The best new tech of 2015

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By Ben Taylor, Graphiq

For many tech gadgets, 2015 was a year of refinement rather than revolution. HTC, LG and Apple made solid -- but incremental -- improvements to their smartphone lines. Smartwatch makers fixed some of the worst bugs, but forgot about others. Laptop manufacturers released faster models with slightly better battery life, but PC sales continued to decline.

That said, a handful of 2015 tech products stand out in an otherwise routine year. At SpecOut, we poured over the last 12 months to pick 10 products with clear innovations and strong reviews from the experts.

For each product, we'll highlight the key features that made the gadget stand apart in 2015.

1. Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

Why it made the list: A solid early entry in the emerging virtual reality market

Most serious virtual reality sets will come out in 2016, but Samsung — in typical company fashion — jumped ahead of the pack with its Samsung Gear VR. The headset is powered by Facebook's Oculus, which means you'll have access to hundreds of apps and games from the get-go.

What's more, Gear VR includes motion sensing in the goggles themselves, not just the companion smartphone, allowing for more precise tracking and accurate movement than other early VR models.

Just make sure you have the right handset before snapping one up. Gear VR requires a Samsung smartphone, a little like the Apple Watch needs the iPhone. If nothing else, it's a great excuse to get your Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge.

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For the more rigorous athletes in your life, give them the Jawbone UP3, the best fitness tracker on the market because it measures heart health, sleep, physical activity and even logs food and encourages you to make healthy choices. It also comes in a bunch of cool color combinations!

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Help your healthy loved ones stay hydrated with a stylish S'well water bottle, adored by all the hottest healthy celebs.

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From studio classes to specialized training, gifting a fitness class will always be put to good use by your health-nut friend. 24 Hour Fitness has locations all over the East coast. 
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This Adidas X Stella McCartney hoodie sets the sporty-chic tone while working out. 
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For most health nuts, the food they put into their bodies is just as important as exercise, so give them a hand with this helpful cookbook of organic, healthy recipes that are easy to make.

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This organic and fair trade Kombucha home brewing kit is the perfect gift for your foodie friend who is also a health nut, because the benefits of drinking Kombucha are practically endless, like supporting digestion and the immune system.

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Whether your health nut friend is a runner, yogi or a Beyoncé fan, the IVY PARK Mid rise leggings are the perfect gift.

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Chances are good that the health-crazed woman in your life loves spending time outside, so get her these stylish hiking boots from Cole Haan!

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If your health nut friend is also someone who cares about using healthy, sustainable personal care and home cleaning products, the monthly bundle from The Honest Co. is for them! Choose from any 5 products each month.

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These APL TechLoom Running shoes are the coolest kicks for your health-nut that is also a style queen.

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The Magic Bullet Blender is ideal for the friend who is an early riser and loves creating unique juices at home before they get in their morning workout.
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Every athlete should be able to keep track of their success. Gift this Fitbit fitness tracker so that your friend can track his or her workouts one step at a time. 
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