Here we hand-pick some of the best products in our tech gift guide!
Diwali, the festival of lights, is just around the corner; and while all of us must stay away from crackers, there's no harm in pampering our loved ones with some gifts! Here we hand-pick some of the best products in our tech gift guide! So get set, there are plenty of options to suit all kinds of budgets coming your way.
Under Rs 5000
Are you looking to buy a present under 5,000 rupees? Here's a list of four gadgets that cost about that much. These quirky yet handy devices are sure to make Diwali more memorable for the lucky receivers.
Xech iSoothe eye massager
This gift idea is for those who spend a lot of time peering into screens. The Xech iSoothe is an automated massager for the eyes. It claims to relax and rejuvenate tired eyes within minutes. Priced at Rs 4,999, it is designed by an Indian company Xech. The headset looks sturdy and has a good build quality. Also, the controls are neatly placed on one side. It is comfortable to wear and the foldable design makes it portable. Xech iSoothe massages the area around the eyes and forehead and stimulates blockages. The user can feel the difference within ten minutes. It uses a combination of intelligent air pressure, vibration techniques, and gentle infrared heat to soothe away stress, strain and aches. The iSoothe comes with five different massage modes, automatic, fresh, smart, lenses and sleep mode. Users can choose the mode as per their requirement. And that’s not all, it comes with embedded speakers which means you can enjoy music along with the massage.
This one is for those who love the golden era Hindi songs. The Carvaan Go is the most compact music player Saregama has released so far. Like other Carvaan audio players, this one can also play your favourite evergreen Hindi songs, but its USP is that it’s portable, lightweight and slim; which means you can easily slip it into your pocket and take it wherever you go which makes it the true companion for travellers. Encased in a metal body, the Carvaan Go has premium looks. There are a few buttons to control the different features of the device and they are neatly designed and aesthetically placed. It is priced at Rs 3,990. The Carvaan Go comes pre-loaded with 3000 evergreen Hindi songs from celebrated artists like Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar, and Mohammed Rafi.
Songs are categorised not just by the name of the singers but also, as per moods such as happy, sad or romantic. It also has 50 curated playlists to match your activities like driving, walking and travelling. The Carvaan go also includes FM, as well as a MicroSD card slot so that you can tune into your own playlists too. The user also can easily connect the player to earphones or external speakers via Bluetooth and Aux.
We say it’s a good gift item for those who love to collect all things retro.
Next up in our list is Xiaomi's Mi soundbar, which is touted to offer a home theatre-like experience at an affordable price. Priced at Rs 4,999, the Mi Soundbar has a slim and minimalistic design and you can either mount it on the wall or just keep it on a table; either way, it nicely blends with the aesthetics of the living room. This compact soundbar includes multiple connectivity options such as Bluetooth, S/PDIF, aux-in, and line-in connectivity ports that allow you to connect it to any television or mobile device. Not just the design, the audio quality is also very good and gives the surround sound experience. The Mi Soundbar can be a good addition to your friend’s living room this Diwali.
Our gift guide isn’t just about adults, we have something in store for kids also. An augmented reality-based educational toy, Shifu Plugo can turn electronic devices into a great source of learning. It comes with different types of gaming kits and it’s targetted at children over the age of five. The price of this toy is Rs 2,499. Shifu Plugo is also very easy to set up. Just download the Plugo app unfold and set the gamepad, which houses a magnetic area to play games; and then just attach a compatible tablet or a smartphone.
Shifu Plugo allows children to play different games, such as the link game, which comes with hexagon-shaped building blocks. It's fun and challenging at the same time. There are several games too that are compatible with this kit. The Shifu Plugo claims to improve children’s logical reasoning, boost their mental abilities, and enhance their problem-solving skills. Quite a fun way to brighten up Diwali for children.
Under Rs 10,000
Huami Amazfit GTR
There are many smartwatches available under 10,000 rupees, but the Huami Amazfit GTR is the one that ticks all the right boxes. In terms of design, the watch has very premium looks. The dial is made of aluminium and gives quite elegant looks. It is also slim and doesn't weigh much which makes it comfortable to wear for long hours. The watch is priced at Rs 9,999. The display of this watch is another highlight. It has a 1.2-inch AMOLED screen which is a treat to the eyes. The display is vibrant, highly responsive and offers a smooth experience. Most importantly, it’s visible in bright sunlight!
That’s about the look and feel. Huami Amazfit GTR is simple to use; just install the Amazfit app to pair the watch with your phone. Once that's done you can access all the data of the watch with the phone. Like many other smartwatches, the Amazfit GTR uses a set of sensors to track the number of steps, calories burned, heart rate and sleep patterns. It not only records but also offers smart analysis of all the activities undertaken. Also, you can receive call alerts and read messages on the watch. The user can also personalise the watch before strapping it on your wrist as it comes with a hundred watch faces to give you plenty of variety.
The battery life is also good. It can last for around a week with basic usage. The Amazfit GTR is also water-resistant which is a pleasant surprise for a watch at this price range. It is water-resistant to a depth of 50 metres which means and can be used for activities like swimming and snorkelling.
Wireless earbuds are all the rage these days. So why not surprise a loved one with a wireless audio device? Like most wireless earbuds, the Indy comes with its own storage case that doubles up as a charger. All you need is a micro USB cable. The sound quality is good and loud enough with decent bass. Its noise cancellation is also excellent.
It scores a perfect ten when it comes to comfort. The fit is snug enough to keep the buds in place without being tight. The case is pretty handy and lightweight and will fit easily in a small bag, or even a trouser pocket. You’ll keep looking for buttons on the earbuds and the case, but there are none as it has the tap technology. You can change songs, adjust volume, and manage calls just by tapping your earbuds. How minimalist is that!
The earbuds' battery lasts for around 3-4 hours. All in all, these wireless earbuds make a good present.
Under Rs 20,000
Fujifilm Instax Share SP-2 smartphone printer
If you have dear ones who love to collect photographs, this would be a thoughtful gift. The Fujifilm Instax Share SP-2 smartphone printer can print smartphone photos with ease, to bring those heartwarming moments to life. The instant printer has a neat design with a few buttons. Just like a regular printer, it has a separate compartment to accommodate print sheets and outlet that dispenses the printed photos.
The led lights near the dispenser will update you about the number of sheets left inside. The printer is it’s light-weight and easy to use and it can be paired with your phone via wifi. Photos can be printed from the phone’s gallery or from social media accounts like Instagram and Facebook. The printer gives good photo quality and reasonably detailed. The colours and contrast are good as well. It is priced at Rs 13,499. All in all, we think the printer is value for money.
Kent CamEye is an interesting product for your car. The device aims to ensure the safety of the vehicle as well as the passengers. The device has two cameras, one on each side, that record everything that's happening both inside and outside of the car while the entire footage is live-streamed to your phone. Since it's always on, Kent CamEye live-streams videos to your phone and keeps you up to date with the whereabouts of the car.
It also alerts you if your driver is being rash, over-speeding, or taking intentional detours for personal work. It also alerts you if the driver sleeps in the car with the AC on. The CamEye combines the work of a dash-cam, and a GPS tracker, making for a neat safety device. The security camera offers a lot of features and they work smoothly. It is also very easy to pair it with your phone. The CamEye is priced at 17,999 rupees and comes with a free subscription of 3 months.