Christmas is upon us once again. While the festive season is a great time to spend with family and friends it can be a bit of a stressful time when it comes to purchasing the perfect gift. Throughout 2014, Experts have reviewed as well as tested out a host of mobile devices, gadgets, and other devices.
Experts within the tech industry have picked out the Top 20 Gadgets to check this Christmas. These devices are available throughout Africa as well as around the world, and can be found at most retailers.
In non-ranking order, you can find our top 20 gadgets to check out this Christmas guide below:
There’s only one thing that matters about the Apple iPhone 7, and that’s its lack of a headphone port. Everything else is irrelevant.
That missing hole is a big deal, sure, but so are the improvements to the camera, the blistering speed of the new A10 processor, and the changes to the home button. In fact, to let any one feature dominate this review – whether good or bad – would be entirely out of keeping with the phone itself, which is the archetypal sum of its parts.
Some of the additions here may seem quite minor, but added together, they equal a surprisingly different beast from last year’s iPhone 6s.
The Amazon Tap is a wireless, Alexa-enabled portable Bluetooth speaker. Just tap the microphone button and ask for music from Prime Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio and TuneIn. The device uses the Alexa Voice Service when connected to Wi-Fi or a mobile hotspot to play music, read the news, provide weather reports, and even order a pizza. It delivers sound powered by Dolby — with dual stereo speakers that provide 360-degree omni-directional audio — and provides up to nine hours of playback.
Billed as the smallest external storage for iOS, the Dash-i is a MicroSD card reader for iOS devices that gives you unlimited external storage capabilities. Made of aircraft-grade aluminum casing, the Dash-i can be attached to a key ring and taken anywhere you go. The reader supports MicroSD cards of any capacity, and allows you to store and access photos, music, video and more. You can also password-protect files and back files up from your iOS device. The Dash-i Plus also comes with concurrent-charging capability.
One of the great features of the EOS 70D is its size. It’s incredibly compact for an SLR, and will comfortably fit into any bag if a dedicated camera bag isn’t used.
With a body size of 139.0 x 104.3 x 78.5mm, it weighs around 700g. That might sound like a lot, but for a digital camera, it has extremely manageable proportions.
As with most Canon products, users know that they will be getting a quality device that aims to deliver the best pictures possible. Well, the 70D certainly doesn’t disappoint.
Inspired by the Group B rally cars from the mid-’80s, with an ultralight titanium case and multicolored bands that echo the retro detailing, day-to-day timekeeping now sports the same futuristic qualities of a classic era of rally racing.
The Fonepad 7 Tablet offers 3G connectivity and the calling features of a smartphone with the hybrid style of a 7-inch Android tablet.
The Fonepad 7 Tablet also comes equipped with a Dual-core 1.6 GHz Intel processor and 1GB RAM. According to Asus, the device also features a 7-inch HD (1280×800) IPS panel with 178 degree viewing angles.
The Fonepad 7 Tablet also has two integrated cameras. These include a 1.2 MP front-facing camera and a 5MP rear facing camera.
The device is available in Uganda as well as other African countries.
This atomic alarm clock displays the time, day/date, temperature, humidity, and moon phases. The clock’s radio receiver synchronizes with NIST-F1, the U.S.’s atomic clock for always-accurate time. Additionally, mobile devices can be connected to side USB port for overnight charging.
Get fit in style with the Fitbit Blaze – a smartwatch designed to help you maximize your activity and workouts with revolutionary features like PurePulse heart rate, Connected GPS, on-screen workouts, and more. Connect with the Fitbit dashboard on your phone or computer, and you can access easy-to-read charts and graphs that track you progress. The Fitbit Blaze also allows you to stay connected with friends and family thanks to its advanced smartwatch features – get call and text notifications right on your wrist whenever your phone is nearby. Plus, mobile music controls keep you moving.
The modular YOUMO power system gives you a whole new kind of personal power. Choose from a range of different modules to create the power system you want. Start with a power module and power base cord and then add on more modules to build a system that suits your lifestyle. Available modules will include Wi-Fi, USB, wireless charging, power LAN, a light and speakers. The project has been fully funded through Kick starter, and those interested in purchasing the device can sign up for updates on the company’s website.
10.Beats by Dr Dre-Studio Edition
Looking for a killer set of headphones this Christmas? Beats by Dr Dre Studio Edition headphones have been precision-engineered and incorporate advanced speaker design.
The headphones also feature powered amplification, and powered noise cancellation.
The Beats by Dr Dre- Studio Headphones will allow you to sit back, relax and hear music the way today’s top artists and producers want you to hear it this festive season.
You can also secretly listen to those Christmas Jingles if you feel the need.
These devices employ newly patented micro-electronics and ground-based cellular telephone technologies to track and report where your luggage is at all times.
While traveling this festive season be sure to visit the beautiful Masai Mara in Kenya, which is home to some of Africa’s most popular wildlife.
There is also nothing like viewing the spectacle that is Victoria Falls located near the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe.
This Bluetooth-enabled, Wireless Glass Keyboard comes with touch-sensitive glass designed with a full QWERTY layout. The keyboard is compatible with iOS, Android, Windows and Mac OS X devices and recharges via an included USB cable.
Because a good lantern can make spending time away from the comforts of home much more bearable, no matter how far from home you get. Especially one like the BaseLantern, which is Bluetooth-enabled, can switch between a range of colors and vary in brightness, double as a charging station, and is easy to pack.
Additionally, there are plenty of great titles coming out in 2015, which makes both consoles an ideal gift for the festive season.
Sony has also revealed the PlayStation 4 20th anniversary console. The console has been designed to look similar to the very first PlayStation 1 console that entered our lives back in 1994.
According to Sony, only 12,300 of the consoles will be released worldwide; however, the company has not yet stated how consumers can get there hands on the console as of yet. However, according to Sony, all details will be revealed soon.
The company that stuck a huge 10x zoom lens on the Galaxy S4, made seven Gear wearables in less than three years and paid Jay-Z US$5 million so that it could release his album for free? Well, those days are over.
The Galaxy S7 heralds the dawn of a new era. Welcome to the age of ‘sensible Samsung’, a smartphone maker of dependable excellence. Its latest flagship handset is the technological equivalent of a Steven Spielberg movie: the whole thing just oozes with quality.
Granted, this is not the most exciting gadget of 2016. Compared to LG’s G5, the Galaxy S7 barely registers on the Richter scale of smartphone innovation. It looks almost identical to last year’s Galaxy S6, but has a better camera and has brought back the Galaxy S5’s water-resistance and microSD card slot.
If this all seems a bit boring to you, then fair enough. The Galaxy S7 doesn’t offer an alternative take on Apple’s pressure-sensitive 3D Touch tech or the ability to upgrade your phone with modular wizardry. This smartphone is single-minded in its pursuit of simplicity, and it’s this lack of bloat or overreach that serves it so well.
Weighing in at 430 grams, the Acer K135 LED Projector is light enough to carry on either extended business trips or while moving from room to room within the comfort of your own home. When it comes to size, the projector is quite literally pocket sized, which means that it won’t take up too much space in a laptop bag.When it comes to corporate use, the K135 LED Projector’s bright 500 Lumens Lamp performs rather well. Spreadsheets and PowerPoint presentation can be seen clearly especially when displaying content in High-Definition. While the K135 projector performs well in most environments, much like most projectors, it does however need a semi dark environment in order to showcase its full potential.
When it comes to entertainment, the darker the environment the better. While the projector won’t entirely replace your entire home entertainment centre, it is a fantastic luxury to have… especially when you feel the need to turn your home into your own private cinema this festive season.
Microsoft’s latest gaming console has been out for sometime now; however, with Christmas just around the corner it may be the ideal gift for the family.
Additionally, while the console has already been around for sometime now, there are plenty of games to pick for the console as we head into 2015.
Some exclusive titles to look out for the Xbox One include: Sunset Overdrive, Dead Rising 3, Halo The Master Chief Collection, Forza, Project Spark, and many more.
Good cameras are still better than any smartphone. The fixed wide-angle lens on the X70 makes it almost as compact.
Samsung Electronics has removed the wrapping off of the Samsung Gear S 3G Smartwatch. The device features a 3G connection as well as Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity.
The device essentially allows users to receive notifications from social networks, calendars and applications without needing to have a mobile device present. While using the device, consumers can utlise the onscreen keyboard or voice commands to control the device.
The Samsung Gear S 3G Smartwatch device can make and receive calls, or get calls forwarded from a Samsung smartphone. The Gear S features a 2-inch curved Super AMOLED display and is based on the Tizen mobile operating system. The device also includes multi-sensors and built-in GPS to help track a range of health and fitness functions. To add to this, Samsung will also include a wide-range of widgets that can be used on the device.
Everyone loves a comeback. Whether it’s the story of Leicester City or Star Wars after George Lucas, there’s something undeniable about a triumph against adversity.
Apply this theory to HTC and, on first glance, it’s not quite so rousing. For starters, this is a multibillion pound company we’re talking about. More importantly, the smartphone manufacturer is in a hole of entirely its own making. Last year’s One M9 fell some way behind the flagship pace thanks to a shonky camera, while its One A9 cousin was a cynical attempt to ape the iPhone 6’s design.
It’s at this point in any self-respecting blockbuster that a hero arrives to save the day. So here it is: the HTC 10. Far from being draped in Lycra, bulging muscles and a bleach-white grin, this handset is as unassuming as you could expect for something priced just shy of £600.
You see the HTC 10 is a phone without a central innovation – or gimmick, depending on your point of view. That means it lacks waterproofing, an always-on display, a wide-angle camera, 3D Touch-like screen technology and any kind of concessions to modular build. Name a recent trick from the Samsung Galaxy S7, LG G5 or iPhone 6s and the chances are this competing device doesn’t offer an equivalent.
Nevertheless, it’s still a great smartphone. Combining thoughtful design with a top all-round performance, the HTC 10 shows what’s possible when you polish your tech fundamentals until they gleam. Don’t call it a comeb… Oh, go on then.