December 9, 2016
From virtual reality to subscription boxes to the Internet of Things, there has been a lot of new tech to hit the market this year. Over the past month, we’ve scoured the web, polled our readers, crashed through hundreds of reviews, and have finally approached the finish line to come up with the ultimte gift guide of tech products for you this holiday season.
Based on our previous gift guides, these are our top 10 holiday gifts that need to be on your wishlist for the year 2016:
Tech.Co’s 10 Top Tech Gifts For 2016
Smartphone: iPhone 7 and Google Pixel
These are two of the hottest smartphones on the market right now. The iPhone 7 may not have brought a lot of innovation this year, but it’s a refinement of a well-established brand. Google Pixel on the other hand is an attempt at reaching a wider audience that may have considered jumping from iOS to Android, and it has been working. Pixel also has its own VR headset, Daydream, to compete with the Galaxy Gear.
Google Pixel: $650+
Virtual Reality: Playstation VR
The year of virtual reality is here, and Playstations VR is one of the latest offerings. Due to it’s existing developer network, consumers can expect to get the most content from the PS VR while not having to invest in an expensive PC rig for an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive.
Gaming System: PS4 Pro and Xbox One S
This year 4K TVs have become more affordable, and with it comes the demand for better console graphics. The PS4 Pro is focused primarily around graphic enhancements as well as its processing speeds for the VR headset, whereas the Xbox One S allows you to play games in 4K as well as watch 4K Blu-Ray movies.
PS4 Pro: $400
Xbox One S: $290
Honorable Mention: Nintendo Classic Edition, if you can find one.
Smartwatch: Apple Watch Series 2
The first Apple Watch didn’t have much going for it, but with a stronger battery life and built-in GPS, it’s finally a smartwatch worth buying. If you are looking for something both stylish and accurate for fitness tracking, this is the gift for you.
Drone: DJI Phantom 4 Falcon
The DJI Phantom 4 Falcon is a modified, beefed up version of DJI’s Phantom 4. Besides the endless accessories to get you up and flying, this amazing piece of flying photography and videography equipment is designed for beginners and advanced drone pilots alike. If you want stacks on stacks of accessories, top of the line equipment, and ranges of up to 4 to 5 miles with 50 MPH speeds, this beast is what you’re looking for. Our full review will be out soon, and this thing is amazing.
Subscription Box: Hello Fresh
In the battle for your kitchen, Hello Fresh is another contender trying to make you a better home chef. Each box contains three meals with two servings per meal, and will make the perfect gift for the chef in your life.
Under $100: Tile Mate
Tile Mate is the simple, affordable, and incredibly effective way to ensure you never lose anything again. This is the latest version of the already popular Tile line, and you won’t be able to find a better item in this gift guide for a forgetful friend.
Just Because: Cord Tacos
Cord Tacos, besides having an amazing name, are wonderfully small accessories to better organize your wires, cords, and now dongles (thanks Apple). They are an affordable, silly little giftable addition to an otherwise serious gift guide.
Price: $29 for 5
Over the past year, we’ve produced quite a few guides, with gifts that do everything from entertaining friends around the grill to keeping entrepreneurs healthy. You can find some amazing other products for the people on your list when you find a gift guide that fits your needs:
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