Yes, in September we finally got the long-awaited iPhone 5, but that was just one of the many, many rad gadgets we tested. Here's a rundown of all the best new gear you should know about.

For the full list of Gizmodo favorites, head over to the complete Best Gadgets


The Best Smartphone

After waiting in line to buy and spending seven days with the iPhone 5, living with it, owning it, I can say confidently that it's the best smartphone you can buy. More »

The Best E-Reader

The Kindle Paperwhite is a pivotal step forward for the technology of ereaders. It makes previous generations feel like a pulpy paperback held up next to an ornately illustrated tome. More »

The Best Budget DSLR

More than two years ago, the Canon T2i set the standard for beginner DSLRs. The camera proved, for $1000, that you could get beautiful photos and slick HD video. With an auto-focus video and an incredible touchscreen, the T4i is the most refined version of this camera yet.More »

The Best Bluetooth Headphones

Even with the Phillipe Starck flashiness (which can singlehandedly ruin things sometimes), the Parrot Ziks are the best looking headphones in this battlemodo. Plus, there's the capacitive touch panel on the right ear, which allows you to control playback with gestures. The NFC capabilities allow you to automagically pair with compatible Android phones, and a sensor stops playback whenever you take your headphones off. All of this adds up to an unrivaled user experience. More »

The Best Noise-Canceling Headphones

There's a lot to love about the Audio Technica ATH-ANC9s. The plush leather pads on the earcups are so soft that they don't put much of a pinch on your head. On the inside, the cans have a great, slightly bottom heavy sound that doesn't blow up the clarity or detail on other frequencies. As for the sound of silence, the ANC 9s have three different levels of noise-canceling like the Sonys do-the only difference is that it, in this case, it really works. More »

The Best Thunderbolt Hard Drive

If your computer has a Thunderbolt drive, odds are it's been pretty neglected. Some external storage options are good, but no one choice is a no-brainer. Until now, that is. LaCie's vivid orange drive is the best way to back up files, superfast. More »

The Best SSD

We loved Samsung's 830 Series SSDs, and we love its new 840 Series even more. In the final tally, the Samsung 840 Pro took top honors in seven out of nine benchmarks, so it looks like it'll be taking its predecessor's place on our Best of the Best list. Samsung also claims this drive is energy-efficient and "robust," which is great news, but in the end, just icing on a very, very fast cake.
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The Best AirPlay Speaker

Most AirPlay speakers have failed at their central purpose. Life is not made easier. Your liberation from wires comes with a monstrous configuration headache. But not with Pioneer's portable XW-SMA3. It finally delivers high-quality wireless audio in an easy, awesome package. You heard right! More »

The Best Bike Light For Less Than $100

This is what we were looking for: The NiteRider Lumina 500 is a super-bright, incredibly even pool of light. It's so perfectly focused that you can see even small objects when traveling at high speeds More »

The Best Rolling Camera Bag

The LowPro Pro Roller X200 nails its primary function-storing gear securely in a solid, roomy, well-organized compartment. An intuitive, simple layout fits two DSLR bodies with lenses attached, 2 extra lenses, microphones, accessories, and 15-inch Macbook Pro.More »


The Best Smartphone: Farewell, iPhone 4S! The iPhone 5, is finally here.
The Best E-reader: Good-bye, Nook Simple Touch. Your screen is vastly inferior.
The Best SSD: Peace out, Patriot Pyro SE! You are no match for the Samsung 840's incredible benchmarks.
The Best AirPlay Speaker: Smell you later, Audessy AirDock. You are not portable.
The Best Budget DSLR: Canon EOS T3i, you have been replaced by the newer, slicker, Canon EOS T4i.