Alex’s Best of Tech 2021 – Ausdroid

Well, with 2021 finally but slowly crossing the finish line, it’s that time of year when we review 2021 technology and our top picks, and these are my picks that have made the list. I considered making the best and worst of technology for 2021, but honestly, I could be here for a while going through both, so let’s focus on the best that 2021 has brought us in technological terms.

Smart phones

2021 has brought us a lot of phones that we have reviewed here at Ausdroid and while some have been great, others not so great. Okay, there is really no one perfect device, each with its own quirks, twists, and differences, there have been a few that have caught our eye, that’s for sure.

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For my high-end pick, I’m going with the Pixel 6 Pro. While I’d normally say the Samsung Galaxy S or Note devices, I feel like Samsung has lost some of its edge and hopefully its 2022 lineup, which generally sets the benchmark. high for your high-end devices, make it a little better.

Having played with a couple of Pixel 6 Pro devices, I have to say that I feel like the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro is the Google device we’ve been waiting for. Yes, the OG Pixel XL will always occupy a special place in my technological heart, I feel that the evolution that Google has made with the Pixel software and hardware offers the device that we have been waiting for. The new Material You UI has certainly piqued my interest and I hope Google will only improve it by 2022.

For my mid-range this was a bit of a tough choice as the mid-range has become the new battleground for OEMs in recent years with the likes of Samsung’s Galaxy A range, OPPO, LIVE, HMD Global through the Nokia and Motorola brand rounding up. the various price ranges within the mid-level range.

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My pick from the bunch are actually two devices from different brands. The first would be Motorola’s Moto G30, which I found to be the near-perfect mid-range device for under $ 500. My only issue related to the inclusion of the Macro lens on the rear camera. While some may like it personally, I would have preferred an additional zoom lens as macro can be a bit fiddly to get the closest or near perfect shot.

You can read my review on the Moto G30 here.

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My other option is the TCL 10L, which offered similar specs for a sub-price of $ 500. I found that both the TCL 10L and Moto G30 offered a relatively good experience and a price that wouldn’t hit the pockets as much. I have two criticisms of the TCL 10L though, given that there haven’t been many, if any, security updates in months, but also the inclusion of a macro lens over an additional wide or zoom lens.

You can read my review on the TCL 10L here.

Laptops and Tablets

In terms of tablets or laptops, I have to say that there weren’t many tablets other than the usual suspect which is the Samsung Galaxy Tab range, but I think a notable mention should go to the Nokia T20 tablet, given this. It is HMD Global’s first foray into tablets and I think the price and specs would make it a great competitor for a home tablet for kids or those who want a tablet so they can do quick searches or watch live streaming services.

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As for the laptop, I have to say that the Windows-based dual-screen ASUS ZenBook Duo UX482 laptop is the winner as I wasn’t expecting the setup. While the keyboard layout was a bit unusual, the addition of a second screen, although it only had a matte 12.6-inch touchscreen, the tilting ScreenPad that complemented the 14-inch NanoEdge touchscreen (1920 x 1080) for me. , made it the perfect work from home device. It can complement any office at home or on the go.

You can read my review on the ASUS ZenBook Duo UX482 here.


This year I feel that the explosion of wearable technology, primarily in relation to True Wireless Stereo (TWS) and Active Noise Canceling (ANC) headphones and earphones, has made this field very crowded with various options and price ranges available for all consumers.

So again I struggled to pick one that would really stand out, with quite a few options available to choose from.

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So, for my first one, I go with the OPPO Enco Free2 headphones. I found these to be super portable, with great sound and battery life that won’t break the bank if you don’t compromise too much.

You can read my review of the OPPO Enco Free2 headphones here.

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My second TWS ANC headphones are again from the OPPO Enco range, which is the EncoX headphones. These headphones are the only product in the Enco range to offer Dynaudio sound and again they come with a pretty decent battery life and include wireless charging in case you have a wireless charger on the go or at home.

You can read my review on the OPPO Enco X here.

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Lastly, the latest Bluetooth wireless earbuds as a special mention go to the realme Buds Air Pro, offering sound close enough to the Enco Free2 earbuds and battery life that again won’t break the bank when it comes to buying the earbuds. .

You can read my full review of the realme Buds Air Pro here.

Predictions for 2022

My predictions for 2022 are a bit mixed. I think we will see more devices from the mid-range market shine and become even more crowded. I’m looking forward to seeing how the Samsung Galaxy Ultra or Ultra Pro, which could be the new Note version of the Galaxy line, will be fair and to be honest I hope they bring the best of the Galaxy S line with some of the features of the notes. with the Pluma S.

Also, I think there could be more chrome-based tablets or hybrid laptops by 2022. This would be ideal for me, as I believe that Android-based tablets will soon become a thing of the past, potentially with more and more people opting for continue. working from home and Android tablets don’t really offer the best option for that work / home lifestyle. Don’t get me wrong, there will still be a few possible Android tablets to come out and it would be more for those on the go who want something to sit back and maybe watch from YouTube or streaming and video services on the go, but I feel like Chrome OS is ready for it. next wave of home / work devices on the go.

I’m also excited about the prospect of Google releasing a Wear OS smartwatch which, based on the leaks, renders, and ad photos showing a Moto 360-inspired watch face, has certainly piqued my interest and I’m certainly looking forward to seeing more. Wear OS devices, but more improvements to make Wear. OS a true competitor to Apple Watch. Perhaps it would be interesting to see even more integration of Fitbit in Wear.

Before I end here, I want to thank our readers and followers for all of your comments (and yes, we read them and have heard some comments both positive and negative), but overall for supporting us here through a very difficult year.

I hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas and that you, your family and friends have a fantastic and safe New Year in 2022. Please stay safe and get your booster shots if eligible as I believe this will be the one. Only way we can enjoy more freedoms in the new year (not trying to be political, just talking about the science and numbers here, so please don’t shoot me).

So now it’s up to you, what have been your favorite devices for 2021 and what are your predictions or things you hope to see and read here on Ausdroid?

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