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Digital Christmas gadgets

29th December 2015

Over the last few weeks, we've put out our Christmas list for gadgets this year. Now, we have a complete list that you can tick off now that the bid day has passed!

iPad Pro

iPad Pro

The iPad pro is the latest in the Apple tablet line-up. Great for project co-ordinators and graphic designs alike, this larger iPad sports a 12.9 inch 4K screen with nearly double the power of the standard iPad Air 2. So if you’re looking for a high class tablet (and budget isn’t an issue) the iPad Pro should be on your Christmas list! https://www.apple.com/ipad-pro/

Ringly

Ringly

This great looking smart ring vibrates via Bluetooth and has a subtle light that can give you notifications from your smartphone. It comes in different colours and sizes giving you enough choices for those who fashion-conscious this Christmas. https://ringly.com/

Surface Pro 4

Microsoft Surface Pro 4

We’re big fans of the Surface tablets from Microsoft here at Cosmic as Cosmic Julie and Kate will say! They’re fantastic touch-screen laptop-come-tablets which are extremely portable, functional and look really stylish. There’s enough processing power in the higher value models for graphic design tasks and the lower models are great for browsing the web and basic word processing tools. http://www.microsoft.com/surface/en-us/devices/surface-pro-4

Bella Leaf

Bella Leaf

Who needs a fitbit when you have this health and fitness tracker designed to look like jewellery. You can clip it to your clothes or hang it as a pendant on a bracelet or necklace. Plus the metal is hypoallergenic so it’s perfect for excersising with. https://www.bellabeat.com/

Nest

One of the most advanced smart home devices on the market, Nest helps your home save energy by providing a customised heating cycle for your needs. It learns your schedule, when you leave for work, when you return, on which days of the week. Plus you can customise it further via the app for your phone, if you’re away you can set it to maintain a low heat for the pets or just turn off completely. You’re in control. https://nest.com/thermostat/meet-nest-thermostat/

Phillips Hue

Phillips Hue

Another smart home gadget, the Phillips Hue lights your home efficiently while allowing you to control the mood, feeling and colour of the lighting as well as when it turns on and off. Across the whole Hue collection you’re able to light every area of your home from regular light bulbs to strip lighting and table lamps. They all connect to a central hub which you access via an app on your smartphone. Need the kids to go to bed at a certain time? Just switch off their lights! http://www2.meethue.com/en-gb/

Sennheiser Urbanite Headphones

Sennheiser Urbanite Over-Ear Headphones

These luxury headphones may not be easy on your wallet but with Sennheisers expertise in audio, you know they’re going to be great. No matter what sort of music you prefer, these headphones are sure to allow you to sit back, relax and enjoy it in high fidelity hearing every inch of the sound. You can even choose device-specific models which have controls on them that match your device, do whether your iPhone or Android, you can still control your device from your cord. http://en-us.sennheiser.com/urbanite-xl

Kindle Fire HD

Kindle Fire HD

Amazon has a good reputation for value but its latest tablets have undercut the market yet again. Though the user experience of these isn’t as highly rated as an iPad or some of the more expensive Samsung models, Amazon’s offering is great for a first-time tablet user or someone who needs a value packed edition to their digital family. A 5mp rear-facing camera and front facing HD camera add to the spec and amazon tablets have some unique features such as Amazon Underground and advantages if you pay for Prime. http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00V95T20E/ref=fs_fmem

Muvo Mini Bluetooth Speaker

Creative Muvo Mini Bluetooth Speaker

This weatherproof Bluetooth speaker looks impressive and sounds impressive for the low price tag it has. For well under £100 this speaker really packs a punch. Plus it’s weatherproof so whether your BBQ is rained off or you’re enjoying a nice weekend at the beach (not in this weather!), the Muvo will satisfy your needs. It also connects by NFC so your friends can just pop their phones on top of the speaker and listen away. http://us.creative.com/p/speakers/creative-muvo-mini

Blocks Modular Smartphone

Blocks Modular Smartphone

The Blocks modular smartwatch is probably the ‘wild card’ entry of our Christmas gadgets as it’s still very new to the market. The great thing about modular gadgets is that the possibilities are nearly endless with upgrades and additions being made all the time. It also puts you in control of what’s important to you on a gadget. Do you want extra battery life or a heart rate monitor? The level of customisation available is huge (for such a small device). http://www.chooseblocks.com/