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Dec 11 2015

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5 top tech gifts for 2015

Top tech gift suggestions for Christmas, 2015.

With Christmas just around two weeks away, and for those of us who either are still struggling to decide on a nice tech gift for that special someone, or a present for ourselves with our Christmas bonus (!), below are five gift ideas that should do the trick.

iPhone 6S/6S Plus

Apple iPhone 6 S (GSM Arena)The latest mobile/cellular phone releases from Apple, the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus will be high on most Christmas wish lists this year. With a 4.7-inch screen and a 12 Megapixel rear-facing camera, 5 Megapixel front-facing camera, a powerful 1.8 GHz dual core processor, and up to 14 hours talk time, the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus have been built to be best in class.

However, while the design and aesthetic has remained very sleek – even minimalist – new features, such as 3D Touch, which recognises changes in pressure on the screen, is expected to open up new ways in which users interact with their phone.

iPad Pro

Apple iPad Pro by Gadgetmac (flickr)

Although the iPad Pro might look like just an larger version of the already popular iPad Air and iPad Mini, it is so much more. Unlike the iPad Air and Mini that arguably were designed primarily for personal use, the iPad Pro aims to cater for the workplace, or the professional, by offering a 12.9-inch screen (diagonally) and enviable hardware and processing power to boot.

However, what takes the iPad Pro over the top is the Stylus, which can be used with that device. As an Apple product, the Stylus has been exceptionally designed, and increases the versatility of the iPad Pro into an artist’s (or graphics designer’s) canvas.

Apple Watch

Apple Watch by BagoGames (flickr)Although smartwatches have been around for a few years, arguably, they have been hit and miss. Apple released its long awaited version of the smartwatch this year. The watch comes in two models: the regular and a sport version, and in sizes: a 38 mm (1.34 inch) and 42 mm (1.54 inch) screen. Other key specs are 512 MB RAM, 8 GB of storage, and a battery life rated for 18–24 hours of usage. Finally, a variety of bands are also available from which to choose, to (hopefully) match your own personal style.

Fitbit

Fitbit devices (ciokorea.com)With the ever growing attention on personal health and fitness, Fitbit has become one of the most popular activity tracking platforms on the market. A broad range of devices are available to suit your pocket and what you might wish to track, for example, your steps, heart rate, calories burned, and even the quality of your sleep. Hence for those of us who are likely to over-indulge during the holidays, getting (or even giving) a Fitbit could be an excellent start to the New Year to support all of our health and fitness goals.

Amazon Fire

Amazon Fire (Amazon.com)Looking to get a tablet on a budget? The Amazon Fire is hard to beat. Starting at around USD 50.00, the Amazon Fire has 7-inch, a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor, along with front- and rear-facing cameras, and up to 7 hours of use. It also comes with 8 GB of internal storage, and free unlimited cloud storage for all Amazon content and photos taken with Fire devices.

Further, as an Amazon device, Amazon Fire users will be able to access the world’s largest online store, with more than 38 million movies, TV shows, songs, books, apps and games. Fire devices can also connect to Amazon Underground, the new apps store, where over $10,000 in apps, games and even in-app items are offered for free.

 

Image credits:   Master  isolated images (FreeDigitalPhotos.com); GSMArena.com;  gadgetmac (flickr); ciokorea.com;  bagogames (flckr);  Amazon.com

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Michele Marius

Michele Marius has a wealth of experience in the telecoms and ICT space, which has been gained in the Caribbean, Southeast Asia and the South Pacific, and in the public and private sectors. She is the Editor and Publisher of ICT Pulse.

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