By Gadjo Cardenas Sevilla
2016 has been a good year for smartphones, with great flagship devices pushing the envelope in performance and features. Tablets haven’t been all that popular but there are still some notable models that are great for gifting. Here’s our gift guide for mobile devices.
The smallest Apple iPhone brings back a beloved size (4.5-inches), an iconic design plus all the advantages and benefits of the larger iPhone 6S including a new 12-megapixel camera with a f/2.2 aperture and the Apple A9 processor which runs many of the latest iOS features marvelously. battery life is outstanding and is even better than the latest-greatest iPhone 7.
This is due to better software control, a slightly larger battery capacity and a much smaller display to work with. Best of all, the iPhone SE’s compact size is easy to use in one hand, users of both genders will love its compact nature and it is more affordable than its larger devices.
LG Tab 3
Featuring an 8-inch full HD display, an innovative Reader Mode, which makes the screen approximate that of an eBook Reader, a full-sized USB port for easy file transfer and it can even be used to charge smartphones via the USB port thanks to a long-lasting 4,800 mAh battery. The device comes with 16 GB of onboard storage, but will be expandable with a microSD card slot.
LG G Pad III comes with Microsoft Office for Android installed, this is a huge freebie that makes it possible for this content consumption device to shine as an ultraportable note-taking, editing and spreadsheet-enabled device which can work with the most popular document formats. Best of all, you can pop in a SIM card for data on the go, which makes it a great tool for road warriors.
Apple iPad Pro 9.7-inch
More powerful than many entry-level notebooks yet capable of lasting 12-hours on a single charge, the increasingly versatile iPad Pro is a sweet tablet for consuming content but also a powerful content creation tool that’s sized just right for most users. Coupled with a Keyboard Case, the iPad Pro is a writer’s low-profile tool which can last through a day of meetings, long lectures and commutes.
With the Apple Pencil, the iPad Pro becomes an artists and designers tool and makes it possible to quickly create complex drawings and sketches.
Alcatel Idol 4
A viable choice in the mid–range Alcatel’s Idol 4 has a 5.2-inch display, hi-fi surround sound backed by stereo speakers, quality headphones and a onetouch music app to help calibrate the best listening experience.
The camera department is equally impressive with a 13 megapixel shooter capable of shooting interactive 360′ photos and an 8 megapixel front facing camera for selfies. Chipset is a MSM8952 (Snapdragon 617) backed by 3GB of RAM and 10 GB of user storage. Alcatel and WhatsYourTech.ca are offering readers a chance to win an unlocked Alcatel Idol 4 – enter for your chance to win!
HP Pro Slate 12
For anyone looking for a larger tablet experience HP’s Pro Slate 12, which offers a huge 12.3-inch display. he HP Pro Slate 12 is powered by 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and it comes with 2GB of RAM. The tablet packs 32GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 32GB via a microSD card. As far as the cameras are concerned, the HP Pro Slate 12 packs a 8-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 2-megapixel front shooter for selfies.
The HP Pro Slate 12 runs Android and Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC. Sensors on the phone include Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor and Gyroscope.
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