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These are the top picks of the gadgets and apps that I use on a daily basis to get my work done.

Hardware

‌‌📱 Phone ‌‌
iPhone XS is my primary phone which I have been using from 2018 and its still going strong. I intend to keep this phone until I can upgrade in October 2022.

👨🏻‍💻 Laptop
‌‌MacBook Pro 16" is my work laptop given by my employer. It is the 2019 model with Intel i7 + 32 GB RAM + 512 SSD.

💻 Tablet
‌‌iPad Pro 11" is my main consumption and computing device.  I got this in 2019 with Apple Pencil and have added the Magic Keyboard cover since.

🖥 Computer
‌‌Once in a while you always need a 'real' computer and for those needs, I have a Mac Mini. This is the latest model with the M1 processor and I got It in 2020.

🎮 Gaming
‌‌I have a Gaming PC which I assembled way back in 2013. I have upgraded it significantly in 2017 with a new Cabinet, Storage and Graphics.

⌚️ Smartwatch
‌‌Apple Watch Series 7 is my smartwatch of choice that bought in 2021 immediately when it was released to upgrade my five year old Series 2.‌‌‌‌

🎧 Headphones
AirPods Max are my headphones of choice. I bought them in 2021 and its great that it pair with all my other apple devices seamlessly.

🎵 Earphones
‌I have the AirPods 2 that I bought in 2020 to replace my first-gen AirPods. I use my AirPods so much that I possibly can't live without them.

📖 E-Reader
I have the Amazon Kindle Voyage that I bought in 2016. I had the Kindle Paperwhite before and later upgraded to the Voyage.

📺 Smart TV
‌‌I have the Apple TV that I bought in 2015. It doesn't support 4K but its still going pretty well. I prefer this over FireStick or Android or Chromecast.

🔉 Smart Speaker
‌‌I have the original HomePod which I got in 2018. The sound quality is fantastic and integrates really well with the rest of my devices.

Software

‌‌💌 Mail
‌‌I use Hey Email as my primary email. I have integrated it with my custom domain. I absolutely love using Hey Email and its worth the price that I pay for it.

🗓 Calendar
‌‌I use Apple Calendar that syncs to iCloud. I have moved away from Google Products several years ago and as part of that I moved to Apple Calendar‌‌‌

‌🏷 Contacts
‌‌I use Apple Contacts that syncs to iCloud. I have moved away from Google Products several years ago and as part of that I moved to Apple Contacts.‌‌‌‌

☁️ Cloud Storage
‌I use Dropbox as my cloud storage service. I have tried OneDrive, Google Drive and iCloud Drive, but nothing comes close to Dropbox.

📷 Photos
‌‌I use Apple's iCloud Photo Library for backing up photos. I was a Google Photos user several years ago, but many sync issues made me move this iCloud Photos.

📑 Notes
‌‌I use Craft for my notes, journals and knowledge management. Craft is a beautifully built app that is useful in multiple ways.

☑️ Tasks
‌‌I use Things 3 for my task management. I was a Todoist user but have since moved on to Things 3 because of their beautifully designed native apps.

🎵 Music
‌‌I use Apple Music which comes as part of my Apple One subscription. I was a Spotify user before but their licensing issues few years ago made me move to Apple Music.

🔗 Bookmarks
‌‌I use Raindrop as my bookmark manager. I frequently save links to products, tweets, videos, articles and many more for later use and organise them. I was using Walling and then MyMind before, but have since moved to Raindrop/

🔑 Passwords
‌‌I use 1Password for my passwords and two factor authentication needs. I was a LastPass user before but moved to 1Password for their better app experience.

🎤 Podcasts‌‌
I use Pocketcasts to subscribe to all my podcasts. I love listening to podcasts and I spend a lot time listening to them. Pocketcasts is the best app for this purpose.

👓 Reader
‌I use Reeder 5 as my RSS reader and read later app. I was using Feedly before, but have since moved to Reeder 5 and iCloud syncing.

Accessories

‌‌🖥 Monitor‌‌
I have the LG Ultrafine 4K monitor which is 27" wide. It is the higher end model that has a Type-C hub at the back along with two HDMI and two USB A slots.

⌨️ Keyboard
I use the Dell Premier KM717 on my desk and it can connect to multiple devices at once. I connect it to my Mac Mini, Gaming PC and sometimes to my work laptop.

🖱 Pointing Device
I use the Apple Magic Trackpad 2 and Dell MS5320W. I use the trackpad with my Mac mini and the mouse with Gaming PC and my work laptop.

🎮 Gaming Controller
I use the Xbox Wireless Controller, Sport Special Edition in red colour to match my Gaming PC cabinet.

⚡️ Mac Mini Hub
I use the Satechi Stand & Hub for Mac mini with SSD enclosure. I use this to improve the connectivity option on the Mac mini and to expand the storage.

🕸 Mesh WiFi
I use the TP-Link Deco M4 as my home mesh Wi-Fi system. Its a three pack system that supports Wi-Fi 5.

💾 External Storage
I use the Samsung T3 SSD as my hard disk. It is a tiny and compact device that has 512 GB in capacity and I bought this in 2015.  

🎙External Mic
I use the Maono AU-A04TR microphone that comes with a tripod that I use on my desk and is connected to my monitor via USB.

🔌 Powerbank
I have the Oppo 10000 mAh and Stuffcool 20000 mAh power banks. Both support Type C charging and fast charging.

🔋 UPS
I have the APC Back-UPS as a power backup and protection for my home office, desktop & other electronics.

‌‌⌁ WiFi UPS
I use the Resonate RouterUPS system as power back for my routers so that my WiFi is always powered on and connected.


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