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GIZGUIDE Gift Guide 2021: Wearables and cool portable gadgets

It's that time of the year again and if you're yet to shop for your gifts this year, you might want to check out our recommendations under the wearables and gadgets department.
GIZGUIDE Gift Guide 2021: Wearables and cool portable gadgets!
Wearables and cool portable gadgets

GIZGUIDE Gift Guide 2021: Wearables and cool portable gadgets

Why holiday gift guide for all? We all know that clothes, shoes, bags, and other usual gifts that you can think of are "gender-based" in some ways. But, technology essentials such as everything on this list can be filed under "unisex gift ideas". After all, there is a 'techie' in everyone's heart. 

We have a series of dedicated gift guides prepared for our readers. However, in this list, you'll find true wireless earphones (TWS), smartwatches, masks, and other accessories. Note that the list is in random order. 

1. LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier with VoiceON - Mask has been a necessity since the pandemic began. At PHP 9,799, the LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier with VoiceON could be something you need in your life.
LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier with VoiceON
LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier with VoiceON

It comes with two H13 HEPA Grade filters. Moreover, it has dual inverter fans that are paired with a respiratory sensor with a built-in mic and speaker for the voice module. It pairs with your phone via Bluetooth 5.0 and has a 1,000mAh battery (around  8 hours battery life) that charges over 2 hours via USB-C.

It is available for purchase in Lazada, Shopee, Abenson, Electro World

2. realme Watch 2 Pro - In July 2021, realme launched its bang-for-buck smartwatch in the form of the Watch 2 Pro. For PHP 4,490, it features liquid silicone watch straps in Black and Light Grey. It also has a big 1.75-inch LCD touchscreen with 385 x 320 resolution, 600 nits peak brightness, and a 30Hz refresh rate. It is also 56 percent larger than its predecessors. Users can customize it with over 100 stylish watch faces.
realme Watch 2 Pro
realme Watch 2 Pro

In terms of features, it has over 90 Sports Modes, a built-in dual-satellite GPS, Blood Oxygen Monitor, Heart Rate Monitor, IP68 water resistance, smart notifications, sedentary reminder, hydration reminder, meditation, find your phone, sleep monitoring, and a battery rated to last 14-days on a single charge.

It is available in Shopee and Lazada realme flagship stores. 

3. Huawei Watch GT 3 - This has two variants and is priced at PHP 11,999 (42mm) while the 46mm variant is priced at PHP 12,999. It both features 3D curved glass covering the screen. It also has a simplistic body design with a glossy finish along with modern, sophisticated straps to complete the look. It also features 5 ATM water resistance as well.
Huawei Watch GT 3
Huawei Watch GT 3

It features up to a 1.43-inch AMOLED color screen with 466 x 466 resolution at 326 ppi pixel density. You can customize your watch with thousands of watch faces to choose from. It also features an Always-On Display mode as well.

It also has 4GB of internal storage, 32MB RAM, and a 455mAh battery with a wireless quick charge. It also has a loudspeaker, Bluetooth, and microphone.

It is available in Huawei's Shopee and Lazada flagship stores.

4. Samsung Galaxy Watch4 Classic - Retailing at PHP 17,990, Samsung Galaxy Watch4 Classic is the pricier variant among the two models launched by the South Korean giant in August 2021. It sports a stainless body with a silver rotating bezel and flat side buttons. 
Samsung Galaxy Watch4 Classic
Samsung Galaxy Watch4 Classic

On top, the display is protected by Gorilla Glass DX. The Galaxy Watch4 Classic packs 247mAh and 361mAh battery (depending on the size), GPS, body composition analysis, advanced sleep, VO2 Max, blood oxygen monitoring, heart rate monitoring, and ECG monitoring. 

The new watch also features a Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA) sensor that can measure body fat composition, enabling users to see just how close they are to their fat melting goals. 

It also has a 5ATM water resistance and MIL-STD 810G durability rating. You can shop for it on Samsung's flagship stores in Shopee and Lazada.

5. Sony WF-1000XM4 - For PHP 13,999, it features a smaller/lighter body, more comfortable fit, smaller case, better sound quality, and longer battery life with improved ANC. The buds also have a body with IPX4 of water resistance rating that works well against splashes and sweat.
Sony WF-1000XM4
Sony WF-1000XM4

For audio, it uses a newly designed 6mm driver with a 20 percent increase in magnet volume and an increase in compliance diaphragm. This device also has put o 8 hours of battery life with ANC and 16 hours with the case. It has 2 more hours of battery life with ANC than the 6 hours of XM3.

Sony also highlighted that it has improved Bluetooth connectivity with low latency. It is said to be more stable and less prone to sound skipping. There is also a Fast Pair feature for effortless Bluetooth pairing for Android and Microsoft Swift Pair for Windows 10 devices.

The device is available in all Sony Centres or Sony Authorized Dealers nationwide here. You can also purchase the new buds at Shopee or Lazada safely at home online.

6. OPPO Enco X - At PHP 6,999, this is the first premium wireless noise-canceling earphones of the company co-created with Dynaudio. 

It features a stemmed design, and soft in-ear tips, IP54 dust, and water resistance, Coaxial Dual-Driver Design with an 11mm dynamic driver + 6mm balanced membrane driver on each bud, LHDC (Low Latency High-Definition Audio Codec), 44mAh battery each bud, and a charging case with a 535mAh battery, and Qi Wireless Charging support.

The buds are also compatible with Android and iOS devices that could be used in Monoaural and Binaural configurations. It comes in Blue, Black, and White colors.

The OPPO Enco X is available at select OPPO concept stores, and OPPO's flagship stores in Shopee and Lazada.

7. Garmin Forerunner 55 - At PHP 11,395, it offers detailed running data, daily suggested workouts, and additional built-in sports apps. With just a simple press of a button, users can start their run or walk and track their time, distance, speed, pace, and heart rate right on their wrist.
Garmin Forerunner 55
Garmin Forerunner 55

Its Body Battery energy monitor, on the other hand, lets users track energy levels to find the best times for activity and rest, and gain insights into when and how intensity minutes are earned throughout the day. 

Additionally, women can track their menstrual cycle or pregnancy and log symptoms, and receive exercise and nutrition education through the Garmin Connect app! Other features include built-in assistance and incident detection lets users manually or automatically send a message with their real-time location to emergency contacts.

According to Garmin, the Forerunner 55 can last up to two weeks on smartwatch mode and 20 hours on GPS mode. It is available in all Garmin Brand Stores, official online Garmin stores (Kinetic.com.ph, Lazada, Shopee), and the Garmin PH Viber Community.
FLEEK Smart Eyewear Blaze 1.0 (Gen 2)
FLEEK Smart Eyewear Blaze 1.0 (Gen 2)

8. FLEEK Smart Eyewear Blaze 1.0 (Gen 2) - At PHP 5,999, this smart eyewear goes with lightweight hypoallergic acetate frames, lightweight cellulose acetate sheets, and scratch-resistant lenses.

In case the brand is not familiar to you, FLEEK is a homegrown lifestyle tech brand launched in September 2021 by Entrepreneur Richie De Quina, the former VP of MyPhone. Its two devices in the Philippines are the TWS Smart Eyewear Gen 1 and 2.

FLEEK claimed that the lenses could be replaced with graded lenses for those who have poor eyesight as well.

It also has IP67 water and dust resistance, metallic right power key, dual speakers for directional stereo audio (AAC speaker with built-in mic), Bluetooth 5.0, 50ms latency, 110mAh Li-Ion battery w/ up to 4 hours of music playback, up to 6 hours of talk time, up to 1 week standby time, and magnetic ports for charging.

The FLEEK Smart Eyewear Blaze 1.0 (Gen 2) is available in Lazada.

9. realme Motion Activated Night Light - For only PHP 590, this donut-shaped motion-activated light source can help you navigate your bedroom without worrying about forgetting to flick the switch off. It turns off after 15 seconds of inactivity. It also has a 120-degree horizontal wide-angle motion detection.
realme Motion Activated Night Light
realme Motion Activated Night Light

It has a minimalist design that is perfect for walls, stairs, bathrooms, storage spaces, and bed corners. It also has 2800K Warm Light backed by Eye Care. The realme Night Light is rated to last 365 Days on 3 AAA batteries.

It is available in realme's flagship stores in Shopee and Lazada.

10. Chipolo trackers - For only PHP 1,490 and PHP 1,690 (ocean edition), these Bluetooth-based item trackers work for both iOS and Android. The Chipolo ONE is a simple, coin-like item tracker with a punch-hole on its top for easy attachment of keys or lanyards. It features two-way tracking which means you can track it using the app on your smartphone or you can use it to find your smartphone as well.
Chipo ONE
Chipo ONE 

It is packed with a replaceable battery that's advertised to last up to two years. Chipolo ONE is also very loud producing 120dB of sound. There are six color choices of red, blue, green, yellow, white, and black.

Meanwhile, the pricier (PHP 1,990) Chipolo CARD is a very thin card design and is smaller than debit or credit cards we have around. It's perfect for wallets, IDs, and passports. Similar to the Chipolo ONE, it can also act as a remote to ring to find your smartphone aside from being an item tracker. The Chipolo CARD, however, packs an irreplaceable battery that can only last up to a year. 
Chipolo CARD
Chipolo CARD

It is also less loud at only 95dB of sound. It is only available in the white colorway.

The Chipolo item trackers are now available at all Digital Walker stores nationwide as well as their website, LazMall, and ShopeeMall online channels.


Before you go, we have an honorable mention that is worth your attention! 

1. Huawei FreeBuds 4i - For only PHP 3,599, the Huawei FreeBuds 4i is one of the most affordable with Active Noise Cancellation 

These audio wearable feature and up to 10 hours of continuous playback. At the core of the FreeBuds 4i are 10mm Dynamic drivers that work with an unnamed SoC.
Huawei FreeBuds 4i
Huawei FreeBuds 4i

Inside each bud is a 55mAh battery while inside the charging case is a larger 215mAh battery. Huawei boasts that the FreeBuds 4iwas able to last for 10 hours of continuous playback. Also, a 10-minute charge with the included charging case can offer 4 hours of playback.

The FreeBuds 4i's Awareness Mode also allows users to choose the degree of ANC so they can still communicate with other people while listening to music. Huawei says that this feature is perfect for study sessions, focus-dependent work, and workouts.

If you're thinking about why we added this on this year's list, in case you missed it, in our comparison article, we mentioned that "the FreeBuds 4i can offer 80 percent of what the AirPods Pro can do at only PHP 3,599."

The Huawei FreeBuds 4i is available in all Huawei stores nationwide as well as their Shopee and Lazada flagship stores.
Sony SRS-XB13
Sony SRS-XB13

2. Sony SRS-XB13 - For PHP 2,999 (sale price of PHP 2,199 at Lazada), the Sony SRS-XB13 is arguably the most capable portable speaker in its class. It is boasting a tall circular body in different colors, IP67 water and dust resistance, and a multi-way strap that you can attach or hang wherever it will fit.

Inside, it uses a 46mm mono speaker with a frequency response of 20Hz to 20kHz, Extra Bass Sound Diffusion processor with 5W output and DSP technology, Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity s

It also has a built-in microphone that you can use for hands-free calls.

The device connects via Bluetooth 5.0 on Android, iOS, and PC, Google Fast Pair, and the ability to connect to another XB13 for stereo sound.

Sony claims that it has up to 16 hours of battery life with a battery life indicator as well as USB-C charging.

That's it!

We hope this helped you in picking the right gift! Share this with your family and friends too. 

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