Tech is an essential part of our everyday lives, but finding the right gadgets for your needs — whether it’s for working, staying fit or having fun — can be overwhelming. That’s why we spend countless hours rigorously testing the latest technology, from measuring how fast the top smartphones and laptops actually are to living with headphones and earbuds for weeks on end. We’ve tried out lots of great gadgets this year, but here are the ones that truly stood out in every category.
Best smartphone overall: iPhone 13 (starting at $699; apple.com)
Apple’s iPhone has long been at the top of our list of smartphones, and this year the iPhone 13 replaced the iPhone 12. It has a modern build with an immersive display, along with the best performance and one of the best cameras of all the phones we’ve ever tested.
Runner-up: Samsung Galaxy S21 (starting at $799.99; samsung.com)
Samsung’s Galaxy S21 is an excellent Android with a smooth and vibrant display, a triple camera system and performance that comes close to our top pick.
Best budget phone: Google Pixel 5a with 5G (starting at $399, originally starting at $449; google.com)
Google’s Pixel 5a with 5G is a budget phone that feels like a high-end model, with performance that beats out everything else in its price range. A capable camera system and sharp display let you capture and view detailed images, plus a clean Android installation, long battery life and guaranteed updates for three years make it an even more solid buy.
• Read more from our testing of phones here.
Best tablet overall: Apple iPad 9th Gen ($329.99; amazon.com)
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