Christmas 2019: 8 Essential tech gifts to spark extreme joy this year
Don't just tech, give.
Dear generous souls, the season of giving is fast approaching. And that means it's also the period of dilemmas and the zeitgeist of thorough thoughts. Yes, the search for the perfect gift can be oh-so-difficult. After all, it is of utmost importance that whoever receives the present, well, is happy with what he or she gets. This tech gift guide is curated specially for you so please stop scratching your scalp any longer. The process should be fun. Without further ado, have a look at the roundup of some of the best Christmas-worthy gadgets below.
1. Samsung Galaxy Fold
You can access your essentials on the cover display comfortably with one hand when closed and explore new ways to multitask, watch videos, play games, and more when opened—all on its immersive 7.3-inch Infinity Flex Display. From a new form factor and materials to its unique foldable user experience (UX), versatile camera, and premium performance, the Galaxy Fold combines users' favourite smartphone and tablet features to deliver a new kind of mobile device. The phone-tablet hybrid is available in Space Silver and Cosmos Black. Other things to note: it has six pro-grade cameras, 512GB built-in storage, and dual battery with 4,380mAh capacity.
2. Garmin Marq Captain
Built with titanium and constructed with sapphire crystal formed under extreme heat and pressure, the watch is lightweight yet durable. In addition to being engineered with a ceramic bezel inlay to protect the timepiece from wear and tear, the Marq Captain features an always-on, sunlight-readable display with GPS and premium smartwatch functionality, including built-in music storage, smart notifications, daily activity tracking, and wrist-based heart rate sensor. As for battery life, it ranges from 12 days in smartwatch mode to 28 hours in GPS Mode and up to 48 hours in UltraTrac mode.
3. Sony Xperia 5
Apart from the stunning 21:9 CinemaWide display, the new Xperia comes with three cameras—a 16 millimetre lens for a super-wide angle, a versatile 26 millimetre, and a 52 millimetre portrait and tele lens. Enjoy smooth and shake-free videos with Eye Autofocus as well as Optical SteadyShot. The Sony Xperia 5 also comes with its most powerful processor yet, Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform. It's available in black, grey, blue, and red; water-resistant and has a 3,140mAh battery capacity.
4. Apple Watch Series 5
Among its features is the Always-On Retina display. This means that you don't have to raise your wrist or touch the screen to see the screen. It also comes with a Noise app that alerts you when decibels rise to harmful levels. Furthermore, the Apple watch has a built-in compass, an App store, heart rate tracker, and fall detection. The Series 5 possesses more than 100 watch faces as well. Fun fact: the Apple watch case is made from 7000 series aerospace-grade aluminium and is 100 percent recycled.
Price: From RM1,749
5. Huawei Mate 30 Pro
Among the reasons to get the Mate 30 Pro are the integrated quad-camera which includes the SuperSensing Cine Camera—a dual main camera system designed for amazing photographic and videographic results, and the Huawei Supercharge that offers long-lasting battery for heavy mobile users. Huawei Mate 30 Pro features the Horizon Display to provide an edge-to-edge immersive viewing experience. In addition to a big battery of 4500mAh, the Mate 30 Pro comes with a 40MP Cine Camera, 40MP SuperSensing Camera, an 8MP Telephoto Camera, and a 3D Depth Sensing Camera.
6. Fitbit Versa 2
This smartwatch comes with a new precision-crafted swimproof design including innovative sleep features such as Sleep Score and smart wake. Along with a Spotify app, Versa 2 has an on-device microphone, enabling Fitbit's first-ever Amazon Alexa experience. Now with battery life lasting more than five days, the Versa 2 is powered by a faster processor compared to its predecessor for better performance and seamless navigation.
This popular smartphone case company now has products for the new iPhones—adding personal style and protection to any Apple device with a wide portfolio of case styles, colours, and graphics. For example, the Symmetry Series protects against daily drops and bumps with a slim profile and trusted protection whereas the Defender Series is made for everything from rough-and-tumble adventures to everyday life.
Price: From $29.95 (approximately RM125)
8. Bose Noise Cancelling 700 Headphones
The headphones feature a four-microphone system that picks up and isolates voices while cancelling the noise around. With 11 levels of noise cancellation, you can now personalise your environment. The signature active EQ and impressive bass response result in immersive listening experience. Bose AR is a first-of-its-kind audio augmented reality platform. There are motion sensors embedded inside the headphones that can detect your head orientation and body movement while you wear them. Battery last up to 20 hours of full-featured audio playback. The headphones are available in black and silver.
9. DJI Mavic Mini
Weighing at only 249 grammes, it is an ultra-light folding drone designed to be the everyday FlyCam. Mavic Mini's camera is capable of capturing compelling footage in high definition, and the new DJI Fly app's suite of creative features transforms photos and videos into professional-quality productions. Expect up to 30 minutes of flight time, while a Wi-Fi transmission signal delivers stable control and an HD live feed for a clear, confident flying experience.