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Top 5 Holiday Tech Gifts for 2016

Tech during the holidays has become a necessity. 2016 is no different. With so many choices, it’s hard to see through all the clutter and find the best items. Hopefully this top 5 list can help with that.

Google Pixel-  Mobile phone tech changes fast, but Pixel’s camera seems to lead the way right now. It takes great photos in low light, bright light, which is rare. Duo, Google’s version of Apple’s Facetime tech, allows you to video call anyone on Android and iPhone. It also has a Knock Knock feature so you can even see the caller before you pick up. It seems to be faster than any phone on the market today. It’s easy to use, and my favorite part is that there is no bloat-ware. Add the USB-C charger and it gives you up to 7 hours of battery life in just 15 minutes.

Google Pixel

Google Pixel

Swing Mini Drone- Parrot Swing is a minidrone that is easy to use, yet has the speed of a full size drone. It comes with autopilot, a vertical take-off and landing mode. Parrot has led the way on drone tech, and this newest minidrone is no different for the French company. It is a sort of hybrid quadcopter that combines vertical take-off with horizontal flight. It’s the latest in ongoing attempts to bring together quadcopters and fixed-wing drones, but this one is notable for its particularly small size, and its X-wing configuration.

SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker II-  As everyone is trying to eliminate cords from their life, Bluetooth speakers are always sought after tech. The Soundlink® Mini Bluetooth speaker II continues to deliver the excellent sound we are accustomed to from Bose. The sound is very natural, and has a much deeper bass than you’d expect from a compact speaker. It’s also hard to believe that it fits in the palm of your hand. It connects wirelessly to your smartphone, tablet or other Bluetooth device, so you can listen to your music, videos or games anytime, anywhere. And the built-in speakerphone lets you take calls out loud, too.

Blaze Smart Fitness Watch- The Fitbit Blaze is an attempt at making an everyday watch. This device is part fitness tracker and part smartwatch. There are lots of smartwatches out there but this one uses Fitbit’s tech. To me their software is superior to most fitness trackers. It also has a variety of bands and accessories that you can use to customize it. This could be the closest anyone has come to making a well-balanced smartwatch.

Daydream View- VR tech is huge right now. The Daydream View is a VR headset with a Google controller. You can play games, watch movies, and experience places you may never get to otherwise. It’s a soft cloth eyebox that turns any compatible phone into a VR headset, and it comes complete with its own Wii-like motion controller for manipulating objects and menus in VR.

All of these tech gifts are available from Verizon.

Disclaimer: As a member of a great group of Verizon influencers, I occasionally receive cool products to test drive and share my honest thoughts on. No additional compensation is provided, neither were any favorable comments promised. All opinions are my own.