New Year 2019: Gadgets 360 Staff’s Tech Shopping Cart for the New Year


New Year 2019: Gadgets 360 Staff's Tech Shopping Cart for the New Year

There’s hardly ever a time when we don’t want to buy a gadget and new year 2019 is no exception to that rule. Each Gadgets 360 staff member was asked to come up with a wish list for the new year and almost all of them came up with something they want. The wish list ranges from dishwashers to mixed reality headsets, so you do have a wide range of choices here. If you’ve ever found yourself wondering what kind of gadgets do professional tech journalists desire, look no further. This is where we share our (at times woefully unrealistic) wish list for new year 2019.

We’ve already told you about our favourite tech purchases of 2018 and here are the gadgets we want to purchase in new year 2019.

Abhinav Lal: Mixed Reality Headset
Last year, I’d mentioned that one of the aims of buying a GeForce GTX 1070 bearing laptop was to enjoy VR at home, but I was unable to invest in a mixed reality headset this year thanks to the cost. Next year’s investment will be a MR headset from one of the big names in the business — Acer, Asus, or Lenovo.

Aditya Shenoy: Sena 30k
With the traffic situation growing worse by the day, I find myself riding the bike a lot more than I had initially intended. If this continues, I am looking forward to invest in a Sena 30K Communicator. It’s a simple device that can be attached to the helmet and paired to my smartphone. Using this, I can stream music while I’m riding and even communicate with my riding buddies on long rides over the weekend. But if the traffic situation improves, I am going ahead with an Android Auto headunit for my car.

Buy: Sena 30K

Akhil Arora: Nothing
Consumerism is overwhelming. Well, at least if you try to be sensible about it, which feels like it’s dangerously close to oxymoron territory. Anyhoo, the point that I’m trying to make is that I didn’t find a single thing I needed in a single sale this year.

I’d scourge through them for hours only to realise I’ve pretty much ticked every tech sub-category out there. And sure, that meant I ended up splurging on slightly-unnecessary wants such as the Xbox One X and Philip Hue lights. I already had the two other consoles from Sony and Nintendo, and a smart light integration thingy so it’s not like I needed either.

I’ve reached a point where I feel like I’ve hit tech fulfillment. For a little while anyway. Hence, my wishlist for 2019? Nothing. Apologies for wasting your time.

Akshay Jadhav: PS4
In new year 2019 I am planning to buy a PlayStation 4. I have always been fascinated with video games, having spent hours and hours playing Mario, GTA, Counter-Strike, FIFA, among other games over the years. I’ve always wanted to own a gaming console and 2019 may just be the year it happens.

To prepare for this I’ve watched the walkthroughs of The Last of Us, the new God of War, Red Dead Redemption 2, and many other PS4 games. Now it’s time to experience the gameplay myself, as soon as I’ve saved enough to buy the console and a couple of games.

Buy: PlayStation 4

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Aman Rashid: A new iPhone
By the time the iPhone XS Max launched in the Indian market, my Galaxy Note 9 was already two months old. And as much as I love my Note 9, I can’t deny the fact that the XS Max is a phone that I would have surely bought only if I wouldn’t have purchased the Galaxy Note. That iPhone XS Max looks so classy in that new Gold color. So, no problem, come new year 2019 and I have already decided what my smartphone is going to be! Yes, I am looking forward to purchasing the next big thing from Apple, the iPhone 11 Max or XI Max or whatever Apple decides to call it.

Buy: iPhone XS Max

Gagan Gupta: Home automation products
It’s not often that I don’t have anything on my gadget wish list, but seems like this is one of those rare occasions. What I am however considering is home automation when I’m doing up my house this year. Since it’s a major restructuring, it’s just the right time to get all the networking and internal cabling planned to upgrade my home to a smart home.

Of course, how ambitious this gets completely depends on the budget, but my prime focus are home security, lighting, and entertainment. Either that or my kid continues to be my voice activated assistant.

Harpreet Singh: HomePod
In new year 2019, I’m planning on buying the Apple HomePod. In fact, two of them, if credit limit permits. It’s annoying that Apple is yet to launch them officially in India and I hope this changes by next year. I’d be lucky if we get next-generation HomePod speakers straightaway. I do have a bunch of Alexa-powered Echo speakers around the house but I’m willing to make the switch considering the HomePod speakers sound way better and I’m already deep into Apple’s ecosystem.

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Jagmeet Singh: Nintendo Switch
Technology takes new shapes at a lightning-fast speed. It is, therefore, difficult to presume what would be my next pick over the next 12 months. But if I look at the technology world at the present time, I’d like to pick the Nintendo Switch as my next major purchase.

It has a portable design yet powerful hardware that attracts the gamer within me. The Joy-Con controllers that come with the Nintendo Switch also remind me of my early days when I used to spend hours during my holidays playing new titles.

One thing that has so far stopped me from making a purchase is the high prices of the Switch games. However, I believe that in 2019, I may get some good titles at affordable prices.

Buy: Nintendo Switch

Jamshed Avari: Spotify
I have a few ideas for things that I might buy in new year 2019, but most of them are small, incremental purchases or subscriptions. I’d love to have a much faster and more reliable home Internet connection, but I don’t see fresh competition emerging anytime soon. I’ll most likely subscribe to Spotify if or when it launches and I still need to find a decent replacement for Crashplan.

I think the best use of my money would be to make sure all my data is safely and automatically backed up. It might not sound like much, but as many people have come to realise, the monthly costs of all our app and service subscriptions do tend to add up to quite a lot.

Kunal Dua: Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500
Going paperless and reclaiming the space being taken up by various statements and documents that I’ve collected over the years is on my wish list for new year 2019. Granted, I will never really need most of them, but I’m too afraid to just put them through the shredder without having a digital copy.

That’s where the Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500 comes in. From what I’ve read, this little baby can handle everything you can throw at it, and I’ve wanted one for a long, long time.

Something tells me that this wish will come true in 2019 — that something may or may not be an eBay order that’s due to be delivered by Wednesday, January 9.

Buy: Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500

Prabhakar Thakur: Nintendo Switch
There’s a lot of stuff I am looking forward to in new year 2019, but portable gaming is on top of that list. I have been delaying the inevitable purchase of a Nintendo Switch but 2019 might be the year I splurge on one. Prices have gone down since its launch but I think I will wait for an official India launch to avoid buying games at the current exorbitant prices.

Buy: Nintendo Switch

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Written by Loknath Das