from gadgets to handy gadgets

With the holidays ahead, it is time for many to make a wish list. What would you like to have, or what would you like to give to your boyfriend, girlfriend or family member? What are the must-have things?

Gift ideas from DroidApp

For many it can be quite a job to share a new list every year with family or friends, with your wishes. Do you opt for the state lottery ticket, a scratch calendar or something that really benefits you? With the DroidApp Gift Ideas we show you 15 products that you might be able to use! However, this list can certainly be interesting to give to others as a gift.

Tip: this weekend products can be even more attractively priced due to the Black Friday weekend. The prices for the articles are the regular prices, so click through to the webshop to see the current price.

Google Nest Mini

A popular gift is the Google Nest Mini. The latest version of the smart speaker has been further improved compared to its predecessor. This improves the sound quality and you can also hang up the new version. Thanks to the integration of the Google Assistant, you can give the Google Nest Mini tasks and, for example, have your calendar or the news read to you.

About 49 euros – Coolblue, Bol.com, MediaMarkt

Huawei FreeBuds Pro earbuds

Huawei Freebuds Pro

A good tip for those who would like to enjoy their music. In our Huawei Freebuds Pro review, we were already positive about the manufacturer’s wireless headset. They sit comfortably in the ear, have good sound quality and offer smart gestures. The Freebuds Pro guarantee hours of listening pleasure with one charge.

About 149 euros – Huawei, Bol.com, Amazon, MediaMarkt, Coolblue

Philips Hue

Philips Hue

Are you still using the light switch to turn on the monotonous light? With Philips Hue you can make your lighting smart and simply switch on the lights with an app. Incidentally, you can also adjust the color yourself and thus bring your home in a beautiful style. Ideal for a movie night or just for everyday use. We recommend the starter kit with a few light bulbs. You can of course further expand the number of lamps yourself. There are different types of lamps, so check the fitting and the like. The starter kits differ per store, which we link for you below.

Price is variable – Coolblue, Bol.com, MediaMarkt, Amazon

Xiaomi Mi band 5 header

Xiaomi Mi Band 5

The latest activity tracker from Xiaomi is the Mi Band 5. This beautiful watch is affordable and very comfortable. You will receive the notifications from your smartphone directly to your device. You can start workouts to keep track of your run, cycling or other sport. Of course, the Xiaomi Mi Band 5 also keeps track of the number of steps and can measure your stress level and heart rate. A useful gift!

About 35 euros – Amazon, Bol.com, MediaMarkt

Ring Video Doorbell 3

Ring video doorbell 3

Ring has grown considerably in recent years and many households already have a smart doorbell. The new Ring ‘3’ video doorbell features even more improvements. With the Ring video doorbell you will immediately see who is at your door on your smartphone. It is also possible to talk back immediately; handy when the courier is at the door with your package. The Ring also has motion detection and can therefore partly function as a security camera. If you buy a Chime right away, the bell also works without an app and you have a ‘gong’ to hang in the hallway.

About 180 euros – Bol.com, Coolblue, Amazon, MediaMarkt

Google Nest Audio

Google Nest Audio

The Google Nest Audio is a kind of Nest Mini, but a little different. This is excellent for the music lover who also wants to use the smart assistant from Google. Due to its appearance, it fits well in basically any household. You can stream your music to the speaker with your smartphone or other device. Thanks to Multiroom support, you can connect multiple Nest Audio or Nest Minis and enjoy the best sound quality throughout the house.

99 euros – Bol.com, MediaMarkt, Coolblue

USB Fingerprint scanner

USB fingerprint scanner

That’s nice; the USB Fingerprint Scanner. If your laptop or computer has Windows Hello, you can use it to unlock your device. If you want to use it for your computer, a USB hub can be a useful tool. You don’t have to leave it for the price.

About 17 euros (take into account longer delivery time) – AliExpress or via Amazon

Huawei Band 4 Pro

Huawei Band 4 Pro

Another smartwatch that can come in handy is the Huawei Band 4 Pro. This has GPS on board and, unlike the Mi Band 5, does not require a smartphone for GPS location determination. You can personalize the Band 4 Pro with different dials, there is 24/7 heart rate measurement and blood oxygen saturation (SpO2) can also be measured. The Huawei Band 4 Pro also gives you a better insight into your sleep. It can also keep track of various activities and gives you tips to get even more out of yourself.

About 50 euros – Huawei, Coolblue, Bol.com, MediaMarkt, Amazon

Google Nest Hub

Google Nest Hub

Another smart device; the Google Nest Hub. Unlike the other products, this device is equipped with a screen. For example, you can directly consult your route with the traffic, see what the agenda items are and you can quickly operate your smart home products, for example, directly from the screen. Of course you can also operate the Google Nest Hub with voice control.

About 90 euros – Coolblue, MediaMarkt, Bol.com

I know your password book

Book “I know your password”

Many are still far too easy with choosing a password. Tech journalist Daniël Verlaan has written a book entitled ‘I know your password’. In this book you will not only get tips on how to secure your services, but you will also get examples of how to approach this and why this is so wise, along with practical examples that will make you more aware. This book takes a closer look at the subject matter, without requiring any technical knowledge. The book is highly rated. Incidentally, it is not only about passwords, but also about hackers, malware and the dark web.

About 23 euros – Bol.com and Amazon

Belkin wireless charger

Wireless charger

Does your smartphone have the option to charge it wirelessly, but you don’t have a wireless charger (yet)? A great reason to ask or give them to Sinterklaas or Santa Claus in December. A wireless charger for your smartphone doesn’t have to be expensive at all; for a few tens (or even less) you already have them. You can then charge the phone wirelessly at a speed of approximately 10 watts. Almost all smartphones with wireless charging support the Qi standard. Because of this you are not tied to a brand.

Twinkly Christmas lights

Twinkly Christmas lights

Tired of the (standard) Christmas lights? With Twinkly Christmas lighting you make it completely colorful. With the help of the app, you can completely customize the Christmas lights. Not only can you adjust the colors, you can also set your own effects and make them yourself. Each LED in the cable can be controlled individually. You can use Twinkly both indoors and outdoors.

Available at: Bol.com, AlleKabels, Amazon

Mojlighet standard IKEA

Möjlighet

IKEA is known as a store where they have many useful things. The Möjlighet is one such product that can show off on your desk for next to nothing. For € 1.99 you have this handy holder at home. The stand lets you conveniently hang your headphones so that they no longer have to roam over your desk. In addition, you conveniently put your smartphone or tablet in the stand. Handy during ‘Zooming’! Available in black and red.

1.99 euros – IKEA

Google Maps

Car holder / bicycle holder

Do you still place your smartphone in your cup holder because a car holder is missing, or does a car holder actually come in handy? The range of car holders is enormous, but we can recommend them ourselves; sturdy, for different screen sizes and does not vibrate in all directions on poor road surfaces. You can make it as crazy as you want; Below you link directly to the pages with car holders. For bicycle holders we have a nice article with the best bicycle holders for your smartphone.

Available at: Smartphone cases, Coolblue, Bol.com, MediaMarkt, Amazon

Nokia 5.3 review

Smartphone

A smartphone really doesn’t have to cost hundreds of euros if you want a new, good phone. We already wrote this in our DroidApp Awards 2020, with an overview of the ten best smartphones of this year. Here you will find the Nokia 5.3 back for about 180 euros. However, it can be even cheaper. Look for this in our Purchase advice; the best smartphone up to 150 euros. Think of the Galaxy A20e (129 euros), Alcatel 1SE (2020) for 99 euros or Xiaomi Redmi 9 for 150 euros.

Extra tip: the Lenovo IdeaPad Duet

Do you want to get a little more out of a tablet, without having to purchase an entire laptop? The Lenovo IdeaPad Duet is a Chromebook and tablet in one. Get updates for eight years thanks to Chrome OS! Ideal and not very expensive.

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