10 Mobile Gift Ideas for Last-Minute Shoppers
10 Mobile Gift Ideas for Last-Minute Shoppers
Those looking to buy a mobile device are faced with an overwhelming number of options. These 10 deliver the kind of experience that any tech geek would love.
Apple's iPhone 6s Is a Winner
Apple's iPhone 6s is one of the world's most popular smartphones. The device has a 4.7-inch screen and comes with between 16GB and 128GB of onboard storage. Not only does it run iOS 9 and provide ample power thanks to its built-in A9 processor, but the iPhone 6s also comes with a 3D Touch feature that lets owners modify the pressure they use when touching the screen to perform different functions. Pricing varies depending on the version and whether customers choose a monthly payment plan or a two-year contract.
For Big-Screen-Seekers, the iPhone 6s Plus Is Better
While the iPhone 6s Plus has many of the same features as the iPhone 6s, what makes it stand out is its screen size--measuring 5.5 inches. The iPhone 6s Plus will deliver a better resolution and more pixels per inch, but in terms of power and core features, like 3D Touch and Touch ID, there are no differences. The iPhone 6s Plus is more expensive than the iPhone 6s, but pricing will vary depending on the payment option customers choose.
Samsung's Galaxy S6 Line Offers Solid Choices
Samsung's entire line of Galaxy S6 smartphones is widely viewed as among the best in the market. The devices come in two versions: one featuring a standard bezel around the screen and one that offers an edge that adds an extra layer of usability. The Galaxy S6 line runs on Google's Android and has a quad-HD display. The devices come with an octa-core processor, and like their iPhone counterparts, support near-field communications (NFC). Like the iPhones, pricing for the Samsung devices differs based on the version customers choose and their payment options.
Don't Forget About the Galaxy Note 5
Samsung's Galaxy Note 5 is another widely heralded device. The smartphone has a similar design to that of the Galaxy S6, but comes with a 5.7-inch screen, a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera and an octa-core processor. Customers will find Android 5.1 bundled with the handset, as well as 4GB of onboard memory. Perhaps the key differentiator for those who choose the Galaxy Note 5 is its support for Samsung's S Pen, which allows users to write on the screen with the stylus.
Google, Huawei Come Together With Nexus 6P
Google's Nexus 6P is an outstanding smartphone that was actually developed by China-based company Huawei. It comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor and the Adreno 430 GPU. Plus, customers will find a 12.3-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 5.7-inch screen protected by Corning's Gorilla Glass 4 and USB Type-C connectivity for fast charging. The smartphone is available now, starting at $449.
Microsoft's Surface Pro 4 for Corporate Users
Microsoft's 12.3-inch Surface Pro 4 is one of the more appealing tablet options for corporate customers. The tablet, which starts at $899, runs on Windows 10 Pro and comes with a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) chip for additional enterprise-focused security. The Surface Pro 4 has a wide range of ports, including USB 3.0, and customers can choose Intel Core processors and Intel Iris graphics. Plus, a stylus makes the tablet even more useful.
The iPad Pro: Another Tablet Option for Corporate Users
For corporate users looking for a tablet, Apple's iPad Pro is another option to consider. Like the Surface Pro 4, the iPad Pro comes with support for a stylus--the Apple Pencil. The device also has a 12.9-inch screen, ships with iOS 9 and runs on Apple's new A9X chip, which the company says can match many top-notch lightweight notebooks. For all of that, customers will need to dole out the cash: The device starts at $799.
Samsung's Galaxy Tab S2 Offers a Solid Experience
Samsung's Galaxy Tab S2 is another suitable option for those who want to buy their loved ones a tablet. The device comes in two flavors—one featuring a 9.7-inch screen and another with an 8-inch screen. Owners will also find Microsoft Office software running on the platform and can attach it to a cover that doubles as a stand and keyboard. The Android-based Galaxy Tab S2 is among Samsung's best slates. The 8-inch version goes for $350, while the 9.7-inch option is available for $400.
Another Google Option: The Pixel C
The Google Pixel C is not just any tablet—it is a full-fledged two-in-one hybrid. The device, which runs on Android, has an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and up to 64GB of storage. Its screen measures 10.2 inches, and it runs on the Nvidia Tegra XI 64-bit processor. Customers will be able to connect to the Web via WiFi and charge the device with a USB Type-C charging cable. The Pixel C is available now for $499 to start.
Don't Forget About the New Surface Book
Microsoft's recently announced Surface Book is a notebook designed for those who want a Windows experience, but with the flexibility of a true hybrid. The computer, which starts at $1,499, has a hinged design that allows owners to use it as a notebook or tablet. In addition, it works with the Microsoft Surface Pen, letting users digitally write all over the screen. The Surface Book runs on Windows 10 Pro, has up to 1TB of storage and comes with Intel's Core processors. The Surface Book starts at $1,499.