Now that Christmas is around the corner, we need to make sure that the techies in our lives have the latest gadgets at their disposal before the new year is ushered in. While these items may leave a hole in your wallet after the purchase, the smile you’ll see once you gift them to your loved one is undeniably priceless.
From smartphones with unique features to devices that make your life much easier, here's a list of 2022 gadgets to wrap up and put under your tree:
iPhone 15 series
It seems wrong to make this list and not mention the phone that instantly captivated Apple fans the second it was announced.
Apple’s newest smartphone invention comes in four variants: the iPhone 15 (6.1-inch), iPhone 15 Pro (6.1-inch), iPhone 15 Pro Max (6.7-inch), and iPhone 15 Plus (6.7-inch). It comes in five stunning colors–pink, yellow, green, blue, and black–for the standard models, and black titanium, white titanium, blue titanium, and natural titanium finishes for the Pro line.
Some of its notable features are its 48MP main camera that enables you to capture sharp photos and videos, its USB-C connector for easier charging, and its display level of 1,600 nits which allows you a greater visual impact.
The iPhone 15 series comes with a starting price of P56,990 for the base model, P63,990 for the iPhone 15 Plus, P70,990 for Pro, and P84,990 for Pro Max.
Apple Watch Series 9
For loved ones who prioritize their well-being, you may want to get them the new Apple Watch Series 9.
The latest version takes the Apple watch goes beyond a simple timepiece, as it has been given a big boost in performance and capabilities. Not only is it 30 percent faster than its previous model, but it has also introduced a brand new feature of having it access your health data with Siri.
This includes asking for information regarding your physical condition, such as how much sleep you got last night, your average walking heart rate, or how your mood ring looks today.
You can also log health data, like your weight or menstrual period, or that you've taken your medications, with just your voice.
The Apple Watch Series 9 is available for P26,490 for the aluminum finish and P46,990 for the stainless steel finish.
OPPO Enco Air 3 earbuds
These items are a must-gift for any music or podcast-obsessed loved one.
OPPO’s Enco Air 3 earbuds can connect seamlessly to two devices at once, allowing you to pause or mute a song or video on one device, and then press play on the other. The earbuds will switch over automatically, so you’ll be able to save yourself the hassle of buying a second pair of buds or having to switch between devices manually.
It can function for up to six hours of playback on a single charge, and it also recovers power fast as 10 minutes of charging will allow you to listen for up to two hours.
Available in Misty Purple and Glazy White colors, the Enco Air 3 earbuds are priced at P3,999.
Samsung Galazy Z Fold5
Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold5 is the perfect present for those who prefer phones that have a bigger screen without sacrificing their portability.
This foldable smartphone boasts a 7.6-inch main display that gives you an immersive cinematic viewing experience wherever you are. Despite the massive screen, its folding feature allows you to easily put it inside your pocket for your convenience.
The Galaxy Z Fold5 is also a suitable device to have for hectic and productive days thanks to its “Multi Window” feature, which lets you keep three windows open on one screen. This way, you can comfortably multitask between your apps, whether you’re streaming, shopping, browsing, or playing.
The Galaxy Z Fold5 comes in Icy Blue, Phantom Black, and Cream colors and its price starts at P88,990.
Sony ILCE-7CM2 camera
A high-quality camera is always a sweet and sincere present to give for Christmas—especially in this age of constant documentation—and Sony’s new ILCE-7CM2 camera is sure to dish out excellent results.
The ILCE-7CM2 is a compact and lightweight full-frame camera that is packed with cutting-edge capture technology for both stills and movies. It’is able to produce 4K quality videos at 60p/50p and as well as crisp pictures thanks to its 33.0-effective-megapixel image sensor.
This makes it a superb tool for photographers and videographers who want to create content that will instantly stand out in the online world.
The ILCE-7CM2 sells at P129,999.
Anker’s Prime 12K mAh powerbank
Do you have a friend who always borrows someone else's power bank? If so, then Anker’s Prime 12K mAh Powerbank is the ideal Christmas gift for them.
It offers two-way fast charging with a total output of up to 130W, while a single USB-C port supports a maximum output of 65W. You can monitor its power through the smart digital display, which provides real-time information on remaining battery capacity, power input, and power output.
Once the device runs out of power, you won’t have to wait long until you can use it again as it can be fully recharged in just 45 minutes. It is priced at P6,995.
JBL Partybox Ultimate speaker
What’s a party without loud music? That's why this Christmas, gift your host new party speakers.
The JBL PartyBox Ultimate is the one you need to give the techie in your life one unforgettable, music-filled party. The speaker fills as much space as you’ve got with its superior Original JBL Pro Sound, boosted with an immersive Dolby Atmos experience over Wi-Fi
This results in powerful sounds that will have everyone showing out their moves on the dance floor. But that’s not all as it can also provide aesthetics with its breathtaking light show of captivating starry lights, cool light trails, and strobe effects, all moving in sync with your beat.
It is available at P79,999.
For your gamer friends who are looking to spend the holiday season escaping life's troubles through video games, you can get an amazing deal with the premiere gaming console Playstation 5.
Its top features include its lightning speed system and its incredible graphics that can heighten your gaming experience to breathtaking levels. Some of the thrilling games you can play include Marvel's Spider-Man 2, God of War: Ragnarok, Dead Island 2, and more.
The Playstation 5 console has an original price of P30,790, but you can get it for P23,990 from Dec. 18 to Dec. 31 only.
OPPO Find N3 Flip
Flip phones are so back! Now, they're even better.
The latest foldable smartphone from OPPO features a large, intuitive vertical cover screen that mirrors your main screen. Through these, you can reply to a message in a snap without unfolding your phone. What's more, you can access your most essential functions from your cover screen—take photos, access playlist, take notes, etc.
Of course, a smartphone is essential for those who want to immortalize a moment. Thanks to its unique triple camera system, you can take very clear images using its 50MP wide-angle camera, a 48MP ultra-wide camera, or a 32MP portrait camera.
The Find N3 Flip's sophisticated and elegant clamshell-like design comes in cream gold or sleek black, and the price starts at P64,999. These are available through its online stores such as Shopee, Lazada, and TikTok.
Wait, there's more! In the latest collaboration with Cul-De-Sac, a renowned multi-brand fashion concept store, OPPO Find N3 Flip users claim a P3,000 discount voucher on the latest fashion finds and accessories from Cul-De-Sac or Akimbo. You can access this through the My OPPO App. — Yoniel Acebuche