When it comes to gadgets, it’s never easy to make a choice.
Focus on its relevance, life span, connectivity and affordability before reaching for the wallet, tell ET Wealth.
1. Lenovo Smart Display 7
Price: Rs 8,999
Many bluetooth speakers and voice assistants are cool. Add video and you get more bang for your buck. This redesigned Lenovo Smart Display fills the void of a screened assistant with a 7-inch screen. And it comes with an in-built Google Assistant which responds to voice commands much like Alexa or Google Home. When you search for weather, you will see a forecast. Ask for a recipe and you’ll see the directions broken down step by step.
This nifty gadget comes with 16GB hard drive, 2GB memory and a 5 watt stereo speaker. Use the Smart Display to stream music and videos or make calls. You can also load your digital photo album, check your calendar, traffi c, news and meetings for the day and so on. The colour tone sensor will auto adjust to the light and time of the day. The size fits neatly into small spaces—like your study table or bedside.
2. Gen 5 Fossil Smartwatch
Price: Rs 22, 995
Gen 5 Fossil smartwatch is a perfect blend of tech and fashion. The smartwatch is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3,100 platform and comes in six colours, in combinations of black, smoke and rose gold. It uses the wear OS software from Google.
Users can take calls, talk to Google Assistant, listen to sound alerts for notifications and play third-party music directly from the smartwatch. Its also loaded with a tiles features. Gen 5 helps track progress of fitness goals, start a workout, update on meetings, check heart rate, follow news etc.
The smartwatch has an internal storage of 8GB and RAM of 1GB. It comes with integrated sensors including heart rate tracking, GPS, NFC for Google Pay, Rapid Charging and a Cardiogram feature to track your heart’s health. The Gen 5 has a series of installed apps including Spotify and Nike Run Time.
3. HP Spectre x360 13
Price: Rs 99,990
With each passing generation of devices, notebook makers have strived to create a single device for all your needs. According to HP, nearly six in 10 consumers are concerned about their privacy on their PC. With these insights in mind, the Spectre x360 13 features a neat design, mobility, security and performance needed to create and consume content.
The 360-degree hinge allows the display to be pushed all the way back until it touches the base and it can be used as a tablet then.
With 90% screen-to body ratio, the display on Spectre X360 looks immersive. Driving the notebook is Intel’s 10th gen Core i5 processor in the entry-level variant. HP claims the notebook offers up to 22 hours of battery life. The HP Webcam Kill Switch gives users a physical on/off switch to turn off the webcam when not in use.
4. JBL Flip 5
Price: Rs 8,990
When it comes to Bluetooth speakers, making a sound choice can be tough. Does it support USB (most of them don’t), is the output great, is it outdoor friendly, how useful will the waterproof feature be (be careful if you plan to swim with it!)?
The JBL 5 is yet another option in the overcrowded bluetooth speaker range under Rs 10,000. It comes in 11 colours, offers 12 hours of playtime between charges (if you like your music loud, playtime will reduce). It has IPX7 waterproof rating—can withstand splashes but must not be immersed in water for too long.
5. Nokia 2.3
Price: Rs 8,199 (For 2GB RAM; 32 GB storage)
This smartphone comes with a one-year guarantee if bought on or before 31 March 2020. Nokia 2.3 features a 6.2 inch HD+display, decent battery life and is Android 10 ready. Buyers will get monthly security updates for three years and OS update for two years. It comes with a dual camera (13 MP/2 MP), low light imaging, portrait mode and a dedicated Google Assistant button, if you like to use voice mode.
The smartphone is available in cyan, sand and charcoal colours. The Nokia 2.3 at below Rs 10,000 is trying to fi nd space in a highly competitive segment where consumers are spoilt for choice, with almost every mass market brand offering a product.