Technology moves at a fairly quick pace, leaving us with many new offerings each year. Some we try only to find they aren’t what we’re looking for, while others hit the nail on the head and change our whole technical life.
2018 was no different with Fortnite capturing the attention of gamers, seemingly every phone getting the notch, and IoT devices making everything “smart.” What was your favorite new app or device of 2018?
Sayak loves ride-sharing and bike apps. He stayed in Indonesia during 2017 to 2018 and was using an app called “Go Jek” to get from one place to the next. It doubles as a food delivery app with affordable services. He’d score free rides by tipping the motorcycle drivers extra when he had accumulated too many points. Throughout southeast Asia, there’s an app called “Grab” that offers affordable taxi rides. “Getting out of a place during the late night hours is no longer any trouble.”
Damien reports that in the earlier part of the year Adaway was his favorite app for his rooted phone, as it allows him to block all adds in apps. After unrooting his phone, Adaway no longer worked, so his next favorite app became Bokada. It can block ads, too, and work on all Android phones, be they rooted or not.
Kenneth’s favorite device of 2018 would have to be the Nubia X phone. It may not have “top-of-the-range” features, such as a QHD display or an inscreen fingerprint sensor as seen in most high-end phones, but it was something other phone manufacturers hadn’t managed to come up with: dual OLED screens.
The back display is used almost exclusively as a selfie viewfinder, eliminating the need for a notch while increasing the screen-to-body ratio to over 90%. It also results in high-quality selfies. “I love their creativity and innovation and am sure more companies will want to copy this design.”
Simon is calling out the Amazon Echo Dot’s Third Generation of devices, even though Alexa’s been around for a few years. He thinks Amazon “hit the nail on the head” with it. It has a great price and comes with the voice commands and skills.
He’d also like to see how it shapes up in the IoT world, and “the convenience of connecting devices to the Dot and activating them via voice is a luxury.” He’s noticed his gadget-loving friends have hopped onto the Alexa train as well and is “confident that Alexa will be taking commands for a few more years to come.”
Along with Simon, I’m giving it up to the smart speaker world, but since I’m part of the Apple ecosystem, I went with the HomePod. I wanted a new iPhone, but since I don’t use my phone as much, using my iPad the entire day, I went with the HomePod instead, which is something the whole family has been able to enjoy,
We have an array of favorites here, from apps to phones to IoT devices. Do you agree with any of our choices or do you have completely different favorites for the year? What was your favorite new app or device of 2018? Let us know in the comments section below.