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There's nothing like having a shiny new gadget to play with. Well, until the second week anyway — when you start looking forward to the next one, eh? That would be funny except materialism is no funny topic in a world that's facing a climate emergency. Thanks, unchecked capitalism. But that's not going to automatically make you not want things, but the least that you can do when the planet is burning is be responsible. More so for tech stuff that use rare-earth elements. Don't discard something that still works, and if you've to buy a new one, read about its environmental impact.
Depressed yet? Anyway, here's what the Gadgets 360 staff will be keeping its eye on in 2020. It includes TVs, laptops, smartwatches, (wireless) headphones, gaming consoles and services, and naturally, phones. And... shoes? Yes, shoes.
Aditya Shenoy: Samsung Galaxy Buds, but better
Last year, I had put the Sena 30K on my wishlist. I didn't buy it because I found it to be super expensive for what it offered. Cardo does make similar communicators that are better and well-priced but that'll have to wait since this Chinese V6 Communicator I bought this year is working as expected.
I don't need a tech product, but I am open to buying a pair of good truly wireless earphones. Currently the Samsung Galaxy Buds are on the list. I hope Samsung launches a successor soon with active noise cancelling. That would be something I'll be interested to buy.
Buy: Samsung Galaxy Buds, if you can't wait
Akhil Arora: a new console, maybe?
Someone ought to hold and shake me by the shoulders, just for saying that. A bit of necessary backgrounder: I own more consoles than new games I've finished this year, and more controllers than free hours I've in the day. And yet, I can't seem to resist the temptation of the next generation, if only for the better graphics fidelity it will no doubt promise.
But I haven't named one side because I'm genuinely caught: PlayStation has more exclusives, and Xbox has… Forza Horizon? Contain your astonishment, that's my life. What Microsoft needs to do then essentially is announce Forza Horizon 5, exclusive to the Xbox Series X. That last bit is very important. Hope you're (not) listening, Phil. Otherwise, Sony seems the safer bet.
Or maybe I'll grow some brains and save the money for an upcoming holiday.
Buy: some sensibility
Akshay Jadhav: Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless ANC Headphones
In 2019, I assembled my new PC, primarily for editing and gaming at home. However, I couldn't stretch my budget to accommodate a decent pair of headphones. So, in 2020 I am looking out for a killer pair of headphones to complete my setup and I have my eye on the legendary Sony WH-1000XM3 due to its insane active noise cancellation capabilities and superb sound quality. This headphone is still on the pricier side however when it comes to ANC with overall features, it is still slightly better than the Bose QC 35. In 2020, I am hoping that after Sony releases their new XM4 model, the XM3 will go down in price or I can find it on a discounted price during any sale.
Ali Pardiwala: Apple Arcade
There are a few non-tech products I absolute NEED to buy — a new mattress and shoes — so I'm a bit short on funds for a big tech purchase. However, I do love playing games on my iPad mini (2019), and I think it's finally time to set aside an extra Rs. 99 per month for Apple Arcade. It may not sound like much, but when I'm already paying for Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hotstar, Spotify, and YouTube Music, even Rs. 99 per month sounds like a lot.
Apple's gaming service comes with a one-month free trial, and gives you access you a variety of quality games through a unique monthly subscription model. It's a great way to access new games and might be worth it for me if I can play games that actually put the iPad mini's power to good use.
Buy: Apple Arcade
Aman Rashid: Nike Air Jordan 1
In 2018, I remember wanting to buy the iPhone XS Max in Gold, but I just couldn't because I had recently purchased the Galaxy Note 9 at that time, and admittedly my budget was also a bit tight. But yes, I do remember mentioning in my wishlist for 2019 that I would buy the next iPhone. So, iPhone season came, and I got the iPhone 11 Pro in Gold. And with that, I fulfilled the promise to myself of getting the next big thing from Apple.
So now what? Well, now I am having a good time with my iPhone 11 Pro. And looking at my habit of changing phones every year: do I want to upgrade to the iPhone 12 Pro or whatever its name is going to be? Um, I am not so sure right now. I think for me, the iPhone 11 Pro is a very good smartphone that ticks all the correct boxes. So as much as I love my current device, I am not very sure whether I will be upgrading to the iPhone 12 Pro or not.
But this is a question for September 2020. If the new iPhone does look enticing to me, then maybe I might just buy it. In the meantime, what else do I want? Well apart from phones sneakers are something that I am absolutely crazy for and believe me I have got a lot of them. So, iPhone 12 Pro in 2020? Not so sure. More Air Jordan 1s? Yes sir, please!
Buy: Nike Air Jordan 1
Gaurav Shukla: Apple MacBook Air (2020)
It has been a while since I upgraded my laptop and if I remember correctly both my existing laptops are now touching the five-year mark. So, I am thinking of going for the upgraded MacBook Air model that is expected to arrive sometime in 2020. As the latest MacBook Air model available in the market packs the eight-gen Intel core chips, I want to wait until Apple releases the refreshed version with at least the 10th gen Intel core processor options.
It will be my first personal MacBook as even though I currently use an NDTV-provided MacBook Air for official work, I have stuck to Windows for personal computers. I am hoping that not only does Apple upgrade the CPU in the next-generation MacBook Air but also switches the keyboard from butterfly to scissor-switch-based design that it has included in the 16-inch MacBook Pro.
Harpreet Singh: AirPods Pro, Kindle Paperwhite
Last year, I wished to buy Apple's HomePod in 2019. I waited for a large part of the year, hoping Apple will launch it in India. It didn't. And then a very wise person I know suggested I wait until Black Friday, which is exactly what I did. I ended up with a generous deal on the HomePod eventually (yes, I had to buy one from the US).
For 2020, I don't have any solid plans yet. I wish to save some dough, but then you never know. AirPods Pro, a new MacBook Pro 13-inch (ideally one with the new keyboard), and the all-new Kindle Paperwhite are still on my wishlist. Depending on the budget, I might strike at least one of these off by the end of next year.
Jagmeet Singh: Apple Watch Series 5
It's been more than a year since I have the Apple Watch Series 3. Although I'm still getting what I need from the 2017 model, I feel that 2020 would be the year when I would switch to a newer Apple Watch. I generally don't consider it wise to spend plenty of your hard-earned money on a new Apple device that becomes cheaper in a few months of its launch. Thus, I hope that the latest Apple Watch would get some price drops in the future that would make it a better deal.
What makes the Apple Watch Series 5 a significant upgrade over the Series 3 is its new Always-On Retina display and the ability to record electrocardiogram (ECG). Both features have attracted me since the launch of the new Apple Watch model in September. However, its price tag of nearly Rs. 44,000 for the 44mm case is something that has restricted me to take the buying decision so far.
Apple is likely to bring some notable changes to its smartwatch family in 2020. Nevertheless, I don't want to spend much on the next-generation Apple Watch and would go with the existing option next year.
Buy: Apple Watch Series 5
Jamshed Avari: nothing, hopefully
It's highly unlikely that I'll splash out on anything huge in 2020, or at least unlikely that I'll plan to. At the moment, everything I have works well enough and isn't too old. That doesn't mean I'm immune to the temptations of flash sales or crazy discounts, so who knows how I'll feel six months from now, and who knows what I'll end up with! I've also developed a bad habit of buying SSDs and RAM because prices keep falling so it's probably a fair bet that my various devices will end up getting a few minor upgrades.
Nadeem Sarwar: Pixel 4a
The Google Pixel 4a is at the top of my tech wish list for the year 2020 for many reasons, with one of them being the need to upgrade to a new phone. And now that the first major Pixel 4a leak has given us a look at its design, I am more now more inclined to buy it. The Pixel 4a will ditch its predecessor's thick bezels and will opt for a more modern hole-punch design.
Prabhakar Thakur: iPhone 9, or SE 2
I am thinking of buying Apple iPhone 9 (also called iPhone SE 2) which is rumoured to launch in April 2020. According to reports, the phone may feature A13 Bionic chip and the same chassis as that of the iPhone 8. I hope Apple keeps the bezels thin and provides a bigger battery. I also wish the phone supports fast charging, but I guess I am asking for a bit too much from the company given its past record. A decent camera can be expected as well.
My decision to buy the iPhone 9 will also depend on its price. As per speculations, the smartphone may start selling at $399 in the US. My guess is that it might sell in India for $600 (roughly Rs. 43,000). Waiting for some great deals for the phone also seems like a good idea. iPhone 11 could also become cheaper later in the year. Eventually, it will depend on the best deal that I get both in terms of phone's capabilities and price. For now, the iPhone 9 is on my mind.
Pranay Parab: AirPods Pro
I was fortunate enough to pick up the AirPods at a big discount a couple of years ago, and I hope 2020 will bring a similar discount on the AirPods Pro. The AirPods Pro has active noise cancellation and excellent sound quality, as we've mentioned in our review and podcast, and that makes this a must have for me. While this is the product I want to buy, I will not be picking it up at its current price (Rs. 24,900). I'm prepared to wait till 2021 or till whenever there's a big discount before buying it. Until then, I'll continue using my AirPods even though the battery life is down to around 90 minutes at this point.
Buy: AirPods Pro
Roydon Cerejo: games, wireless earphones and chargers
Last year, I said I wanted to buy the Apple Watch Series 4 and, in all honesty,, I almost did. But then, better sense prevailed, and I ended up picking up a used, Series 1 instead. It just didn't make sense spending the same amount as a mid-range Android flagship, for an accessory. My main need for the Apple Watch was notifications alerts and controlling media volume when using AirPods — all of which the Series 1 handles beautifully.
For 2020, I don't have an immediate wishlist since I've already made pretty big purchases this year, the PS4 Pro being the most recent one. I'll definitely looking to get more games for the PS4, as and when newer titles drop in price and hit CeX. I'll probably look at picking up a new pair of truly wireless earphones too. I love my AirPods, but the Samsung Galaxy Buds have spoiled me with its superior audio quality. I'll be keeping an eye out for the Bose Earbuds 500 or 700, which were teased this year for a 2020 launch.
I wouldn't mind more wireless chargers at home too. It's super convenient and now that most people at my place have phones capable of wireless charging, it makes sense to have more of them around the house.
Buy: Samsung Galaxy Buds
Sumit Garg: Mi TV 4X Pro
In 2019, I have got quite a bunch of things for myself. And if we are talking about tech, then my biggest purchase must be the Apple iMac. Yes, I finally got it for myself and I also remember putting it as my wishlist for 2019. And, in 2020 I can finally shift my focus to other things. You know, I just can't ignore my love for big screens. So, after the iMac, the next purchase I want to make for myself is a TV, and I am pretty sure about the one that I want.
The Xiaomi Mi TV, which is a 4K 55-inch LED TV, is the one I have been keeping an eye on for quite some time. I really like the way it looks, I like its picture and sound quality as well, and on top of everything, the price tag it carries is also that won't burn a hole in my pocket. I mean come on, for 40k, where will I find such an amazing TV. So, the Mi LED TV 4X Pro it is.
Buy: Mi LED TV 4X Pro
Tasneem Akolawala: Learning apps
There's no big tech purchase that I've planned for 2020, mainly because I've got a little toddler in the house that is going through a phase of extreme curiosity. I might invest in a few paid learning apps for my kid, but no big bucks will be spent on tech till he grows up a little more. I also kept my 2019 new flagship phone purchase on hold, even though my iPhone 6s went kaput this year, as predicted. I'm making do with a budget Android phone for now that helps fulfil my texting and calling needs.