Tech Thursday – Best Tech of 2020, Chosen by You!
Last week, we asked our virtual event delegates what their favourite personal gadget has been over lockdown. This week, we are sharing six of them as part of our Tech Thursday feature! Keep reading to discover the best tech of 2020 according to our delegates.
1. For Binge-Watching – Netflix
If you haven’t been indulging in length Netflix sessions during lockdown, what have you been doing? There’s a reason Netflix is considered some of the best tech of 2020 and has a whopping 182.8 million subscribers, surpassing Amazon Prime’s 150 million members, and it’s set to continue thriving throughout the winter months. If you’re new to Netflix or want something new to get stuck into, here are some of Radio Times‘ best TV series to watch on Netflix right now:
- The Hanting of Bly Manor
- The Haunting of Hill House
- Unsolved Mysteries
- The Fall
- Schitt’s Creek
- The Umbrella Academy
- The Duchess
2. For Keeping Fit – Fitbit
There are a number of models to choose from with a range of highlights, from being waterproof to tracking sleep. According to TechRadar, here the best Fitbits at a glance:
- Fitbit Charge 4
- Fitbit Charge 3
- Fitbit Inspire HR
- Fitbit Versa 2
- Fitbit Flex 2
- Fitbit Versa Lite
- Fitbit Ionic
- Fitbit Inspire
- Fitbit Versa
- Fitbit Alta HR
3. For Gaming – Nintendo Switch
Whether you’re a gamer or not, the Nintendo Switch has become one of the must-have ways to wind down in 2020. The gaming hybrid lets you enjoy a more traditional TV-based console, paired with a wireless controller and online play. What makes the Switch unique is that you can remove it from its dock and continue playing it as a handheld console.
“The Nintendo Switch is a remarkably ambitious, clever game system concept that manages to live up to its promise of convenient switching between home console and gaming handheld. The Joy-Cons are smart, modular controllers that let the system work in a variety of ways, and the Switch itself has enough graphical power to run the best-looking Zelda and Mario games yet. The sheer number of options you have for playing are impressive, and even with the relatively weak battery life, just the ability to take the system anywhere without worrying about wires is one of the most useful additions we’ve seen to a home game system yet. It’s become a staple of my daily commute.” – PC Mag
4. For the Office – Uplift V2 Standing Desk
As people all over the countries have been forced to create some form of home office, standing desks have proven popular, especially with our Hangouts attendees. Their popularity is unsurprising, considering standing desks have been linked to reduced back pain, reduced weight gain and heart risk, and improved mood and productivity. In our recent Hangout series, psychologist, Dr Helen Boschi, endorses standing desks and it’s easy to see why.
Although there are a number of standing desks on the market, the clear favourite is the Uplift V2 Standing Desk. Here’s what the New York Times thought about the desk after 65 hours of working with it:
“The Uplift V2-Commercial Standing Desk offers the best mix of performance and features of the desks we tested. It responds quickly to input from your choice of three control keypads and produces minimal wobble even at tall heights thanks to the frame’s crossbar and thick legs. Because you can set it around 3 inches lower than competing desks, the V2-Commercial can better fit people who are below about 5-foot-2, but it also meets the sitting and standing needs of those who are as tall as 6-foot-6. Testers loved the look of the 1-inch-thick curved bamboo desktop, but if you’d prefer a different style, Uplift offers 19 options. The company also has four frame colors to choose from and multiple add-on accessories, so you can truly make this desk your own.”
5. For Convenience – Google Lens
The Google Lens came up a few times when we asked our delegates what piece of tech they’ve been enjoying during lockdown. So, what is it? Pocket Lint explains:
“Google Lens enables you to point your phone at something, such as a specific flower, and then ask Google Assistant what the object you’re pointing at is. You’ll not only be told the answer, but you’ll get suggestions based on the object, like nearby florists, in the case of a flower.”
This app even works for shopping – showing you similar items to the one you’ve photographed, and where you can buy it.
6. The Alternative Gadget – Books
Believe it or not, when we asked our attendees about the best tech of 2o2o, a number of them said… books. When we looked into this, we found that a new survey shows that people in the UK have almost doubled the amount of time they spend reading books since lockdown began. At a glance, Amazon bestsellers of 2020 are an interesting mix that is true to the times – political exposes such as Mary Trump’s No1 bestseller, social justice pieces like White Fragility, and top novel, Where the Crawdads Sing. Interestingly, Camu’s 1947 novel, The Plague even hit bestselling lists this year as readers sought to find pandemic perspectives from the last century. So, whether you’re using a Kindle, iBooks, audiobook, or physical copy, there’s endless content out there.