Editors' Choice: The top tech of 2019
Editors' Choice: The top tech of 2019
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Editors' Choice: The top tech of 2019

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Lots of new tech came flying at us again in 2019. But what's the stuff? Actually we're spending your money on. We've got the list. So let's dive in. As always, CNET tech writers and editors went hands on with the best and the worst tech of the year. To give you clear buying advice. We selected the top products in the most important categories in tech. Stamp them with our editors choice Awards. We broke these down into the four big topics and consumer tech, mobile, mostly phones, Home Entertainment, mostly TVs, computing, mostly laptops, and smart home which gets bigger every year. And this year, we have also added a new category. Software apps and services. Since so much of the new energy and tech is being poured into services, you can see CNET's full list of over 40 Editor's Choice pics for 2019 at CNET com But let's take a look at some of the topics in each of the big topics for mobile. Despite what you may have heard about phones getting boring. It was a lot of movement in this category in 2019. We especially liked progress in battery life and cameras. And the fact that companies got a lot more aggressive about lowering prices. So which ones were the best We love the Moto G7 as the best budget phone for under $300. At the other end of the spectrum, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 is the high end champ for its mix of style and substance and in the middle, the iPhone 11 delivers a lot of great upgrades. And even drops the price from last year's iPhone 10R. A first for Apple. In home entertainment, two TVs stole the show for 2019. Following up on last year's big success, the TCL six series improved image quality and color, and run circles around the other TVs at it's price. So that's our budget pack. For high end TVs, the LG OLED B9P delivers contrast and viewing angles that none of the other TVs can match. According to cnet's TV guru David Katz Mark for computing, our two favorite laptops of the year were the HP X360 and the Microsoft Surface Pro seven. The HP X360 is a classy two and one that can do it all Has a battery that can last all day and might be the best looking Windows laptop that money combined. The Surface Pro seven is a familiar friend that remains the best tablet centric laptop on the market. But the 2019 model adds USBC and Wi Fi six in smart home, there was once again a tonne of new products, but you can't have a smart home without great Wi Fi. So the new Google nest Wi Fi stood out as a mesh router system that can give you Wi Fi a big upgrade With its top speeds, easy setup, and extenders that now come in a choice of three colours. The other smart home product we loved in 2019 was the wise cam. For less than $30. This security camera competes with $200 cameras, and you can even do local recording and avoid a cloud subscription. Finally in a year when services took center stage, two new services stood out from the crowd, especially because of their aggressive pricing. For $5 a month Apple arcade bought a library of over 100 games to iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV. One of the best features is being able to download any and all of the games and play them offline. There are a lot of fun Indie games to get started, but we're looking forward to seeing some of the big titles that are still coming in 2020 For $7 a month, Disney plus launched a massive library of popular content from Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars. There's also original content led By the instant hit the Mandalorian this Star Wars Show has arguably been better than any of the recent Star Wars movies. And let's be honest, baby Yoda isn't the hero that 2019 deserves, but he's definitely the hero that we needed. All right, go to cnet.com to see our full list of over 40 editors choice products for 2018 Thanks for watching and don't forget to subscribe to CNET to keep up with all the latest editor's choice picks in real time during 2020.

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