The Best Tech and Accessories to Buy for Teens This Christmas
Christmas is fast approaching and knowing the perfect present to get someone can be incredibly tough – particularly if they’re a teenager. But in the modern day, it’s hard to go wrong with a high-quality, interesting bit of tech. A gadget that is fun to use and actually useful can make for the best gift, particularly if you cover all of the bases. So, not only do you want to buy a great bit of tech, you want to make sure that it lasts to be worthy of its inherently hefty price tag.
Here, we’re going to delve into some of the best gadgets available this Christmas, as well as the accessories that you need to ensure that they stay in one piece for as long as possible.
The new gaming console sensation
Combining the television usage of a home console with the portability of a tablet, the Nintendo Switch has taken the world by storm. Earlier this year, the Nintendo Switch family of consoles grew, with the handheld-only version, the Nintendo Switch Lite, offering a cheaper way to play with the innovative console.
This Christmas, the Switch looks set to become even more popular with games like Luigi’s Mansion 3, Pokémon Sword, Pokémon Shield, and Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, coming out in the months running to December 25. When it comes to gaming consoles, the Switch continues to enhance its appeal through its line-up of top-class games while also being bolstered by its ever-growing, much cheaper line of indie games.
The whole Nintendo Switch console, which can also be played on the TV, costs around $300, while the handheld-only Nintendo Switch Lite is around $200, with both consoles capable of playing any Nintendo Switch game. But for either of these consoles, you’ll also want to buy a tempered glass screen protector. Due to the Switch being a portable screen with touch-screen capabilities, having a protective cover is an essential accessory to have from the first day of use.
Everyone needs a phone
Be they in need of their first mobile phone or of an updated model, mobile phones have become a classic Christmas present in recent years. Necessary for social media, messaging, picture taking, internet access, gaming, and even making phone calls and sending text messages, mobile phones are crucial for teenagers, and buying a top-of-the-line model tends to pay off.
As operating systems on mobiles regularly update to suit ever-developing tech, buying a top-class mobile phone enables it to stay relevant and up to speed for longer. It will also, more often than not, be powered by the best tech on the market, including the best camera, easiest interface, the biggest storage space, and the capability to host the latest and greatest apps.
As the best mobile phones on the market weigh in at around $730 for the Huawei P30 Pro, $860 for the Samsung Galaxy, and over $1000 for the iPhone 11 Pro, buying a new phone outright is no cheap task. Many people opt for a monthly contract that includes a phone, but these, like buying outright, seldom come with the necessary protection, which is why insuring a new mobile phone – particularly one in the hands of a teenager – is the only way to guarantee that the device stays covered in case of theft, cracked screen or all sorts of damages.
Newer tech which is finally taking hold
Despite how innovative and tech-savvy the creation of the mainstream smartwatch was, it struggled to take off as its developers would have hoped in its early days. Now, however, the technology is much more refined, robust, and capable of being used every day for real-world purposes.
The more recent ranges of smartwatches are a bit larger, more capable of advanced functions, and are much more fashionable. On top of this, there are far more apps available on the big-name smartwatch operating systems now, with that number continuing to increase alongside the rising popularity of the gadgets. Among the leading brands in smartwatches right now are Samsung, Apple, and Fossil, with the Samsung Galaxy Watch and Apple Watch 5 being the top of the line.
The latest Samsung Watch costs around $270, with the Apple-branded gadget coming at the premium cost, as you would assume, of around $400 or $500, depending on the model. Despite its reduced price, many see the Samsung model as the best smartwatch on the market, and to ensure that the gadget stays on one’s wrist, it will most likely require a new strap crafted in a more robust material, such as that of silicon.
Whether it’s gaming, new wearable gadgets, or the latest phone model, a new bit of tech can be the best Christmas present. But to ensure that the console, phone, or smartwatch isn’t just for Christmas, make sure that you also get some protection for your teenager’s new favourite toy.