We rounded up some of the best tech gifts for those who like their Christmas present to be more on the clever side.
It’s tech-nically Christmas already with restaurants and eateries rolling out their Christmas dinner specials, the stress to get your Christmas gifts ready is real. You can hit the Christmas bazaars and markets for quirky gifts, but what do you give someone who loves gadgets and all things tech? Don’t worry, we’ve got your back.
For the smart, savvy types
The Pixel 2 XL is probably the best, if not, the smartest Android phone (or even, piece of tech) on the market right now. We’ve had a play with it so we can tell you that it’s the fastest phone around with superb camera and video capabilities. Integrated with Google Lens and enhanced with Google Assistant (Android’s Siri), getting info about anything and everything is a breeze. Also, Google Assistant excels much better in the art of conversation than Siri.
Google Pixel 2 XL, from $27.90 per month at SingTel.
For the sophisticated professionals
Perfect for the busy types who always want to be on top of their schedules and deadlines, the BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition is a sophisticated-looking (it’s all black) smartphone that offers a dose of nostalgia with its physical QWERTY keyboard. Designed to increase productivity, there’s the Hub and the Productivity Tab which lets you plan out everything and keeps you in check for every meeting, appointment and event. Tech on your busy days with the BlackBerry!
BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition, $858.
For the ones always on-the-go
The JBL Flip 4 is a great, lightweight and waterproof wireless speaker that offers hassle-free Bluetooth connectivity and 12 hours of playtime. Don’t let its size deceive you, this small package comes with powerful stereo sound and can be placed vertically or laid down horizontally (hence its moniker), so it makes for great company whether it’s streaming dramas while cooking, soundtracking your cool dinner party or blasting tunes while you have a long indulgent bath. We can’t think of a better reward for the people in our lives who deserve some serious down-time. Plus, it comes in super festive colours.
JBL Flip 4, $179.00.
For the strong, silent types
Beoplay E8 comes tuned by acclaimed Bang & Olufsen sound engineers for a rich, full-bodied and precise soundstage that will leave your ears wanting more. Sitting pretty in a leather case (it’s where you charge them too) and in your ears, these babies are splash and dust resistant and comes with an audio-transparency feature called Transparency Mode, which lets you decide just how much real-world sound you want to hear. The Transparency Mode lets you remain attentive to your surroundings when walking in traffic or shut out that annoying colleague in the office.
B&O Beoplay E8, $429.
For the public transport commuters
Man, another MRT breakdown? Lose yourself to your favourite Christmas tunes with these bright noise-cancelling headphones. Together with its smart listening feature, automatically detect your activities such as travelling, walking, and waiting, by adjusting the ambient sound settings – so you’ll never miss out on what’s around you, and still be entertained enough on long commutes.
Sony WH-1000XM2 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones, $549
For the trigger-happy holiday-er
Go on, shoot as much photos as you want on the ultimate compact camera – the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V. Shoot continuously at up to 24fps or in slow-mo to capture every little detail, even in extremely low light making it the perfect gift before a New Year’s family vacation or a nice long trip away from home.
Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V, $1,499.
For the wannabe documentarian
The struggle is real when you are trying to capture your travel adventures while you are out and about. Fret not, never miss a moment the FDR-X3000 Action Cam that capture stable images and POV action movies in 4K, allowing you to shoot on those crazy snow slopes and great heights with its real-world rugged design.
Sony FDR-X3000 Action Cam, $799.
For the chronic selfie-taker
Nope it’s not a mirrored selfie, it’s a selfie camera with a cute clam design. The ring flash is the main feature of the TR Mini. Using the eight LED lights, you can control your own selfie and bring out your best angles. Different combinations of lights on the TR Mini enable different modes — like Sculpt, Slim, and Shadow — that change the way your face looks, and there are further features designed to remove moles, circles under eyes, and so on. This piece of tech also comes in pretty candy colours. Time to level up your selfie game!
Casio TR Mini, $699.
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