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Gadget Bridge Awards 2021: The biggest consumer technology and gadget awards nominations

Here are all the contenders in the largest consumer technology and gadget awards on earth.

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In the year 2019, we held our very first consumer tech and gadgets awards, and we truly appreciated the tremendous response. Like I said then also, I always wanted to do Gadgets and Tech Awards to appreciate the best of the best. The team and I are continuing the ritual in 2021 too with the third edition of Gadget Bridge Awards 2021.

This year, when the world was trying its best to get out of the pandemic and businesses started to pull their weight, we saw some unusual gadgets and tech coming out from the respective factories. All of us powered through and with positivity, we embraced the year 2021. You, our readers, viewers, listeners, and well-wishers have been a true column of strength for us. We appreciate each one of you.

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We are proudly saying that we are the biggest Tech Awards on planet earth. We are bringing over 32 award classes from the world of consumer tech. A lot of brilliant gadgets were launched in 2021, despite the unusualness in the air. So, I and the team sat down and took inspiration from last year and built up even more categories for the year 2021. As there is so much more in the world of technology, which we would love to get recognised, hence after careful consideration we built over 32 categories, where the worthy battle it out for the top honours of being awarded.

This year too, we have a lot of great award categories along with three special sections of awards where we will need your help to decide the winners. Yes, you the readers, viewers and listeners of Gadget Bridge will be needed to vote for the Gadget Bridge People’s Choice Awards 2021. The voting is live (you can vote here) on as well as our Twitter page on three, posts here, here and here. In the end, the total votes from Gadget Bridge Twitter and on Gadget Bridge Web/Mobile will be added and the winners of these categories will be announced. Remember the voting closes by the 18th of December 2021, midnight IST.

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So, without further ado, let us reveal the 33 categories including the three where you can vote, which are the people’s choice awards of #GadgetBridgeAwards 2021.

Gadget Bridge Awards 2021: Biggest Tech and Gadget Awards Categories & Nominees

Best Smartphone Of The Year 2021

A lot of great smartphones were launched in the year 2021. We saw some great candidates before and after the second lockdown was over in India. There was an outbreak of superb mobile devices coming to the Indian market at a rapid pace, which was much higher than the previous year and we loved many of them. From the list of many, here are the top 5 in this category.

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Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

OnePlus 9 Pro

Vivo X70Pro Plus

Mi 11 Ultra

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3

Best Camera Phone Of The Year 2021

The year 2021 saw some good smartphones featuring even better cameras than the previous year. The choice was extremely tough for us as there were plenty with powerful sensors, excellent zoom and brilliant picture quality. Here are the best 5 in this category.

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Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

Vivo X70 Pro Plus

iPhone 13 Pro

Mi 11 Ultra

OnePlus 9 Pro

Best Budget Smartphone Of The Year 2021

One of the most popular categories when it comes to smartphones and one of the most populated too. Every smartphone maker is present in this segment to take a piece of the pie. A huge number of smartphones were launched in the year 2021 in the budget segment, from everyone across the table and here are the top 5.

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Moto E7 Power

Samsung M12

Infinix Hot11s

Poco M3 Pro

Redmi Note 10 Pro

Best Gaming Smartphone Of The Year 2021

PUBG: Mobile made a comeback in the Indian market with a different publisher, sporting a new name of Battlegrounds Mobile India. The gaming industry, especially when it comes to mobile games, is booming and almost every mobile maker has a gaming phone existing now. Makers of gaming smartphones launched their marvels in the Indian and global markets, and here are the best gaming smartphones of the year 2020.


Asus ROG Phone 5

OnePlus 9R

Poco F3 GT

iQoo 7 Legend

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

Best Mid-range smartphone of the year 2021

These fall in the price bracket of Rs 16,000 to 40,000. They cater to people who want to graduate from the budget segment of smartphones to something more powerful yet not very expensive. This segment was a little dull in the past few years, but the year 2021 has seen an emergence of good products in this section. Here are the best 5 in the mid-range of smartphones for the year 2021.


Oppo Reno 6 Pro

OnePlus 9R

Samsung A52s

Poco F3 GT

Mi 11X

Best Mid-range camera phone of the year 2021

With the emergence of a commanding mid-range of smartphones, there have been great innovations coming to the camera sector in the mid-range category. A lot of cool features were added here, which the younger cheaper siblings did not have. So here is a new set of nominations this time around for the year 2021. And the nominations are:


Mi 10i

Samsung Galaxy F62

OnePlus Nord 2

Vivo V21

Samsung Galaxy A52s

Best Selfie Smartphone Of The Year 2021

Selfies are one of the most coveted features one yearns for in a new smartphone. The selfie cameras have improved a lot over the past few years, and it made sense to respect the ones who have made the effort. These are the nominations for the best selfie smartphone of the year 2021.


Samsung Galaxy S21+

Vivo X70 Pro Plus

Apple iPhone 13 Pro

Mi11 Ultra

OnePlus 9R

Best Vlogging Smartphone Of The Year 2021

Smartphones can do whatever a professional camera can do, and in certain cases are much better than the latter. With the rise of platforms like TikTok, YouTube, Instagram and more, consumers are using their smartphones for everything, including video logging. We saw some good modernisation here as well. So, without further ado, here are the best of the best in this category.


Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

Apple iPhone 13 Pro

OnePlus 9 Pro

Vivo V70 Pro Plus

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3

People’s Choice Smartphone Of The Year 2021

This is the place where we need your help to decide the winner. You can vote for your favourite gadgets! Vote for the People’s Choice Awards 2021. Or go to our Twitter posts here, here and here to vote. Don’t forget to retweet, leave a comment and use the hashtag #GadgetBridgeAwards.


iPhone 13 Pro

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

Mi 11 Ultra

OnePlus 9 Pro

People’s Choice Gadget Of The Year 2021

The 2nd category where you can choose the winner is people’s choice gadget of the year. Pick your favourite from these. You can visit the link here and vote for the People’s Choice Awards 2020. As said, you can also go to our Twitter posts here, here and here to vote. Don’t forget to retweet, leave a comment and add the tag #GadgetBridgeAwards.


Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3

Amazon Echo Show 10

Apple iPad Pro 2021

Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 2021

People’s Choice Brand Of The Year 2021

The third category where you can participate is for the tech brand of the year. These are the top players in the country and the global market who bring something innovative and fresh for their respective consumers, month on month, quarter on quarter and year on year. You can visit the link here or go to our Twitter posts here, here and here to vote. Don’t forget to retweet, leave a comment, and add the tag #GadgetBridgeAwards.






Best Gadget Of The Year 2021

A glut of great gadgets were launched in 2021. A tide of unusual yet drool-worthy devices were hurled out. There was not a day during the year 2021, where a press release was not flown out to us, announcing a new consumer tech gadget launch. The choice for us was very tough this year, but here are the top 5 in this bracket.


Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3

Dyson Purifier Hot + Cold

Canon EOS R3

Apple iPad Mini 2021

Apple Watch Series 7

Hatke Gadget Of The Year (Design) 2021

Last year we saw some good ground-breaking gadgets and this year was no different. These are the gadgets that had something different to show than others, something ‘Hatke’. These are ‘hatke’ category of gadgets when it comes to design for the year 2021.


Asus AIO 241e

Fitbit Luxe

OnePlus Nord 2 Pac Man edition

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3

Dyson Purifier Hot+Cold

Hatke Gadget Of The Year (Performance And Utility) 2021

Well, in the year 2021 design was not the only aspect that saw an upgrade. It was the performance and utility value of the gadget too. This is the ‘hatke’ category of gadgets when it comes to performance and utility. Here are the top 5.


Sharp Qnet Air Purifier KC-G60M-W

Philips Fresh Air Mask

SanDisk Ixpand wireless charger Sync

Sony HT-S40R

Xiaomi Beard Trimmer 1C

Best Value-For-Money Laptop Of The Year 2021

What is the consumer always looking for? Good value for money. Laptops come in various shapes and sizes, and different configurations can be purchased. A string of laptops were brought to daylight that offered great value for money. Here are the best five in this division.


Acer Aspire 5 (2021)

Asus Vivobook Flip 14 2021

Xiaomi Mi Notebook Ultra

Asus C214

HP Pavilion 14

Best Laptop Of The Year 2021

Thanks to the pandemic the market for laptops has grown exponentially. It was Another great year for notebook makers. The demand went up as more and more people were working from home during the epidemic. Here are the top 5 contenders in this segment.

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Asus Zenbook 13 UM325U

Dell XPS15 (2021)

Acer Swift X

Xiaomi Mi Notebook Ultra

HP Envy 14 (2021)

Best Gaming Laptop Of The Year 2021

Let’s face it, we all love to game every now and then, and portable gaming laptops make up for the perfect companion. A segment of laptops that grew tremendously was of gaming laptops in 2021. The demand here too went up throughout the year, when more people started to game during the lockdown or on the weekends. The following are the top nominations in this category.


Alienware M15 R5

Asus TUF Dash F15

Lenovo Legion 5

Acer Helios 300 (2021)

HP Victus 16 (2021)

Best Tablet Of The Year 2021

Last year a lot of parents and work from home professionals looked at the tablet market as an alternative to laptops. So, the demand surged, this year too people wanted the same form factor, but with a better brain inside. The tablet industry also saw a surge, as youngsters and students needed a large screen with cameras for online classes. Here are the top options in the tablet segment. Can you guess who will win?

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Apple iPad Mini 2021

Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite

Lenovo TAB P11 Pro

Nokia T20

Best Value-For-Money Smart TV Of The Year 2021

The pride of the home entertainment sector is the television. They come in various shapes and sizes, and provide a lot of value for money. This means a good mix of features combined with a good price tag. The choice here was tough, as there are a lot of good makers. Here are the top contenders.


Acer P Series Android TV

Mi TV 5X

Daiwa 4K UHD TV

OnePlus U1S 50-inch

Best TV Of The Year 2021

We have said it before and we will say it again, the tech industry never sleeps. And the perfect example of this is the TV industry. We saw new players coming to India despite the extraordinary period we were facing. This brings positivity and a sense of regularness. Here are the top contenders when it comes to the best televisions.

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OnePlus TV U1S 65-inch

Sony XR A80J


Best Feature-Packed TV Of The Year 2021

Now here is a group that is rich in features. A TV is something that should give you a lot of power not in terms of just viewing and sound, but also in terms of its smart features. We sifted through a lot of them and here are the top contenders in this segment.


Sony XR A80J

TCL Mini LED C825



Best Projector Of The Year 2021

Another new category added to this year’s awards is of the best projectors. While many pick up the regular smart TV, there are plenty who go for a projector for their homes. Whether for a small home theatre setup or a large viewing area, there were a lot of options available in the division. Here are the top 5 contestants when it comes to the best projectors for the year 2021 at Gadget Bridge Awards.


Viewsonic LS600WE

Optoma HD30HDR

Viewsonic X100-4K

Panasonic PT-RZ990

Optoma UHD35+

Best Home Improvement Device Of The Year 2021

These gadgets improve, help or elevate the way you live in your home. A lot of renewed state-of-the-art tech toys came to India this year too. Here are the top home improvement devices of the year 2020.


Amazon Echo Show 10

Flexnest Flexbike +

EZVIZ C6N WiFi Camera

Dyson Purifier Hot+Cool

Mi 360 security camera 2K pro

Best Smartwatch Of The Year 2021

Smartwatches have become smarter and act like your personal trainer or a doctor that is with you, always. This year saw even better, faster and longer-lasting (when it comes to battery life) smartwatches. Some old ones got a facelift, while some came out of the stables for the very first time. They can check everything from your heart rate to the number of steps you take each day. Let’s take a look at the top 5 in the segment.


Amazfit Bip U Pro

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4

Apple Watch Series 7

OnePlus Watch

Best Fitness Wearable Of The Year 2021

While we sit and work indoors, keeping fit is essential. These nifty gadgets help you stay fit and make sure you get up and work out even in confined surroundings. They are small and handy, and you would not even know you are wearing one. But they do keep an eye on you all the time. Here are the top nominees in this category of Gadget Bridge Awards.


Oppo Band Style

Huawei Band 6

Fitbit Charge 5

Mi Band 6

Best Headphones Of The Year 2021

Audio equipment will never go out of style. The head and earphones segment has evolved and after laptops and tablets, audio and resonance wearables are something everyone wants to pick up. These became essential as one started to work from home, 2 years ago, and still are one of the strongest growing sectors of 2021. Here are the best of the best in this area.


Audio Technica ATH-102USB

Sennheiser IE300

Playgo BH47

Ptron Tangent Plus V2

Best Value For Money Wireless Earphones 2021

Wireless earphones grouping is one of the most popular when it comes to the audio sector. And what makes a wireless earphone even better is when it gives you the best bang for your buck. There were a plethora of wireless earphones launched this year and here are the best ones according to us that give value for your money. Let’s take a look.


Sennheiser IE100

Noise flair touch


Ptron Tangent Plus V2

Best Wireless Earphones Of The Year 2021

As said the wireless earphones playfield became big last year and this year it has grown even bigger. Everyone from the technology industry has brought their versions of wireless earphones for global consumers. Here are the nominations for the best wireless earphones of the year 2021 at Gadget Bridge Awards are.


Oppo Enco X

Nothing Ear 1

Apple Airpods 3

OnePlus Buds Pro

Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro

Best Bluetooth Speaker Of The Year 2021

2021 saw some decent and some fabulous Bluetooth speakers came out from the factories of the makers. The number of products exceeded the number launched last year. We go our hands on the finest and here are the top contenders in the field of Bluetooth speakers of 2021.



JBL Charge 5

Sony SRS XG500

Sony SRS-XB13

Mi Portable Bluetooth speaker 16W

Best Streaming Service Of The Year 2021

Like we said before, the biggest winners, thanks to the odd times we faced during the pandemic, are the streaming OTT services. The streaming services became the favourite source of entertainment for everyone, as theatres, clubs and markets were shut. Now, these services have become a part of your daily lifestyle. Here are the top 4 streaming services of the year 2021.

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Disney+ Hotstar

Prime Video

Apple TV+


Best Music App Of The Year 2021

Another fresh category added to this year’s awards is the best music app of the year 2021. We all go to these apps in our free time, when driving or some just listen to our fav tunes when working. We stream music using these apps free mode or pay a little bit of premium to use them ad-free. In the end, it all boils down to the quality of music, each is providing and the kind of features plus UI it has. Here are the nominations for this class.

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Apple Music

Amazon Music


Jio Saavn

Best Camera Of The Year 2021

The camera industry is still strong, and a lot of people want a powerful unit to capture the best images and videos. People are not confined to the four walls of the house anymore and they are travelling, so a good camera is necessary. The year 2021 did see some good challengers coming out, and here are the nominations when it comes to a stand-alone camera.

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Panasonic Lumix GH5M2

Nikon Z9

Canon EOS R3

Sony ZV-E10

Best PC/Laptop Accessory Of The Year 2021

When the team and I were talking, they said why should laptops and mobiles have all the fun at Gadget Bridge Awards. We should do something for the PC and laptop accessory market too. There are plenty of good manufacturers here who work hard, and we should appreciate them as well. So, here we are with yet another fresh sect and the choices here are:


Logitech MX Anywhere 3

D-Link AX1500 R15 AI Router

Rapoo GK500 Keyboard

Dell Webcam

So, those are the nominations. Do not forget to vote in the people’s choice categories and also look forward to the results that will be out in the last week of December 2021.

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Sulabh Puri
Sulabh Puri
Sulabh Puri is the Editor In Chief of A content specialist, he started his career young and it has been a rewarding 17+ years for him. Before heading Gadget Bridge, he was the Editor of Times of India (TOI) Technology and He has also led TOI’s international edit arm as the Editorial Head of Business Insider India and Tech Radar India. He has also worked with various media houses such as the India Today Group and Cybermedia. He loves everything ‘gadgety’ and enjoys tinkering with new tech toys and automobiles. A graduate in commerce from Delhi University, he is also an adept graphic designer. When he is not working, he can be found in the kitchen, cooking mouth-watering chocolate cakes and croissants.
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