All things considered, 2022 was generally a very bad year. Due to global shortages caused by the COVID-19 epidemic, it was challenging to find items like cellphones, GPUs, and gaming consoles throughout the year. In addition, the ongoing pandemic is likely draining many emotionally and psychologically, making for a bad year all around. Despite this, 2022 managed to produce some fantastic technology, like earbuds, tablets, and even smartphones. Here is the technology that, despite all odds, turned 2022 into a year to remember.
Some of the phones produced throughout the years have obviously fallen short because yearly iPhone launches are something you can count on, even during a global epidemic. That cannot be said of the iPhone 13, which impressed us with camera features like Cinematic mode (which is present on all iPhone 13 devices) and the macro photo shooting option on the Pro and Pro Max.
People love the iPhone 13, even though the iPhone experience is currently very well nailed down and isn’t going to alter much from generation to generation. The iPhone 13 lineup makes up for the iPhone 12 lineup’s perceived lack of battery life, with the Pro Max and Pro in particular boasting an amazing battery life that will last you at least a day. Add to that the 13’s new Sierra Blue color scheme, and it’s safe to say that we’re in love with Apple’s newest iPhone.
With its flagship phones, Google has had some “on years” and “off years,” similar to Apple. Some have made an impression, while others have fallen short. The Pixel 6 unquestionably fits into the first group and is quite possibly the best Pixel smartphone Google has ever produced.
The Pixel 6 is an Android lover’s phone through and through, and it offers a lot. We were thrilled by Google’s Material Design, which modifies UI color elements to match the phone’s background, and it goes without saying that the Pixel 6’s cameras were a strong suit. The Pixel 6’s battery life was likewise good, but maybe more importantly, it is much less expensive than competing flagships.
The Pixel 6 might be the device you’re searching for if you’re tired of spending $1,000 or more on new phones. Just make sure to purchase a case to go with it because the Pixel 6’s all-glass construction can be challenging to hold.
Mattress Made of Molecules
Even though it may seem strange to see a mattress on the list with wireless earphones and smartphones, the Molecule Hybrid is deserving of a slot. Online mattress retailers have many of choices, but Molecule stands out with their Hybrid Mattress.
The Molecule Hybrid firms up for people of all body shapes and is sort of a better follow-up to the Molecule 1 Mattress (which we reviewed in 2018). This is made possible by a coil system known as MoleculeEdge, which tightens up the corners and edges of the mattress as well as adds additional support to the mattress, allowing you to sit or lay on them without slipping off.
When experimenting with thick hybrid mattresses that use memory foam layers, like this one does, we also discovered that the Molecule Hybrid efficiently kept sleepers cool. The only drawback? Even though it costs $1,900, you get what you pay for, as the saying goes.
newest model of Apple AirPods
Apple’s AirPods were the focus of several rumors all throughout 2022. Apple officially unveiled the third-generation AirPods in October during an event, following months of rumors and reports. With the third generation of AirPods, Apple abandoned the EarPods form factor that it had been using for years.
The third-generation AirPods not only feature a fresh appearance, but the insides have also been upgraded. These updated AirPods have better battery life and spatial audio. They also have an unique proprietary driver created by Apple and are sweat- and water-resistant, which is always a pleasant feature.
Of course, there are alot of factors to take into account before making the decision. The new AirPods design won’t fit every ear like the previous EarPods design didn’t. Despite the enhancements made to the audio quality, these earbuds are also not noise-canceling. The third-generation AirPods are still a viable option for individuals who don’t want to go all-in and spend a fortune on the more pricey AirPods Pro.
Beats by Dre
The Beats Fit Pro might be a nice option if you’re seeking for an alternative to Apple’s AirPods. In either case, Apple will receive your payment, but the Beats Fit Pro significantly outperform the third-generation AirPods. To begin with, these headphones offer active noise-cancellation, something the third-generation AirPods do not.
Even at their $199.99 price tag, Active Noise Cancellation is undoubtedly these earbuds’ main selling feature, but we also discovered that the Beats Fit Pro had excellent in-ear comfort. These might well be worth the extra money you’ll spend on them if the inflexible design of the basic AirPods bothers you.
Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition from Amazon
Although ereaders may seem like a thing of the past to some, for fans of electronic books, there isn’t much better than the Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition. It may not offer many functional improvements over previous Kindle Paperwhites, but it does offer several quality-of-life improvements.
To begin with, it boasts a USB-C charging connector and a larger display than previous Kindle Paperwhite models (without the glare that comes with smartphones). Additionally, it has a larger battery than its predecessors, more storage, and IPX8 waterproofing, making it more than capable of being brought outside regardless of available outlets or rainy weather forecasts.
The Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition is much more affordable even though it may not perform as well as the Kindle Oasis. That can be a significant issue for a gadget like a Kindle. In the end, the Kindle Paperwhite finds a fair mix between price and features, and it likely meets the requirements of the majority of ereader users.
iPad 9th generation
While a new iPad Pro wasn’t introduced in 2022, a new iPad standard was. It can be simple to overlook Apple’s entry-level iPad with all the attention on the iPad Pro and iPad Air, but the 9th-generation device unveiled earlier this year still managed to wow.
Actually, it probably isn’t worth upgrading to the 9th-gen iPad if you already own a normal iPad that was introduced in the last several years. Everyone else, however, would benefit from taking a closer look at the 9th-generation iPad when searching for a new tablet because it provides a strong feature set at a price that is surprisingly affordable by today’s standards for smart devices.
Depending on the display and storage options, the price of an iPad Pro can rise quickly past $1,000, but a 9th-generation iPad won’t cost you anywhere close to that. This 10.2-inch iPad will seem like an improvement over earlier 9.7-inch iPads, and at a starting price of $329, you don’t have to break the bank to acquire one.
2022 iPad Mini
The regular iPad wasn’t Apple’s only success with tablets in 2022. Perhaps even more stunning is the new iPad mini, which removes the home button for the first time in the device’s lengthy history. With the new iPad mini, you won’t quite have an edge-to-edge display, but the additional screen space we gain by getting rid of the home button is definitely appreciated.
With its 2022 release, the iPad mini gains a bigger display and magnets to hold the Apple Pencil firmly in place while it charges, similar to the upcoming standard iPad. The device is a decent addition to the range for individuals who want a larger display than the one on their phone but don’t want to invest in anything much bigger or more expensive, even though it might not be a good alternative for a laptop.
Studio for Microsoft Surface Laptop
The Surface Laptop Studio, an amazing (and pricey) laptop with an unusual design, is the lone laptop on our list for 2022. The Surface Laptop Studio is created with a double hinge that enables three alternative usage modes: laptop, stage, and studio, as opposed to merely choosing a 2-in-1 design like so many convertible laptops.
If you have make use of the convertible 2-in-1 laptops in your tablet configurations, the laptop mode and the studio mode are self-explanatory. The Surface Laptop Studio stands out when used in stage mode, which raises the display so that it is behind the trackpad but in front of the keyboard. The laptop’s already excellent speakers sound even better in this mode, which is ideal for watching videos.
Although it is an amazing laptop, the price is also impressive. This is a costly machine, with options starting at $1,599.99 and increasing up past the $2,000 mark after that. However, for artists and designers who need a convertible laptop, it may currently be the finest option available.
Series 7 Apple Watch
The Apple Watch Series 7 from 2022 isn’t a significant improvement over previous models, but even without many eye-catching new features, we were nevertheless impressed. The watch’s larger display, which occupies a greater portion of the area between the bezels and appears substantially larger even at a glance, is crucial to that.
The Apple Watch Series 7’s hardware is where the majority of advancements have been made, even if functionality will mostly remain the same as in previous watches. The Apple Watch Series 7 not only has a bigger touchscreen than its predecessors, but it also charges more quickly and provides greater fitness tracking. Despite the fact that battery life didn’t significantly improve with this model, individuals who are unfamiliar with Apple’s wearables line will definitely choose to start with this one.
OLED Nintendo Switch
The Nintendo Switch OLED caught people off guard for a variety of reasons. Many had anticipated Nintendo to reveal a beefed-up Switch Pro this year, but that’s not what transpired. Instead, we received the Switch OLED, which has the same hardware as the standard Switch but has a better display.
Even though the display is stunning (and the revamped dock finally provides us an integrated LAN connector), most current Switch users won’t be compelled to contemplate an upgrade. In spite of this, the Switch OLED is without a doubt the model you should choose if you’ve never purchased a Nintendo Switch and are considering doing so. For $50 more, you get a fantastic OLED display, more storage, and a significantly improved kickstand, making this the clear choice for potential Switch owners.
Therefore, even though 2022 had its ups and downs in many areas, it did bring a ton of awesome new technology. 2023 has the potential to be an even greater year for the consumer technology industry if we can quickly overcome this global semiconductor deficit. On that front, we’ll keep our fingers crossed in the hopes that 2023 will be better than this year in a variety of ways.