We can’t believe it either, but we’re already halfway through 2018.
CES, Mobile World Congress, and developer conference season are fading in the rearview mirror. Which means we’ve had enough months to see some dope tech. And you better believe there are some sweet gadgets to put on your wish list. Many of our favorite tech so far earned Mashable Choice.
10. Dyson Cyclone V10
Don’t let the Dyson Cyclone V10’s compact size fool you — this handheld vacuum packs some serious suction. In fact, it’s so powerful, Dyson’s betting its entire vacuum future on the vacuum’s motor it’s no longer developing plug-in vacs. The Cyclone V10’s on the heavy side, but that tradeoff means the battery is beefy and lasts long enough to suck up all the nasty particles in your home.
9. Huawei P20 Pro
Despite unsupported accusations from the Trump administration that it’s spying on Americans, Huawei showed it still knows a thing or two about smartphone innovation. With the P20 Pro, Huawei packed not one, not two, but three cameras onto the back. Is it pure overkill for a phone? Not if it means low-light and night photos that blow other phone cameras away. Plus, the P20 Pro comes in a sweet “Twilight” gradient color. Eat that, rose gold!
8. Apple iPad 9.7-inch (2018)
If you’re looking for the best tablet, the answer’s still the same: iPad. Apple updated its cheapest iPad, the one with a 9.7-inch display, with a faster A10 chip and Apple Pencil support (the first on a non-Pro version of the iPad). With a starting price of $329, the iPad (2018) still blows away the competition. Wait, did we say competition? Our bad, the iPad has no tablet competition. Not in this class, at least.
7. Apple HomePod
Yes, Apple’s HomePod is pricier than an Amazon Echo or Google Home. And Siri isn’t as smart as Alexa or the Google Assistant. And you need Apple Musicto get the most out of the voice controls. But if you’re already living in the Apple ecosystem, HomePod delivers arguably the best sound in a compact smart speaker; the Echo and Google Home sound like trash in comparison. HomePod is louder and produces clearer sound separation. If you can afford two, stereo pairing will blow your ears away even more.
6. Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+
Apple’s arch-nemesis Samsung finally perfected its flagship Galaxy S phones this year. The Galaxy S9 and S9+ don’t deviate too far from their S8 and S8+predecessors in terms of design, but that’s fine because getting all the details right is perhaps more important. That means putting the fingerprint sensor in a sensible location, having stereo speakers, having dual cameras (on the S9+), and combining the iris scanner and face unlock into one intuitive feature.
5. DJI Mavic Air
We didn’t think it was possible to make a foldable drone smaller than DJI’sMavic Pro, but we were wrong. Despite being 41 percent smaller than the Mavic Pro, the even more compact and foldable Mavic Air is nearly just as powerful. It can fly for up to 21 minutes, hit a top speed of 42.5 mph, and capture 4K video. It’s also controllable with the same hand gestures as the Spark and has an even better intelligence and obstacle-avoidance system than the Mavic Pro.
4. Oculus Go
The Oculus Go is everything VR headsets should have been from the start: all-in-one, wireless, and affordable. Though not as powerful as an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive Pro, the Go still provides an immersive virtual experience you can easily get lost in for a few minutes or couple of hours. The Go’s strap-on-and-go design means no fumbling with PCs or smartphones. Hands down, the Go is the iPhone of VR headsets.
3. Boosted Mini S and X
Boosted’s electric longboards are the gold standard when it comes to speed, range, and reliability. But its large size and hefty $1,400+ price tag have been turn-offs many would-be customers. The answer: the Mini S and X. The electric board’s not only smaller and sleeker, but it also starts at a much more affordable $749 for the Mini S. The Boosted Mini’s no toy like other electric skateboards — the Mini S has a top speed of up to 18 miles per hour and a range of up to 7 miles.
2. Huawei MateBook X pro
Huawei’s MateBook X Pro is thin, light, and has a keyboard that’s actually enjoyable to type on (unlike Apple’s current MacBook Pros). Not to mention the 13.9-inch (3,000 x 2,000 resolution) touchscreen display is stunning with really thin bezels. We also like the clever pop-up webcam embedded in the keyboard, the inclusion of a full-sized USB 3.0 port, and the power button that doubles as a fingerprint reader. As of June 2018, it’s the best laptop of the year.
1. OnePlus 6
OnePlus’ rise to greatness is nothing short of expected if you’ve been following the Chinese startup through the years. Its latest OnePlus 6 is its best phone to date, delivering premium hardware and flagship performance at a price hundreds less than Samsung’s best. Even without some features like wireless charging or water-resistance, the OnePlus 6 is our favorite Android phone of 2018 so far.