Tech Gift Guide for 2020: South African Edition | 9Lives
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The time of year to start looking for gifts has arrived. This adds a lot of pressure for most because there is always that one person you just don’t know what to get. Like someone who is passionate about technology. It can be difficult (and expensive) to find the perfect gift for them. In this tech gift guide we plan to compare some of the best high-end tech when it comes to smartwatches, tablets and headphones to help you with that decision.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2. vs Apple Watch

Do you want to step up your watch game and have it do much more than just tell the time? The following are some points that might help you with your decision. Here we will be looking at the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 and the Apple Watch Series 5. (For more watch options see the article by Caré.)

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2

The Samsung watch keeps to a classical round-face design, providing a familiar feel. With a list of settings to toggle, it is easy to find the right balance between usability and a long battery life. Set to full use and features I average about one and a half days. With moderate power optimisation settings I’ve been able to get almost four days worth of use.

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The watch offers numerous features such as IP68 (water and dust resistance), a heart rate monitor, workout and sleep tracking, stress tracking, calling, notifications, and reminders to name only a few. A fun feature allows you to toggle a sound, mimicking the ticking of an actual watch. This is an obvious contributor to a shorter battery-life but is still a nice additional feature.

This watch is meant for the person using an android device, more specifically a Samsung device. It also accommodates a person with an active lifestyle while maintaining a stylish element. Purchase link.

Apple Watch 5

When it comes down to look and  feel, the Apple Watch Series 5 is well designed in that regard. The refresh rate of the screen is rapid which provides smooth transitions between apps. Exercise tracking, an alarm triggering mechanism when exposed for prolonged periods to harmful noise, and a safety feature to call for emergency services when an unsafe g-force level (impact) is detected are some of the features.

Other than the price tag, daily charging, no sleep tracking, and the fact that it works exclusively with other Apple products, this is one of the best and most stylish buys when it comes to smart watches. Purchase link.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ vs Apple iPad Pro 12″

Let’s have a look at the best and latest hybrid devices to change up your workplace environment. For this tech gift guide we compare the current top Android competitor with it’s Apple equivalent.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+

The new Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 & Tab S7+ are easily the best Android tablets on the market right now, both in terms of specs and usability. They are also the only direct competitor to the Apple iPad Pro 12.9”. The tablet lacks the Apple experience when it comes to the optimisation of applications, since the iPad runs on it’s exclusive iPad OS, whereas the Galaxy Tab shares the same apps as any general Android device. This means that there are a surplus of apps that just aren’t optimised for tablet use.

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That being said, this could possibly be the best buy one could make to fill the gap between mobile and PC, especially with Samsung Dex, offering that familiar Windows PC experience. The display is bright, beautiful and extremely responsive at a 120GHz screen refresh rate. The S-pen offers an exceptional added list of benefits with a 9ms latency (matching that of the iPad) making it indistinguishable from everyday pen on paper writing.

If you are looking for a light-weight, ultra portable device with a beautiful screen and an abundance of features at a more affordable price, this is the device you want to go for. Purchase link.

Apple iPad Pro 12.9”

The iPad Pro is an alternative for professionals on the go who want to get work done efficiently;

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A substitute that will fit nicely between the iMac and MacBook devices that Apple has to offer. There have been improvements to the processing chip and camera compared to the previous model. The chip is more powerful than that of the MacBook Air. All in all, Apple seems to always succeed in giving us products that improve our lifestyle choices with comfort and style. People who are familiar with Apple products will use this device to its full capability or you could use it casually, which would still make it an overall good purchase and one that would be recommended with ease. Purchase link.

Bose 700 Headphones vs Sony XM4’s

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No tech gift guide would be complete without the most widely used form of wearable tech, headphones. Especially our take on the most effective ones when you need a little peace and quiet, whether at home or at work.

Bose 700 Headphones

The Bose 700’s have a sleek and luxurious design matching that of the price tag. They are compact, making them great for travel and everyday use. The design is lightweight and comfortable, further adding to the attraction for those looking for the perfect pair of travel headphones. They come with built in microphones meaning that you can use them to take calls and they can even function as a headset for gaming. They are a leader in the industry when it comes to the noise cancelling and also offers dual-device connectivity.

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The sound quality does not leave you wanting. The mobile app is easy to use and that means setup and customisation is a breeze. The Bose also comes equipped with a touch sensor for play/pause, skip and volume up and down control. It also has tactile buttons for on/off, noise cancelling and the preferred assistant. Even with all these features the price tag is still something that cannot be overlooked. The Sony XM4’s easily match the functionality of the Bose 700’s and at a much lower (however still quite pricey) cost. Purchase link.

Sony XM4’s 2020

The Sony XM4’s sets the bar high for other competitors in this price range with its intelligent noise canceling feature, being able to save specific noisy locations on the app to remember your settings according to preference or with an automatic feature. These headphones are quite comfortable and sit firmly on your head while doing various activities. When it comes to sound quality, they do not disappoint. This is impressive considering its 30-hour battery life for wireless use.

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The only downside would be multiple smart hand gestures/commands which could be overwhelming at first. Luckily this feature can easily be turned off using the free downloadable app on your phone. If sound and music is a big part of your life, the XM4’s would definitely add great value to it. Purchase link.

Our Conclusion

Technology can be an expensive gift to give, but hey, quality and functionality come at a price. But for those who can afford it, these were our top recommendations in our tech gift guide that you can buy today. Make sure to click through to the product pages to see the full list of specs for each product. Cheers for now guys, until next time!

Compiled by Zuan van Schalkwyk and Karl Assenmacher. 

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