year 2021
We have said this before many times, the idiot box is not so idiot anymore. Televisions are seen as a family member now and with the odd times we live in, stuck at home, these smart machines kept us entertained. A lot of great candidates this time and by the smallest margin, we do have a champion.
The contenders here are Mi QLED TV 75, OnePlus TV U1S 65-Inch, Sony XR A80J and LG OLED C1.
Winner: Mi QLED TV 75
Best Feature-Packed TV Of The Year 2021
In this grouping, we were looking for a TV that has not just good but a really good amount of features. We came across many that gave a few additional features, but this one stood out as it gave a lot of extra features over the regular ones.
The contenders here are Sony XR A80J, TCL Mini Led C825, LG OLED C1 and Mi QLED TV 75.
Winner: TCL Mini LED C825
TCL Mini LED QLED 4K C825 supports Dolby Vision IQ and packs 120Hz MEMC and TCL’s exclusive algorithm that makes viewing action-packed content glitch-free. It comes with Game Master with a dedicated HDMI 2.1 port for the gamers to allow them to play even high-quality games with smoother processing and powerful optimization. The Mini LED technology on the Television promises wide colour gamut performance coupled with high contrast ratio and HDR. The device also supports local dimming that gives the viewers a totally immersive viewing experience. According to the company, the use of mini LEDs will also result in thinner and lighter product designs.
Best Projector Of The Year 2021
When we were deciding new categories for the year 2021, projectors were one of the first that came to our mind and we all agreed upon. The type is one of the most populated so the decision here was tough for us. But we pulled up our socks and finally came to a conclusion.
The contenders here are Viewsonic LS600WE, Optoma HD30HDR, Viewsonic X100-4K, Panasonic Pt-Rz990 and Optoma UHD35+.
Winner: Optoma UHD35+
Best Home Improvement Device Of The Year 2021
IOT (Internet of things) has expanded gadgets especially built for home. These gadgets help to elevate or better your household. We came across some neat and nifty gadgets in the year 2021 that are all worthy of gratitude, but only one can win.
The contenders here are Amazon Echo Show 10, Flexnest Flexbike +, EZVIZ C6n WiFi Camera, Dyson Purifier Hot+Cool and Mi 360 Security Camera 2K Pro.
Winner: Amazon Echo Show 10
Amazon Echo Show 10 does everything the regular Echo speakers do and more. The sound of the speakers is great. If you are throwing a small party at home, this speaker is all you need to fill the room with great tunes.
Best Smartwatch Of The Year 2021
Year after year we see even better, faster and longer-lasting (when it comes to battery life) smartwatches in India. Every big and small tech company has at least 1 smartwatch in its treasure chest now. This was a toughie for us, but we finally came to a decision.
The contenders here are Amazfit Bip U Pro, Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, Apple Watch Series 7 and Oneplus Watch.
Winner: Apple Watch Series 7
With the launch of the new Apple Watch Series 7 the company introduced redesigned OS for the watch to utilise the bigger display, the watch supports all the sports modes paired with Apple Sports+. The new OS has the support of a small keyboard in the UI that utilises the bigger display and can come in handy for replying to texts on the go. It can show the user their ECG, has cycle mode to know the speed one is riding at and has fall detection. The Watch is WR50 waterproof, making it ideal for surfing. With 100% recyclable aluminium the new watch is more durable and has IP6X dust resistance, too.
Best Fitness Wearable Of The Year 2021
A very crowded segment in India is of fitness wearables. The market was flooded with branded and non-branded wearables in the year 2021. The choice here for us was simple, pick the one which gives you the best bang for the buck and has the best features on offer.
The contenders here are Oppo Band Style, Huawei Band 6, Fitbit Charge 5 and Mi Band 6.
Winner: Fitbit Charge 5
The Fitbit Charge 5 features a 1.04-inch colour AMOLED touchscreen display with 450 nits of peak brightness. It offers an always-on display with 20 colourful clock faces to customize what information you want to see most. It allows you to swipe a finger, view your stats, and receive/send notifications from/to your smartphone. The Fitbit Fitness band also comes with a built-in GPS + GLONASS, SpO2 sensor, skin temperature sensor, and optical heart rate monitor. The device can also withstand up to 50 metres in water, which makes it swim-proof. The watch also includes NFC and is compatible with Android 8.0 or higher devices and iOS 12.2 or higher Apple products.
Best Headphones Of The Year 2021
After sight, sound is the most important feature for a wholesome entertainment experience. Headphones or earphones provide you with great sound at a personal level and there were many exceptional runners here. The choice was hard for us, but one pipped the others because of its superb design.
The contenders here are Audio Technica ATH-102USB, Sennheiser IE300, PLAYGO BH47 and Ptron Tangent Plus V2.
Winner: Sennheiser IE300
The Sennheiser IE300 have been made for people who want nothing short of pure audio excellence. The 7mm audio drivers in these earphones supply excellent highs, mids and bass. Built for comfort listening, the IE300 provided us with a superb audio experience. But the gamer in us kept shouting, try them out while gaming. To our amazement, in many ways, these were better than the professional Razer headphones we have been using for gaming.
Best Value For Money Wireless Earphones 2021
We all want bang for our buck. Value for money gadgets is one of our favourites so it made perfect sense for us to honour an ace in the wireless earphones sector too.
The contenders here are Sennheiser IE100, Noise Flair Touch, PLAYGO N37 and Ptron Tangent Plus V2.
Winner: PLAYGO N37
The PlayGo N37 works with any BT device, as it supports Bluetooth version up to 5.0. We tested it out with a lot of devices including a Samsung smartphone as well as our laptop. The sound is very nice. For the value, the bass is good and voice clarity is superb. We played songs from Spotify as well as Amazon Music and not once did we feel they were underpowered. The earbuds are also magnetic so you can clasp them together magnetically in the neck and they will not fall off.
Best Wireless Earphones Of The Year 2021
Another segment that grew exponentially in 2020 is of wireless earphones and it grew further in 2021. Oppo, Vivo, OnePlus, Samsung and Xiaomi got new and fresh wireless earphones to the Indian market. All of them did a very good job, but one stood out of the pack.
The contenders here are Oppo Enco X, Nothing Ear 1, Apple Airpods 3, Oneplus Buds Pro and Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro.
Winner: OnePlus Buds Pro
The bass in the OnePlus Buds pro is simply superb, with the highs and lows quality much better than its competition. We used them with various audio apps including Spotify and they surprised us at each step. More so, since they are LHDC and Dolby Atmos optimised.
Best Bluetooth Speaker Of The Year 2021
WE have seen this class grow exponentially in the last few years. Whether it is just casual listening or you are throwing a small party a BT speaker is the perfect companion. We did see some good fresh new Bluetooth speakers coming to town in the year 2021.
The contenders here are JBL Charge 5, Sony SRS XG500, Sony SRS-XB13 and Mi Portable Bluetooth Speaker 16W.
Winner: Sony SRS XG500
The Sony SRS XG500 portable speakers are absolute headbangers. The sound is incredible and one of the best we have seen from any portable speaker from the Japanese major. Consumers get an array of speakers here. In total there are 6 speakers on the Sony SRS XG500. There are two square style X-balanced speakers in the front (middle), with twin high-efficiency tweeters next to them on each side (placed behind the cloth mesh) and two passive radiator audio drivers on both sides.
Best Streaming Service Of The Year 2021
Everybody amped up the OTT game in the last few years. As people turned to streaming services when doing nothing at home, the providers added new shows and movies to be watched in the cozy surroundings. There was plenty of action, drama and comedy going on in each one of them. But in the end, it is all about great content and who delivers it the fastest.
The contenders here are Disney+ Hotstar, Prime Video, Apple TV+ and Netflix.
Best Music App Of The Year 2021
With the emergence of smartphones, an app that became very popular in the last five years belongs to the music series. So, we decided let’s honour the music streaming services in the apps category, hopefully, next year we would be able to add more app sections in the Gadget Bridge awards. As for now here are the nominees.
The contenders here are Apple Music, Amazon Music, Spotify and Jio Saavn.
Best Camera Of The Year 2021
Yes, our smartphones can click lovely pictures, but still, we love the very handy camera for the best shots. These devices capture your memories in the form of pictures or moving pictures. Some innovative new products came to life in 2021, too. We wish there could be two winners but there is space for only one on the top podium step.
The contenders here are Panasonic Lumix GH5M2, Nikon Z9, Canon EOS R3 and Sony Zv-E10.
Winner: Canon EOS R3
Best PC/Laptop Accessory Of The Year 2021
The last category in this year’s awards is for PC/Laptop accessories. Yes, this one is also freshly added making the list strong for consumer tech and gadgets. We loved a lot of gadgets that were launched for this section and here are the top nominees and then the winner.
The contenders here are Logitech Mx Anywhere 3, D-Link Ax1500 R15 Ai Router, Rapoo GK500 Keyboard and Dell Web Cam.
Winner: Logitech Mx Anywhere 3
The Logitech MX Anywhere 3 is a workhorse, which the work from home force wants. This is a mouse that actually lowers a lot of your burden. To begin with, it works with multiple operating systems, including Mac and Windows. The company does give a USB wireless connection dongle with it; however, you do not require it as it can connect with Bluetooth easily.
The sensor in the Logitech MX Anywhere 3 has a max DPI value of 4,000 which is excellent if you work on large screens. Most of the functions can be customised using the Logitech Options software. Users can customise the scroll click button, the side buttons and even the mode key just above the scroll wheel. Or they can use some of the pre-sets already present in the software for apps like Adobe Photoshop and Microsoft office suite. So, this way the side buttons are pre-customised for each software you use and you do not have to change it every time you open the software.
So these are all the categories and winners of the biggest tech and consumer gadgets awards: Gadget Bridge Awards 2021. Congratulations to all the winners and Good luck to everyone and we shall see you next year!
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