We’ve all heard the phrase “treat yourself,” yet many of us struggle to do so if we do not consider the ‘treat’ to be an investment. Our money is precious, and so we want to ensure that what we’re buying will last and is, most importantly, worth our time and money.
Gadgetsseem to be released every other day, with the latest phones and cameras gracing us at an alarming rate. It is difficult to filter out the white noise when it comes to deciding whether we do, in fact, need the gadgets that are being advertised to us. While you may not need the iPhone X if you have an iPhone 7 Plus, there are certain gadgets and technology that can not only improve your personal and social life but also streamline your work life too.
Best Fitness Trackers
Many of us will automatically think of the Fitbit when it comes to fitness trackers, and while they are good, with a large collection to browse, there are many other fitness trackers for you to consider. Brands such as Garmin are proving popular, with the Fenix 5 Plus hitting the sweet spot. Aside from the usual functions, like counting your steps and monitoring your heart rate, the Fenix 5 Plus offers detailed topographical maps, the storage capacity for an abundance of music, is durable and waterproofand can log your exercise in granular data.
Other notable fitness trackers include the easy-to-use Samsung Gear Sport, Nokia’s Steel Smartwatch, and Suunto’s Spartan Sport Wrist HR Baro.
Cameras can be a large investment, especially if you are a professional photographer. There are many to choose from, but with cameras being costly, you need to ensure you are selecting the correct one. The Nikon D850 is considered one of the best cameras on the market right now, with its 45.7MP sensor providing high-quality resolution for landscapes, still-life,and fashion. For professionals who are in need of updating their equipment, but who may not be able to foot the bill for an expensive new camera, there are options for quick loans, which are readily available and easy to manage.
You could also consider the Canon EOS 80D, which has superb image quality, the Sony A7 III, or the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II.
What you deem the best phone depends on what you wish to use it for. If you want a phone so that you can make phone calls, and that’s it, then you won’t want to shell out for an iPhone X. However, if, say, you are an influencer on Instagram, then the camera quality on the iPhone X may be worth your money.
For Android users, the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus is reigning supreme. The screen quality is considered one of the best, with its Super AMOLED 6.2-inch display. The colors are vibrant, crisp and clean, providing users with great viewing experience.
The Huawei P20 Pro is another contender, with this model being considered one of the best the company have ever produced. The camera is its standout feature, offering three lenses, and a pin-sharp resolution. It can also perform well in low light. The screen, however, is its weak point, lacking in the color reproduction.
Of course, previously mentioned, is the iPhone X. While it has a brilliant screen and is incredibly powerful, the price is extremely high. You have to ask yourself, is it worth the money, considering the new iPhone will be released in a couple of years’ time? A slightly cheaper option is to invest in the iPhone 8 Plus, which is just as good.
For a serious tablet upgrade, the iPad Pro 10.5 is a great investment option. However, only if you use it enough, and understand how to get your money’s worth. For tattoo artists, the iPad Pro 10.5 is extremely useful, with its easy-to-use interface and great drawing/sketching capabilities, yet the cheaper iPad 9.7 still remains are good enough option for most people.
Those who are interested in a tablet for more personal reasons should look towards the iPad mini 4. Not only is its compact size ideal for on-the-go, busy individuals, but it can sit comfortably in your hand for browsing the internet. If, however, you are looking to replace your laptop, the Microsoft Surface Pro is your go-to. This tablet is ideal for creative individuals, as well as students who do not want to carry a laptop from lecture to lecture but want a better interface than the touchscreen of many tablets, with its effective keyboard. The Microsoft Surface Pro also has an integrated kickstand and a Surface Pen.
Best Games Consoles
What you deem the best relies heavily on the type of games you enjoy. For Nintendo fans (think Pokémon, The Legend of Zelda, and Super Mario), you’ll want to invest in a Nintendo Switch or Nintendo 3DS; however, if you want a more diverse and larger games library or want to invest in popular games such as Far Cry and Call of Duty, then a PS4 is well worth your money. The PS4 offers more games, as certain titles like Until Dawn and The Last Guardian are not available to Xbox owners. What’s more, the PS4 Pro is a great all-around performer.
When it comes to handheld games consoles, the PS Vita is greatly overlooked. This underdog, though, carries a multitude of games and is, furthermore, compatible with the PS4. Games such as Persona 4 Golden, Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Metal Gear Solid, and Gravity Rush are available. If you are a fan of JRPG, there are many Japanese games that can only be played through the PS Vita, expanding its already massive games library.
The low-down: If you want something to carry around with you, and are looking for a more intensive gaming experience, then the PS Vita is a great choice. For those who like to immerse themselves fully into a virtual world, the PS4 Pro is the console for you.