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Christmas Technology Presents & Cheaper Alternatives

Christmas is an expensive time for families, especially if you have teenage kids who love technology. According to research by Switch, the average family will spend £868 on Christmas this year.

So what are the top 5 tech buys this year for you and your kids and how can you make that Christmas budget stretch further?

5. Beats Solo2 Wireless

Made for on the go entertainment, you can pair your Solo2 Wireless headphones with your Bluetooth device. Take hands free calls and adjust your listening experience, all without wires! The 12 hour rechargeable battery ensures you can stay unplugged all day plus you can move up to 30 feet for wireless listening.

The Alternatives

While Beats have been a big hit with the bass hungry lovers of modern pop and rock, the musical purists in your life may be looking for something with a little more finesse in their delivery.

4. Fitbit Surge

Launched in July, this wearable workout watch has so many features it’s likely your gym bunny recipient will explode with excitement. It monitors sleep, syncs wirelessly to smartphones and records not just one activity, but a whole range, including running, cycling and workouts.

It monitors heart rate, calories burned and has GPS tracking. As if that wasn’t enough, you can see calls, texts and control songs from your mobile’s playlist.

Fitbit Surge Wireless

Fitbit Surge

  • GPS receiver
  • Heart rate sensor
  • Smart watch

Typically, Fitbit Surge could set you back £199.99, here’s what we’ve found*:
eGlobal Central £138.99, free shipping
John Lewis £157.95, free shipping
Boots.com £157.99, free shipping

The Alternatives

If the Fitbit Surge isn’t your thing, or the price tag gets your heartbeat racing, there are other options to track your fitness goals.

3. Apple iPad Mini 4

Launched in September this year, the iPad Mini 4 is an exciting upgrade in the iPad range, especially for those who were disappointed with the iPad Mini 3. So what do we get from the iPad Mini 4?

Well, it’s slimmer and lighter, reduced from 331g in weight to 299g- respectable even for a weight watchers weigh in. Inside, users can enjoy an A8 processor, an M8 motion co-processor which equates to 30% faster with 60% better graphic performance.

The camera has also seen an upgrade, with 8MP on the rear camera and 1.2MP on the front facing.

Apple iPad 4 MIni

iPad Mini 4

  • 7.9 inch screen
  • 2048 x 1536 resolution
  • 10 hour battery

Typically, an iPad Mini 4 prices start from £319 (wi-fi/16 GB/space grey), here’s what we’ve found:*
ValueBasket £287.99, free delivery
Simply Electronics £284.95, free delivery
eGlobal Central £271.99, free delivery

The Alternatives

If iOS is not your thing, there are some great tablets running Android or other operating systems. The options below give you that touch screen tablet experience at a more wallet friendly price.

2. Apple iPhone 6

Our love affair with Apple continues with this latest handset released in September.

Firstly, this phone will not bend like its predecessor, thanks to its 7000 series aluminium. The camera has been upgraded with a new 12MP camera and optical image stabilization for photos and videos. Speaking of which, the 8 million pixel rear camera ensures videos can be shot in 4K.

The phone has a new 3D touch, a context sensitive pop up window. In terms of speed, the phone’s upgraded with an all new A9 processor with M9 motion coprocessor, speeding up WiFi.

Apple iPhone 6s

Apple iPhone 6s

  • 4.7 inch screen
  • 12 megapixel camera
  • iOS9

Typically, an Apple iPhone 6s could set you back between £459 and £619 (Apple iPhone 6s/128 GB/Gold/Unlocked), here’s what we’ve found*: ValueBasket.com £642.99, free delivery
John Lewis £699.00, free delivery
Expansys £734.99, free delivery

The Alternatives

For those that find the Apple price tags a little fruity, there are a selection of Androids sweet treats below all running its latest Lollipop version!

1. Apple Watch

Something reminiscent of a James Bond gadget, the Apple Watch was launched in April 2015. Not only can you receive texts and calls (can’t play snake though...) it allows you to track your fitness and integrates with iOS and other Apple products and services. It’s also customisable with users able to change watch faces, straps and accessories.

Apple Watch

Apple Watch

Typically, an Apple Watch could set you back between £479 and £949 (Apple Watch 38 mm sports band - space grey & black). Here’s what we’ve found:*
Currys £299.00, free delivery
Amazon £289.00, free delivery

The Alternatives

If you’re not an Apple fan boy and fancy looking at alternatives, it’s possible to get the smartwatch functionality on a slightly slimmed down budget. Below are a few of our favourites.

*prices correct as of 20/10/15

We Can Help

Christmas is just around the corner and the latest gadgets certainly don’t come cheap. If all this tech talk is making you feel queasy, we can help. You could get a loan of between £100-£1,000 (subject to affordability) for between 3 and 12 months. Repayments are made in either monthly or weekly instalments.

Video - Top Tech for Christmas 2015

Video - Top Tech for Christmas 2015

We’re looking to lend a helping hand this Christmas, by sharing some of the must have tech pieces for the festive period, including some options which won’t break the bank. Vlogger Liam Biggs from CazuaLLUK gives his verdict on some of the top tech around.

Representative example: £480 loan repayable over 9 months. 9 monthly repayments of £106.56. Rate of interest 133.1% p.a. fixed. Representative 535% APR. Total amount payable is £959.04