Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

All the Very Best for the New Year; If You're Waiting for the January Sales to Treat Yourself to Some Tech, Here Are My Favourite Buys from the Last 12 Months

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

All the Very Best for the New Year; If You're Waiting for the January Sales to Treat Yourself to Some Tech, Here Are My Favourite Buys from the Last 12 Months

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Byline: With Justin Connolly Tech Now

IT'S been another stellar year in the world of consumer technology, with the boundaries of what's possible being pushed in all directions. Here, in no particular order, are the best things I've tried out this year Phone Best: iPhone 11 (From PS729 at apple/ com/uk) Simply the best mobile phone on the market today, the combination of Apple's peerless industrial design and its outstandingly usable software is unbeatable. The iPhone 11 lacks some of the bells and whistles of the 11 Pro, but the difference in price is much bigger than the difference in features. The camera in particular is a spectacular triumph of engineering.

Honourable mention: Google Pixel 4 (From PS669 from store.google.com) Google's flagship phone upped the specs and upped the price this year, and gave the iPhone 11 a real run for its money. Running a simple and beautifully functional version of Android, the Pixel 4 excels in the camera department as much as anywhere else. The images it produces have a distinctive look, and are consistently good under most conditions it's not quite so good for video, but if you're in the Android world and need a new phone, this is the smart choice.

HOME SECURITY Best: SimpliSafe (Starter kits from PS249 at simplisafe.co.uk) One of the best things about the move to wireless technology is that you can now fit your home out with a fully-featured security system with no cables, no drilling, and no You don't even need to get someone to fit the system - you more or less have to turn it on and it works right of the box.

Start small with the essential kit, add to the system over time as your needs grow.

SimpliSafe kits start from PS249 Honourable mention: Blink (Starter system from PS79.99 at amazon.co.uk) If a fully-fledged security system is beyond your needs, the simple Blink so fitting right in with Alexa's voice control), might be all you need.

The latest outdoor camera in the Blink line-up has added two-way audio, so you can chat to your burglars if you're not at home. …

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