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

  • 30 awards across smartphones, laptops, televisions, wearables, and more
  • 40+ jury members, comprising the top reviewers and experts in the industry
  • 2 Users' Choice awards
  • 30 Websites and YouTubers, with a combined audience base of over 100 million
Meet the Collaborators
Users' Choice
Tech experts might have their own opinions but the one that matters the most is yours. This is your chance to vote for your favorites and make them win.
Meet The Jury Members
Aamir Siddiqui
Abdul Rashid
Indian Budget Gamer
Abhijeet Kumar
Tech Guide
Abhishek Bhatnagar
Gadgets to Use
Abhishek Sharma
Geek Abhishek
Akshay Bhalla
Ali Pardiwala
NDTV Gadgets 360
Amit Bhawani
Anmol Jaiswal
Ashish Bhatia
Tech Columnist
C Giridhar
GiriSonnaSeri Tech
Chetan Bhawani
Gizmo Times
Deepak Dhingra
Dhananjay Bhosale
Dhananjay Tech
Dhruv Bhutani
Android Authority
Ershad Kaleebullah
Anuj Batra
Gizmo Gyan
Haidar Ali
Harish Jonalagadda
Android Central
Harsh Punjabi
Hitesh Arora
Times Now Tech
Imran Imam
Jayanta Ghosh
Jhinuk Sen
Business Today
Ketaki Bhojnagarwala
Lakshmi Rajan
Tech Tamizha
Mala Bhargava
Hindu Business Line
Manoj Mehra
Tech MM
Mukul Sharma
Naman Dwivedi
Nandagopal Rajan
The Indian Express
Nimish Dubey
Tech Columnist
Nirmal TV
Nishant Padhiar
Stuff and What Hi-Fi
HFV Unbox
Pranav Hegde
Rajiv Makhni
Tech Makhnified
Rajiv Rana
Gogi Tech
Raju PP
Tech PP
Sahil Mohan Gupta
Sandeep Budki
The Mobile Indian
Sandeep Dabas
Tech Vani
Tushar Kanwar
Tech Columnist
Varun Krishnan
Vivek Gupta
Zia Askari
Telecom Drive
JURY'S Choice
  • Smartphones
  • Tablets
  • Laptops
  • Televisions
  • TWS Earbuds
  • Wearables
  • Mobile SoCs
  • Laptop CPUs
  • Innovation

Best Phone of 2021 (under ₹ 10,000)

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.

  • Realme Narzo 30A
  • Infinix Hot 11
  • Moto E40
  • Samsung Galaxy M02
  • Realme C25
  • Redmi 9 Activ

Best Phone of 2021 (under ₹ 20,000)

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.

  • Redmi Note 10 Pro Max
  • POCO X3 Pro
  • iQOO Z3 5G
  • Moto G60
  • Realme X7 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy A22 5G
  • Redmi Note 11T 5G

Best Phone of 2021 (under ₹ 30,000)

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.

  • OnePlus Nord 2 5G
  • Xiaomi Mi 11X
  • iQOO Z5 5G
  • Realme X7 Max 5G
  • POCO F3 GT
  • Samsung Galaxy M52 5G
  • Realme GT Master Edition
  • Motorola Edge 20
  • Xiaomi 11 Lite NE 5G

Best Phone of 2021 (under ₹ 50,000)

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?

  • Vivo X70 Pro
  • OnePlus 9 5G
  • iQOO 7 Legend 5G
  • iQOO 7 5G
  • Realme GT Neo 2
  • Xiaomi Mi 11X Pro
  • Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G
  • OnePlus 9R 5G
  • Realme GT 5G
  • Motorola Edge 20 Pro

Best Phone of 2021 - Premium

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.

  • Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
  • Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
  • Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G
  • Apple iPhone 13
  • Vivo X70 Pro+
  • OnePlus 9 Pro 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G

Best Selfie Phone of 2021 - Mainstream

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.

  • Redmi Note 10 Pro Max
  • iQOO Z3 5G
  • Realme 8 Pro
  • Tecno Camon 17 Pro
  • Realme X7 5G

Best Selfie Phone of 2021 - Premium

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?

  • Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • Vivo X70 Pro+
  • Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
  • Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G

Best Camera Phone of 2021 - Mainstream

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.

  • Redmi Note 10 Pro Max
  • Samsung Galaxy A22 5G
  • Moto G60
  • Realme 8s 5G
  • Realme X7 5G

Best Camera Phone of 2021 - Premium

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.

  • Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • Vivo X70 Pro+
  • iQOO 7 Legend 5G
  • Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
  • Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G
  • OnePlus 9 Pro 5G

Best Gaming Phone of 2021 - Mainstream

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.

  • POCO X3 Pro
  • iQOO Z3 5G
  • Redmi Note 10 Pro Max
  • Realme X7 5G
  • Moto G60

Best Gaming Phone of 2021 - Premium

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?

  • ASUS ROG Phone 5
  • Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • POCO F3 GT
  • iQOO 7 Legend 5G

Best Phone of 2021 - Overall

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.

  • Apple iPhone 13
  • Redmi Note 10 Pro Max
  • POCO X3 Pro
  • Realme X7 Max 5G
  • iQOO 7 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G
  • Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
  • Vivo X70 Pro+

Best Tablet of 2021 - Mainstream

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...

  • Realme Pad
  • Lenovo Tab K10
  • Nokia T20
  • Moto Tab G20
  • TCL 10 Tab Max

Best Tablet of 2021 - Premium

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.

  • Apple iPad Pro 12.9-inch
  • Apple iPad Mini
  • Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
  • Microsoft Surface Go 3
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE

Best Laptop of 2021 - Mainstream

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.

  • Mi NoteBook Pro (8GB + i5)
  • ASUS VivoBook K15 OLED K513EA-L301TS
  • Realme Book Slim (i5 8GB + 512GB)
  • RedmiBook 15 Pro (i5 variant)
  • MSI Modern 14 B11MO-093IN (Core i5 11th Gen)
  • Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3i 82H700J7IN (Core i5 11th Gen)
  • HP Pavilion Laptop 14-ec0036AU
  • Dell Vostro 3400 14-inch (Core i5 11th Gen)
  • Acer Aspire 5 A515-45 (Core i5 11th Gen)

Best Laptop of 2021 - Premium

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.

  • Apple MacBook Pro 16-inch (M1 Max)
  • Dell XPS 15 9510
  • HP Spectre x360 ea0077TU
  • Fujitsu UH-X 4ZR1D71993
  • ASUS ExpertBook B9 (B9400)
  • Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Carbon 82EV003WIN

Best Gaming Laptop of 2021 - Mainstream

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.

  • ASUS Zephyrus G14 GA401QH-HZ076TS
  • ASUS TUF Dash F15 FX516PM-HN156TS (Core i5 11th Gen + RTX 3060)
  • Acer Nitro 5 AN515-57 (Core i7 11th 11800H)
  • HP Victus 16d0003TX (Core i5 11th Gen + RTX 3050)
  • MSI Katana GF66 11UC - 477IN (Core i7 11th Gen + RTX 3050)

Best Gaming Laptop of 2021 - Premium

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.

  • ASUS ROG Strix Scar 15 G533QS-HF210TS
  • Lenovo Legion 5 Pro 82JQ009DIN
  • MSI GE 66 Raider 10UG
  • ASUS Zephyrus M16 GU603HR-K8004R
  • ASUS ROG Flow X13 GV301QH-K5040T
  • Dell Alienware X17

Best TV of 2021 - Mainstream

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.

  • Samsung AUE70 Crystal 4K UHD Smart TV (43-inch)
  • HiSense 43A6GE 4K Smart TV (43-inch)
  • Redmi Smart TV X50 (50-inch)
  • Realme Smart TV 4K (50-inch)
  • Blaupunkt Cybersound 4K Smart TV (43-inch)

Best TV of 2021 - Premium

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.

  • Samsung The Frame
  • LG C1 65
  • Sony A80J
  • Xiaomi Mi QLED TV 4K 75
  • Sony Z9J
TWS Earbuds

Best Truly Wireless Earbuds of 2021 - Mainstream

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.

  • Realme Buds Air 2
  • Jabra Elite 2
  • Soundcore Life Note E
  • JBL C115
  • boAt Airdopes 501 ANC
  • omthing By 1MORE AirFree Pods

Best Truly Wireless Earbuds of 2021 - Premium

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.

  • Apple AirPods 3
  • OPPO Enco X
  • Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro
  • Jabra Elite 85t
  • OnePlus Buds Pro
  • Nothing ear (1)
  • Google Pixel Buds A-Series
  • LyperTek PurePlay Z7

Best Wearable of 2021 - Mainstream

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.

  • Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 6
  • Huawei Band 6
  • Realme Watch 2 Pro
  • Amazfit Bip U Pro
  • Redmi Watch GPS
  • Noise ColorFit Pro 3
  • Crossbeats Orbit

Best Wearable of 2021 - Premium

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.

  • Apple Watch Series 7
  • Samsung Galaxy Watch4 Classic
  • Fitbit Charge 5
  • Fitbit Sense
  • Mi Watch Revolve Active
  • Fossil Gen 6
  • Amazfit GTR 3 Pro
Mobile SoCs

Best Mobile SoC of 2021 - Mainstream

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.

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 860
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 768G
  • MediaTek Dimensity 810
  • MediaTek Dimensity 700
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 678

Best Mobile SoC of 2021 - Premium

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.

  • Apple A15 Bionic
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 888+
  • MediaTek Dimensity 1200
  • Exynos 2100
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 870
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G

Best Mobile SoC Brand of 2021

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.

  • MediaTek
  • Qualcomm
  • Unisoc
Laptop CPUs

Best Laptop CPU of 2021 - Mainstream

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.

  • AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
  • Intel Core i5-11300H
  • Intel Core i3-1115G4

Best Laptop CPU of 2021 - Premium

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.

  • Apple M1 Max
  • Intel Core i9-11900H
  • Intel Core i7-11800H
  • AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
  • AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
  • AMD Ryzen 7 5800H

Most Innovative Gadget of 2021

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.

  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G
  • Philips Fresh Air Mask
  • Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold
  • Samsung Odyssey G9 49-inch
  • Amazon Echo Show 10
  • StuffCool Centurion
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