Christmas gadgets Best Christmas tech gifts
Christmas is a great time for gadget lovers, and this year should put a bumper crop of tablets, cameras, smartphones and ebook readers under Christmas trees.
At Which? we’ve been working tirelessly to review all the latest, greatest gadgets, and we’ve chosen a selection of the products that we think will brighten any technophile’s Christmas Day.
Christmas gifts for gadget lovers
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|Best Christmas tech gifts|
|Gift||Product category||Click for full review||Test score|
|Best ebook reader||83%|
|This ebook reader is easy to use and durable, with a built-in backlight that's great for reading late at night. The gentle glow means you can do so without disturbing your partner, and it's every bit as legible in broad daylight. The responsive touchscreen makes reading a pleasure. We'll be testing the new version and expect it to be just as good. Read the full review and discover the benefits of Which? with a £1 trial subscription.|
|This 7-inch Android tablet is slimmer and lighter than its previous version and has a superb high-resolution screen, perfect for browsing the web or watching films and TV on the go. It's faster than its predecessor and the current iPads, and has features that make it easier to share between the family. Battery life is also pretty good. Read the full review to find out which tablet we're talking about with a £1 trial subscription to Which?.|
|Best digital SLR||81%|
|One of the smallest and lightest entry-level DSLRs, yet it doesn't compromise when it comes to performance or picture quality. It's good enough in auto mode to satisfy more casual snappers, but offers versatility and interchangable lenses for more enthusiastic photographers. Stills and video rival the results from more expensive cameras. Is this the perfect gift for someone you know? To access the full review take out a £1 trial Which? subscription.|
|Best compact camera||73%|
|This is the sort of slimline compact camera that fits into a shirt pocket, yet it still packs in a 20x optical zoom lens. This gives you great flexibility when it comes to taking stills and full-HD video, and the quality is excellent indoors and out. Built-in wi-fi makes short work of transferring photos. To access the full review of this camera and all our other reviews try a £1 trial subscription to Which?.|
|Best MP3 player||75%|
|The latest version of this tiny MP3 player only weighs 30g but crams in a 2.5-inch touchscreen display that can also show video, plus Bluetooth connectivity for wireless speaker docks. Battery life when listening to music is very good, and sound quality is improved by better bundled earphones. While many people now use their phones for music, this lightweight, easy-to-use model is great for listening on the move. Find out which MP3 player we're talking about in the full review with a £1 trial subscription to Which?.|
|Best mobile phone||61%|
|Flagship smartphones make expensive gifts, but this phone offers a good range of features in a decent phone at a bargain price. It's available in a range of bright colours and has one of the best four-inch touchscreens we've seen at the price. It's not the fastest phone, and battery life is disappointing, but the Windows 8 software works well and has all the basics covered. Read the full review and discover the benefits of Which? membership with a £1 trial subscription.|
|Best digital radio||69%|
|This stylish mono DAB radio looks great, sounds good and is very straightforward to use. It copes well with pop, jazz and classical music, not to mention speech, and has a built-in kitchen timer and alarm. It even manages to balance some flexible alarm and radio settings with a minimum of knobs and buttons. A great, inexpensive radio for bedroom and kitchen use. Could this be the Christmas gift you've been looking for? Read the full review with a £1 trial Which? subscription.|
|They might not be as stylish as some other headphones, but these sound better than fashion headphones that are twice the price and are extremely comfortable to wear. Keep them turned down in company - they leak sound - and these are some of the best headphones money can buy. Read the full review of these headphones and discover all the benefits of Which? with a £1 trial subscription.|
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To earn their Best Buy status, digital cameras have to be easy to use and quick to start up, focus and take photos. They also need to produce excellent photos and video in a range of different conditions. We test features like image stabilisation and face detection, and find out which work and which don’t. We also look for how well the camera copes with different subjects and fine detail.
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Best Buy ebook readers have to work anywhere you might want to read, whether it’s in bed, by the pool or on the train. We test screen quality across a range of different light conditions, and examine how the reader will cope with wear and tear. We also look for models that are easy to use, and that make browsing and downloading books a simple task.
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A Best Buy digital radio doesn’t just perform where you might expect, with excellent sound quality and good reception, but also in features that make it great to use every day, like effective alarm functions or easy-to-use settings. Best Buy models sound good from a range of angles, and cope well with different styles of music. They’re also often more energy efficient.
If you're looking for one for yourself or a loved one, visit our reviews of all the latest digital radios.
We don’t simply slap Best Buy status on the phone with the best screen or fastest processor, but test every aspect to ensure that a Best Buy phone has excellent battery life and works intuitively. Today’s best smartphones take great photos and spend as much time browsing the web or playing video as making calls, so we test all these features extensively. We even assess the earphones supplied.
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