There were so many great gadgets through my tech test center this year. I picked just a few as some of my most favourite for 2016. Be sure to check out my longer “Top 10 tech gifts” list too.
I have a robot vacuum and I now can’t live without it. It keeps pet hair at bay easily, and it can be scheduled to sweep up when no one is home. The new 980 model has improved carpet cleaning abilities, a more powerful motor and can better navigate around your home, and it’s all controlled with your smartphone. Read my full test and review here.
Google Pixel XL phone
Normally a die-hard Apple user, I love love love how easy this phone is for me to adapt to. It’s slick and slim and fast, with a fantastic camera and an array of apps. The vibrating haptic touch feature is neat (I don’t have it on my iPhone 6+). Plus, Google probably hates me saying this, but this phone looks and feels similar to the iPhone so that makes the transition ultra easy. Read my full review and watch the video here.
Google Daydream View virtual reality headset
Before now, I haven’t felt as though virtual reality is for me. But I like to say the Google Daydream View virtual reality headset is for ‘real people,’ not just gamers.
It pairs with a hand-held controller that can be used as a wand, a baseball bat, or any object you might need in your new virtual world. The headset itself is not powered or electrified in any way, so it’s completely cord-free. The viewing images come from your phone, and there are a host of ‘real world’ applications for it, like virtual tourism (check out your vacation rental) or real estate.
I had lots to say about the Daydream View. How does it work and what can you do with it? Check out my review.
Google Live cases for Pixel phone
The collaboration with EN MASSE, a Montreal-based art collective has created these cool and vibrantly bold black and white cases for Pixel and Pixel XL.
Fitbit Alta with gold & silver bracelets
I love my Fitbit. It’s my number one preferred activity tracker by a longshot. It’s accurate, and can be configured to your stride. Plus the new Alta is much more like jewelry than like a traditional band.
I love that you can get the Alta in nice finishes and trick it out with either leather or metal bands that look chic. There’s a gold version or a silver one, and these would make great gifts for someone who’s already an Alta owner. Or you can pair the upgraded metal bangle with a new tracker.
I did extensive testing in my review with the Fitbit Alta which you can read here.
I can’t live without streaming TV. So much so, I have a streamer on every TV. Google’s Chromecast is a small dongle that has the power to stream Netflix, YouTube and dozens of other content channels. The easy to use interface makes finding and playing your favourite shows easy, and since you control the device using your cell phone as the remote control, you’ll probably never lose it in the sofa!
Foreo Luna Complete & Customizable Cleansing Collection Gift Pack
There are different styles of Luna from very smooth to a more obvious silicone bristle. The Luna mini 2 is the one included in our prize pack.
Foreo says the Luna with its “unique combination of T-sonic pulsations with silicone touch points will gently exfoliate dead skin cells and unclog pores of make up residue as well as 99.5% of dirt and oil, enhancing the absorption of your other skin care products”.
It also makes claims that using this device will reduce the signs of aging, by offering “lower frequency pulsations that when applied to wrinkle prone areas reduces the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles”, and makes skin look firmer.
“The LUNA mini 2 is an enhanced T-Sonic™ facial-cleansing brush with eight adjustable intensities for a fully customizable cleansing experience, according to Foreo. “Pair it with the included Day and Night Cleansers and watch the cleansers’ textures change for the ultimate clean in one minute flat.”
I’ve been enjoying ultrasonic cleansing; read all about it on the blog here.
*THE CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED! Congrats to winners: Rhonda Malinowski, Lindsay Bromley, Jackie Thomson & Marc Norberg
Today I’m giving away:
1 Google Chromecast Ultra
1 Foreo Luna Complete & Customizable Cleansing Kit gift pack
1 Rubik’s Spark toy
1 Google Live case (fits only Pixel XL)
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