Valentine’s Day is around the corner and so is the pressure of gifting your special someone the perfect gift. This Valentine’s Day, go beyond the traditional chocolates and gift them something unique.
Gadgets are not only unique but also very utilitarian. It’s something we can use every day. We don’t just mean gift a mobile phone, there’s a wide array of options to choose from, and we’ve compiled a list to help you out.
1. Fujifilm Instax Mini 9:
This camera is sure to bring a lot of nostalgia, thanks to its analogue-type printing capability. You’ll get a high-quality credit-card size photo instantly after clicking and it’s a handy gadget to have during parties. It’s equipped with a selfie mirror and comes with a close-up lens to take better selfies on the go.
Automatic exposure measurement for aperture settings and high-key mode let you click portrait pictures as well and the most important is the retro-Instax pictures. Sharing these physical copies with everyone instantly is fun and very simple to use.
2. HP Sprocket:
It is a printer measuring smaller than your average 5-inch smartphone and it can print photos wirelessly from your phone. All you need to do is connect your phone to the printer and select a picture from gallery. It’ll print the photo on a “zink” 2×3-inch paper (zero-ink) in a few seconds.
The HP Sprocket app also has some nifty photo editing tools that allow you to add frames, filters, text, scribble or pre-loaded stickers or graphics onto the photo. The orientation is automatically adjusted to utilise the full size of the print.
3. HyperX Cloud Earbuds:
“Gaming” and “earbuds” are two words you don’t often expect to hear together, but with mobile gaming on the rise, HyperX is trying to bridge this gap. It has a 4-feet wire, well designed and comfortable earbuds, and clear output. Via a 3.5mm jack, these can be used with almost every gaming console out there.
The mic is loud and crisp and the earbuds have clean, clear and balanced audio. In game audio and music is loud enough and they are extremely comfortable to wear over longer durations. The earbuds provide a good balance between sound effects, voice work, and music.
4. Apple Watch:
The Apple Watch Series 4 is undoubtedly the best smartwatch one can buy right now. WearOS doesn’t even come close due to shortcomings in terms of features and OEM support. With a new processor, the Series 4 is able to constantly look out for sudden movement and can detect a fall. The heart rate scanner also supports ECG measurement in certain regions.
It runs on watchOS 5 out of the box, this brings in a new modular face, three minimal faces, and watch faces based on fire, water, and vapour effects. The speaker has been redesigned and is now 50 per cent louder and the mic too has reduced echo.
5. PlayStation 4:
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It continues to be one of the most capable gaming consoles out there thanks to top-notch performance and good third-party game support. There has been a significant performance difference between the PS4 and Xbox One and developers have often preferred to launch for PS4 first.
The PlayStation 4 Pro is the second iteration of the original console and supports advanced imaging technology and 4K gaming. Coupling along a few games too won’t be a bad idea!
Another best-selling accessory from Apple, the AirPods are the most commonly seen wireless earbuds now. Thanks to its close integration with iOS and ease of use, the pair has become a must-have for almost everyone. They instantly connect to your phone and automatically shut down when you stop wearing them.
The case can be wirelessly charged and has a small battery backup of its own, to charge the buds on the go. In terms of sound quality, the AirPods are above average and the mic is very clear. Hence casual usage shall never be an issue.
7. iPad Pro:
Apple has swiftly transformed the iPad from an entertainment machine to a full-fledged work machine. Along with the keyboard, and insanely fast A12X chip, the iPad Pro is capable of getting everything done. Right from simple work documents to video editing, the tablet is blazing fast.
With the Pencil, it becomes even more convenient to take down notes. The tablet is now being targeted for college, work, as well as on the go entertainment. Thanks to iOS, there’s never going to be a scarcity of apps or games.
8. Netflix Subscription:
Lastly, a Netflix subscription is a must-have. The platform is everyone’s favourite spot to binge watch shows and movies on weekends and for Valentine’s couples out there, nothing beats Netflix and chill. Grab a bowl of popcorn, and cuddle up!