Special Report

Best and Worst Gadgets of the Decade

11. Surface laptop
> Year: 2017
> Company: Microsoft

The Surface laptop was Microsoft’s first attempt at bringing a laptop to market and it was a success. The machine featured an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, had a long battery life, and a large-enough 13.5-inch display. Microsoft’s strategy when it released the Surface laptop was to use it to showpiece its Windows 10 S operating system, a newer version of its famed Windows platform, that can only run programs from the company’s app store.

Source: DJI

12. DJI Osmo Pocket
> Year: 2018
> Company: Osmo

Dronemaker Osmo debuted its pocket handheld camera in 2018. Some technology writers balked at its $349 price tag but were won over once they started using it. Time-lapse, FaceTrack, and 10 Story Mode features helped create distinctive videos. Another key selling point is its three-axis gimbal that stabilizes the shot and makes footage smooth and appear professional.

Source: Courtesy of Huawei

13. Folding screens
> Year: 2019
> Company: Huawei

Huawei’s Mate X folding screen phone wowed attendees at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona earlier this year with its 8-inch, plastic organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display that folded outward, not inward. The Mate X provides a tablet-sized screen when extended. The device will set you back a bit — its price tag is about $2,600.