So much great tech, so little money. These are just a few of my favourite things to start the year off right.
Apple AirPods (S$243)
Apple’s wireless earphones connect via Bluetooth to your devices, iOS or not. The AirPods hold 5 hours of charge, and when you put them back in their carrying case which holds up to another 24 hours of juice, they automatically recharge.
Best thing about them? Music pauses automatically when you remove one from your ears and then start up again when you replace them, thanks to the sensors in them. Here's hoping that Apple weaves in more gesture-based interactions in future generations of the AirPods.
HP Spectre x360 (from S$2299)
This 13.3-in convertible is quite the multitasking marvel. It's nicely portable at nearly 1.3kg and can transform from laptop into tablet as the screen is flipping fantastic. Powered by an Intel Core i7 processor, it comes with 8/16GB RAM, and SSD variants of 512GB or 1TB to get you through your tasks.
Want to pull an all nighter watching Netflix in tent mode? This flexible device will last you up to 15 hours, which is good for the entire LOTR trilogy and then some.
Samsung Galaxy A7 (S$648)
If you’re looking for a mid-range phone that does the essentials while waiting for the next big thing from Samsung, consider the newest Galaxy A7.
For its price, the smartphone wonder comes with some features that you would associate with higher-end phones: 16MP front and rear camera, a nice fat 3600mAh battery hidden within a sleek design, and IP68-rated water and dust resistance. Need some space? It has 32GB of storage that's expandable up to 256GB via microSD slot.
Beoplay A2 Active (S$549)
This Bluetooth speaker is designed for a good time outdoors. At just 1.1kg, it's compact enough to tote along to any party. Don't knock its lithe frame, it's got booming bass and adjustable tonality via the Beoplay app.
Dust and water resistant, it's rugged enough to withstand drink spillages and the occasional trip to the beach. It will even give your partying a run for the money with its 10-hour battery longevity.
Fitbit Flex 2 (S$148)
Want a discreet-looking activity tracker? The Flex 2 is a slim and lightweight wearable that won't hold you back when you're working on your fitness.
The Flex 2 will track your swimming from pool to ocean as it's waterproof to a depth of 50m and gives you the essential stats: distance covered, calories burned, as well as time spent making those laps. On days that you want to make more of a fashion statement, you can change out the strap for a bangle or a lariat to be fashionably fit.