Best Android gifts under $100
The holiday season is upon us, and the mad rush to find to best gifts for your loved ones is on. Well, if you’re looking for some of the best gifts for Android users, we’ve got you covered! Don’t forget to check out our roundup of some of the best gifts for under $50, and today, we’ll be taking a look at some of the best gift choices for Android users, within a budget of between $50 and $100. Let’s get started!
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PowerA Moga Pro Power
The Moga Pro Power is a full-sized Bluetooth controller for your Android smartphone or tablet, and is the bigger version of the compact Hero Power. The Pro Power looks and handles a lot like an Xbox 360 controller, so if that’s something you’re used to, you’ll feel right at home with this one. The larger size of the device makes it a lot easier and comfortable to use, but loses out on the portability of the Hero Power. The Pro Power features a 2,200 mAh rechargeable battery, which can also be used to charge your smartphone while using the controller.
The Pro Power features full-sized console-style grips, dual clickable analog sticks, four action buttons, a directional pad, and L1/R1 shoulder and L2/R2 trigger buttons to deliver far greater precision than your mobile touchscreen. Four LEDs shows you when your controller is running low on battery. Also included is tablet stand, that holds your tablet at a slight angle, for the optimum viewing and playing experience. Don’t forget to check out our hands-on review of the Moga Pro Power here.
Phonejoy Bluetooth Game Controller
If you miss playing handheld gaming devices like the GameBoy or the Nintendo 3DS, there may be something here for you. The Phonejoy Bluetooth Game Controller gives your phone a handheld gaming experience by adding tactile buttons. Open the device up, insert your phone, make sure it’s attached by means of Bluetooth, and you’re all set to start playing your favorite games. This controller is big enough to fit a Galaxy Note III, and has up to 8 hours of battery life in a single charge. The only requirement is that you have an Android device running 4.0 and above. With over 200 gaming titles to choose from, this will likely keep busy for quite a long time!
Samsung Wireless SmartPhone GamePad
Finding a premium quality gaming controller is difficult sometimes, especially if you’re on a budget. Samsung’s Wireless GamePad is of fairly high quality even if it’s on the expensive side of things. The GamePad features Bluetooth and NFC capabilities to ensure pairing is a breeze. You can even connect this controller to a television or a monitor to improve your gaming experience. Also, the optimized buttons and controls make for superior gaming performance.
Ipega 9028 Bluetooth Wireless Game Controller
Many Bluetooth gaming controllers seem to blend together, and they can be difficult to differentiate from one another. The Ipega 9028 Bluetooth Game Controller is just like any other high quality controller, but also features a touchpad. The touchpad can be used to navigate around in games. The controller also has a power saving mode that turns on when it’s disconnected for a long period of time in hopes to save you some battery life.
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HMDX Jam Party Wireless Boombox
The HMDX Jam Party Wireless Boombox that connects wirelessly to any Bluetooth-enabled device, and features two stereo speakers for a superior bass performance. The stereo speaker also comes with line-in capability, which allows for connecting non-Bluetooth-enabled devices directly to the speaker. This wireless stereo speaker features a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that provides up to 12 hours of wireless play, and includes an AC adapter for quick charging. The Jam Party Boombox features an integrated handle for easy transportation, and with it’s large rechargeable battery, is ideal for on-the-go use. The device is also available in multiple color options, including grey, blue, pink, and yellow.
The Oontz XL – Cambridge SoundWorks Most Powerful Portable, Wireless, Bluetooth Speaker
Bluetooth speakers are awesome if you’re throwing a party near the pool or grilling out in the yard. The OontZ XL Bluetooth Speaker may be just the device for you, as it can easily be heard from far away. This one has up to 10 hours of use on a single charge, and has the ability to charge your phone while you listen. It weighs under two pounds, and the curved design makes it easy to carry wherever you go.
SHARKK® Bluetooth 4.0 BoomBox NFC Speaker, 10 Watt Portable Speaker System
If you need a Bluetooth speaker with a little bit more battery capacity, the SHARKK Bluetooth BoomBox NFC Speaker may be right for you. This speaker has up to 18 hours of battery life in a single charge. It has a very powerful frequency response of 60Hz-18KHz, and supports AUX, Bluetooth 4.0, and NFC. This speaker is definitely worth the money, especially compared to the competition. Buy now on Amazon for $68.00.
Ultimate Ears MINI BOOM Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
Spending a little more on someone this holiday season? That isn’t always a bad thing, especially when it gets you an Ultimate Ears MINI BOOM Bluetooth Speaker. It’s surprising that this speaker is being sold for under $100, thanks to the sheer power of the device. The speaker delivers unexpectedly bold, jaw-dropping sound with crystal clear highs and deep bass. If the sounds isn’t enough for you, connect two more UE MINI BOOM speakers into this one to create a huge amount of sound. Walking away from the device is easy to do as well, thanks to the devices’ 50-foot Bluetooth range.
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Shure Sound Isolating Earphones
The Shure SE215 Earphones features a Dynamic Micro Driver, that delivers detailed sound quality with enhanced bass. The durable Kevlar reinforced cable is detachable for easy replacement or customization, with the formable wire ensuring securing placement. The over-the-ear setup keeps cables out of the way. The Sound Isolation technology prevents outside noise from interfering with your audio experience, and can block ambient noise up to 37 dB. The lightweight, low-profile shape with optimized nozzle angle is designed to rest comfortably in the ear. Soft, flexible sleeves in multiple shapes and sizes should take care of your unique fit. The Shure Sound Isolation Earphones also comes with a carrying case.
Creative Wireless Bluetooth Headphones
The Creative WP-450 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones features aptX technology that ensures audio content transmitted over Bluetooth is instant and crystal clear. Precisely tuned Neodymium drivers offer an accurate and dynamic listening experience for your music and movie entertainment. A concealed microphone lets you enjoy crystal clear phone calls, and the device is also equipped with ClearSpeech Engine technology that suppresses noise and enhances speech. Instant access to call and playback controls and volume level buttons are available on the device, and the soft leatherette ear cushions make it very comfortable to use, even over long periods. The durable hinge-fold headband design facilitates easy storage for your traveling convenience, and a travel pouch is also included.
Plantronics BackBeat GO 2 Bluetooth Wireless Stereo Earbuds
Oftentimes when we see wireless headphones, they’re big and bulky, and usually ones that fit over your ear. The Plantronics BackBeat Wireless Earphones don’t fit that mold, as they’re Bluetooth-enabled wireless earbuds. If you need to charge these on the go, just slip them in the included carrying case and let them charge. The headphones are slated at about 4.5 hours of listening time, while the carrying case gives about 14.5 hours of listening time. That’s almost 20 hours of listening time out of wireless earbuds! These are sweat-proof, durable, and feature a “deep sleep” low power mode to save battery.
Sony MDRRF985RK Wireless RF Headphone
The Sony MDRRF985RK Wireless Headphones feature a noise reduction system that helps reduce transmission noise, while taking advantage of its 900Mhz of power to deliver you the best sound they can. They’re wireless, and feature an easily-adjustable cord for maximum long-term comfort. Need a place to store them? That shouldn’t be a problem, thanks to the included headphone stand. These are an all-around great pair of headphones that any audiophile should consider purchasing. Buy now on Amazon for $84.99.
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Intocircuit 26,000 mAh Power Bank
The Intocircuit Power Castle External Battery Pack boasts a massive 26,000 mAh capacity, more than enough to recharge your smartphones and tablets multiple times. The power bank features multiple output voltages, and is designed for charging laptops, smartphones, tablets, and other digital devices. It comes with 10 laptop connectors and 10 smartphone/tablet connectors, ensuring that you will be able to charge almost every device. It also includes multiple safety mechanisms including protection against overcharge, over-voltage, over-current, and short circuits. While not the sleekest power bank around, the massive capacity is unmatched, and ideal for the power user on the go.
RAVPower Qi-Enabled Wireless Charger
The RAVPower Qi-Enabled Wireless Charger is portable, offers up 5000 mAh of energy and is compatible with any Qi-enabled device. Of course, not everyone has a Qi device, and that’s why the RavPower charger also includes a USB port for your non-Qi complaint devices. As is typical of most power banks, there’s also an LED light charging indicator that let’s you know about the level of battery charge still available.
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The Nexus Player is Google’s second try at a full-fledged Android-powered set-top box, going beyond the Chromecast or even the Google TV effort of the past. It’s running the new Android TV platform, which offers you movie, TV, and gaming recommendations based on your history. You can use the included remote to navigate through the menus, or simply voice search from the remote to find what you’re looking for. Though sold separately, the Android gaming remote is a must-have to play your favorite games on the big screen. This device comes Google Cast ready, and if you don’t have your remote, just use your phone.
We wish Android TV was a bit more developed and the hardware came with more internal storage but other than that, this is a great buy… especially if you get it soon. If you purchase the Nexus Player before December 31st, Google will throw in $20 of Google Play Store credit that can be used on movies, television shows, and more. If you want more information on this device, check out our full review.
If you’re looking for a cheap, Android-powered gaming console to fulfill your gaming habits, the OUYA console is the device for you. Powered by a Tegra 3 chipset it runs a 1.7GHz quad-core CPU, backed by a ULP GPU, and 1GB of RAM. Memory wise, you have 8GB of in-built storage, which can be expanded further using external flash drives. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and wired ethernet, with video output possible through HDMI. Games are downloaded directly to the console, and every game is free to try, before you decide to pick up the full versions. In addition to gaming, the console also includes media-box features. You can check out our video review of the OUYA Console here.
The Fire TV is Amazon’s answer to Google’s Chromecast. Though the Chromecast is a simply HDMI dongle that plugs directly into the TV, Amazon’s Fire TV is a set-top box, allowing for a little more substance when it comes to software. The interface is similar to that of the Nexus Player, where it suggests movies, television shows, and games based on your history. It comes with a voice search-enabled remote that allows you to search more easily than typing your queries onto the screen. Amazon is also throwing in a 30-day free trial of Amazon Prime, letting you experience a huge selection of movies, television shows, and more. Stuck on whether to buy the Amazon Fire TV or the Chromecast? Check out our hands-on!
Unlike the other media/gaming devices on the list, the Roku 3 isn’t Android-powered but it does integrate with services like Google Play Movies & TV and arguably provides the very best selection of streaming entertainment anywhere, ranging from popular premium services like Netflix, Hulu Plus, HBO GO, Spotify, and MLB.TV, to many free entertainment options like Crackle, Pandora, Disney, and VEVO.
The Roku 3 even features an enhanced remote with built-in headphone jack for those times when you want to listen to your shows without interrupting others around you. The Roku 3 enhanced remote also features motion-sensing technology that lets you play games with a simple flick of your wrist, along with game-ready buttons for playing titles such as Angry Birds and Jeopardy. The Roku Android app lets you use your smartphone or tablet as a remote, and depending on compatibility, you can also stream local media from your device to the Roku 3.
Zubie Connected Car Assistant
The Zubie Key is a smart device that plugs into your car’s OBD (on-board diagnostics) port and delivers important vehicle health, safety, and driving behavior information to you through the Zubie Smartphone App. You can track where the car is located and be alerted to arrivals and departures from places you designate. You can monitor and track speeding, sudden acceleration, hard braking, and other driving statistics to help you be a better driver, as well as reduce car maintenance. Save money on car repairs and prevent breakdown through engine trouble code translations, battery monitoring, and repair advice. Also important to note is that Zubie is a service, and not a Bluetooth Accessory, that uses a cellular connection to keep you, your car and its on-board systems always in communication. Not reliant on Bluetooth or Smartphone connectivity and will not interfere with other Bluetooth accessories. Includes 1 full year of Zubie always-connected service (further subscription is $1oo per year) and the Zubie Key that works with the Zubie App for Android.
Logitech Bluetooth Illuminated Keyboard K810
Whether you’re composing an email on the go or need to quickly type up some notes, sometimes a physical keyboard proves to be a better solution than using the on-screen keyboard. One of the better options out there is the Logitech K810, which features key illumination for use in the dark, Bluetooth for easy connecting, and an internal battery that is recharged using a simple USB cable.
While newer devices like Android Wear watches may have fancier features and color displays, the Pebble is still very much a solid offering for those looking for a basic smartwatch. With the Pebble you can view notifications from email, SMS, caller ID, calendar and several compatible apps. You can also download new watch faces, apps and more. Another advantage the Pebble holds over many of its competitors is battery life, with the ability to last 5-7 days on a single charge.
The Fitbit Flex is an entry-level fitness tracker that is Bluetooth compatible, offers sleep tracking and plenty of other basic features such as tracking of steps, distance and calories burned. While not nearly as advanced as newer Fitbit offerings like the Force, it’s still a solid offering and works well with Fitbit’s Android app, making it a great gift for the health and fitness buffs among your friends and/or family. The Flex also has pretty decent battery life, lasting roughly 5 days on a single charge.
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Having trouble figuring out what to your favorite tech head this holiday season? When in doubt, Amazon gift cards may just be the answer. From tech to fashion and so much more, you’ll find almost anything on Amazon and there’s denominations as little as $10 or as high as $2000.