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Top 20 Gadgets to check out this Christmas

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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:

1.Apple iPhone 7

Forget the headphone furore, the iPhone 7 is a slick update worth waiting for.

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.

2.Amazon Tap

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.

3.Dash-i MicroSD Reader

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.

4.Canon EOS 70D

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.

5.Autodromo Group B Automatic Watch

6.Fonepad 7 Tablet

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.

7.Phone-Charging Atomic Alarm Clock

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.

8.FitBit Blaze

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.

9.YOUMO

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.

11.Luggage Tracker
If you are traveling throughout Africa or internationally throughout the festive season, a luggage tracker will definitely come in handy.

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.

12.Wireless Glass Keyboard

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.

13.BioLite BaseLantern

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