Best of the Best: The World’s Leading Tech Publisher Reveals the World’s Leading Tech Products

The future knows the future, thanks to a global portfolio of innovative technology brands, including TechRadar, Tom’s Guide, Android Central, T3, Laptop and more. But Future also knows today — both what’s buzzing at CES 2022, the world’s most important tech showcase, and what’s hitting store shelves and available to change your life today.

You’ll find a comprehensive list of the hottest gear of the year in the Future Choice Awards: from phones and laptops to smart cameras and displays, smart vacuum cleaners and smart homes, the 50 Future Choice Award products represent the best of 2021. had to offer.

Gathered by the editors of Future’s tech brands from the products each has tested and praised over the past 12 months, the Future Choice Awards are a celebration of the innovation that fuels the tech industry and helps transform our lives and the world around us. Combined with the Future 50 – our pick of the most influential people in tech today – they form the Future Tech Awards, a who’s who guide and list of what’s what in the industry today. .

Here is a sampling of some of the winners; for the full list, visit our dedicated Future Tech Awards site.

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Best TV of 2021

8K might seem like a bit of a stretch to some, but there’s no doubt in our minds that the Samsung QN900A Neo QLED 8K TV ushered in a new era of flat-screen TV technology. Samsung’s QN900A Neo QLED 8K Mini LED TV delivers stunning picture quality, exceptional color and brightness, great sound and exceptional blacks, all in an unparalleled design package.

For the uninitiated, Samsung’s “Quantum” mini LEDs are 1/40th the thickness of a regular LED, meaning thousands of smaller LEDs can be packed much tighter together, allowing for much more precise dimming areas and black levels that are virtually indistinguishable. of an OLED.

As LEDs are much smaller, they are able to achieve much more precision and less bloom, so seeing bright areas of the screen bleeding abnormally in darker places should be greatly reduced or not obvious at all. And because it takes advantage of Samsung’s multi-intelligence AI upscaling, the QN900A is always able to produce images that look better than their source. Simply put, it’s the flagship 8K TV to beat.

Apple watch 7

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Best Smartwatch

The Apple Watch 7 is a flagship smartwatch that reveals the incredible power of modern computing, all packed into a device the same size as the Seiko wristwatch you had in college.

Sure, it has essentially the same chipset as the Watch 6, and few new features, but the new features of the Apple Watch 7 are incredibly useful, especially its larger screen, which is 20% bigger and yet only a a little bigger on your wrist, thanks to smaller bezels.

This extra size makes all the difference when interacting with the Apple Watch 7, and the wearable also charges faster than ever. With these things added to the still excellent Apple Watch 6, the Apple Watch 7 undeniably becomes an excellent smartwatch.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

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Best phone of 2021

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is the best smartphone in the world right now, the editors have decided – and they agree, it’s a fantastic choice for you with one of the best cameras, phenomenal power, great battery life, a solid design and a whole host of other great features.

The Galaxy S21 Ultra isn’t a cheap handset, and the price is steep for it, but if you’re looking for the ultimate smartphone experience in 2022, you’ll be hard-pressed to do better than this latest from Samsung. It has a superior 6.8-inch display with 120Hz adaptive refresh rate and Quad HD resolution. It is one of the best smartphone screens on the market.

PHILIPS HUE WCA A60

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The best smart lights of 2021

There’s a very good reason why Philips Hue is the biggest name in the smart lighting scene: it’s undoubtedly one of the biggest offerings around. The lights produce the most natural tones of any smart light we’ve used, the app is easy to use, and setup is a breeze.

There is also a wide range of different smart lights; from color (with 16 million shades) and white bulbs (both solid and ambient that offer a multitude of different hues) to side and ceiling lights, outdoor lighting and even Philips Hue light strips. We were also impressed with how the smart lights work with Alexa, Google Assistant, and HomeKit.