It’s the most wonderful time of the year once again, and we understand that it’s not the easiest thing to think of gifts for the people that matter. If you’re buying for someone who loves and appreciates tech, here’s Filipino Tech Addicts rundown of gift ideas, no matter what budget you have!
Power bank capacities get bigger and bigger, but impressively, they’re physical sizes are also getting smaller and smaller. For the power hungry user, we recommend the Asus ZenPower. At 10,050 mAh, it promises to deliver up to 3 full charges for the iPhone and up to 2 full charges for the Asus Zenfone 2. It’s also the size of a credit card, perfect for light travelling. It comes in fun colors, too. Price for the Asus ZenPower starts at P795.
This isn’t the latest earphones available on the market, but I swear by my life that this is one of the best. Not only does it offer a wide array of color options, but the sound quality of these earphones are top notch. Bass is awesome, and the treble is clear and balanced. The overall music experience that it delivers will surely change the way you listen to your music. It’s priced at P895 for all color variants. Also, it comes with a 1-year limited warranty, so you can have it replaced multiple times if ever it breaks, as long as you have the receipt with you and its still covered by the warranty.
The Kata Box has got to be the most affordable Android TV Box available in the market. At P2,999, it delivers specs like a 1.5gHz Quad-Core processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage expandable via a MicroSD Card. If you’re not familiar with what a TV box is, it basically allows you to connect your TV to the internet, stream videos online, surf the internet and even play games. All you need is a reliable wi-fi connection. The Kata TV Box comes with a remote control to easily navigate the interface, but you can also connect a keyboard and mouse through USB ports. If you know anyone who wants instant online entertainment on their TV, then the Kata Box is the most affordable gift idea for them. You can check out our full review of the Kata Box here to help you decide.
Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens
Yes, we know this is an old item, but for Photography enthusiasts, professionals and hobbyists alike, the Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens is a staple. It allows you to take photos with amazing depth of field which means portions which you wish to be blurred out are blurred out more beautifully. It’s the cheapest lens you could buy with your cash but the photos you can take with it will look like a million bucks. Price for this lens starts at P4,990 but could go up to P6,500 depending on which version you will get. Currently, the 2nd generation is already available. It offers a more quiet autofocus mechanism that the first generation, but technically takes the same quality of photos.
If you’re looking for an affordable yet dependable smartphone to give as a gift, we’re sure they’ll appreciate the MyPhone MY31. We recently took it to our trip to Vietnam, and we were impressed at its capabilities, especially task handling, camera and battery life. If you’re also feeling extra patriotic, this phone marks the return of the iconic Philippine map on MyPhone products. If you want to learn more about what this device offers, check out our review here. The MyPhone MY31 is priced at P4,990.
P5,000 to P10,000
Cherry Mobile G1
The Cherry Mobile G1 is the perfect gift for someone who always want the latest in the software department. The G1 is an AndroidOne device, which means that it’s one of the few devices to receive Android OS updates ahead of everyone else. The G1 also promises to support up to 2 years worth of updates. It just recently received the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update, and you can find the reviews of the phone here and of Marshmallow here. Aside from this, the G1 has a quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor, 2GB of RAM, a 720p display and a 13MP rear camera.
Alcatel Flash 2
Already becoming the most loved Alcatel Smartphone to date, the Alcatel Flash 2 packs nifty features and specs in its well-designed body. With an octa-core processor, 2GB of RAM and a 13MP main camera at a price that is affordable for most, it’s no wonder why there even exist online groups that express their appreciation and fandom for the phone. We reviewed the Flash 2 months ago and we can actually say it’s a good buy. Price for this smartphone starts at P6,190 but can go as low as P5,500 during Lazada’s regular Flash Sales.
Starmobile Knight Elite
If you have a little more budget, why not go for a smartphone that’s more premium looking at a price that’s still friendly to your Christmas budget? The Starmobile Knight Elite is one of the few local smartphones that goes high up on our list of the best for 2015. With a body that resembles an Xperia smartphone, complete with a glass front and back, and a frame that will remind you of the latest iPhones, it’s definitely a head turner. Nobody will guess that the phone is just at P9,990. Not to mention the power it packs underneath – a Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor, Adreno 405 graphics, 2GB of RAM and a 13MP rear camera plus a 1080p display that’s bright and crisp. The Knight Elite also boasts of camera software features new to the local smartphone market.
Moto 360 (1st Gen.)
Smartwatches are still expensive, especially with Apple’s release of the Apple Watch and a few Android manufacturers’ release of their own. However, since Motorola has outed the 2nd Generation of the Moto 360, the 1st Generation’s price has dropped. The base model of the Moto 360 1st Gen can now be bought from Lazada and a few online sellers for just below P10,000. Also, because of the latest AndroidWear update, the Moto 360 1st Gen can now work with iOS devices, which makes it the perfect smartwatch for people on a budget.
P10,000 to P20,000
Samsung Gear S2
The Samsung Gear S2 is the tech giant’s latest attempt into the wearable category. After numerous (failed) attempts, it seems like they finally cracked the formula with this one. It’s round, just the right size and has a revolutionary rotating bezel which is actually the main way to interact with and navigate the smartwatch. However, it runs Tizen, Samsung’s own OS, and doesn’t work with iOS devices. The Gear S2 comes in two variants – the Gear S2 at P13,450 and the Gear S2 Classic at P15,450.
P20,000 and above
Probably one of the best smartphones, if not the best, for 2015, the iPhone 6s improves upon its predecessor in more ways than one. With a faster processor, better cameras and a new display that can recognize touch pressure, the 6s is the smartphone to beat. Everybody wants one, so if you have a few moola to spare, it’s the best gift you could ever give to someone who loves a great piece of tech. Maybe give one to yourself for a year long of hard work, too? Price for the iPhone 6s starts at P37,990 for the 16GB model.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
Bigger is better, and Samsung seems to a hardcore believer of that. Starting from the original Note now comes the bigger, “edgier” Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+. If you’re not familiar with what it is, it’s Samsung’s flagship with 2 edge screens that curves from the front to the sides of the phone. Samsung developed software features for the edge, but with out review, we actually found it to be a novelty and serve more style than function. It’s a great way to get noticed, though, plus it’s all powerful, too.
Finally found the perfect gift? Great! If you haven’t, feel free to browse through our website for more ideas! Happy shopping!