Christmas Gift Guide: 12 gadget gifts for Android fans

Philips Hue bulb (£50)

Yes, £50 for a lightbulb is shocking, but this isn’t just any bulb. The Hue is a smart bulb: you can change its colour remotely via a free app even from across the globe. You can even dim the lights remotely to set the mood (you classy devil you) or set them to turn on in the morning and wake up in style. All that and they’re 80 per cent more efficient than traditional bulbs too.

Mophie powerstation mini (US$60)

A dying battery while you’re out and about is a terrible thing, which is why an extra 2,500mAh’s worth of juice will be more welcome than a bottle of water in the desert. The Mophie powerstation mini offers just that, and it’s small enough to slip into your pocket without forming an unsightly bulge.

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Micro USB Host OTG Cable (£3.00)

If someone gave this to you for Christmas, it doesn’t mean that they hate you. If anything, it means that they want you to unleash the full potential of your trusty Android device by allowing you to hook up USB sticks, external hard drives, and USB peripherals like keyboards and mice. It’ll turn your smartphone into a miniature PC, and it only costs a few quid. A definite stocking filler, if we’ve ever seen one.

Oregon Scientific Time & Wireless Charging Station (£95)

Why have a wireless charging pad and an alarm clock near your bed, when you can have both? Apart from helping you ditch the cables and wake up on time, this clock will also provide you with indoor and outdoor temperatures so you know what to wear every morning in your half-asleep, dazed state.

ZTE Blade V (£100)

How much do you need to pay for a smartphone with a quad-core processor, 4in screen, Android Jelly Bean operating system (not quite KitKat, but the next best thing) and a 5MP camera? With the ZTE Blade V you need to pay £100. It'll happily run just about any app you chuck at it, so it'd make a fine first step into the smartphone world, or a capable backup phone for the Android enthusiast.

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