Christmas is almost upon us, which means it’s time to think about what you may be getting for those nearest and dearest to you. Tech is a big deal for many people nowadays – and I’m going to round up the biggest tech trends for under the tree this year!
As you’ll know, there is a wide range of Bluetooth headphones on the market at the moment. You can pick up a reasonable pair with a wire between the ear-buds for £30 or so. If you want the convenience of wireless without spending too much, these are a good option.
If you’ve got a little more available to spend, I’d really recommend getting some ‘truly wireless’ headphones, like the Apple AirPods or Samsung Galaxy Buds. These give ultimate flexibility as there are no wires at all. With features like noise cancelling, water resistance and a cool case to recharge the batteries in on the go, you’re really going to appreciate the extra spend. See Lou’s review of AirPods Pro on the next page.
There are a few models of smart speaker on the market, and no home is complete without one! The main two forms are Amazon’s Echo range, and Google’s Home models. The Echo Dot uses Alexa, and is super useful for answering a multitude of questions, as well as playing music! Google’s models use the Google Assistant, and the Home Mini can also play music too! Both retail for £50 RRP
Chromecast is a superb addition to any bedroom TV, or even the big screen! Connecting by HDMI, the device allows you to stream content to your telly from any Android device or iPhone. YouTube videos, Netflix, iPlayer, and music from Spotify, all available on the TV! It’s perfect for sharing content with your friends over the holidays. £30 RRP
As we all know, fitness trackers have been dominating the wearable tech scene for a few years now. Models from Fitbit, Garmin and Samsung dominate the mainstream market. Simple models, such as the Samsung Galaxy Fit E, can be snapped up for £35 from Argos. These have all the key features, including swimming tracking, waterproofing, step and sleep tracking and more.
For around £100, you start to get features like text messaging, calls and GPS mapping right on the watch, perfect for runs! There is, at the top of the tree, of course the Apple Watch range and Samsung’s Galaxy Gear range, which offer lots of features and a premium look and feel.