With a bounty of great smartphones released this year, it’s easy to get overwhelmed to find the best smartphone for that person on your gift list. That’s why we have narrowed down the best holiday smartphone gift picks for anyone on your gift list below.
The Apple iPhone 5S
The iPhone 5S comes with a 64 bit chip and fingerprint scanner. For those with the Apple OS eco system, they might enjoy the new champagne gold color option. BUY IT : Apple iPhone 5S
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
If you do a lot of work on your phone, you will be satisfied with the Note 3. The main accessory to the Note 3; the S Pen has more features than ever. Multi Window, a large display, wireless charging and long lasting battery life make this phone essential for productivity. The Galaxy Note 3 is available for all major US carriers starting at $299. BUY IT: Samsung Galaxy Note 3
If the Galaxy Note 3 is too large for you, an alternative is the Samsung Galaxy S 4. It has many of the great features the Galaxy Note 3 has to offer in a smaller size without the S Pen.
Motorola Moto X
Give the gift of customization with the Moto X. The first smartphone to be released by Motorola since it was bought by Google (besides the DROID series), the Moto X boasts simple yet innovative features that make your smartphone useful and efficient. It’s great for those who enjoy stock android with just a slight addition of Motorola features (Moto Assist, Active Display). It’s also a plus that the giftee can go on MotoMaker and design the Moto X and color coordinate its accessories. BUY IT: Motorola Moto X (Moto Maker)
Google Nexus 5
If you want the latest Android phone out, the Nexus 5 is the one. It comes with Android KitKat 4.4 (in case you didnt’ know that’s the latest version of Android). The smooth interface and affordable price (as low as $350 without contract) makes the Nexus 5 a win. You have two color options of all black and black and white. The Nexus 5 can be found on the Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T carriers. BUY IT: Google Nexus 5 smartphone (Android OS)
Shop For Good: Try Gifting for a Cause This Holiday Season
Combining your holiday giving and charitable kindness; what a wonderful thing. Support a charitable cause and also gift to the one you love with (RED).org. The organization helps bring awareness and lifesaving treatments for the fight against Aids in Africa. The anti-retroviral medications are helping to combat and manage the disease helping millions of women and children live a long and healthy life.
The (RED) Manifesto
Every Generation is known for something.
Let’s be the one to deliver an AIDS FREE GENERATION.
How does this work?
“When you buy (RED) from the world’s most iconic brands, they donate up to 50% of the proceeds to fight AIDS. We’re at a tipping point in the fight – with action and urgency, it’s possible for the world to end the transmission of HIV from moms to their babies.” (red.org)
Beats by Dr. Dre contributes $5 from each Solo HD (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition headphones to the Global Fund to fight AIDS. The Beats by Dre mission is to provide a superior end-to-end music experience – with headphones, speakers, devices and services – so fans feel the emotion and hear the music the way artists intended it to sound from the studio
Starbucks is one of the key supporters of the Product (RED) campaign to raise funds to help those living HIV and AIDS in Africa, and The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The coffee company began a partnership with (RED) in 2008 with the concept, “Your handcrafted beverage an agent of change”. The Starbucks campaign includes donations from proceeds of handcrafted drinks, coffee cards, specially designed mugs and tumblers.
Mophie powerstation (PRODUCT) RED is reliable power, capable of quickly charging virtually any USB device in the world, including the iPad and other power-hungry tablets with ease.
With well known and popular brands like Apple, Starbucks, Morphie, Theory, and beats by dr. dre, you are bound to find that perfect gift.
So, gift someone you love and tell them how this gift will also help those in need.
If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, then baubles should definitely be on every girl’s holiday list this season. With so many options, how do you determine which accessories are right for the loved ones on your lists? Check out a few of my favorite holiday baubles for any gift giving budget below.
Got a plain looking outfit? Spice it up with the latest accessories from 8 Other Reasons like the Loaded Earrings. They’re lightweight, multicolored, and super fun!
The Crystal Croc necklace is a bold statement piece to add to a simple look. This necklace features a neck-wide crocodile made from silver and rhinestones with black stone eyes and a chain necklace.
Boy Meets Girl x Roman Luxe ‘Funky’ Black Python Wrap Ring ($75)
Fresh from NY Fashion Week, this ring was inspired by the ‘Funky’ avatar from the latest installment of the ‘Just Dance’ video game franchise.
The Boy Meets Girl by Roman Luxe gold and crystal triangles double finger ring – delivering maximum sparkle to your lovely hand. This on-trend sparkler is just the thing to dress up a casual look, or accessorize a more formal one.
This Sterling Silver Rhodium 18K Gunmetal is a perfect Necklace for that “Rock and Roll” girl.
These Swarovski crystal-encrusted earrings with vivid starbursts. Post closure.
Made in the USA.
Length: 3.5in / 9cm
It’s so hard to please a techie with tech products. They know it all and seen it all. So if you want to impress them with some awesome tech gifts you got to go big. Well we can help you with that. Here are 3 innovative gift ideas for a techie that we love.
(Big Spender) Samsung 8000 Series Smart TV
You are winning if you gift your techie with this smart TV. The 65” LED smart TV has all the bells and whistle you expect from Samsung, including searching for TV shows and movies, connections with Netflix/Blockbuster, Hulu Plus, YouTube, Pandora, and social media updates through web services like Twitter and Facebook. But what really set this smart TV apart from the rest are the features to chat with friends, apps, and interactive TV content. With full HD 1080p display you can watch 2D and 3D quality content using 3D glasses to “immerse yourself in the picture.” But this is what your techie will love – the Smart Touch Remote with a built-in microphone and gesture control. Use your voice and gestures to control key features on the TV. Oh, and the remote control has facial recognition to log you into the smart hub. Your techie is going to geek out!
(Modest Gifter) TrakDot
Travel much? Then you should have this. Make sure your valuables never get lost while traveling with this handy little tracker. The Trakdot system, which includes a small sensor placed in your luggage and an app loaded on your smartphone that tracks the location of your luggage throughout your travels. The Trakdot sends to your smartphone text messages reporting the position of your luggage, so you know exactly where your items are at all times.
“Trakdot™ employs newly patented mirco-electronics and ground-based cellular telephone technologies to track and report its position on the ground even while inside metal containers, such as cars, hardened suitcases, and parked aircraft.”
The service can be linked to several smartphones.
Trakdot luggage Sensor $59.99
One-Time Activation $8.99
Annual Service Fee $12.99
(Budget Baby) Window Solar Charger
Save energy and use a solar panel to charge your phone. The Window Solar Charger charges mobile phones and MP3 players at home, in the office, or in your car – just stick the charger to a window facing the sun and the solar panel will soak up those rays.
Colors: silver, black, and green
How often are you jamming to music? Is it two hours per day, mornings or evenings? What device are you using? Is it your smartphone, tablet, TV, surround sound system, or your component set (yeah your old)?
Did you know: 92% of African Americans and 94% of Hispanics listen to 60 hours of music each month? (source)
Of those, millennials are overwhelmingly listening to online radio like Pandora, Blog Talk Radio, and Live365. Hmmm, armed with this information, what are the best Christmas gifts for your music lover? Here are our Top 3 picks of gifts for any music lover:
Baby its Cold Outside and I got the hat for you. Echo’s Headphone Hat has built in headphones sewn right into the hat – not to disturb your listening or your warm comforts. Aren’t they cute? No more fussing over tangled wires or your ill-fitting hat disturbing you musical flow.
The perfect gift for music lovers young and old: No cables. No Plugs. No Internet service. No problem. It syncs to your mobile device over Wi-Fi. No computer required. The service let’s you follow friends, curators, critics, and artist. What’s on heavy rotation? The heavy rotation feature works similar to what’s trending on Twitter so you know what people are constantly listening to and talking about. You can create your own playlist, share your music collection.
Wi-Fi – free for 6 months service
Web – Unlimited web streaming for $4.99 a month
Unlimited – Unlimited web and mobile streaming for $9.99 a month (with an option to add family members at 50% per account)
Monster said it is a game changer for the redefined DJ. This digital turn table system and production studio is portable allowing you to produce and record quality audio anywhere, anytime. All the controls a DJ needs – touch screen, beat matching, effects, touch sampler, sequencer, line in, EQ, and recorder.
If you braved the early Black Friday crowds or took in all the shopping action from the comfort of your computer – one thing is for certain, you could find gifts for the entire family at Best Buy or BestBuy.com. Last week, we highlighted just a few of Best Buy’s Black Friday Deals and although many of them have come and gone, you can still find plenty of savings all December long (just in time for the holidays!)
Best Buy is the authority and destination for all your technology and appliance product gifting needs this holiday season. They feature more than 100 products that you can only find at Best Buy (Now that’s how you gift!) Technology is evolving quickly and becoming increasingly complex- Best Buy is here to help make it easy for your to choose the products and services that work best for you.
Phones and Tablets: At Best Buy you can see and try all of the phones, tablets, carriers, plans and accessories under one roof with industry-leading trade-in options.
Gaming: Best Buy is THE destination for gaming this holiday. Not only do they have the latest Xbox and PlayStation consoles, but the hottest game releases and everything else you need for a great gaming experience.
Computing: Best Buy features the best selection, advise, services and support in computing. They help set the market by working with the industry’s tech leaders to develop a highly specialized and innovative assortment of laptops, many of which are only available at Best Buy.
Mobile Accessories: Best Buy has one of the largest selections of accessories and wearables this holiday. Bluetooth speakers, smartwatches, health & fitness gear and headphones will truly rule holiday.
So if you’re still looking to finish your holiday shopping, why not start at Best Buy? If you want to get a jumpstart on after-holiday fitness routine or simply stock up on toys for the kids, you can save 15% off Health & Fitness, Fisher Price and Mattel (click here for instant savings). If mobile accessories is more your thing, stock up on the latest headphones and portable speakers (excludes Beats, Bose and Sony) with this instant 10% off coupon?
The holidays is a great time of year, do yourself a favor and enjoy stress free holiday shopping and discover gifts for the entire family at Best Buy.
Disclaimer: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.
On Tuesday, May 7th I got the chance to highlight a few Mother’s Day Tech gifts that should be on your list this year with Roland Martin and the Tom Joyner Morning show. Check out the highlights (and the audio) below.
TAKE A LISTEN: Tom Joyner Morning Show: Top Tech Gifts For Mother’s Day (AUDIO)
Sources predict that spending on consumer electronics will rise to an astounding $2.3 Billion (up from $1.6 Billion in 2012). When it comes down to Mother’s Day gifts this year, most moms agree that any gift that makes their day-to-day lives easier IS the way to go! On DivasandDorks.com, we’ve compiled a complete tech guide of Mother’s Day gifts from smartphones, tablets and accessories but I wanted to share my TOP 3 MOTHER’S DAY gifts AND where you can buy them for a huge percentage off online today.
Nokia Lumia 920: If you’re ready to bring mom into the new millennium and rid her of her old flip phone, then the Nokia Lumia 920 exclusively with AT&T is the way to go. My grandmother and mother can easily get confused with the options and menus that the iPhone and Samsung phones have and with the ease of having “live” tiles that keep them updated with social media, emails and more from the home screen – it makes their connectivity easier than before. Plus with cool features like wireless charging and bright colors like cyan, red and yellow – no wonder this was Engadget’s 2012 Reader’s Choice Smartphone of the Year.
Retails for: $449.99 OR $99.99 w/ two year contract
Mophie Juice Pack Battery Case: Wouldn’t you like to give mom the ultimate gift of power and protection on the go? This rechargeable smartphone case doubles as a battery pack. Turn on the case when your battery runs low to stay fully charged through the late nights. From the busy day filled with meetings and presentations to the day off filled with errands and friends. The juice pack air ensures that mom has more than enough power packed into a streamlined, protective case so she’s ready to take on the day.
Retails for: $79.95
Samsung Galaxy Camera: As a premiere Android powered point-and-shoot camera with the capabilities of instant social media sharing, this “smart camera” is amazing. It boasts a 16-megapixel sensor, a 21x optical zoom, 3G/4G connectivity, WiFi, GPS, a 4.8-inch touchscreen display, all powered by a Quad Core CPU running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Although this camera is powered by Android, it’s far from a smartphone camera. With options to shoot in Auto, Smart or Expert Mode, the Samsung Galaxy camera gives every photographer the ability to capture great photos regardless of skill set. Best feature for mother’s day? Best Face, which takes a quick burst of five images and then lets you select the best facial expressions of the people pictured, before merging them all into one photo. So mom, say goodbye to those awkward family photos with the Samsung Galaxy Camera.
Retails for: $549.99
Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 12th and we’ve compiled the most practical and gift-worthy gifts for the mom in your life in our annual Mother’s Day 2013 Tech Gift Guide. After researching online, polling tech-savvy women and outright asking moms from across the country what they’d like to see as their mother’s day gifts this year, we’ve narrowed down our list of TOP 40 Tech Gifts for Mother’s Day 2013.
This year, we’ll be announcing the top picks from a category each week from Mobile, Kitchen & Appliances, Beauty & Fashion leading up to Mother’s Day (for all you last minute shoppers…LOL)
Top Mobile Smartphones, Tablets & Accessories
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Wouldn’t you like to give mom the security of long-lasting battery life for her smartphone? No longer will mom worry about keeping her iPhone 5 plugged up during the day with the Mophie Juice Pack Air. This rechargeable smartphone case doubles as a battery pack. The ideal case for the busy mom whose day doesn’t always end on schedule. Double moms’ power – Up to 100% extra battery with the flip of a switch. Turn on the case when your battery runs low to stay fully charged through the late nights. From the busy day filled with meetings and presentations to the day off filled with errands and friends. The juice pack air ensures that mom has more than enough power packed into a streamlined, protective case so she’s ready to take on the day. Starting online at $99.95 on Amazon.com.
Give mom the gift of mobile sharing on the go with the Samsung Galaxy Camera (Wi-Fi). With the Samsung Galaxy Camera, mom can enjoy high-quality photography while using the Android platform via WiFi connectivity. She can channel her inner paparazzo with the 21x optical zoom and 23mm wide angle lens all while editing photos on the go with the built-in photo wizard and video editor. All of this on the large 4.8″ HD touch screen display. (For full review CLICK HERE.) Starting online at $429.99 on Amazon.com.
Does mom like to jam out to her favorite tunes while working out or doing housework? The Sony Walkman W-Series water resistant Mp3 player is for her. Perfect for indoor or outdoor training, the wire-free one-piece W-Series MP3 Player’s inspired design fits comfortably and out of the way while mom works out. No more tangled headphones with this 2GB wireless walkman, the music will keep going non stop. A water-resistant seal keeps sweat out, while she can enjoy true-to-life, deep bass sound for the best musical experience on the go. Starting online at $36.99 on Amazon.com.
If mom still doesn’t have an iPad yet, there’s still hope. The iPad Mini is still a leading gift on everyone’s list and now it’s more affordable than ever before. iPad mini features a beautiful 7.9-inch display, iSight and FaceTime cameras, the A5 chip, ultrafast wireless, and up to 10 hours of battery life. The tablet features a front-facing display camera allotting Mom hours of FaceTime with her friends, family and you! Perfect for reading her favorite books, magazines or recipes, the iPad mini is a must have for moms this mother’s day. Starting online at $284.99 on Amazon.com.
If you hate carrying charging wires around for your smartphones and devices, imagine how your mom feels. Rid her of those tangled up wires with the Samsung Portable battery pack. One single charge of this 9000 mAh battery pack will re-charge mom’s portable devices twice over and then some. The Samsung Universal USB Extended Battery Up Pack is the perfect accessory for smartphone and tablet users who want the peace of mind that their device won’t run out of power at the worst possible time. Simply plug your smartphone or tablet in to the battery pack via the included USB cable and your device begins charging: no outlet needed. The Samsung Universal USB Extended Battery Pack can store up to 9000mAh of power, enough for three full charges of most smartphones and one full charge on most tablet devices. Best of all it’s compatible with all smartphones and tablets via USB charging - that’s portable power when you need, no matter where you need it. Starting at $74.99 online at Amazon.com.
Upgrade mom’s “work” phone with the new BlackBerry Z10. She’ll love the new BlackBerry Hub that’ll allow her to peek at her inbox from any app without having to stop what she’s doing. The touchscreen BlackBerry Keyboard learns her writing style and suggests words to help her type faster, more accurately. And she’ll be able to share content and apps right from her device using BBM Video with Screen Share. Elegant and distinctive, the LTE-enabled BlackBerry Z10 is the fastest, most advanced BlackBerry smartphone yet, with a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, 4.2-inch display with high pixel density, 16 GB of storage, and an 8-megapixel rear camera with auto-focus that can also capture Full HD 1080p video. With its razor-sharp 365 PPI display and new, thinner screen design, whatever mom is doing, she’ll enjoy a highly responsive and precise experience with the new BlackBerry Z10. Starting at $99.99 (w/2-yr contract on various carriers) on Amazon.com.
If mom loves to take her music with her then the Beats By Dre wireless Pill speakers may be just the gift for her. Despite its compact size, the Pill produces powerful sound. It’s easy to enjoy soaring highs and deep, booming bass in every room of the house. The Beats Pill is completely wireless, portable, NFC enabled (with most newer smartphones, pairing the device simply requires you to gently tap the phone against the speaker – no bluetooth settings required) and with it’s internal microphone, it also serves as a conferencing device. Starting online at $125.95.
If mom deserves the best of both worlds, then you should get the the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. This mobile smartphone boasts a large 5.5″ touchscreen, suitable for online reading and searching (similar to a tablet) all within the mobility of a smartphone. With a high quality camera, S Beam and multi-tasking features, this phablet gift would make any mom a proud mom on Mother’s day. Starting at $99.99 (w/2-yr contract on various carriers) on Amazon.com.
Moms love tech accessories too and the Case Mate Madison Collection quilted iPhone case in black is a luxe accessory that she’ll never leave home without. If you have Chanel tastes on a modest budget, this is the perfect alternative to give mom a classic accessory without breaking the bank. The Madison Collection embodies the iconic trend of quilted fashion accessories. By combining quilted genuine leather with the added refinement of Swarovski Crystals, the Madison case is perfect for the fashionable, modern woman. Starting at $90.00 on Amazon.com
If mom needs motivation to live a healthier lifestyle, then the Jawbone up bracelet it for her. UP is a system, wristband + iPhone app, that Tracks how you sleep, move and eat so you can know yourself better, make smarter choices and feel your best. UP’s mobile app lets you log what you eat and drink and get as detailed as you want. Take a photo of your food, scan a barcode, browse the UP image gallery or search the ingredient database. UP also helps you Track calories, fats, carbohydrates, protein, sugar, fiber and sodium. Gain Insight UP simply and beautifully visualizes your information so, at a glance, you can understand the meaning behind your data. UP also delivers personalized insights and clear, actionable tips to help you achieve your goals. Starting at $107.99 online at Amazon.com.
If your mom is all set with mobile, check back soon for our next additions to the Top 40 Mother’s Day Tech Gift Guide which will include more Kitchen & Appliances, Beauty & Fashion gift ideas for mom next week.
What gift is your mom expecting this year? How do you plan on making this the best mother’s day ever? Share your comments, questions and ideas below.
Did you know that you can find some of the most unique gifts online that aren’t even available in stores yet? Some of the most innovative products are just waiting for backers and potential customers on Kickstarter.com. What is Kickstarter? Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects. Everything from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology. Check out a few of our favorite Kickstarter projects currently making waves online that also make great gifts below…
ChargeCard – $24.99
ChargeCard is a portable USB Charging Cable for iPhone and iPad. Designed to fit in your wallet. USB Charging and data sync iPhones, iPad and iPods.
Lumio Lamp – $95
Lumio is simple and intuitive. The lamp automatically turns on and off as you open and close the cover. A flexible and durable spine design allows you to control brightness by adjusting the angle without a switch or button. The lamp is available for preorder on Kickstarter for $95 with hopes to further develop the product in different sizes and LED colors soon.
CST Watch – $129
CST-01, “the world’s thinnest watch,” is a 0.8 mm thick flexible cuff watch that uses e-ink display. Its minimalist style means there are no buttons or knobs, so the base station does most of the work to charge the device and allow users to change to a 24-hour format. The watch is available for preorder starting at $129 in white, black and rose gold.
Snooze iPhone Dock – $129
Snooze the minimal alarm dock with big rubber snooze bar. If you’re tired of fumbling for our iPhone alarm in the morning, so we created Snooze – the bedside stand with a big, functioning snooze bar. It creates a home for your iPhone and cable, so no more knocking your iPhone off of the nightstand or turning your alarm off by accident – the rubber top of Snooze lets you easily quiet your alarm or incoming phone calls. Snooze is available for preorder starting at $39.99.
Zooka – $99
Zooka by Carbon Audio to be mobile as your media. Through Bluetooth® technology, Zooka connects with your mobile devices to enhance your sound experience, bringing to life any game, movie, or song you want to play. And its dual speakers provide high-end sound quality while its functional design ensures that it fits just as snug on your iPad as it does your laptop. Zooka is available for preorder starting at $99.
Looking for a unique gift for your family or friends? Which kickstarter project caught your eye as a great gift?
Got an Apple iPhone 5 During the Holidays?
Here are a few things to know to get you started.
If you were lucky enough to get the iPhone 5 for Christmas you are in for a treat. With such power and beautiful design at your fingertips it’s know wonder this little gem is one of the best selling smart phones. Although, we admire the iPhone 5 thin and light design, there is no shortage of performance and features it has to offer. Here is a list of features you should know and understand to use the full value of the iPhone 5.
iCloud (What is it and how do I use it?)
iCloud allows you to download any media you have and access it on any Apple device without synching. For example, when you download a song or movie from iTunes, you can view it on your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Mac PC immediately. Your media is saved on Apple’s cloud service so no need for worrying over using all the space on your iPhone 5. You can save music, photos, video, books, documents, calendar, contacts, and email to the iCloud – and automatically synchs with your other Apple devices.
iSight Camera (What’s different?)
The iPhone 5 now features an option for panoramic view of photos you take. “The new panorama feature lets you capture everything from a family reunion group photo to a jaw-dropping shot of the Grand Canyon. With one smooth motion you can shoot up to an impressive 240 degrees. The gyroscope, A6 chip, and Camera app work together to create one seamless, high-resolution panorama up to 28 megapixels.” (Apple.com)
The camera also feature enhanced HD video recording that also allows for still photo snaps as you record – a first for iPhones.
A separate vehicle GPS is no longer needed with Apple’s voice enhanced turn-by-turn Maps app. With vector based image mapping the images are crisp with better response time. It also features 3D, panoramic and street view. With real-time traffic updates the GPS will reroute you to avoid traffic.
AirPlay (How can I view my photos and video on my T.V.?)
With AirPlay your video, games, and photos are wirelessly streamed to your T.V. (if you have Apple T.V.). Whatever you do on your iPhone 5 will mirror on the television so everyone can view.
AirPrint (How can I print?)
Using an AirPrint-enabled printer you can wirelessly print whatever is on your iPhone 5. Know worries about installing software, drivers, and cables for the iPhone 5 or printer – everything is wireless.
Wireless Technology (Will downloads be slow?)
Unlike the iPhone 4S, the iPhone 5 uses Long-Term Evolution (LTE) technology which is the next generation of cellular networking. You will get a maximum download speed of 100 Mbps, which mean your videos, music, apps, email, etc., will download faster.
The Processor (How fast is it?)
Two times faster than the previous iPhone4S model, the Apple A6 processor chip speed is 1.3Ghz which means the response time completing an email, using apps, downloading media will be lightning speed coupled with the LTE technology mentioned above.
The Battery (How long does the battery last?)
This smart phone packs a punch with so many features, functionality, and power and it demands a battery with excellent battery life. The iPhones are known for keeping a charge for more than 8 hours with regular usage starting at 100% battery charge. With the iPhone 5 you can get 10 hours of streaming video playback time. That’s awesome.
The Connector (How will I charge my phone?)
The Lighting is what Apple is calling the new battery charger. The new iPhone 5 is not compatible with the old 30-pin connector.
The iPhone 5 is a power and elegant mini-computer you can fit in your pocket, staying on the go taking care of business remotely and wirelessly.