Berlin’s annual IFA show is the largest consumer electronics event in Europe with “more digital lifestyle products in one place than any other show worldwide.” After walking the show floor, sitting in on private pre-briefings, standing inside packed press conferences, and attending media-only showcase events, these are the items we’ve chosen for Gear Diary’s Best of IFA 2019 Awards.
Articles by Judie Lipsett Stanford
To celebrate the launch of Lenovo‘s latest products at this year’s IFA, we’re giving away three of their fab smart home devices. You can win one 8″ Lenovo Smart Display or one of two Lenovo Smart Clocks!
Until folding phones manufacturers are able to sort out all their devices’ inherent issues, we can look to LG and their Dual Screen solution which we first saw on the V50 ThinQ at MWC. That Dual Screen case option wasn’t available in the US, however. Now we have the LG G8X ThinQ, and yes — it’s coming to the US!
We love the way that Withings keeps adding value to their smartwatch line, and the Withings Move ECG is the latest iteration here to help you track your steps, sleep, exercise, heart rate, and your ECG.
Sonos has become a leader in home audio for those who want great sound throughout their home. Sonos systems are not only easy to set up, but they are also intelligent, connected, and beautifully designed. The one thing missing from their line-up was a portable Bluetooth speaker; today that gets rectified with the Sonos Move.
JBL has a solid reputation for making some of the best audio products you can buy. For IFA 2019, they’ve unleashed a Pulse update, three new soundbars, and two new LINK Google-Assistant speakers.
August Home and Yale Locks are two companies that need no introduction, and if you live in the US, you probably already know that they go together like peanut butter and jelly. Now Europe can get a taste of that smart home perfection with Yale Access.
EMUI 10 was announced at the Huawei Developer Conference earlier this month. I’ve just returned from a trip to Huawei’s HQ in Shenzhen, China. While there, I was shown what can be expected by this latest update.
You’d be forgiven for not knowing that the all-new 2019 Audi Q3 is actually Audi’s entry-level compact crossover SUV; after all, the Q3 is aggressively styled, attractive, and loaded with tech features first seen in the flagship Audi Q8. The Audi Q3 is a good lesson on how “entry-level” doesn’t have to be synonymous with “bare bones” or worse — “missing out.”
Death is the natural conclusion of life, but that’s little comfort when you are grieving a loved one. If you’ve experienced the loss of someone close to you, then you will appreciate the mission at Everence; they allow you to create custom jewelry and even tattoos with the DNA (by cheek swab), hair, or the cremains of your loved one.
Everyone likes the convenience and choice offered by using a single-serve coffee maker, right? But one of the biggest problems is that single-serve coffee makers produce unrecyclable waste. Some coffee pod makers offer to recycle used pods, but you have to return those used pods to them. Woken Coffee makes user compostable pods that reduce waste with minimal effort.
Some people buy a case with their phone, and never take it off. Others see a case as a fashion statement and swap them based on mood, needs, and what matches. Casely has a plan for the case-swappers, offering a new case every 1 or 3 months. We tested their cases to see if they’re worth a rotating spot on your phone!
I covered the OnePlus 7 Pro announcement with excitement. This flagship smartphone features a gorgeous 6.67″ AMOLED display; it has a top-of-the-line Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chip, and you can get yours with 6, 8, or 12GB RAM and 128 or 256GB user memory.
If you’re starting the hunt for back to school supplies for your favorite high school or college student, Huawei has some deals for you. Save $200 off their popular MateBook X Pro and MateBook 13, and get $150 off their MateBook D. If you need a tablet, they’ve got $20 to $30 off their MediaPads, including my fave MediaPad M5.
If wanting to ward off a future stroke by keeping track of your blood pressure and heart health is something that resonates with you, you’ll want to check out two new offerings from Withings — the BPM Connect and the BPM Core.
This is a love story, but it ends in tragedy. It begins on a ranch in West Texas, travels to New York City, then Tel Aviv and then Jerusalem, and then it all ends tragically in Paris. I’m talking about my experience with the myCharge HubMax Universal, the best battery pack I’ve yet owned … and then lost.
I’ve reviewed plenty of oversized connected speakers, but the JBL Partybox 300 takes that concept to the next level. It’s cordless when you need it to be, it has microphone and guitar inputs, it can put on a light show, it’s loud enough to fill your backyard, and man — it sounds amazing!
The days of having to pay big bucks to get a decent mobile phone are officially over; I’m declaring them dead. We have lots of choices for better than basic phones under $500 now; the Nuu Mobile G3+ is a well-built, unlocked phone with a few compromises, and it is less than $250 with no contracts or obligations. No, really.
Dust, dust mites, pet hair, human hair, dirt — they all will accumulate in your living spaces, and they are all gross. You can get rid of all of your sneeze-inducing detritus with the cordless Tineco Pure One S12 Plus Smart Vacuum Cleaner. Using artificial intelligence, it provides a smarter, deeper, quieter, and better cleaning.
We are huge fans of Master & Dynamic here, and how could we not be? Their headphones are extremely well made, and they produce excellent sound. If you’ve been looking for a great pair of wired cans, now is the time to check out their MH40 Over-Ear Headphones, as they are on sale for $199 from $249 for Memorial Day.
If you’ve wanted a capable under $300 Android tablet that also doubles as an Alexa display, you’re going to love the Lenovo Smart Tab P10 2-in-1 Smart Dock. It’s an Amazon Alexa enabled device with a 10.1″ FHD screen, but you can pull the display from the dock and use it separately as a regular Android tablet, too.