Greatest Smartphones, 4K TVs, Headphones and Laptops – The winners of our 2020 units are introduced

We reveal the best technology of 2020 (Image: PH)

The world may have been at a standstill for most of 2020, but that hasn’t stopped a lot of top tech and wonderfully good devices from being released. Another stellar 12 months have passed in which a feast of phones, tablets, laptops, televisions and headphones has been unleashed. Over the year Express.co.uk has tested the latest gizmos and here are our winners.

BEST PHONE iPhone 12 Pro Max – £ 1,099

It was a tough decision, but Apple’s incredible iPhone 12 Pro Max beat its rivals and won our award for best smartphone. The impressive design, the incredible camera, the incredibly fast processor and the more robust Ceramic Shield screen are impressive. This is also the year Apple brought 5G to its phones, which means you can stream movies on the go at a speed that makes broadband at home seem downright sluggish.
• OUR FULL REVIEW OF iPHONE 12 PRO MAX HERE

BEST HOUSEHOLD PHONE • OnePlus North – £ 389

Budget smartphones just kept getting better this year, but the new Nord from OnePlus was definitely our favorite. It’s hard to believe that this feature-rich phone can be pocketed for less than $ 400. For half the price of a new iPhone 12, you can get a 6.3-inch screen, quad rear camera, and access to 5G data speeds.
• • OUR FULL ONEPLUS NORD REVIEW HERE

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Best budget phone

Best budget smartphone: OnePlus Nord (Image: PH)

BEST TELEPHONE ACCESSORIES • Belkin 3-in-1 • £ 99

The Belkin 3-in-1 charger is something that all avid Apple fans should have plugged into their walls. Not only does this nifty device wirelessly refill your iPhone, it can also turn on your Apple Watch and AirPods at the same time. That means you don’t need endless cables cluttering your desk. Since Apple takes the plug out of the packaging, this is the perfect one-stop solution.

BEST TABLET • iPad Air – £ 569

The iPad has long been king when it comes to tablets, and the new iPad Air is keeping Apple at the forefront. This device impresses with a breathtaking all-screen appearance, a fast fingerprint scanner and an amazingly fast processor. This makes it the best tablet in town. The iPad Air is now also fully compatible with the latest Apple Pencil and Magic Keyboard cases, which turn it into a mini laptop.
• • OUR FULL iPAD AIR REVIEW HERE

BEST LAPTOP • Samsung Galaxy Book Flex – £ 1,349

It’s been a busy year selling laptops, with many of us forced to work from home. Apple, Microsoft, Huawei, and Lenovo all brought out top products, but our portable PC of choice has to be the Galaxy Book Flex. This Windows device can be converted into a tablet, your phone can be refilled wirelessly, and even has an S Pen pen for scribbling on the display.
• READ OUR FULL GALAXY BOOK FLEX REVIEW HERE

Best tablet

Best tablet: Apple iPad Air (Image: PH)

Best TV

Best TV service: Sky Q. (Image: PH)

BEST IN-EAR • Jabra Elite 85t • £ 219

All seemed to be launching wireless earbuds in 2020, but the mini music makers that impressed us the most were Jabra’s Elite 85t. These noise canceling buds are extremely comfortable to wear, sound amazing, and are easy to control so you never have to touch your phone. There’s a comprehensive app that tweaks the audio to your liking, and the charging case can get a boost wirelessly.
• OUR FULL JABRA ELITE 85T REVIEW HERE

BEST HEADPHONES • Sony WH-1000XM4 – £ 349

Those looking to drown out the noise around them should look no further than Sony’s WH-1000XM4 headphones. These new cans offer improved noise cancellation, ridiculously long battery life, and audio quality that is hard to beat. Sony had some stiff competition in 2020, including a late release from Apple and its AirPods Max, but the WH-1000XM4 still hit the right notes.
• OUR FULL SONY WH-1000MX4 REVIEW HERE

BEST TV • Sky Q • From £ 25 per month

It’s not new, but Sky Q remains the best way to watch TV. This year, this set-top box has received a number of upgrades, including a stunning high dynamic range, better voice control, and easier ways to find the content you love to watch. The latest addition is Amazon Prime Video, which can now be viewed directly from the Sky home screen.

Best to stream

Best streaming service: Disney (Image: PH)

BEST TV • LG RX Rollable TV • £ 66.0000

Yes, you need a lottery win to own LG’s £ 66,000 rollable TV, but this has to be one of the coolest TVs we’ve ever seen. The pliable screen opens from its base when you’re ready to take advantage of Netflix, and then disappears when you’re not glued to the OLED display. The clever case that houses the TV also acts as a booming speaker, making things sound as good as they look.

BEST STREAMING • Disney + • From £ 5.99 a month

Netflix is ​​sure to have tough competition this year, and if you have kids around the house, Disney + is a must have for your TV. This service for € 5.99 includes content from Marvel, Star Wars, Disney and Pixar, all of which are available in crisp 4K HDR at no additional cost. You can also download shows and movies to your phone to help you get through those long road trips peacefully.

BEST SMART SPEAKER • Google Nest Audio • £ 89

It’s not the prettiest speaker, but Google’s new Nest Audio is certainly the brightest. This smart music maker will answer almost anything you ask them to and can turn on the lights, inflate the heat, and reveal what’s in your journal for the day. The new Nest Audio sounds better too, as more speakers are tucked under the fabric shell.
• OUR FULL GOOGLE NEST AUDIO REVIEW HERE

Best electric car 2020

Best electric car 2020: Porsche Taycan (Image: PH)

Console of the year

Best console: PlayStation 5 (Image: PH)

CONSOLE OF THE YEAR • PS5 £ 469

2020 was a huge year for gamers. Sony and Microsoft have both launched shiny new consoles. It’s all seismic updates that offer faster load times and 4K graphics, but the PS5 wins our gong. This machine features a striking new look, some pretty epic launch titles, and a new DualSense controller that offers more immersive feel and clever adaptive triggers.
• OUR FULL SONY PS5 REVIEW HERE

BEST ELECTRIC CAR • Porsche Taycan • From £ 88,000

Gone are the days when electric cars were a total feast. The Porsche Taycan shows how intoxicating gasoline can be when this battery-powered beast speeds from 0 to 62 in less than 3 seconds. Once fully charged, it will travel 250 miles and its futuristic design should surely attract a few glances when refilling. Plus, you can have all of that tire screaming fun without destroying the planet.

Best smartwatch

Best smartwatch: Apple Watch SE (Image: PH)

BEST PORTABILITY • Apple Watch SE • From £ 269

It was time Apple made its brilliant smartwatches a little cheaper. The Apple Watch SE is packed with features like a crisp retina display, fitness tracking, heart monitoring, and a water-resistant design, but they can be attached to your wrists for less than £ 270. It’s the perfect way to join the wearable revolution and could help you shed some of that festive fluff.
• OUR FULL APPLE WATCH SE REVIEW HERE

INNOVATION OF THE YEAR • M1 processor

Apple shocked us year-round with news that Intel processors had been jettisoned and the brains of its Macs were replaced with its own M1 chip. Some feared this would make the next generation of MacBooks less powerful, but it is not. The recently released MacBook Air and MacBook Pro impressed with great speed and long battery life. The future of the Mac looks bright.
• OUR FULL APPLE MACBOOK AIR HERE

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