Whether you love them or loathe them, one thing can’t be denied: The 21st century has seen gadgets take over our lives. Whether it’s controlling your central heating from your smart phone or keeping track of your fitness on a smart watch, gadgets now play a huge role in our day-to-day lives. But knowing exactly which are the latest and greatest gadgets to buy for Christmas is not always easy. Luckily we’ve done all the hard work for you and compiled a list of the 10 best gadgets for Christmas.
DJI Phantom 4 Drone
If that special someone in your life is a drone enthusiast then buying them the DJI Phantom 4 this Christmas should make all their dreams come true. The high-tech Phantom is not only one of the easiest drones on the market to fly but it also comes equipped with 4k video recording, automatic flying modes, obstacle detection and the ability for the camera to focus on a certain person or object while flying. The only downside is the price, with the Phantom 4 weighing in at a whopping £1,229!
Nintendo Classic Mini NES Console
Imagine if you could own a tiny console that contained some of the most beloved games of all time without the need for pesky cartridges and at a bargain price? Well thanks to Nintendo, now you can! The Classic Mini NES Console fits in the palm of your hand and contains 30 of Nintendo’s best games, including: Super Mario Bros, Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Pac-Man and Bubble Bobble to name just a few. And best of all? All this can be yours for just £49.99!
4K Curved TV Sets
4K TV and video is just starting to hit the mainstream so investing in a state-of-the-art 4K curved TV set this Christmas could be the perfect present for the tech-fanatic in your life. They have become much more affordable recently too, with prices ranging from as little as £500 all the way up to £5,000+. It’s worth putting in the research before you buy though, to ensure you get the very best for your budget and needs.
Amazon Echo Speaker
The Amazon Echo is sure to be on top of many gadget-fanatic’s Christmas lists this year. The wireless speaker and voice command device is like having your own personal assistant in your home. By saying the word ‘Alexa’ (the device’s wake word) you can ask the echo just about anything and it will provide the answer, e.g. ‘Alexa, what’s the weather looking like for today?’, ‘Alexa, what’s on at the cinema at the minute?’ or ‘Alexa, can you play my chillout playlist?’. The Echo also comes in either the full size speaker for £149.99 or the smaller Echo Dot for £49.99.
Sony PlayStation VR
Virtual reality headsets have threatened to hit the mass market for a number of years, and now with the Sony Playstation VR virtual reality has become a reality. The headset connects to a PS4 console and camera and transfers you to a virtual world with 360 degree vision. At a retailing price of £349.99, virtual reality gaming could be the perfect Christmas gift for that gadget loving someone in your life.
One of the smallest and coolest gadgets on this list, the smart watch allows you to track your fitness, effortlessly read texts, get directions and, of course, tell the time. The newly released Apple Watch 2 will probably be top of most smart watch enthusiast’s Christmas lists but if the £369 price tag is a little steep for your wallet there are also great alternatives in the Samsung Gear S2 (£199), the Moto 360 (£199.99) or even the original Apple Watch (£249).
Tablet / Laptop – Ipad Pro & Surface 4
If you love the functionality of a laptop but want the ease of use of a tablet then the Apple iPad Pro or Microsoft Surface 4 should go straight to the top of your Christmas list. The ‘tabtops’ are both ultra-powerful tablets and capable laptops rolled into one attractive package. The pro and surface can be use as a normal tablet (both with jaw-dropping screens) or you can easily attach a keyboard and quickly transform your tablet into a mini laptop. It’s the best of both worlds!
The gadget world is increasingly becoming more and more wireless and headphones are no exception. This year has seen Apple release its own set of wireless AirPods to go with the new iPhone 7, but there are huge amounts of wireless headphones to choose from including Beats popular Solo range, the Bose QuietComfort 35 and the Jabra Move Wireless, to name a few.
Just when you thought there was nothing they could do to improve the design of the trusty smartphone, they go and make it waterproof! There are a number of waterproof phones on the market, but the two top of most people’s Christmas lists are likely to be the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and the iPhone 7. If you’re looking to buy someone one of these beauties for Christmas though, don’t expect to get much change from £500!
Wireless & Waterproof Bluetooth Speakers
Much like with headphones, the speaker world has also started to see the rise in popularity of wireless products. There are now a large number of wireless and waterproof bluetooth speakers on the market, with the pick of the crop being the UE Boom 2 (£100-£120), the JBL Charge 3 (£130) and the Creative Muvo Mini (£50). Whichever speaker you choose though, it’s sure to make that gadget-loving someone rather happy on Christmas morning.