How to pick the perfect high-tech gifts
(NC) Every holiday season, the technology gift selection gets bigger and more exciting than ever. No longer is it only the self-professed tech geeks craving the hottest new gadgets, now the entire family is following the latest trends and are just as eager to get their hands on these buzz-worthy devices.
To get started, determine your budget limit for each family member and try to stick within it. If needed, team up with another family member to split on the gift of choice. Next, focus on some of the key product features your loved one will benefit from. Stephanie Lancaster, a tech expert with Rogers Communications, suggests you think about the following questions when selecting the perfect tech gift:
Do they love taking photos? For snapping selfies, group photos, or landscape shots, the photo junkie on your list would love a smartphone with powerful image quality, such as the Nokia Lumia 1020 with a 41 megapixel camera sensor, or the Samsung Galaxy Camera with a 21x super long zoom. Photos taken in low light or at a far distance would appear clearer with both of these devices. For those quick moments, the Moto X is another great option with its quick capture camera that turns on by twisting your wrist twice.
Do they watch movies or live stream sports? For the entertainment junkie who can't get enough of Revenge, the latest superhero movie or live streaming hockey games, look for wireless internet devices capable of fast network speeds for downloading large files or streaming video, such as the LG G2 or Samsung Note 3 smartphones, both capable of theoretical download speeds of 150 mbps. Giving the gift of superfast LTE speeds will provide your loved one the benefit of no delays or buffering so they always catch that overtime goal as soon as it happens.
Are they a fitness junkie? Whether they're an active runner or just getting started with a fitness routine, take a look at some technology gadgets, like the Fitbit Flex bracelet or the Fitbit Zip. These are stylish accessories that can track steps, distances and calories burned to keep the user motivated, active and set and reach their personal goals.
Do they love listening to music? For the music lover, the HTC One has moved its speakers to the front of the device with built-in amplifiers and Beats Audio Music integration to provide a sharper, richer sound. You can even check out wireless speaker accessories, such as the mini Jambox that connects wirelessly through Bluetooth to smartphones.
Once you have the answers to any of these questions you'll be sure choose the perfect tech gift for your loved one.
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