Ho ho ho! Lighting on the streets has tripled, the paths are filled up with snow, and the number of tangerines in stores is breaking all records - didn’t it seem to you, the New Year is near. It's time to choose gifts: yourself, friends, relatives. Of course, it’s convenient when you know what they’re dreaming about, but what if you choose a gift doesn’t work out well? Here we decided to help by collecting a selection of universal gifts from the world of technology that will appeal to most people. To write this compilation, we interviewed passers-by on the streets, wrote letters to the president, called the information desk, sought out the opinions of friends and acquaintances - all for you.
It's hard to deny that Apple's wireless headphones have revolutionized the world of portable audio. No wonder that in a few years the company managed to occupy 50% of the market, essentially becoming a monopolist among manufacturers of Bluetooth headphones and setting the direction for the development of the segment. Many presented their versions of AirPods, but few managed to achieve the same combination of functionality and elegance, which is why Apple's creation is still an extremely welcome New Year gift. What is uncharacteristic for the company's products, both Apple fans and Android owners want to buy AirPods, because, to be sure, this is one of the best and least controversial Apple gadgets in the last 5 years. At the same time, after the recent announcement of AirPods Pro, there was a choice between cheaper and more expensive models. If classic earbuds cost from 10,000 rubles, then for newfangled plug-ins you will have to pay twice as much, which pays off by active noise reduction, but we will not go into details today.
PlayStation or Xbox
The game console is a great gift for both children and adults. The current generation of consoles is rich in large projects for every taste: movies, shooters, indies, races and much much more. At the same time, new games continue to appear, which is only worth the recent high-profile release of Death Stranding from the brilliant Hideo Kojima. Due to the variety of content, finding the right game is clearly not going to be a problem, but not so with the choice between platforms. The controversy between the PlayStation and Xbox fans has still not subsided, so we put both consoles in a compilation. When buying a console as a gift, make sure that a person will be interested in precisely these exclusives. On sale there are several versions of each of the consoles, the basic Xbox One S and PlayStation 4 are about the same - about 24,000 rubles.
Apple’s tablet is perhaps the only device in this top that hasn’t left the list of New Year’s wish for almost 10 years. Such a significant figure will be performed by the first iPad as early as next year. At the moment, the Apple tablet line is easy to get confused, because along with the classic model, it has versions with the Pro, Mini, and Air prefixes, which, given the various modifications of each device, adds up to a huge number of tablets. Today we will advise the most inexpensive tablet in the line, which is called: iPad (2019). Combining good iron, great features and a very tasty price, it becomes the ultimate gift for the New Year. For 23,000 rubles, you get support for the Apple Pencil branded stylus and Smart Keyboard, which essentially turns the tablet into a serious tool for learning and creativity. However, if you plan to give the iPad to a person who is active in terms of consumption and content creation, looking in the direction of the younger version is strictly not recommended - 32 gigabytes is too small.
Amazon Kindle PaperWhite
If games, music and video are not about the person to whom you are giving a gift, you can look towards e-books. At a time when screens everywhere press on your eyesight, having a high-quality reader with an E-Ink screen on hand is very important. Reading books on a screen built on electronic ink technology can significantly reduce eye strain and bring sensations as close as possible to real paper reading. Due to a number of reasons, including smart backlighting, Amazon Kindle PaperWhite has been repeatedly recognized as the best reader on the market. A thin, waterproof, long-playing e-book with a reference display, unlike previous generations, is available for sale in Russia. Reader prices start at 7,000 rubles, which is a reasonable price for such a gift.
The last gadget in this collection from Apple, which, unlike the previous ones, is not suitable for everyone, which, however, does not prevent it from being desired. The company’s branded watches broke sales records immediately after the release, and by 2017, Apple Watch became the best-selling watch in the world: both among mechanics and smart devices. Every second owner of the iPhone wants to get these, but people with Android don’t need to give a watch from Apple, there will be little sense from this, because even to activate the gadget you need an iOS smartphone. Why do you need a watch? Receive notifications, track physical activity, monitor your health, and finally watch the time. In addition, thanks to interchangeable straps, the Apple Watch is a stylish accessory that fits any style. The price range for the Apple Watch is large and version-specific. If we consider last year’s fourth generation, you can buy it for about 24,000 rubles, but for the more technologically advanced fifth you will have to pay about 32,000 rubles.
A portable speaker will make it possible to rock even the saddest company - this is a fact. But what about the model? The JBL brand has a whole arsenal of time-tested Bluetooth speakers for different tastes and budgets: from 2500 to 10 000 rubles. Let's start small: JBL Clip. This inexpensive kid is quite suitable for noisy gatherings at the table or comfortable watching a movie, and thanks to a convenient carbine you can take it with you to nature. Next comes Flip, the middle ground between the uncompromising Charge and the small Clip. Also in the lineup is the Pulse model, which can glow in different colors to the beat of the music. In short, there is a choice. By the way, all products of the current JBL line are protected against ingress of water according to the IPX7 standard. The most balanced option of the above is Charge, which will charge the smartphone and lose music for 20 hours in a row. Such a column will be a pleasant gift for any music lover.
Nintendo Switch and Switch Lite
Another messenger from the gaming world is the Nintendo portable console. Mobile gaming is in place, despite the huge efforts of companies, and therefore, if you want to play normally on the plane, you need to take Switch. Or Switch Lite? The younger version lacks several distinctive console functions: the ability to connect to a TV and detachable controllers, but it also costs less - 14,000 rubles instead of 25,000. At the same time, both consoles have a set of interesting but specific games typical of Nintendo. On Switch and Switch Lite, you can play as childhood heroes by launching Mario, Sonic, Zelda or any other of many games. Do not forget about the large titles: The Witcher, Skyrim, Mortal Kombat and others. Switch will be a great gift both for a gamer who travels often, and for an avid player who is fed up with familiar consoles.
Of course, any gift for the New Year is nice. However, it is even more pleasant when he does not contrast with interests. So, for example, we did not include a single smartphone in this top, because, in our opinion, this is a personal thing that many people take seriously to choose, and therefore it’s easy to guess here. The gifts described by us cover a fairly wide group of people, so to choose them you only need to know some preferences or character traits. Give gifts, please each other and write in the comments what you would like to receive from this for the New Year.