Top tech of the year
A lot of innovation arrived in 2015. Jennifer Dudley-Nicholson picks the best 15 gadgets
THIS year was a big one for technology.
Apple produced gadgets you can wear, Samsung redesigned its phones, bicycles got radars, and we came closer than ever to riding hoverboards.
Below is a look at 15 of the best gadgets of 2015, which get credit for bringing something new to our lives.
Leica Q Typ 116
This 24-megapixel, full-frame, solidly built Leica camera is unexpectedly compact for the brand, offers sharp, fast focus from an f1.7, 28mm lens, a macro mode, and wi-fi image transfers.
Apple’s first smartwatch impressed many from our Prime Minister down. Its ability to take calls, transcribe text messages, and track every move is matched by good looks, now in rose gold, gold, and Hermes. Samsung redesigned its phones, starting with this metal and glass handset offering a screen that curves down both sides, a better fingerprint sensor, and a quick-launching 16-megapixel camera.
LG 65EG960T 65-inch 4K OLED TV
Australian consumers finally got 4K OLED televisions this year and LG’s 65-inch model offers the highest contrast and the deepest blacks, combined with the highest TV resolution available.
Self-balancing motorised skateboards are standing in for hoverboards, letting riders move by changing their balance, and offering addictive entertainment and novel commuting in some states.
Microsoft Surface Book
Microsoft’s first laptop has a beautiful metal body and dynamic fulcrum hinge, its 13.5-inch crisp screen detaches for versatility, and its keyboard is a touch-typist’s dream.
Apple iPhone 6S Plus
Apple’s biggest phone improvements are in its biggest phone, as it gained a 12megapixel camera with optical image stabilisation, 3D Touch, and a longer battery life than its 6S counterpart.
Samsung Gear S2
It’s the spinning top that makes this smartwatch better than its rivals, but its 1.2-inch touchscreen is also easy to read, compatible with many Google Android devices, and comfortable to wear.
GoPro Hero4 Session
GoPro’s latest action camera offers simplicity and a body half the size of its other models, even though it still captures highdefinition footage, slo-mo video, and eight-megapixel photos.
Garmin Varia Bike Radar
This gadget fills a void in cycling safety, with a tail light that acts as a radar and a display to alert riders to cars approaching from behind.
Google Nexus 6P
Google’s big-screen phone delivers a hugely improved 12.3-megapixel camera, aluminium body, reliable fingerprint scanner, USB-C port, and a powerful 2GHz octa-core chip.
Microsoft Universal Foldable Keyboard
Anyone who has cursed a touchscreen keyboard should appreciate this foldup keyboard that delivers fullsized keys, is spill-resistant, and will connect to Windows, Android or Apple devices.
This Star Wars: Episode VIIthemed app-controlled robot can be directed around a room or to roam autonomously. It also delivers augmented reality Star Wars- themed messages.
$389 / garmin.com.au
$798 / kaiserbaas.com.au
$999 / samsung.com/au
$250 / sphero.com
$499 / samsung.com/au
The first Fitbit with a touchscreen delivers phone notifications, GPS tracking and heart-rate monitoring. $2299-$4199 / microsoftstore.com
$899-$1099 / play.google.com
$350 / fitbit.com.au
Sonos Play: 5
$9999 / lg.com.au The speaker uses six drivers and matching amplifiers, three woofers, three tweeters, and a new Trueplay feature that customises its audio to match acoustic features of its location.
$580 / gopro.com
$1229-$1529 / apple.com/au
$130 / microsoftstore.com
$749 / sonos.com/au
$5900 / en.leica-camera.com
$499-$24,000 / apple.com/au
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
GOPRO HERO4 SESSION
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