by 👨💻 Graham Pierrepoint
Yes, that time of year is approaching – where we start reviewing the best and worst of 2017 in retrospectives on everything from videogames to movies to cosmetics – and having taken a leaf out of The Guardian’s book with their recent look at the best tech of 2017, we’ve decided to dive into their list and pick our favorites – the gizmos and gadgets we think will stand the test of time and the ones that we genuinely still can’t put down! Take a look and get ready for Black Friday!
Amazon Echo 2
2017 was the year that the virtual assistant came of age – and while Google may still be trying to corner the market, Amazon is still surprisingly ahead of the game with their incredible Alexa technology – it’s improving all the time and is more sensitive than ever. Why waste energy searching and arranging your calendar when the Echo 2 can do it for you?
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While many will deride the look the Snapchat-devised smart glasses may have been leading with, these spectacles took the Google Glass concept, simplified it, and made it extremely appealing to a specific audience. While not everyone digs these specs, we love them – and if they don’t stand the test of time, they will act as a blueprint or a cultural marker for the late 10s.
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Yes – anyone who reads One News Page will know already how much we love the Nintendo Switch – but it has to be said that Nintendo finally made the comeback millions were waiting for this year. The Switch has the creative titles and incredible handheld innovation to beat back the power and performance that Microsoft and Sony have been focusing on for far too long. With games that have been drip-fed across the year to varying acclaim, the future is very bright for Switch owners.
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Neato Botvac D7
If you can afford to shell out over $1000 for a robotic vacuum cleaner, make it this one – the main problem with the Roomba and other automated home cleaners is their power, particularly with stubborn pet hair – and the Botvac has much of this licked. You can now monitor and control your vacuum via app, too – making it one of the few automated vacuums you can absolutely rely upon to run autonomously.
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What are your favorite tech releases of 2017? Did we miss any? Let us know!