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Finding the right gift is especially difficult if you’re shopping for a techie. Here are 10 gifts that could win over the die-hard Google fan you’re shopping for.
For $35, Chromecast is tough to beat as an online content streamer for your television. It’s easy to set up and hides behind your TV, out of sight.
2. Nexus 9
Announced in tandem with the Nexus 6 phone, the Nexus 9 is a powerful tablet and the first to run the Android 5.0 operating system. This tablet boasts an HD display and a solid build, and you can pick one up starting around $400.
3. Motorola Turbo Charger
For your friends who are always running out of phone battery on their Android phones, buy them a Motorola Turbo Charger. This 15W charger gives the latest Moto phones eights hours of battery life in just 15 minutes of charging, and it can give other USB-enabled devices a 1.6 amp charging rate, an increase from the average 1.0. The Turbo Charger is $35.
4. Motorola Hint
Billing itself as an in-ear wearable, the Motorola Hint is a Her-esque Bluteooth earpiece that operates by voice and touch. The Hint uses IR sensors to activate only when it is in your ear. Designed to be paired with the new Moto X to use its voice controls, it also works with other Android phones for hands-free calling. You can purchase Hint for $150.
5. Asus ZenWatch
The ZenWatch is a thin, stylish Android Wear smartwatch with a real leather band and a Gorilla Glass face. It’s a great alternative to the popular Moto 360, the ZenWatch costs $200.
6. Samsung Chromebook 2
For someone looking to get started with a Chromebook, the Samsung Chromebook 2 is one of the best places to begin. It has a LED, full HD display and a fast processor. The 11.6-inch version will run you around $250.
7. Ableconn USB2E100B USB to Ethernet Adapter
For Chromebook users, slow Wi-Fi means a bad experience. Give them the option to go hardline with the USB to ethernet adapter from Ableconn. Available from Amazon for $12.
8. New Motorola Moto X
The Moto X is arguably one of the best Android phones released in 2014. The Nexus 6 is more powerful, but the Moto X offers a similar pure Android experience at a cheaper price point and with more customizability. Plus, the smaller screen size is likely to appeal to a broader audience. The Moto X starts at $99 with a 2 year contract.
9. The Search
While originally published in 2005, John Battelle’s The Search remains one of the best books ever written about Google. In general, the book is a great look at search technology and how it is changing human behavior. You can grab a paperback copy for around $12.
10. Google Play gift cards
Google Play gift cards are an obvious stocking stuffer for the holiday season. They are typically available in denominations of $10, $25, and $50 from retailers such as Target, Walmart, and Best Buy.