Christmas Gift Guide 2016: 15 gift ideas for Android fans

We've hunted down a haul of the best kit for any self-proclaimed lover of all things Android

There are well over a billion Android users on the planet right now, but decent accessories for them remain harder to find than brain cells at a Donald Trump convention.  

That doesn't mean there aren't any good ones of course - you just have to search harder than you do for iAccessories. And that's exactly what we've done for you.

From cracking chargers to gaming get-ups, we've pulled together everything to make fans of that little green 'bot jump for joy.

 

 

Nillkin Phantom Mobile Qi Wireless Charger with Touch Sensitive Desktop LED Lamp (₹2280)

For too long have our lives been plagued with wires. Thankfully, wireless charging is here to liberate us from their tyranny. Nillkin's Phantom lamp has an in-built wireless charger, so you can charge your phone whilst enjoying some bedtime reading.

It has a touch-sensitive dimmer and multiple pure-white LEDs that provide a bright yet relaxing light. Give this to a friend who freaks out from the sight of tangled wires, and they’ll forever be in your debt.

Buy the Nillkin Phantom Mobile Qi Wireless Charger from here

 

 

Samsung Gear VR headset (₹7290)

Sure, Google’s Cardboard contraption is pretty cool, but for a proper virtual reality romp you need something much more formidable.

Enter Samsung's latest VR effort: driven by the power of Oculus, this head-tracking helmet turns modern mobiles into movie magicians. Equipped with a touchpad for immersive control, it's as easy as plugging in your Galaxy to enter a world of imagined exploration made real.

Compatible with several Samsung devices, including the S7, Note 5 and S6 Edge, slip in your smartphone and strap it on to Granddad to give him the virtual time of his life.

Buy the Samsung Gear VR headset here

Google Chromecast 2 (₹3399)

Google’s answer to big-screen sharing is awesome.

From YouTube and Play Movies to Netflix and your Android home screen, social browsing beasts can cast their view to the nearest screen - just stick the little fella in a spare HDMI port and fling the flicks over Wi-Fi.

The latest - the Chromecast Ultra, which is yet to arrive here - is ready for both 4K and HDR footage, as well as being quicker than ever. Don't need images that sharp? Google's Chromecast 2 remains a perfectly nifty option.

Buy Chromecast 2 here

 

Pocket Tripod (₹4961)

Fed up of your friend posting wonky photographs on Instagram? Do them a favour and buy a Pocket Tripod. No longer will they have to carry a huge three-legged stand over their shoulder in order to get a steady video.

Offering wall-top stability for almost any phone, the Pocket Tripod can slot deftly into a wallet for go-anywhere blur avoidance.

Buy the Pocket Tripod here

Google Daydream View (₹tba, but worth waiting for)

Don't fancy shelling out for Samsung's VR effort? Once again Google has turned the virtual world on its head by introducing Google Daydream View. The best bit? You don’t need to have a supercomputer to play.

Simply strap your phone in and become immersed in space battles and underwater adventures. There's no better gift for Android users who can’t wait to try Virtual Reality.

Track the Google Daydream View here

 

LG Rolly Keyboard (₹6485)

Fat-fingered key-tappers fear not: abandon the bulk of your keyboard case, banish embarassing train typos and embrace the brilliance of this full physical keyboard that rolls up smaller than a Bavarian sausage.

Constructed from sturdy polycarbonate and with a pitch almost identical to most laptop keysets, this bluetooth finger-clicker is an on-the-go accessory without compromise. How digit-drummingly brilliant.

Buy the LG Rolly Keyboard here

Motorola Moto 360 (2nd Gen) (from ₹20,000)

The name’s 360, Moto 360.

OK, so calling a cab by talking to your watch might sound like something straight out of a Bond blockbuster, but somehow we always just end up tipping coffee on ourselves.

Still, everything else about the second iteration of Motorola’s smartwatch is as sleek as the man himself: from the full-round display to its stainless steel bezel, the 360 is more connected than ever, and delivers Android Wear in a devilishly deluxe package.

Got a sweaty friend? Buy them the Moto 360 Sport, instead.

Buy the Moto 360 (2nd Gen) here

Hello Moto

Moga Pro Power (₹6800)

Love on-the-go gaming without the hassle of lugging around a separate console system? The Moga Pro Power takes your phone and makes it into a gaming goliath.

Around the same size as a console hand-filler, it’s far more comfortable to use than dinky rivals, while the built-in clip can support just about any hefty Android phablet. Best of all, its large internal battery can juice up your handset while you’re head-shotting bad guys in the dentist's waiting room.

Buy the Moga Pro Power here

Harman Kardon Esquire mini (₹14,990)

This slab of polished metal might look like a stylish cigar case, but it's actually a portable Bluetooth speaker.

Despite its size, it’ll blast out your bangers at surprisingly loud volumes without sounding distorted or tinny, and it feels as solid in the hands as its price tag would suggest. Its rear kickstand props it up nicely for directed sound, too, while it cleverly doubles up as a portable charger - letting you top up your trusty Android devices via an in-built USB port.

A microphone will even transform it into a conference call speaker at the press of a button, so you can switch from Iron Maiden to Suresh in accounting with a single touch.

Buy the Harman Kardon Esquire mini here

Leef Bridge (₹4866)

Forget the cloud and keep it real: USB3.0 write speeds make this double-ended docker a no-brainer for beefy media hoarders.

Android phones might be some of the last remaining champions of the lowly microSD card, but sometimes even that little chip just isn't enough - especially after a heavy snapping session.

Helpfully, this dinky device will plug straight in to your phablet's microUSB slot for zippy file transfers, no Wi-Fi required.

Buy the Leef Bridge here

Philips Hue bulb (₹16,995)

Yes, ₹16,995 for a lightbulb is shocking, but this isn’t just any bulb.

The Hue is a smart bulb. No, it can't do the kids' maths homework, but it will light the room as they do. You can also change its colour remotely via a free app from across the globe.

In fact, you can 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% more efficient than traditional bulbs too.

Buy the Philips Hue bulb here

Hue are you

Soundmagic E50C In-Ear Isolating Earphones (₹4499)

Want the best bang-for-buck in-ears going? Look no further.

Soundmagic's E50Cs bring studio quality sounds to your sitting room - or, really, wherever you want to take them. Aside from sounding superb and looking rather fine, they're also helpfully functional: a 3-button remote compatible with both Android and Apple devices makes them no dumb plug-ins.

Buy the Soundmagic E50C In-Ear Isolating Earphones here

Woodpuck Qi Charger (₹3779)

Few things which go by the description of ‘puck’ are as stunning and useful as this. Stunningly crafted from finest Mao Zhu Bamboo (which is good, because it’s very sustainable), this little disc will wirelessly charge any Qi-enabled device in a beautiful fusion of nature and tech.

What’s more, in a double-boon for eco-conscious coffee-loving chargers, the ‘Puck comes in Macchiato, Latte and Espresso wood tones, so you’ll definitely be able to match it up with your teak telephone case and its walnut wall charger.

Buy the Woodpuck Qi Charger here

Wildcraft Hypadura Kramat 25 Backpack (₹4199)

Portable speaker, laptop, Android tablet: your pockets can't fit them all. Thankfully, this back-hugger packs in dedicated soft-lined laptop and tablet compartments, with a shock absorber cuboid at the base which protects from hard landings on the ground.

The bag has multiple compartments for documents, clothes and a separate tablet sleeve. The Ventex back system has multiple air channels for better sweat management if your friend is always on the move, and there's an integrated rain cover to protect all the gear from getting wet.

Buy the Wildcraft Hypadura Kramat 25 Backpack from here

 

Belkin Rockstar Headphone Splitter (₹1499)

Got a train posse that likes to listen to music together? There's a way to do that without annoying the others. It's this nifty little device.

No posse? No problem. The Belkin RockStar makes it fun to create your own music experience by connecting multiple music sources to mix songs and listen. We're assuming it'll all be a warble, but hey, we're not judging!

Buy the Belkin Rockstar Headphone Splitter from here