We check out this year’s best picks in the tech world.
Whether you’re figuring out what to get for the tech-inclined in your life or you’re planning out your own list, here are some of the best gifts in tech.
Google Cardboard is currently the cheap way to experience virtual reality. Simply download the Google Cardboard app and place your phone in the viewer. Most viewers are made of cardboard, but some are made of aluminum or plastic. If you’re crafty, you can buy the lenses and make your own version using the instructions on the Google Cardboard website.
$15 -$130 at Google Store
Google Chromecast (2nd Gen) and Chromecast Audio
Chromecasts get a bad rap from both students and teachers. The 2nd gen version of the Chromecast has an improved WiFi connection and it’s perfect for home use. Easily cast just about anything to your TV, including photos and Netflix shows. Chromecast Audio can connect to your wired speakers and play music over your home WiFi.
$35 at Google Store.
Anker 2nd Gen Astro E3 Ultra Compact
A heavy workday combined with no signal in the basement of Carney equals a dead phone by noon. Anker’s 10000mAh battery pack is relatively affordable and offers two USB ports. Despite its compact size, this battery pack is large enough that it can charge both your iPhone and your iPad. Give your friend the gift of not having sit right next to the wall during class.
$22 at Amazon.
Amazon Fire 7”
The perfect gift for younger family members. For $50, you get a solid tablet good enough to watch videos and browse the web. However, the screen quality is on the lower side, and the design is rather uninspiring. Despite this, the tablet checks off most boxes, and the price is low enough so that it can be easily replaced if lost or broken.
$50 at Amazon.
Moto 360 (2nd Gen)
Motorola’s latest smartwatch works with both Android phones and iPhones. Using Moto Maker, you can customize the watch’s color, size, and band. Unlike the Apple Watch, Moto’s offering has a circular screen and is $50 cheaper. Why not have a smartwatch that actually looks like a watch?
$300 at Motorola.