The best tech gifts for Christmas 2016

We know how difficult it can be to find the perfect Christmas gift for everyone, so here we've rounded-up the best new Apple-related tech we've seen throughout the year including the best iPhone cases, headphones, speakers and more.

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The best tech gifts for Christmas 2016

Christmas is almost here, but if you haven't finished your Christmas shopping yet don't worry. We know how difficult it can be to find the perfect gift for everyone, so here we've rounded-up the best new Apple-related tech we've seen throughout the year.

This year, Apple has launched the new MacBook Pro, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus and update to more products besides. Read on for our top picks of Apple and Apple related gifts for the most important (and tech loving) people in your life this Christmas.

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Christmas is almost here, but if you haven't finished your Christmas shopping yet don't worry. We know how difficult it can be to find the perfect gift for everyone, so here we've rounded-up the best new Apple-related tech we've seen throughout the year.

This year, Apple has launched the new MacBook Pro, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus and update to more products besides. Read on for our top picks of Apple and Apple related gifts for the most important (and tech loving) people in your life this Christmas.

 

OnePlus Bullets Earphones (V2)

Not only purveyors of excellent smartphones, OnePlus have made these excellent, ridiculously affordable high quality headphones. The Bullets cost just £15.99 and are some of the best in-ear cans you can get for that price. 

They’ll obviously work with any smartphone with a 3.5mm headphone jack – so not the iPhone 7 unless you’re using the adapter. If you’re after wireless headphones for the iPhone 7 or 7 Plus, look further on in our guide or click here

See also: the best headphone deals at our sister site Tech Advisor.

 

Sennhesier PX-100 II

If you want to get someone some decent, bassy on ear headphones, we’d recommend these from Sennheiser. They give you the advantage of on ear sound coverage but in a portable, foldable style. Slip them into the included case when not in use for sharp, clear audio on the move.

See also: the best headphone deals at our sister site Tech Advisor.

 

Bose QuietComfort 35

For a step up in audio quality for the music lover in your life this Christmas, there are no headphones much better than the Bose we have selected here.

The wireless, noise-cancelling 35s boast incredible sound quality that you can pair with any Bluetooth device. If you know someone with a noisy commute or who travels by air a lot, they will no doubt appreciate the noise cancellation that allows them to concentrate solely on their favourite music, audiobooks or podcasts. 

You can also use them wired should you run out of battery on the go, but a single charge should last 20 hours.

Here’s our round up of the best wireless headphones, including the Bose.

See also: the best headphone deals at our sister site Tech Advisor.

 

Denon Envaya

For a £99 speaker, the Denon Envaya Mini blows away similarly priced Bluetooth speakers. The design gives it a premium look and feel, without the premium price tag to go along with it. 

Most smaller wireless speakers aren’t much cop, but the Denon is different. Even without a 360-degree speaker setup, it does a great job of filling a room with the sound of clear and crisp audio. It’s perfect to pair with your iPhone or iPad when you have people round. Cheesy Christmas music strictly optional.

See also: the best speaker deals at our sister site Tech Advisor.

 

Ruark MR1

Most Bluetooth speakers don't offer a true stereo speaker setup but if that's what you're after then Ruark is on hand. The MR1 speakers will go nicely with a PC, laptop or just as a pair of bookshelf speakers to use with a phone or tablet.

Admittedly one of the more expensive speaker options, the main reason to get these speakers is for that proper stereo field - how important this is might depend on the music you listen to. The MR1 speakers offer decent quality, a balanced response and plenty of power should you need it.

See also: the best speaker deals at our sister site Tech Advisor.

 

Sony Cybershot HX60

While we all carry around smartphones with decent cameras these days, sometimes there’s no substitute for a decent compact camera. Sony is a leader in digital camera tech, and this affordable compact boasts a 30x optical zoom that you won’t find on any smartphone. 

For under £200 and with a pop-up flash, this is the perfect gift for someone who wants near-DSLR quality results from a smaller, cheaper camera.

See also: the best camera deals at our sister site Tech Advisor.

 

Apple Magic Keyboard

Another design marvel from everyone’s favourite, Apple has outdone itself with the Magic Keyboard. It brings a lower key travel to a desktop Mac keyboard for the first time, offering a fast typing experience in a seriously sleek package.

Where with other Bluetooth keyboards you’d have to head over to the Bluetooth preferences, search for the keyboard and pair with it, you need only plug the Keyboard into your Mac to complete the pairing process. If your battery does run out, you can keep the keyboard plugged in for use as a wired keyboard while it recharges.

If the person you’re buying for needs a numerical keypad or a more traditional key feel, you may want to opt for the wired keyboard Apple makes.

Here also is our round up of the best keyboards for Mac

See also: the best gadget deals at our sister site Tech Advisor.

 

Apple Magic Mouse 2

With its slim, low profile and touch sensitive surface, the second-gen Magic Mouse will benefit any Mac or MacBook user. With intuitive gesture controls, built in battery and a better design than previous versions, the nouse will improve any Mac owner's productivity at home or in the office. 

See also: the best gadget deals at our sister site Tech Advisor.

 

iPhone 7 Leather Case

What better way to protect your loved ones iPhones than with a bit of premium dyed cow? Apple’s leather case for the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus are fine additions to any colour of flagship phone. We particularly like the Sea Blue one paired with the white model, but all combinations will improve the look and safety of any iPhone 7.

Check out our round up of all the other great cases for the newest iPhone.

 

Apple iPhone 7 Smart Battery Case

If the person you’re buying for is on the go all day, they might well be thankful for an iPhone 7 battery case. Apple’s official product can make the phone last pretty much two days away from a charger, and fits just the regular size iPhone 7.

In black or white, its rubberised shell will stop your precious phone slipping from your cold Christmassy hands.

 

The best tech gifts for Christmas 2016

If you’ve got an Apple loving TV fanatic in your life, what better gift to buy?

The Apple TV features tvOS, which brings advanced functionality to your living room. The main highlights include Siri support, which allows Siri to perform the same tasks on your TV as it’s able to on your iPhone (with the exclusions of calling and texting, of course) with a few additional benefits. One of these benefits is universal search, which allows users to search for a genre, film or actor and receive results not only from iTunes but also the likes of Netflix (with others to be added in future).

It also includes a dedicated App Store with not only standard apps, but games too, which turns the Apple TV into a games console, complete with a Wii-esque motion controlled remote that also features a built-in mic for use with Siri. The Touch surface of the remote allows you to swipe between menus in a similar fashion to how you’d use your iPhone, bringing a more unified Apple experience to the Apple TV.

Read our Apple TV review

See also: the best gadget deals at our sister site Tech Advisor.

 

iPad mini 4

Those in the market for a new iPad should set their sights on the brand new iPad mini 4, which launched in September 2015. Unlike previous iPad mini updates, the iPad mini 4 brings a thinner, lighter form factor and a number of internal upgrades that might make the purchase more worth your money. In terms of form factor, the iPad mini 4 is only 6.1mm thin, making it 18% thinner than the iPad mini 3, and weighs a lightweight 299g.

Inside the iPad mini 4 you’ll find Apple’s second generation 64-bit chipset, the A8 chip, which isn’t as fast as what you’ll find in the iPad Pro but will handle gaming, video editing and browsing the web with ease. The cameras have had an upgrade too, featuring an improved sensor and an “Apple-designed image signal processor” in the rear-facing 8Mp camera, and the 1.2Mp front-facing FaceTime HD camera now lets in 81 percent more light, perfect for FaceTiming and selfie taking.

If the iPad mini 4 has piqued your interest, you take a look at our full iPad mini 4 review.

See also: the best tablet deals at our sister site Tech Advisor.

 

Apple Watch Series 2

As long as they have an iPhone, then you could get someone an Apple Watch this Christmas. The new Series 2 boasts waterproofing good enough to take swimming and in built GPS to automatically track your runs. 

The older model is by no means a bad product though; it is a cheaper version without those two features but Apple recently updated it to have a better processor. For on-wrist notifications, news updates and more, this is the must have iPhone accessory.

Take a look at the Apple Watch Series 1 here.

Apps are also a huge part of the Apple Watch, with many third-party app developers offering Apple Watch companion apps and complications (or widgets) that can be displayed directly on the customisable watch face.

See also: Apple Watch Series 2 review

Apple Watch Series 1 review

See also: the best smartwatch deals at our sister site Tech Advisor.

 

Homido virtual reality headset

The Homido virtual reality headset aims to bring VR to the iPhone, as well as a variety of Android and Windows Phone devices. The idea is that you slot your iPhone into the front of the headset and is used as the computer and display. The best part about using your iPhone in the Homido VR headset is that it makes the headset completely wireless, so you’re free to enjoy your virtual world with no cables holding you back – and with the App Store, you’ve already got access to VR games.

However, if you thought that the Homido VR headset was just a more expensive version of Google Cardboard, you’d be wrong. In our opinion, the Google Cardboard is only used to see whether VR is for you, and is in turn quite uncomfortable and offers limited functionality. On the other hand, the Homido boasts some pretty interesting features including custom-made VR lenses that offer a 100-degree Field of View and an adjustable IPD (distance between the lenses) as the gap between the eyes isn’t the same for everyone and can affect the overall experience.

You also have the option of buying a Bluetooth controller along with the headset to bring true VR gaming to your iPhone. (Touch-based games won’t work in Homido as you can’t tap the display while its being used in the headset).

See all the best Christmas tech deals over at Tech Advisor, our sister site.

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