WiFi HiFi Tech Gift Guide 2018: Tech Gifts for Android Fans

Christine Persaud

Published: 12/19/2018 07:50:02 AM EST in Sound

WiFi HiFi Tech Gift Guide 2018: Tech Gifts for Android Fans

Have an Android fan on your list? He or she might already have the smartphone they desire, but there are plenty of other Google Assistant-compatible and Android-based products from both Google and other brands to help expand their Android universe.

Sony A9F Master Series 4K OLED TV

Go all out for the family and grab this stunning OLED TV that offers a 4K UHD HDR picture, plus an Android smart TV interface. It features Pixel Contrast Booster for enhanced colour contrast in high luminance, Picture Processor XI Ultimate, which can detect hundreds of objects on screen and intelligently enhance brightness, detail, and colour, and Acoustic Surface Audio , which consists of three actuators and two subs within the TV to produce fantastic sound. Get the 55" model for $4,600 or go large with the 65" for $6,000.

Alcatel 1 Smartphone

For someone who's into Android, but wants the ultimate in simplicity and/or affordability, this phone includes Android Orea (Go edition), a pared down version of the OS that includes modified versions of Google apps, like Google Go, Google Maps Go, and Gmail Go, and works with downloaded apps like Facebook Lite and Skype Lite. You get twice the available storage out of the box, freeing up space to do more with the built-in storage. A microSD slot can accommodate an additional up to 32GB of expandable memory. It comes with a 5" screen and slim 4.4" form factor. Finished with soft suede, it has smooth curves, and has a 5MP rear camera with flash and 5MP front camera with flash for snapping selfies. Bell, Koodo, Telus, Lucky Mobile, and Virgin Mobile; PC Mobile and SaskTel; starts at just $90

Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3XL Smartphones

For the Android phone lover who's looking for an upgrade that particularly excels at mobile photography, the Google Pixel 3 (or 3XL) would be a great surprise under the tree. They can take fantastic photos, including portraits, and pics in low light, and make use of the many AI features to improve pics. Night Sight helps you take bright and detailed shots in dark settings. Google Lens is a fun feature that lets you scan and translate text, find similar styles of clothing, or identify popular things like landmarks, plants, and animals. Pixel 3 is IP68 water- and dust-resistant, has a 55" screen, and is powered by Android 9 Pie; while the 3XL has a 6.3" screen. They come in black, clearly white, and not pink, with Pixel USB-C earbuds ad a USB-C digital to 3.5mm headphone adapter in the box. If you activate a Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL by December 31, 2018, you'll also get six months of free YouTube Music Premium. The Pixel 5.5" 64GB will start at $999 and the Pixel 6.3" 64GB will start at $1,129.

Samsung Galaxy Watch

The perfect smartwatch companion for someone who has a Samsung Galaxy Android smartphone is a Samsung Galaxy Watch. It can even work on its own, without a smartphone, thanks to built-in LTE connectivity. Able to run for up to 80 hours per charge, it provides notifications, controls compatible smart home devices, tracks exercise and workouts, sleep cycles, and more. The watch face has a circular, rotating bezel, and Always On Display. Starts at $500

LG G7 One Smartphone

Another premium Android smartphone option is the LG G7 One, which is a stripped down version of the G7 ThinQ flagship phone, featuring Google's stock version of the Android mobile operating system - something that many Android users prefer. It boasts a Snapdragon 835 processor, 16MP image sensor with an f/1.6 aperture for the lens, and scaled back camera software that eliminates the manual shooting mode and the ability to shoot in RAW. An AI mode will be included via a future software update. It has a 6.1" QHD screen (3,120 x 1,440), and a thin bezel allowing the screen to occupy almost 83% of the front. It comes in a 32GB IP68 waterproof rated version, with a microSD slot, a dedicated Google Assistant button on the side, Google Lens, 32-bit Quad DAC, headphone jack, 3,000mAh battery, and native support for DTS:X Surround Sound out of the box. It's a great option for the user who doesn't need all of the latest bells and whistles, but still wants a premium-level device.

Klipsch The Three Tabletop Speaker

It's a perfect tabletop speaker companion for an Android enthusiast because it comes with built-in Google Assistant, so you can ask it questions, get information, stream music, hear the news, weather, and traffic, add items to a shopping list, control smart home devices, and more. It's beautifully-designed as well, blending nostalgic mid-century modern design with Klipsch acoustics. It features a genuine walnut veneer cabinet with a heather gray grille cloth, and includes an integrated subwoofer for enhanced bass. Complementing the real wood veneer are aluminum switches and knobs, and Bluetooth wireless technology. $549

Google Chromecast (3rd Generation)

With the latest Google Chromecast streaming device, he can stream content from a mobile device, including both Android and iPhone, to the big screen with just the push of a button. Use your voice to control playback from compatible apps as well, when using the Chromecast and Google Home. $45

PhoneSoap Go Sanitizer and Mobile Charger

Did you know that, according to a lab study cited by Phonesoap, your phone can be 18 times dirtier than a public restroom? Yuck. Like many other items on this list, this isn't just for Android fans. But a germaphobe who's a heavy user of his smartphone, and travels often, will appreciate this functional kit that serves as both a charging bank and a mobile sanitizer for the device. The battery-powered device can disinfect a smartphone 45 times, which takes about 10 minutes to do, and/or charge it up to four times on a single charge. In addition to smartphones, it can also sanitize anything that fits inside the sanitation bay, such as keys, credit cards, or earbuds. It uses germicidal UV-C lights to kill 99.99% of the germs living on a phone, without the use of harmful heat or chemicals. This UV-C light breaks apart germ DNA, leaving it unable to function or reproduce, and neutralizes bacteria that have developed a resistance to antibiotics. You can recharge, sanitize, or do both at once. US$99.95; use the code Travel20 to get 20% off for a limited time at Phonesoap.com.

Google Pixel Slate

A great travel laptop for an Android fan, the Pixel Slate offers access to the Chrome OS and Android apps via touch, and/or with an optional Pixel Slate Keyboard ($259). It's just 7mm thin and weighs 1.6lbs., and offers up to 12 hours of battery life. Plus, Google Assistant is built-in. It has a full desktop Chrome browser with extensions, so you'll be able to access full versions of websites, not just the mobile ones. G Suite apps work on Pixel Slate as well. An extra layer of protection is provided with the Titan security chip so your information, device passwords and OS are protected. Unlock it using Pixel Imprint, as the power button doubles as a fingerprint sensor. Starts at $849. Grab them the Keyboard as well, along with the $129 PixelBook Pen.

Google Pixel Stand Charger

If the Android lover on your list has already picked up a brand-spanking new Google Pixel 3 or 3XL smartphone, surprise him with this handy accessory, which combines smart wireless charging with Google Assistant. Place it at your bedside, desk, or in the car, and glance at the screen to see charge status and remaining charge time, along with notifications and ambient features. Use the Stand to display your Google Photos and play music as well. $109

Google Home Max Smart Speaker

Introduce an Android lover to the smart home with this smart speaker, which can play back music from a variety of sources and streaming sites, and summon Google Assistant whenever you need it, to answer questions or control other smart devices in the home. Ask it to play tunes, add items to your calendar, check the weather or traffic, or simply ask questions, like how many ounces are in 500 grams as you make dinner. Grab one in chalk or charcoal finish. $499

Samsung Gear VR Headset

Use this headset, developed in partnership with Oculus, to enter immersive, 360-degree worlds where you can interact using head movements and the included controller. It works with a compatible Samsung smartphone with a screen ranging in size from 5.1" to 6.3", so make sure he has one of those. VR experiences are displayed at up to 2,560 x 1,440 resolution and 60Hz refresh rate. Use the controller as a trigger, to tilt, shake, or swing items while playing games, or navigating menus. The adjustable strap ensures a comfortable fit for all head sizes. $200

Marshall Voice Acton II and Stanmore II Voice Smart Speakers With Google Assistant

Marshall Voice's Acton II Voice and larger Stanmore II Voice both now come with Google Assistant built-in, so an Android fan on your list can use the smart digital assistant to play back tunes by voice, control compatible smart home devices, answer queries, set calendar appointments, and more. the outside of both speakers are classic Marshall details such as a textured vinyl covering, salt & pepper fret, and the iconic script logo. Acton II Voice (US$299) is the smaller speaker in the line-up, making it ideal for a bedroom or kitchen; while the Stanmore II Voice  (US$399) is the larger of the two speakers, boasting a pair of 15 Watt class D amplifiers that power its tweeters and a 50 Watt class D amplifier that drives its subwoofer. Combine both speakers together for a multi-room listening experience.

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