So, it is nearly Christmas and you’re looking for some last minute presents that are really going to wow your friends and family. We have taken a look at the best gadgets for under £200 that will make the very best presents this Christmas!
You may already be aware that there are many fitness trackers out there. But Fitbit really comes in above the rest. The Fitbit Charge 2 has a multitude of features to track your fitness. Get continuous, wrist-based, heart rate which is done automatically. You get a personalised Cardio Fitness Score which will enable you to get a better understanding of your fitness level and you are able to see how you can improve over time. The amount of steps that you take within a day will be tracked alongside the distance that you took. You can see the calories that have been burnt, your active minutes, hourly activity, floor climbed and stationary time. Another feature of the Fitbit Charge 2 is that your sleeping is also tracked. You are able to see how well you’re sleeping and how long for. With up to 5 days of battery life, you can go all day and night without charge. The different sports that you do are recognised and tracked in relation to the sport. There is so much more that the Fitbit Charge 2 can provide and at a price of only £119, it is so worth it!
Do you know someone that would love a GoPro? Well this Christmas you can treat them to one! The GoPro HERO Session is the lightest and smallest ever GoPro. You can capture 8MP single photos, 10fps burst photos and 0.5 to 60 seconds time-lapse photos. The HERO Session has a high resolution of 1440 pixels per inch and it delivers professional, sharp video. With WiFi and Bluetooth, you can easily stay connected with the GoPro apps. With the press of one button you can turn the GoPro on and start automatically filming. Without a housing, the HERO Session is waterproof up to 10m. Amazon have an amazing exclusive offer on just in time for the holiday season too! For £147.97 you can get the GoPro HERO Session camera, The Handlers (Floating Hand Grip), 16GB microSD Card, a standard frame, a mounting buckle, curved and flat adhesive mounts and the USB cable. What a great deal!
This is the perfect gift for anybody who loves to take photos and print them out. The Polaroid ZIP is a mobile printer which means it can be taken anywhere with you! You can connect your mobile or tablet up via Bluetooth with ease and print away! There is an app that comes with this purchase, you are able to edit photos you take by adding filters and additional items to the image. You can print in less than 60 seconds! Your printed images will be 2×3″ in size with full colour and is completely smudge-proof due to the ZINK technology! ZINK technology is zero ink. It is also fade-resistant even when exposed to light, heat and humidity. As well as all this, it is also waterproof and tearproof. The images have an adhesive backing so the can double up as stickers. You can buy them now from £104.99 on Amazon. You will also need to purchase the 2×3″ ZINK technology paper which is priced around £25.
This is a great drone for beginners through to experts. The Extreme Fliers Micro Drone is a palm sized drone that is easily manoeuvrable. This drone can be flown indoors and outdoors and can be controlled via the smartphone app for iOS or Android or by the included controller. Precision control with three speeds, flexibility and durability means that the Micro Drone 3.0 can be flown anywhere up to 45mph! The really cool thing about this drone is that you’re able to see exactly what the drone is doing in first person. The First Person View (FPV) lets you turn your smartphone into VR goggles. You are able to experience being with the drone in an immersive flying experience. This can be recorded directly onto a microSD card which means you can playback, edit and share your footage. This mini drone is priced at £149.
Notion is a home monitoring system that looks after your home for you, so you don’t have too. You can monitor your home with a single sensor, wherever you are. Sensors can be placed in any location that you wish with ease. A simple peel, stick and pair process is all you need. You can then be notified when doors are opened, the temperature in a room drops too low or rises too high, if there is a water leak and if a smoke alarm goes off. You basically have a leak detector, burglar alarm and thermostat all in one. But what you can do with Notion is limitless. You will get notifications direct to your phone via an app, that can be tailored to your needs. Too many notifications can become annoying, which is why Notion have enabled you to choose the custom alerts that fit your needs. So if you know somebody that would want keep their home safe, especially when they’re away – then this is the right present for them! Prices start at £179 and rise with more sensors added.
Still need to get a few last minute presents before the big day? Stuck on what to get? Well, we have taken a look at some of the very best gadgets throughout 2015! So we have chosen a select few that would be perfect for those tech lovers this Christmas!
With the new Star Wars film just out, along comes a present that is possibly the best for those Tech and Star Wars lovers. This very cute droid is completely controllable via a smartphone or tablet from up to 30 metres away. It is compatible with iPhone, iPad, Microsoft Windows and any Android 4.4.2+ devices. As well as controlling it through your smartphone, you are also able to control it through voice commands. You get a whole 60 minutes of battery life after charging it for only 3 hours. The BB8 has an adaptive personality that gives it an unique attitude – evolving as you interact. Lastly, it is able to create and view holographic recordings with this ability programmed into its circuitry. The Star Wars BB8 Droid is an extremely popular gadget at the moment at only £129.99 which is still available to buy with FREE next day delivery from IWOOT.
There have been many portable chargers come and go throughout 2015. But one brand that has stuck and shone above the others is, Anker. The Anker Powercore+ 20100 USB-C is a ‘Ultra high capacity power bank’. PowerIQ and VoltageBoost technologies combine to make and provide the fastest possible charge of up to ‘2.4amps per port’. With 3 ports, you are able to simultaneously charge 3 devices at full speed. The Powercore+ is able to charge a MacBook up full once, or an Ipad up a whole time and then another 48%. As for a smartphone, you are able to get 4 plus charges out of it. The power bank itself, takes up to 8.3 hours to fully recharge with the provided USB cable. A the price of only £34.99 with the ability to choose next day delivery at Amazon.
Sonos Play:1 has a lot of sound for its smaller size. As the lower priced speaker of the Sonos Play selection, it definitely does not compromise with its big sound. The Sonos Play:1 is powered by your power sockets and WiFi, enabling you to connect your phone to the speaker. You are able to control all of your music and the streaming services through the app on your smartphone/tablet/computer. With the use of WiFi accessibility, up to 32 people can add music to your playlist, which is great for your Christmas and New Years Eve parties! Trueplay tuning which delivers sound that is ‘true to the music and right for the room’. A ‘deep, crystal clear sound’ is the result of two dedicated digital amplifiers. Add a second speaker for a complete surround sound experience. You can get just one Sonos Play:1 from John Lewis for only £169.00, or with the special offer you can save £27.00 and get two speakers for £299.00 from John Lewis. With next day click and collect to any local John Lewis or Waitrose from 2pm, you can have it in time for Christmas!
Smartwatches are becoming considerably more and more popular. The Samsung Gear S2 Classic Smartwatch looks just like any other watch. However it comes with a multitude of features. You have the complete phone functionality through connecting your smartphone via Bluetooth and WiFi. This enables you to receive notifications for calls, texts, email, etc. With a Corning Gorilla Glass watch face and a dust and water resistant finish, the Gear S2 is ready for every day life. Other features include battery life of up to 3 hours and a customisable watch face. You also have the opportunity to purchase multiple bands so it suits the user every day. The ‘rotary Bezel enables ease of navigation to access features, read long text, zoom in on maps, skip music etc.’ Included in this smartwatch is health monitoring. This monitors heart rate, calories burnt, steps taken and water versus caffeine intake. The price of this smartwatch is £299.00 at Currys with next day delivery at a small charge.
If you know somebody who has an iPad pro, or even yourself, this is a perfect present for Christmas! The Apple Pencil is only compatible with the iPad Pro. Those with an artistic flair, or even those without – the Apple Pencil is a stylus that holds a variety of tools in one. With the familiar feel of an ordinary pencil, it is very easy to learn how to use and to feel comfortable doing so. Some of the tools that the Apple Pencil has are; the ability to have lines of any weight from applying pressure, shading at the tilt of a hand and much more. It has an incredible response speed due to the iPad Pro subsystem scanning its signal at an impeccable 240 times per second. With up to 12 hours of battery life you have plenty of time to explore your creative side. Also, if the battery runs out whilst you’re out, the Apple pencil has a charger included where 15 seconds of charging gives 30 minutes of life. With same day delivery at Argos this Apple Pencil is £79.99.
We have now shown you our top pick of gadgets for late Christmas presents, so good luck shopping and Merry Christmas!