The ultimate Tech Gift Guide for the 2017 Holiday Season
The advancements in the technology industry today are dumbfounding. Every month, major players in the tech game astonish us by presenting gadgets that are designed to simplify our lives. This one-touch society we live in lets us do just about anything with the simple tap of a button. Major tech retailers often wait until the holiday season is upon us to unveil their latest and greatest gadgets. The buzz causes a mass shopping frenzy with people waiting hours in line in the wee hours of the morning, and they hope to be among the first to score the latest and greatest gadgets. This season’s hottest tech gifts cover all the major categories: televisions, headphones, cameras, tablets, laptops, smart watches, cameras and voice-activated home assistants. You will find the perfect gift for every gadget lover in your life this holiday season with this comprehensive tech gift guide.
1. Apple TV 4K
The Apple TV 4K is the most-wanted streaming device for the 2017 holiday season. With 32GB of storage and amazing 4K HDR quality, you will be watching all of your favorite shows and movies with lifelike color, brightness and details that are unparalleled. It is pre-loaded with all of your favorite apps, so you have instant access to programming for children, movies, news, weather, podcasts and more. The Apple TV device has a unique precise-touch surface so you can use your thumb to quickly navigate to your favorite apps. You can also forgo the remote altogether by synching to Bluetooth; the Apple TV box will then respond to your voice commands. You will enjoy viewing your photos and videos from the cloud on the big screen with the Apple TV 4K device.
2. Google Home
Voice-activated home gadgets are one of the fastest-growing sectors in the retail tech marketplace this year, and the Google Home personal assistant device is at the top of many wish lists. One of the standout features of the Google Home device versus similar voice-activated devices is the sleek, modern design and interchangeable base option. It connects directly to your wireless network, and you can link up all of your smartphones, tablets and other wireless devices with ease. With a quick touch of the home button on the Google app or tapping of the button on the top of the unit itself, you can play music, listen to podcasts and get answers to virtually any question. Of course, you can also activate the device through voice-recognition controls, and this option will surely impress your friends and family during all of your holiday events.
3. Fitbit Ionic Smart Watch
You will be ready to get a jump-start on all your health goals for 2018 with the sleek-looking Fitbit Ionic Smart Watch. The personal coaching feature will keep you motivated and on the fast-track to reaching your fitness goals, and the built-in GPS will keep track of your route, mileage, pace and time during your morning run. It also stores and plays your favorite music tracks. In addition to being a great complement to your daily workouts, the Fitbit Ionic Smart Watch also tracks your sleep stages, current cardiovascular fitness level and resting heart rate, so you can keep close tabs on your overall health.
4. Google Home Mini
Virtually undetectable in the home and packed full of technology, the Google Home Mini Wireless Voice-Activated Speaker is a small and mighty device that will help you tackle your day-to-day tasks wth ease. Powered by Google Assistant, this device can set reminders, make phone calls, give you weather updates, stream shows, get all your online shopping done, and check the stock market with a single voice command. Compatible with all your home automation devices, it can also control your lights and thermostats. With its on-board, built-in activities, the whole family will be entertained.
5. Beats Solo 3
The Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones will amaze and impress the avid music lover in your life. The ultra-fast charging component will have you back to the listening action in only five minutes, and the unique W1 chip offers a quick and seamless setup and switch from your other Apple devices. The on-board call, volume and music controls offer convenient one-touch options: great for when you are running errands and have an arm full of groceries. The noise isolation and award-winning sound will take your listening experience to the next level.
6. iPhone X
Arguably the most sought-after gift for tech junkies this holiday season is the Apple iPhone X. Voice and face recognition are taken to a whole new level with this 64GB, surgical-grade steel device. From wireless charging to water, touch and fingerprint resistance, this iPhone is the wave of the future. The 5.8-inch screen fills the hands completely, and the new durable glass will delight long-time Apple fans.
7. Apple MacBook
Perfectly portable and loaded with features, the Apple MacBook Air 13-inch computer weighs less than three pounds and is ultra thin. If you love gaming or spend a lot of time traveling for business, this Apple MacBook boasts an impressive 12-hours of continuous web browsing and 30 days of standby time on a single battery charge. The dual mics reduce background noise during conference calls, and the multi-touch trackpad is both intuitive and smooth.
8. Microsoft Surface Platinum Laptop
If you love streaming YouTube videos or spend a lot of time compiling spreadsheets and documents, you will fall in love with the features of the Microsoft Surface Platinum Laptop. You can count on enjoying up to 14.5 hours of continuous video playback on a single charge, and you will marvel at the amazing sound produced by the premium omnisonic speakers. The Windows sign-in camera uses face recognition to identify any users in your household, and it safeguards you and your private information from the potential threat of hackers or thieves.
9. Samsung Galaxy S8
If you are looking for an elegant and sleek smartphone this holiday season that is also loaded with features and technology, the Samsung Galaxy S8 Dual Sim LTE device in maple gold gets high marks across the board. The frameless display makes the screen look infinite in size, and it fits comfortably in the palm of your hand. This dual-sim smartphone offers lightning-fast charging with wireless options for added convenience. It also offers one of the fastest processors, so you can run multiple apps without lag, crashing or interference. With the Bixby interface as your personal assistant, you can simply turn on your camera and tell your phone exactly what you need.
10. iPad Pro
For the bookworm on your holiday gift list, the 9.7-inch Apple iPad Pro Tablet with Facetime is way more than just a digital reading device. The lag-free processor lets you toggle between reading, streaming and work without interruption, and the True Tone flash and camera takes breathtaking photos and videos even in low-light conditions and environments. The unique touch sensor lets you quickly unlock your device with fingerprint identification for added security. Grandma and grandpa will enjoy crystal-clear Facetime sessions with the grandchildren with this state-of-the-art tablet.
11. GoPro Hero 6
For the thrill-seeker or adventure enthusiast in your life, the GoPro Hero 6 will capture all of the live-action video and shots during the excursions. The GoPro Hero 6 quickly and seamlessly sends footage to your phone, and the app transforms it into stunning, edited video content automatically, so you can share your adventures from your smartphone with the click of a button. Whether it is handheld or mounted, the GoPro offers smooth and consistent footage. Its waterproof capabilities make it ideal for surf, sand and underwater adventures.
12. Nintendo Switch
Your kids will squeal with delight when you present them with the neon blue and red Nintendo Switch this holiday season. Versatile and portable, the Nintendo Switch provides both single and multi-player gaming action at home, and it can quickly be taken on the go to keep the kids entertained on long car rides. With the included stand, players can also enjoy gaming on any table or flat surface, and the unique capture button lets your kids grab screenshots of their high scores or favorite in-gam moves; your kids will love sharing their achievements with all their friends. The on-board parental controls give you peace of mind, as they let you manage how and where your child shares and uses the information gathered in the gaming system.
13. Polaroid Cube
With its distinctly whimsical and retro look, the Polaroid Cube with Lifestyle Action Camera has a nostalgic look but is loaded with lots of modern features. It offers unparalleled image stabilization and will record up to 170 minutes of photos and videos on a single charge. The wide-angle lens captures full panoramic scenes, and you can quickly pair it with any smartphone or wireless device for real-time controls and editing. It adjusts quickly to low-light conditions and is great for capturing wildlife while on safari or during hunting season.
14. Samsung 4K UCD TV
The show and movie enthusiast in your life will love the vivid spectrum of colors and crystal-clear picture provided by the Samsung 55-Inch Class 4K UHD Television. The 4K color experience brings images to life, putting you in the front row of all the action. The single remote automatically controls and detects all of your devices automatically, so there is no manual programming required. You can easily find and play all of your favorite shows, movies and special programs with the built-in Samsung Smart Hub intuitive locator.
15. Fujifilm Instax Mini 9
Perfect for the craft enthusiast or photographer in your family, the Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Film Cameracaptures and prints your selfies and adventures immediately with the touch of a button. It produces credit-card-sized snapshots and offers lens options for capturing everything from close-up to long-range shots. The bright, cobalt blue color is a great conversation starter, and the instant gratification makes it a perfect gift option for children and scrapbooking enthusiasts.
A comprehensive tech gift guide can help you navigate your online shopping this holiday season. Whether you are buying gifts for friends or family or treating yourself to some gadget upgrades for the new year, this season’s hottest gadgets are overflowing with features and the latest advancements in technology to help make your everyday tasks simpler and more enjoyable.