The award winners and special mentions of the best gadgets of 2022
The year 2022 rejuvenated the whole consumer gadgets market. From the established brands to the new entrants, the year witnessed multiple new launches across every segment of the industry. This not only kept the tech and gadgets enthusiasts eager to try out the new innovative products but also kept the media space abuzz throughout the year. At DeviceNext, our endeavour has always been to recognize the gadgets and products launched each year for their innovations and uniqueness. And, that’s why in 2020 we instituted the annual DeviceNext Awards to recognize the best gadgets and products across more than 40 award categories. And since 2020, each year the DeviceNext Awards has been a totally unbiased process of selecting the best of the best.
Continuing the tradition, when we opened up the nominations for the DeviceNext Awards 2022 edition, we received an overwhelming response with more than 400 product nominations across 40+ award categories. Our team went through the meticulous process of evaluation of each product, and we even had consultations with renowned tech analysts and researchers who helped finalize the deserving winners across each award category.
Here are the winners of the best gadgets of 2022 across the following categories.
Phone of The Year
Undoubtedly one of the most anticipated products of the year. Not only it broke the design monotony in the smartphone space but also offered good specs that made it a good choice for the buyers who wanted some novelty from their smartphones.
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Best Value for Money Smartphone
A well-rounded package of desirable features of good battery life, quick charging, decent design, packed with good specs of fast processor and bright display makes Redmi K50i a deserving winner of the best value for money smartphone award.
Gaming Phone of The Year
A device meant for specs-heads with its unmatched performance that appeals to the gamers. Despite some minor chinks in its armour, such as its bloatware, the iQOO 9T 5G is still the performance beast that tops the benchmark scores. A hands down winner of the gaming phone of the year award.
iQOO 9T 5G
Best Affordable 5G Phone of The Year
realme 9i 5G, besides its competitive price tag, is a decent performer that is packed with a fast processor, long-lasting battery, ample memory and storage along with 5G support that makes it the winner of best affordable 5G phone of the year award.
realme 9i 5G
Camera Phone of The Year
One of the best cameras across the segments, that delivers astonishing results be it bright daylight or during low-light night shots. Its feature loaded specs and exceptional camera makes Vivo X80 Pro the winner of camera phone of the year award.
Vivo X80 Pro
Best Selfie Phone of The Year
A mega 60MP front-facing camera of Motorola Edge 30 Ultra 5G phone captures excellent detailed selfies with vibrant colours and offers a wide dynamic range, which makes it the deserving winner of the best selfie phone of the year award.
Motorola Edge 30 Ultra 5G
Best Entry Level 5G SOC of The Year
A fast mid-range SoC with an integrated 5G modem in 7nm node that delivers high-level of performance while being power efficient, which makes MediaTek Dimensity 700 a worthy winner of best entry-level 5G SoC of the year.
MediaTek Dimensity 700
Best Flagship SOC of The Year
With a suite of top-tier AI, gaming, multimedia, imaging and connectivity features, the MediaTek Dimensity 9000+ delivers faster gameplay, seamless streaming and an all-around better user experience, which makes it the winner of best flagship SoC of the year award.
MediaTek Dimensity 9000 Series
Best Smartphone SOC for Gaming
Leveraging the highly efficient TSMC N6 (6nm-class) chip production process, this chip enables great gaming all day, plus big cameras, fast displays, smooth streaming, and reliable global connectivity, the MediaTek Helio G99 brings 4G gaming smartphones into the next generation – making it the winner of best smartphone SoC for gaming award.
MediaTek Helio G99
Best Sound-Bar of The Year
A bang for the buck sound-bar not just for its affordability but also for its great audio output that elevates your TV viewing and home entertainment experience, makes Mivi Fort S100 the winner of best sound-bar of the year award. Mivi Fort S100
Best Smart TV of The Year
Setting the benchmark for image delivery and brilliant sound output, Samsung Neo QLED 8K is the best smart TV that one can go for, and thus its the worthy award winner.
Samsung Neo QLED 8K
Best Affordable Smart TV
Featuring high-end specs and great display prowess, Kodak QLED with GOOGLE TV is the apt choice in the budget segment, which makes it the winner of best affordable smart TV award.
Kodak QLED with GOOGLE TV
Best Compact Projector For Home Entertainment
Delivering the best experience for movies and gaming, ViewSonic X2- Smart LED Home Projector is the best compact project for home entertainment award.
ViewSonic X2- Smart LED Home Projector
Best Compact Projector For Business
A complete package of class-leading features, solid performance and plug-and-play working that makes it an ideal display solution for offices, Optoma ZH350 thus is the ideal winner of best compact projector for business award.
Best Power Bank of The Year
With high-capacity power backup and fast charging capability encased in a stylish design, EVM EnFast+ is the worthy winner of best power bank of the year award.
Best Charging Solution of The Year
Capable of delivering 67W charging speed from either of its ports to speed-charge your devices, Stuffcool Neo 67 GaN Dual Port Charger is the definite winner of best charging solution of the year.
Neo 67 GaN Dual Port Charger
Best Headphone of The Year
Excellent sound output, sturdy performance and top-notch build makes Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT2 a worthy winner of the best headphone of the year award.
Best Gaming Headphone
Comfortable ergonomic design, in-built 7.1 stereo surround sound that delivers vivid sound that enhances music and gaming experience, Aula S600 RGB Gaming Headset, thus, is the best gaming headphone.
Aula S600 RGB Gaming Headset
Best Mobile Accessory for Cars
Solving the problem of keeping devices charged during commute and long travel, UltraProlink Mach 115 delivers rapid charging with its dual-ports that makes it the best mobile accessory for cars.
UltraProlink Mach 115
Best Gadget for Cars of The Year
Upgrade your non-Bluetooth to a Bluetooth device, be it your car stereo or your home TV, you can stream audio with quality sound and make your car stereo into handsfree for connecting calls. Portronics Auto18 is a must-have car gadget and so a worthy winner of best gadget for cars of the year award.
Best Neckband of The Year
Delivering excellent sound quality, thumping bass, and sturdy build quality with good battery life, Boult Audio Zcharge is the deserving winner of best neckband of the year award.
Boult Audio ZCharge
Best Budget TWS of The Year
Offering top-quality crystal-clear sound with 10mm audio drivers and a battery life of up to 21 hours, Mobilla MBUDS 101 is the deserving winner of best budget TWS of the year award.
Mobilla MBUDS 101
Best Entry-level Smartwatch of The Year
Good-looking, feature-filled smartwatch in the budget segment, Noise ColorFit Pro 4 has set the benchmark for the industry for quality, performance and experience, which makes it the winner of best entry-level smartwatch of the year.
Noise ColorFit Pro 4
Best Premium TWS of The Year
Having best-in-class sound quality, effective ANC and good aesthetics, Sony WF-1000XM4 is an all-round package that is unmatched in the TWS segment – a worthy winner of the best premium TWS of the year award.
Best Smartwatch for Fitness Enthusiasts
A fashionable slim smartwatch with all required health and activity tracker, the Playfit Slim smartwatch ticks most of the boxes for keeping and following a healthy lifestyle – worthy winner of best smartwatch for fitness enthusiasts award.
PLAY PLAYFIT SLIM2C
Best Gaming TWS of The Year
Offering punchy bass and AI-powered noise cancellation that ensures immersive sound during gaming experience, Truke BTG3 is therefore the worthy winner of the best gaming TWS of the year award.
Best Mid-Range Smartwatch of The Year
A best-in-class activity tracker with accurate measures along with a battery life that’s hard to beat, Amazfit GTR 2 New Version with its amazing design is the winner of best mid-range smartwatch of the year award.
Amazfit GTR 2 New Version
Best Premium Smartwatch of The Year
An epic smartwatch that beats the other leading flagships with its attractive design, category leading features, and superlative performance and battery, the Garmin Epix Gen 2 is a hands-down winner of the best premium smartwatch of the year award.
Garmin Epix Gen 2
Best Travel Speakers of The Year
A versatile, powerful and portable speaker that with its Double Bazooka style design can pump up the party mood thanks to its great audio output, which makes Bluei Rocker R9 Dual Bazooka a worthy winner of best travel speaker of the year award.
Bluei Rocker R9 Dual Bazooka
Best Tower Speaker of The Year
Ideal tower speaker for party buffs as its massive 70W speaker with dual tweeters deliver astounding sound and performance along with its 5 hours of playtime and karaoke connectivity makes Toreto Party Box 70 a worthy winner of best tower speaker of the year award.
Toreto Party Box 70
Most Innovative IT Accessory
A travel buddy that is an all-in-one device having wireless charger, power bank, SD card, and multiple ports for docking devices, making Alogic Dock Wave ULDWAV-SGR the most innovative accessory of the year.
Alogic Dock Wave ULDWAV-SGR
Best Gaming Laptop of The Year
A solid overall performer for gaming as well as for work involving content editing and creation. Its high-end specs along with robust performance make Lenovo Legion 5i Pro a future-ready laptop for many years to come, which makes it the winner of best gaming laptop of the year.
Lenovo Legion 5i Pro
Best Entry-level Laptop of The Year
Having all essentials at a budget price along with looks and features, the Infinix X1 Slim laptop is a worthy winner in the best entry-level laptop of the year.
Infinix X1 Slim
Best Business Laptop of The Year
A decent work laptop that is feature-laden and delivers good performance that is a good companion for you at office and while on commute. HP Pavillion Plus 14 is therefore the best business laptop of the year.
HP Pavillion Plus 14
Editor’s Choice – Gaming TWS
Besides its good sound quality, better microphones and trendy RGB lights, the boAt Immortal 121 TWS is a value for money gaming TWS. That’s why it is the editor’s pick for gaming TWS award.
boAt Immortal 121 TWS
Editor’s Choice – Most Promising Premium Smartwatch
A holistic package of features, attractive design and style makes Urban Fit Z a definite lifestyle fitness gadget for the consumers. That’s why editors have picked it for special mention as Most Promising Premium Smartwatch award.
Urban Fit Z
Editor’s Choice – Best Affordable Smart TV
Vibrant 4k LEDs and good speakers along with a very user-friendly webOS resulting in enhanced user experience, makes Elista webOS the best affordable smart TV in the Editor’s Choice award.
Elista (webOS TV)
Editor’s Choice – Stylish TWS of The Year
Stylish earbuds that are design-inspired from Transformers, the Nu Republic Transformer is a sure-shot head-turner. It not only has great looks but also has great features that deliver a great sound experience. Hence, it wins the Editor’s choice award.
Nu Republic Transformer
Editor’s Choice – Best Flagship Phone of The Year
Attractive, powerful and super-versatile, Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G has leading features making it the Editor’s Choice winner from best flagship
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Editor’s Choice – Innovative Smartphone of The Year
Boasting a 200MP camera and high-performing specs, Infinix Zero Ultra offers premium looks with best-in-class features. Hence, its editor’s choice as most innovative smartphone of the year.
Infinix Zero Ultra
Editor’s Choice – Innovative Accessories
Bringing out an innovation, U&i packed their UiSW 7776 Smartwatch with a power bank to charge up the smartwatch on the go. Hence, the editor’s choice for innovative accessories goes to this smartwatch.
U&i UiSW 7776 Smartwatch
Editor’s Choice – Budget Home Theatre System
A feature-rich sound-bar that gives good sound output and is a value for money package, Zebronics ZEB-Juke Bar 9500WS is therefore editor’s choice for the budget home theater system.
Zebronics ZEB-Juke Bar 9500WS
Editor’s Choice – Best Laptop Accessory
A great blend of design and performance that complements your gaming laptop by keeping it cool with its multiple fans and trendy RGB LEDs, which makes Lapcare Winner Pro RGB Cooling Pad the editor’s choice for the best laptop accessory award.
Lapcare Winner Pro RGB Cooling Pad
Editor’s Choice – Innovative Neckband
Delivering non-stop music with immersive audio and deep bass for up to 60 hours thanks to its dual replaceable battery, SWAGME Dhun NB8008 is an innovative product in its class, which also makes it the winner of Editor’s Choice – Innovative Neckband award.
SWAGME Dhun NB008