Tis’ the season to be jolly, or so we’ve been told. In reality, tis’ the season to get super stressed out with trying to pick up all those gifts for your friends and loved ones! It doesn’t have to be so hard, though. Android Authority is here to help.
When you want to give a great gift to someone, you also want to give them as much of a value as possible. During this holiday shopping season, that work is made a bit easier by all sorts of discounts and price cuts. In this article, we try to offer five different tech gifts that really give you a lot of bang for the buck.
All of the following gifts normally cost $100 or more, but right now they are available for $50 and under. Of course the pricing could change soon, so we’d recommend jumping on them as fast as you can!
Also be sure to check out:
- best gifts under $25
- 11 cheap gift ideas that actually make life easier
- 6 geeky gifts that aren’t just for nerds anymore
AT&T Prepaid Huawei Ascend XT2 Smartphone – $49 ($70 off)
Whether it’s a parent, grandparent, child, or just someone on your list that needs a new entry level phone, the Huawei Ascend XT2 can currently be yours for just $49. That’s a $70 price reduction!
For $50, you expect some compromises. First, this phone is locked to AT&T Prepaid, though it will likely work with most AT&T based MVNOs (though we can’t guarantee this).
Second, the specs aren’t going to blow anyone away but they are more than capable of providing a solid Android experience for the average use. The XT2 has a big 5.5-inch display, Android 7.0 Nougat, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor, 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of onboard storage with a microSD card for adding even more storage. You also get a 12 MP rear camera, an 8 MP front-facing camera and a large 4,000 mAh battery.
All in all, this sounds like a solid smartphone, even at its normal price. For its current $49 cost at Walmart, this phone is a flat out steal.
Jaybird Freedom F5 Wireless In-Ear Headphones – $49.99 ($100 off)
Bluetooth wireless headphones are all the rage these days, as more and more smartphones ditch the traditional headphone jack. Best Buy is currently selling a pair of Jaybird Freedom F5 Wireless In-Ear Headphones for $49.99.
While that’s just barely under our price range for this article, the cost of these headphones is normally a whopping $149.99! For that price, these headphones offer up to eight hours of play time on a single battery charge, and its in-ear design is supposed to keep the headphones from popping out. Getting a 66 percent discount on these normally pricey headphones is something you should definitely consider.
AKEEM 22,000 mAk Portable Battery Pack With Solar Charger – $36.99 ($60 off)
Smartphones, even ones with massive batteries, sometimes need recharging when you are not near a power outlet. The AKEEM Portable Battery Pack has a huge 22,000 mAh battery that’s large enough to charge your smartphone multiple times before it runs out of power, and it has three USB ports so you can charge up to three devices at once.
Not only does this work as a normal battery charger, it also can recharge with the power of the sun. While obviously this isn’t going to be as fast as directly plugging it in to an outlet, it’s a welcome extra feature for those times when you’re away from the power grid for extended periods — such as that big camping trip you’re planning this spring.
Normally this bad boy retails for right around $100, but at the moment Amazon is offering it up for just $36.99. That’s a hell of a deal, to say the least.
APIE Portable Wireless Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker – $29.87 ($130 off)
Another great gift idea for any smartphone owner is a portable wireless speaker. Such a device makes it easy to listen to music or podcasts much louder and clearer compared to the poor audio quality that’s usually found on most phones. Normally priced at $159.99, the APIE wireless outdoor speaker is a great way to upgrade your sound experience and can be yours for just $29.87 right now.
The speaker has dual high-performance drivers, plus a passive subwoofer, which promises to offer high quality audio when the Bluetooth wireless connection is made to your smartphone. It also has a 2,200 mAh battery that is supposed to last up to 10 hours, plus a built in microphone in case you want to make some hands-free calls. Finally, the speaker is IPX6 certified, which means you can take it to the pool or outside in the rain, and it should keep working fine from any water sprays.