Our gift guide for tech to stay connected
Hook them up to a smart tech gift they’ll love.
24 Sep 2020
If you’re looking for a gift for a tech lover, you’ve got loads of choice. So what about going for something that’ll help them stay connected? We’ve rounded up some great ideas below, and who knows? They might even use it to get in touch with you and say thanks!
Apple Watch Series 6
This year’s new Apple Watch 6 is the most advanced yet, and it’s packed with features – a lot of them focused on health and fitness.
Like other Apple Watches, the lucky owner can use it to make and take calls without having to reach for their phone. They can also send messages quickly, by selecting a smart reply (which is a list of common phrases like ‘thanks’, ‘let me get back to you’, ‘call me later’), or writing out a message in full.
The Blood Oxygen Saturation (SpO2) is a revolutionary new sensor that uses red and infra-red light to detect when blood oxygen levels drops to dangerous levels. And there’s also a heart monitor that works with the ECG app to read the heart’s electrical signals. Simply touch the Digital Crown and an ECG waveform appears in 30 seconds. The ECG app then works out if the heart rhythm is okay.
The new S6 chipset is powerful and energy efficient, and the watch face is now much brighter in direct sunlight. If your friend is into fitness, they’re going to love the new Fitness + health platform. It delivers workouts straight onto their wrist, with professional health trainers guiding them through activities like yoga and strength training.
Apple Watch 6 comes in loads of cool colours, with aluminium blue and (PRODUCT) RED now added to the line-up.
Google Nest Mini (2nd Gen)
This amazing little smart speaker makes anyone’s life simple, and easily connects to other smart home products - so homeowners can ask it to do things dimming the lights or turn up the heating. They can also use it to make calls to any of their Google contacts.
It’s a great gift for entertainment, too. Ask it to stream music from the likes of Spotify, and every tune is loud and clear with lots of detail coming from such a compact unit. And if the person you buy it for has a Google Chromecast plugged into their TV, they can ask the Nest Mini to play their favourite show and it’ll appear on the screen in seconds.
Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 10.1" 2-in-1 Chromebook
If you’re thinking of giving a laptop as a gift, a Chromebook is a great choice. They’re designed to get the best from Google's online services, and the likes of Gmail, Google Maps, YouTube and Google Docs are already built in. Everything is web-app based – so there’s no need to download any extra software. Instead, app versions of Word and Adobe can simply be downloaded from the Google Play store.
The Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 10.1” 2-in-1 Chromebook has a big and bright Full HD display that’s great for video calling friends, watching blockbuster movies on Netflix, playing online multiplayer games, working on presentations and loads more.
It’s also incredibly versatile (this is where the 2-in-1 part comes in). The detachable magnetic keyboard transforms it from a laptop to a tablet. So after working on an essay or project, it’s easy to relax with a spot of web browsing or video viewing.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite 4G
What about giving them an Android tablet as a gift? The Tab S6 Lite has 4G connectivity built-in, so they’ll be able to stay in touch with the world even when they’re out and about.
The Tab S6 Lite also comes with a Bluetooth connected S-Pen, so they’ll be able unleash their creativity and sketch, draw or doodle – or just write out quick notes on the fly. It really feels like you’re writing on paper, with accurate movement and pressure sensitivity.
With up to 12 hours of battery life and a slim design, the Tab S6 Lite can easily be slipped into a bag and taken anywhere. It’s a great touchscreen tablet for work, study and play – at home, or on-the-go.
Samsung Galaxy Note20
If you really want to treat someone – and be in their good books forever - why not splash out on one of the greatest smartphones in the world?
The Note20 is Samsung’s power-packed new flagship, bursting with amazing features. The 6.7-inch AMOLED Infinity-O display is just made for content creators and gamers. And for home workers, there’s a fantastic new S-Pen that works with Microsoft Office. The Note20 is famous for its S-Pen, and this version has been improved to give even greater responsiveness. It can do everything from writing notes to sketching out a masterpiece – and it even works as a clicker to change slides during a presentation.
The Note20 is also packed with the latest and greatest cameras tech. There’s a 64MP Rear Telephoto, 12MP Rear Wide and 12MP Rear Ultra-Wide camera to take pro quality shots, or switch over to video and film jaw-dropping 8K footage.
This is also a perfect phone for gamers. The super-powerful Exynos 990 processor will make sure there’s no stutter or lag in even the most massive multiplayer online games, and all-day battery life means they can keep going when they’re in the zone. It works with Xbox Game Pass, and even has controller compatibility to help them hit those high scores.