It’s that time of the year again. Jack Frost is nipping at your nose, the smell of cinnamon and spice fill the air, football is on the TV and you’re trying to figure out what to get your brother for the holidays. Fear not, Android and Me reader, you’ve come to the right place.
Whether you’re trying to appease your audiophile cousin, help your clumsy mom, surprise your friend or give yourself something extra special this year, we’ve got your back. We’ve sifted through the junk to give you some recommendations for what we think are the best Android and mobile tech-related products you can buy this holiday season.
Each day this week we’ll be publishing a post covering a different category. Today, we’re taking a look at audio accessories.
Audio accessories can make for a great gift for someone who likes to listen to music or watch a lot of media on their tablet or smartphone. And just like smartphone cases, there are a ton of them. Thankfully, this category is much easier for us to nail down our favorites.
For an inexpensive, portable Bluetooth speaker with incredible audio quality, check out the G-Project G-Pop. Our resident audio reviewer, Dima, keeps coming back to G-Project products time and time again, and for good reason. Not only are they quality products, they are less expensive than the products they can stand up to. In black, white and blue, the G-Pop is the inexpensive Bluetooth speaker you want.
If you’re looking for a middle-range, larger rugged option, the G-Project G-Boom is no joke. It has excellent sound quality and battery life is great. It’s not waterproof, but it can take a serious beating. And has been known to survive the accidental hose down.
Not afraid to break the bank this year? Sonos makes some of the better home audio speakers you can buy. They are expensive for what they offer, but they work with tons of music services including Google Play. The Android app for Sonos control is also great.
Headphones also make good gifts. After testing more than a handful of inexpensive, wired earbuds, we found the frequently recommended Panasonic RPTCM125s to be killer. They come in a variety of colors and sound just plain amazing. The price to quality ratio sways heavily in your favor with this one.
Bluetooth earbuds would make for a nice step up over our inexpensive, wired headphone pick. Especially the JayBird BlueBuds X. Time and time again the BlueBuds X are recommended for being the total package in Bluetooth earbuds. When our Sean Riley reviewed them, they received soaring remarks. Check out Sean’s review here.
For over the ear headphones, you’re buying for one of two reasons: you want amazing sound or you want them as a fashion accessory. If you’re buying for the latter reason, let’s not kid ourselves here: Beats are what you want. It doesn’t matter if they don’t sound the best, because 90 percent of the time you see someone wearing Beats, they aren’t even over their ears. If your kids say they want a pair of Beats this year, they won’t think our pick for good quality audio is good enough. They want Beats. If you do care about sound, the Audio-Technica ATH-M50s are a solid pick. They aren’t as pricey as Bose or Samsung’s new premium headphones (which both sound great), and they sound incredible.