If you’re a techie, you’ll know that just before Christmas lots of new gadgets are released in time for the holidays. It can feel like you’re absolutely spoilt for choice! From the latest pair of headphones to voice recognition speakers, there’s a whole world of different options out there. So, what are you putting on your Christmas list? To help you make your mind up on what gadget to go for, whether for yourself or for someone else, we’ve put together our top six tech presents this year! Plus, if you want to make sure you have a bit more cash in the bank this month, why not take part in one of our usability testing market research studies? You can get paid to test out new products, so check out our current projects to see what works for you. So, in no particular order, here are some of the best gadgets to get your hands on this year…
Here’s something the whole family will love! This nifty little device combines the shape of a smartphone with the traditional Polaroid camera. Snap away to your heart’s content and watch your pictures print out almost instantly.
It has a 16-megapixel camera and a built-in flash, producing high-quality photographs for your scrapbook or photo album! It also has an integrated selfie mirror, so you can really capture every moment this Christmas. The device comes in 5 different colours: white, black, blue, red or yellow, and you can print your pics in three modes: colour, black and white, and sepia. Currently, it’s on sale at Argos for £74.99.
Bonus gadget: Canon has released its ‘Zoemini’ mobile photo printer, a pocket-sized and portable printer. Connect your phone via the Canon Mini Print app and start printing your latest photos over Bluetooth. You can add filters, distortions, drawings or text for a customised image, and then peel the back off your print to stick directly in your scrapbook (or anywhere you like!). It’s £199.99 at Argos and Amazon, so get your order in!
With up to 40 hours of battery life, you can listen to your favourite tunes all day, and then some! These headphones have fine-tuned acoustics that maximise clarity, and their cushioned ear cups make for an immersive musical experience. If you’re on the go, their Bluetooth connection means that there are no wires to get tangled up in. Plus they even fold up, making it easy to slip them into your bag. You can buy them from Apple for £249.95 or £229.95 from Currys in a range of different colours.
3. Echo Dot 3rd Gen Alexa
If you’re a fan of voice-recognition, then you’ll love the Amazon Echo Dot Smart Device with Alexa. With its refined design, this smart speaker fits in any room of the house. You can ask it to play music, read the news, and tell jokes! If you need to make a call or send a quick message to someone, no trouble: just download the Alexa App and sync your contacts straight from your phone. Alexa can even answer calls for you with a simple command, meaning you can have hands-free conversations – perfect for a busy family life.
With better, louder sound, this 3rd generation is a step up from previous makes and can hear you even over loud music. You can connect it to other compatible Echo devices at home by using ‘Drop In’, so you can send an announcement to your speakers in different rooms, like calling the kids for dinner (making this a great gift for teenagers!). It’s available at John Lewis, Currys, or Amazon for £49.99.
If you’re a movie lover, then you need this projector in your life! Grab a couple of big blankets and cuddle up with a Christmas classic this year with the family. Its exclusive SuperColor technology offers a wider colour range for accurate and crisp image projection. The SonicExpert technology produces a great sound quality, too. It’s great to use all year round, even suitable for outdoor viewings in the summer! A great present for the whole family, the ViewSonic Lumens Projector is currently on Amazon for £275. Keep an eye out for our usability testing market research projects if you’d like to top up your bank account in time for Christmas. That way, you could make this year a great one!
Sticking with the movie theme, another great Christmas present would be the Amazon Fire TV stick 4K Ultra HD with Alexa Voice Remote (try and say that once you’ve had a few mulled wines!)
Choose from 200,000 movies and episodes to enjoy from Prime video, BBC, Netflix, Channel 4, Disney, Curzon and more! Then, once you’ve made your mind up on what to watch, you can launch your favourite films and TV series with voice control. If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you can get unlimited access to literally thousands of programmes and films – so you certainly won’t be bored this Christmas break! You can even stream music; there are over 2 million songs (yes, 2 million!) to listen to, so your Christmas parties will never be dull! It’s available on Amazon for £49.99.
Want to get active in the new year? Stay on top of your resolution in 2019 with the Fitbit Charge 3. The most advanced tracker yet, this wearable device helps you get to know your body and understand your health. Some features include 24/7 heart rate tracking, fitness, and sleep tracking, contactless payments, and a 7-day battery life. Oh, yes, and it shows the time. You can choose from four different colour combinations including grey/rose-gold, lavender/rose gold, white/graphite, and black/graphite. Get it for £129.99 on the Fitbit site or on Amazon.
What are you tempted by? There are loads of great new gadgets out there this year, some making pretty exciting Christmas presents! So, if you’re thinking about treating yourself or a loved one to a brand new sparkling TV, but need to save the pennies before you take the plunge, then why not consider taking part in paid market research?
Here at Angelfish Opinions, we often have usability testing projects, which you can easily get involved in by signing up to our panel. We also run other types of research types, such as focus groups and online communities too, all of which are great fun! If you’d like to voice your opinions to the brands you love and make a real difference to the way products are made, then join our research panel today.