Tech the Halls:
The Ultimate 2022 Gift Guide
The techies were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of new phones and headphones danced in their heads. That’s right, it’s time to make your list and check it twice and show some love to those friends and family members who simply must have the latest gear in their holiday stockings. With the trends in technology changing every year, even Santa has a hard time keeping up. Fret not, because your local tech-savvy elves know a thing or two about what’s trending, and we’re breaking it all down in our 2022 gift guide. Here are this year’s top must-haves:
- Apple iPhone: Apple’s latest appetizing release is giving us some food for thought this holiday season. Everything under the hood has been improved from the previous models, from an upgraded dual-camera system with larger sensors for better photos and better image stabilization, to a new battery that is said to last longer than last year’s model. It also features 5G capabilities, wireless charging, and Apple’s trademark MagSafe technology, which uses built-in magnets for the ability to attach accessories to the phone. The cameras have larger sensors for better photos and better image stabilization while recording video.
- Google Pixel: The Pixel series of phones has made a name for itself for being the smartphone for the user looking outside the Apple or Samsung realms for their next device, and Google has spared no expense on making the experience side both exciting and seamless. It’s also a great option for someone who wants an Android phone with all the bells and whistles without paying the hefty price. The Pixel 7a has a fast chip, fast biometric unlocking, and stellar cameras with improved photo processing, but if you don’t care to have your device all spec’d out, the Pixel 6a is a perfect option.
- Samsung Galaxy: This Galaxy Flip 4 and Fold 4 option of smartphone is perfect for the recipient who wants to try all the fancy new tech. The Flip 4 has a 6.7-inch main display that easily folds in half, making us reminisce about the old “flip-phone” days and fits more easily into pockets and small purses. There’s also a small display on the back of the phone where you can see things like the time and notifications without having to open the device. Add on the solid battery life, and this is the phone every techie will love this year.
- Apple AirPods: What would make the latest holiday songs like “Joyful, Joyful” by Jvck James even better? A top-quality listening experience with a pair of new Apple AirPods. Apple’s second-generation AirPods Pro rolled out earlier this year and provides superior noise cancellation and battery life. As if the stellar listening quality wasn’t enough to make you sold on the device, the case itself has a built-in speaker that makes it easy to find the earbuds when they’ve gone missing, so you won’t have to buy your gift recipient another pair next year.
- JBL Live Wireless On-Ear Headphones: Can you hear the choirs singing? We can, because we are listening with the hottest new wireless headphones on the market, the JBL – Live 460NC Bluetooth On Ear Headphones. With enhanced bass so every track pops, to adaptive noise canceling and Ambient Aware technology that allows users to safely walk busy streets by increasing ambient sounds, every feature from start to finish offers a flawless listening experience.
- Samsung Buds: “Yes, hello Santa? I have an addition to my wish list this year. The new Samsung earbuds. Yes, I simply can’t start 2023 without them!” Trust Samsung to release technology that is both intelligent and pushes the boundaries of science and expectation – the Galaxy Buds Pro True Wireless is Galaxy’s most exciting release yet, with silky smooth treble and a pulsing base for premium sound. Also, just five minutes of charge produces one hour of playback, making it perfect for those who just never seem to remember to charge ’em up.
- Apple Watch: It just isn’t the holidays without the beloved Apple watch commercials taking over our TV screens. Thankfully, it’s well-worth the hype! Apple Watch SE, Ultra, or the Series 8 makes a great gift for family and friends with active lifestyles or for those who are trying to look at their phone a little less without fully unplugging. The Series 8 has a few exciting new features like the new temperature sensor for menstrual-cycle tracking and crash detection and the same always-on display that everyone loved about the Series 7.
- Google Pixel Watch: Who says this year’s hottest tech must break the bank? Although it’s a first-gen product that isn’t widely adopted yet, the Google Pixel Watch works quite well with any Android phone and its circular design is sleek and attractive. In addition, it’s affordable in the world of smartwatches, so getting this under the tree might fit right into your holiday gift-buying budget.
- Samsung Watch: We’re wrapping up this guide with something extra wrap-worthy this season. The Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 is making an impact in a BIG way with features that include a powerful dual core processor, enhanced storage and Samsung’s famous long-lasting battery. Who knew something stocking-sized could be the best gift of all this year?
Give them the gift that will make them smile all year long. At Verizon Victra, we’re ready for the holidays and can’t wait to help you check off all your tech devices and accessories for those near and dear to you this holiday season. Just like no two brands of smartphones are alike, we know everyone’s needs are different, which is why we take pride in customizing a solution for every customer during the holidays and beyond.