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Every single year, technology keeps getting demonstrably better and more powerful.

More and more tech products are having a profound impact on the way we live our lives.

But with so many gadgets on the market, which ones do you really need to own? Here are five we rate as essential in the year 2018.

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1. A smartphone of your choosing

Smartphones are the most personal, powerful devices we have right now. They’re tiny computers that fit in our pockets.

But despite the sheer number of phones that exist in 2018, choosing the one for you usually boils down to one question: “iOS or Android?”

Many people will tell you Apple provides the most reliable smartphone experience with the best security and the fastest updates. Others prefer the openness of Android, which gives users more control over how their phones work and gives them more options for customizing their devices. Android phones also comes in a wider variety of designs.

Whichever system you pick, you’ll have plenty of excellent options to choose from, in terms of devices:

For iOS fans

Apple now sells phones in a range of sizes, prices and capabilities, from the $350 iPhone SE to the $1,000 iPhone X. You can learn more about every iPhone now available right here.

For Android fans

On the Android side, the top phones are the Pixel gadgets from the operating system’s designer, Google itself. The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are the search giant’s newest phones, and they’re incredible devices. They use artificial intelligence in various clever ways, from passively telling you what music is playing in the background to making your photos look Read More Here