Saturday , October 21 2017

Mothers Day Gift Guide

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Mothers Day is just around the corner, and it’s time again to do something extra special to show your appreciation for your mum (because you show your mum you love her all year, don’t you)?

Can’t decide what you’re going to buy for mum? What’s an Android-loving family member to do? Never fear, Ausdroid is here with some gift suggestions!

Before we begin, a big thank-you to Gadgets4Geeks who’ve offered a 5% discount code to Ausdroid readers. Simply enter AUSDROID-MUM at the checkout to redeem!

Phones

Samsung Galaxy S5
galaxy s5 headerPacking a fast 16 megapixel camera to help capture the important moments, a dedicated fitness tracker, mobile payment options, Ultra Power Saving Mode, and a sleek, contoured design available in 4 colours, the Galaxy S5 will compliment your mum’s sense of style. It’s also water/dust resistant, making it robust enough to stand the test of a family camping trip or beach getaway.
$929 | Samsung

LG G Flex
lg-flex-gA state of the art, one of a kind handset, the G Flex has a 6-inch HD, Curved P-OLED display, advanced “self-healing” coating on the rear cover and impressive battery life. Additionally, the smartphone is completely devoid of buttons on the sides of the device allowing the user to control it with their index finger in a natural position.
$799 | Harvey Norman

Not after a 5-inch phone? No worries…

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
Z1Compact-HeaderSony’s Xperia Z1 Compact is a pint-sized powerhouse packing the internals of the Xperia Z1 into a small form factor with a 4.3-inch screen, including the 20.7MP rear camera. It’s great for someone whose mum might be after something smaller that doesn’t compromise on specs, and it’s also water/dust-resistant.
$552 @ Telstra | More information

Motorola Moto G
Moto-G-3Motorola’s Moto G ticks the box for budget and size, with a quad core CPU paired up with a quality 4.5-inch screen inside an amazingly low-priced unit. It’s also a great travelling companion with its dual SIM capability and was one of the first non-Nexus handsets in the world to get upgraded to Android KitKat.
$239 | Dick Smith

Tablets

Google Nexus 7
Nexus-7-hero-press-site1-574x450It’s the tablet of choice for many members of the Ausdroid team, coming with a powerful quad core CPU with a high resolution 1920×1200 display and it’s always running the latest version of Android. The Nexus 7 is a no-fuss tablet that comes in at a low price and will serve your mum well.
$299 | Google

Asus MeMo Pad HD 7
asus-memopad-hd7-piThe MeMo Pad HD 7 is designed for on-the-go people, making it the perfect gadget for your mum. This compact device will let your mum capture all her favourite moments using the camera, producing crisp images she can share with her friends and family via Facebook and Instagram. The ultra-portable and slim device also fits comfortably into a handbag, weighing in at 302g and 10.8mm thick.
$199 | Asus

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids
image013A great tablet for parents and children alike, the Tab 3 Kids features a Kids Mode that allows you to play and learn with your child, and then switch the device into a fully functioning 7-inch tablet when they go to bed. It comes complete with apps designed specifically for children, promoting creativity and learning through repetition, and parental control features allow parents to limit access to apps and control screen time.
$299 | Samsung

LG G Pad
LG G PadThe G Pad 8.3 is all-screen with slim side bezels and weighs just 338g. The device’s large 8.3-inch screen makes it great for reading, and behind it there’s a quad core CPU, 16GB of storage with an SD card slot and a 4600 mAh battery. It’s a convenient and mobile solution for busy mums.
$398 | JB Hi-fi

Smartwatches

Pebble Smart Watch
PebbleThe Pebble puts information on mum’s wrist when she needs it. Pebble displays email, SMS, Caller ID and alerts from your favourite apps. Highly configurable with a growing app ecosystem, the Pebble works with both Android and iOS devices.
$179 | Dick Smith

Samsung Gear Fit
Mocha GreyPaired with a Samsung phone, the Gear Fit can track a number of exercises, offering real time fitness coaching and heart rate monitoring. It can also receive notifications for incoming calls and text messages, access 3rd party apps and more.
$249 | Samsung

Fitness Trackers

Fitness trackers generally monitor your activity in terms of footsteps with a companion mobile app or web console allowing you to specify things from dietary intake to types of exercise. They’ll also often allow you to track sleeping patterns.

FitBit – Zip, One, Flex
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The FitBit Zip is a small device that fits into a silicon clip to attach to your pockets or clothing. The One adds a few tricks to that while still retaining the clip-on form, and the Flex is a newer-style wristband. FitBit devices generally work with Android devices running Android 4.3 and above via Bluetooth, but you should probably check device compatibility before you buy. You can use them without the app though, with a small Bluetooth adapter included in the box.
From $80 | FitBit

Jawbone – Up, Up24
Jawbone Up24Like the FitBit Flex, Jawbone’s original Up and newer Up 24 products are wristbands that will track your activity and consolidate it in a neat reporting interface for you. Both bands look identical, but the newer Up 24 connects to your device via Bluetooth.
From $149 | Harvey Norman

Chromebooks

As we increasingly use web-based services for our online activities, many are finding they don’t need a full Windows or Mac computer to check emails, use social networks and chat to friends online. If your mum only ever runs a web browser, consider the gift of a Chromebook. They’re fast and portable with great battery life.

Toshiba Chromebook ComboHP Chromebook 11
HP Chromebook 14Acer C720P chromebook_white_10

Toshiba CB30
13.3-inch screen, Intel Celeron processor, 2 or 4 GB RAM
From $440 | Toshiba

HP Chromebook 11
11.6-inch screen, Samsung Exynos processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage
$399 | More information

HP Chromebook 14
14-inch screen, Intel Celeron processor, 4GB RAM, 16GB storage
$499 | More information

Acer C720P
11.6-inch touchscreen display, Intel Celeron processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage
$499 | More information

Accessories

Remember if you order these products from Gadgets4Geeks to use the AUSDROID-MUM discount code at checkout to receive 5% off!

Sonivo Bluetooth Speaker
sonvivo-sw100-gold-3_mlEnjoy your music wirelessly on the go with the ultra-compact, ultra-portable Sonivo SW100 Bluetooth Speaker. The Sonivo SW100 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker features an ultra-portable design, superb sound quality, and voice calling function. Available in Gold.
$46 | Gadgets4Geeks

Avantree Universal Bluetooth Headset
avantree-AH28_n_mlA light-weight, cost effective headset allowing you to make and receive calls while on the move or in the office. You can use the headset with any compatible device that support Bluetooth wireless technology.
$21 | Gadgets4Geeks

Orzly USB Power Bank
Orzly-Power-Bank-1-White_mlKeep devices charged while you’re out and about! The Orzly is perfect for taking places where a suitable power source may not be available. Durable, stylish and extremely thin with a high quality aluminium casing, allowing you to carry both your smartphone and charger in your pocket. The 4050 mAh battery capacity should be enough to give most phones nearly two extra charges.
$30 | Gadgets4Geeks

Home Audio

Samsung N5 Multiroom Speaker
Samsung M5 SpeakersBrand new! Samsung’s Wireless Audio Multiroom M5 speakers can be used alone or in combination with others to create an integrated home sound system. Two speakers can also be paired to create a wide stereo effect in a single room, or combine with five speakers with a compatible Samsung Smart TV, to create a 5 channel system.
From $399 | Samsung

Sonos Wireless Hi-Fi
Sonos Play:1 speakersWe recently reviewed Sonos equipment and loved it. Perfect for Google Play Music integration, but it can also play from your iTunes library and other streaming music services. Start with a single Play:1 speaker and build your home audio solution from there!
From $299 | Sonos

Gift Cards

Google Play Gift Cards
play-card_couponsOnce you’ve given mum an Android device, you should give her a Google Play Gift Card so she can start experiencing the world of services Google has to offer. You can use the cards to buy apps, games, music, TV shows and movies from Google Play.
From $20 | Available at Woolworths, Coles and more!

 

Jason Murray   Deputy Editor

Before discovering the Nexus One, Jason thought he didn't need a smartphone. Now he can't bear to be without his Android phone. Jason hails from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane depending on his mood and how detailed a history you'd like. A web developer by day with an interest in consumer gadgets and electronics, he also enjoys reading comics and has a worryingly large collection of Transformers figures. He'd like to think he's a gamer, but his Wii has been in a box since he moved to Sydney, and his PlayStation Vita collection is quite lacking. Most mornings you'll find him tilting at various windmills on Twitter - follow @JM77 and say hi!

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