The Indian Gadget Awards 2021 (Voice of the Industry) is a joint initiative of the 30 largest tech publications and YouTubers in India, who have come together to crown the best gadgets of 2021. The winners will be chosen via anonymous voting by a jury of 40+ gadget experts, with the final selections representing the industry's consensus on gadgets that made a difference.
The awards will be showcased on the sites and YouTube channels of all 30 event partners.
The Indian Gadget Awards 2021 comprises
The entry-level segment for smartphones might not have seen too much action lately, but remains extremely crucial. As the stepping stone for those upgrading from feature phones or even first-time users, this category applauds the smartphones that focus on delivering the basics in the best possible manner.
The most voluminous, and therefore the most important segment in terms of what users are buying, this segment has seen cutthroat competition and intense rivalry. It's also quite varied in terms of the features and specs on offer, including both 4G and 5G phones, and those that promise oodles of performance and imaging. But only one can walk away with the crown.
One of the most exciting smartphone categories, especially considering the highly compelling options available, this award category is understandably packed with quite a few possible contenders. This segment poses a challenge for the jury for sure. It's not easy to offer to offer the balance users want from this segment though, and the winner here has to be truly special.
Flagship performance, flagship imaging, and flagship everything else, this category is also filled with tons of options. These are all-rounders that can't go wrong in any aspect of the smartphone user experience, and pretty much all nominees here are winners in their own right. Which one gets the title though?
Some contenders in our Premium list include words like pro, ultra and max in their names, while others don't. Regardless of the naming convention they follow though, these are all devices that are the most loaded smartphones money can buy. The stakes are quite high here, and the jury members will really need to put their thinking hats on to choose a winner.
The front cameras on phones might come in various forms - hiding in notches and punch holes. Selfie cameras are also quite feature-rich these days, borrowing capabilities from primary snappers in a big way. However, they all need to deliver on the selfie and the video calling front and that's what this award is for.
Premium smartphones need to deliver on the photography aspect, but when the stakes are so high, users definitely want a great selfie experience as well. So when price is no bar, which is the best selfie phone we saw in 2021?
Photography is possibly more crucial for many smartphone users than calling and messaging. We're not judging, but we sure are judging the imaging capabilities of mainstream phones to check if they can deliver in real life. Not an easy task, given that smartphones in this segment are now challenging even their premium counterparts.
DSLR-level quality, complete with all the bells and whistles. We're talking serious photography chops here, so choosing a winner isn't going to be a 'point-and-shoot' task. Thankfully, our experts are ready with their trigger fingers and should have a winner before you can say cheese.
It's game on, as we move on to a segment which looks at how mainstream smartphones fare in gaming. It's a use case that keeps growing in terms of popularity, catering to an audience that can get very picky if not served well. Our jury is picky too, and up to task when it comes to picking out a winner.
Quite a few aspects, including performance, thermals, display quality, audio, battery life and software features matter when it comes to gaming phones. And when we consider the premium segment, a smartphone really has to go all out to come up as a contender for the award. Which one will win?
The most coveted award. Out of hundreds of phones launched this year, this award is for that one phone that manages to tick all the right boxes for our judges... standing out as a distrupter that really brought the best balance between value and features from across different price segments.
In the current scenario, tablets have an increasing role to play from a perspective of content consumption, entertainment, and even education. The mainstream category has new and interesting contenders too, with quite a few brands now making their presence felt. The title of the Best Mainstream Tablet of 2021 goes to...
The premium tablet space is the playground of brands that have been around for a while. These devices not only need to deliver on all the common use cases, but also prove their usefulness as serious workhorses and look good while they're at it. All nominees here make the cut, but we only have one trophy.
A value-for-money laptop carries a whole lot of responsibility these days, much more than ever before. Laptops have moved on from being shared devices at home and are increasingly becoming more personal, what with everyone from school kids to office goers needing their own. And therefore, our jury has a special duty to choose the most deserving one as the winner.
From sleek, beautiful-looking machines to performance powerhouses, the premium laptop segment has it all. These machines come packed to the brim with features that can excite and make us drool, though that won't keep our experts from being objective and fair in choosing one that deserves the crown.
Love gaming, but don't want to spend the big bucks? Fret not, as these gaming laptops have what it takes to deliver a smooth gaming experience. You do have to loosen your purse strings a bit, but that's par for the course for this segment. Of course, these devices can handle the usual tasks without breaking into sweat, but that's more than what can be said for our judges when it comes to crowning a winner.
Serious gaming requires serious horsepower, and this is where these supremely loaded machines come in. Of course, you need to have loaded bank account, but for your money, you get laptops that can give you immersive gameplay and lots of computing power. This is the cream of the crop, and we'll be choosing one as the ultimate winner.
Big screens, big value. The mainstream TV category is super important, and we don't really need to tell you why. As the largest screens in the house, these are our go-to devices for delivering entertainment at a click of a button and opening up a whole world of OTT apps and services for us. Size matters of course, but not more than image and sound quality.
TVs in the premium segment have to be truly special to justify their price tags. Powerhouse performance, exceptional display quality, rich sound and a plethora of features need to be in the offing, along with a whole lot more to attract potential buyers. Our job here is to choose the most special one out of this list of special contenders.
Music, calls, freedom. The freedom that comes from ditching the wires. The mainstream TWS segment comprises contenders that give you all that at affordable prices, and come with useful features beyond just the basics too. Now it's up to the experts to figure out the best one for your ears.
If you're willing to spend, the premium TWS segment is where the big guns are. Loaded with features and tons of audio wizardry, each nominee in our list is a special one, and brings its own unique signature to this category. We've fired up our favourite playlists and will have a winner ready in time for the big announcements.
Get fit, track your physical activity and stay calm, because mainstream wearables these days can do almost everything except serve you green tea. From sleek fitness bands to watches, this segment comprises options that try and outdo each other in a race to reach your wrist. The judges will need to play some wristy shots to hit a boundary on this one.
Attempting to deliver the right mix of health and smart features, these wearables have a lot going for them. Let's just say you get to see lots more than just time when you have one of these are mini computers wrapped around your wrist. And now, it's time to crown a winner.
As we wait for 5G, it's clear that 4G will be around for a while. Spanning both 4G and 5G, mobile chipsets in the mainstream category are tasked with delivering both value and performance, along with the right connectivity features. Fighting for the title are options from the two big players.
It's not unreasonable to expect the world when it comes to SoCs in the premium mobile segment. And these are flagships that do promise that, and more. Powering everything from performance to cameras, and impacting all aspects of smartphone usage, here are the nominees for the Best Mobile SoC of 2021 in the premium category.
Mobile chipsets act as the brains, the heart and the spine for modern-day smartphones, and therefore, play a vital role in the ecosystem. This award applauds the brand that distrupted the category this year, promising an even more interesting year ahead.
Intel and AMD did a terrific job of sprucing up the affordable laptop segment with their powerful, mid-range processors. This award sheds a light on team red and blue's toilsome efforts and crowns the winner for the most efficient, affordable and VFM laptop CPU for the year 2021.
As far as the performance of a high-end laptop is concerned, the sky is the limit. Be it playing graphically-intensive, ray-traced games, or churning out content by utilising demanding editing apps like Adobe Premiere, our contenders can do it all without breaking a sweat. Of course, there can be only one winner, so stay tuned for the big announcement.
Meaningful innovation is hard to come by, and so are upgrades that make innovations even more useful. Some of the nominees here are quite futuristic and light a path to the future, while others are handy gadgets that deliver much more than what's expected of them.