Top Gadgets Under $100 – Gift Ideas That Fit One Bill

The Top Gadgets For Under $100 That You Need To See

 

Here is our top 10 list of gadgets and gizmos for under $100 that you just have to see . This is a changeable list so share and bookmark us but more importantly get yourself at least one for the price of a coffee a day for a month and be come a tech god/goddess to all your friends and family.

  • Samsung Gear VR

 

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Virtual reality has some big names such as the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, but these big names are generally unaffordable to the average person. The Samsung Gear VR is one of the best smaller and less expensive headsets on the market by drawing on the tech of the Oculus. The headset uses a Galaxy smartphone as the screen which means you need to own one of the 6 compatible models.

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The headset has an ergonomic design which is coupled with a foam lining to make the act of wearing the visor as comfortable as possible. There are a lot of developers who are still experimenting with VR which means that the quality of the apps and games available differ.

  • An Aquaovo Alter Ego Personal Water Filter

 

 

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Nature can be both caring and cruel with few things being crueler than taking a refreshing sip from a mountain stream only to ingest some nasty protozoa while doing this. Fortunately for anyone coming across a stream, there is a portable water purifier that you can use to make your life easier. The Aquaovo Alter Ego Personal Water Filter will remove any urban contaminants from the water while still allowing the beneficial minerals to remain. This water filter is able to filter up to 750 liters of water before you need to replace it and without any form of aftertaste.

  • The Chromecast Ultra

 

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With more and more 4K TVs on the market, it is becoming more important to have access to 4K streaming. The original Chromecast from Google is still viable for this and affordable, but the new simple and slick Chromecast Ultra offers a better solution for streaming 4K videos into your home. Like the other offerings from Google, this device is a great and affordable way of streaming high-quality videos. The device is $30 cheaper than some of the competition like the Roku.

  • Audio Technica AT-LP60

 

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A second vinyl renaissance is upon us and you do not want to be left behind. While it is possible to easily spend thousands on a quality turntable, the amateur audiophile should look at the Audio Technica AT-LP60 instead. This turntable comes with built-in automatic operation and is able to handle 2 speeds. There is also a built-in phono amplifier as well as a replaceable stylus for smooth performance. To use this turntable, all you have to do in place the record on the aluminum plate, press play and listen to the music that defined a generation before the coming of Apple.

  • Amazon Dot Echo

 

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The Dot Echo is a small voice assistant speaker which connects you to apps, your home lighting, fans, garage doors and thermostat. You will also be able to play all of your favorite music from the speaker while getting a pizza delivered to your home with this Amazon powered device. The speaker utilizes far-field voice recognition so that it can hear you from across a room regardless of the placement. The speaker will also learn your preferences while starting to pick up your vocabulary and speech patterns.

  • Mpow Bluetooth Headphones

 

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If you are looking for a budget pair of headphones then Mpow headphones should be on your list. While these headphones do not offer you the same bass as Beats, they are still a pleasure to use. The headphones provide an accurate midrange sound, particularly for the price, using balanced 40mm drivers. There is passive noise isolation which is ideal for any headphones as well as leather ear cups which are very comfortable. These wireless headphones are best for low-volume situations.

  • The Olloclip

 

 

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The Olloclip is a device which capitalizes on the updated software and hardware of the iPhone 7 cameras. This device is available in a range of different color combinations to match your phone and style. The Olloclip will add lenses to each of the cameras on the phone at the same time which is hard to find with its competitors. You can choose between a 10x or 15x macro lens, a standard wide-angle lens or a fisheye lens.

  • An Amazon Kindle

 

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If you are in the market for a quality eBook reader, the Amazon Kindle is the first place to go. While it does not have the same page-turning buttons or 10 LEDs that the Kindle Oasis has, it is still a great device. The more recent additions to the Kindle family have more than enough memory for the largest book collection and come with updated processes. The touch screen displays allow you to browse your books with ease and the software includes Goodreads integration and a vocabulary builder. This is complimented by the comfortable design and the marathon battery life.

  • VXi BlueParrott Xpressway II Convertible 93 Percent Noise Canceling Bluetooth Headset with MobileSpec Replacement Car Charger

 

Cables with headphones are out, but the Advanced Sound model 3 will help you catch up. While there are some better wireless earphones on the market, they will cost much more than these ones. The Model 3 offers full-bodied, clear sound with a very powerful bass. This will allow you to enjoy any music in equal measure.

  • Amazon Fire TV

 

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The Amazon Fire TV streaming box has brought the Amazon Video service into your living room. While the streaming market is fairly crowded, the Fire TV box is powerful and comes with the full arsenal of Amazon services with it. You will be able to use Prime streaming with the box as well as play games and browse the internet. The Amazon Fire TV box also supports 4K HD streaming and has voice recognition software.

So there you have it , our top 10 tech gadgets and devices for under $100 this year feel free to like and share and comment on what you see.

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Audiovox PPC4100 Review

Audiovox PPC4100 – Our Review

Audiovox.jpgThe handheld may have one foot in the grave, but the smart phone is in its robust and rosy-cheeked prime. And one of the latest fresh-faced youths is the Audiovox PPC4100, carried by AT&T; Wireless. Though hampered by a short standby time, the compact Audiovox is a sensibly priced Pocket PC that provides phone capability and ubiquitous Internet access.

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The gnomish Audiovox is short and stout, with a 4.4 x 2.7 x 0.9-inch body capped off by a chubby antenna that also houses the stylus. Though a bit thick front to back, the unit is smaller and lighter than most other Pocket PC phones.

Traipsing in the twilight world between phone and PDA, the PPC4100 lacks some common Pocket PC features. There’s no five-way navigation pad or shortcut buttons below the screen, just the two phone buttons (Dial and End). Aside from tapping on the touch screen, the scroll wheel on the side is your only means of navigation. We’re not sure this configuration makes a great deal of sense. After all, why select these two functions for hardware buttons when they could just as easily be on-screen options?

But the Audiovox has a few phone features that we’d like to see more often on Pocket PC handsets. Audio controls by the scroll wheel let you quickly adjust the volume in midcall. Below that, a hold switch locks the system, preventing accidental dialing from your pocket.

Pocket PC phones often use last year’s technology, and this one’s no exception. With a 400MHz XScale processor and 64MB of both RAM and ROM, the PPC4100 would have looked great back in January, but it fails to impress now. But although the 3.5-inch, 320 x 240-pixel screen isn’t one of the high-res VGA displays showing up on new Pocket PCs, it is still nice and bright. Of course, a Pocket PC with higher specs would generally cost about as much as this, without offering phone features at all.

As a Pocket PC, the Audiovox offers moderate performance, with an Spb Benchmark score of 1,269. But its battery life is perplexingly inconsistent. It can play a video in Windows Media Player for an impressive five hours and 31 minutes, but phone standby time is abysmal. Though rated for 100 hours, it generally runs out of steam in less than 72 hours (that is, over a weekend). Its three hours and 24 minutes of talk time, however, is a tad better than the advertised three hours and far better than many of today’s phones.

The $400 Audiovox swims at the shallow end of the pricing pool, when you consider that even older smart phones such as the Hitachi G1000 or the Samsung SPH-i700 can cost between $500 and $700. The Audiovox’s standby time is weak and it lacks a camera, but if you want a reasonably useful Pocket PC smart phone without spending a small fortune, the PPC4100 is a fair deal. “Roger Hibbert

Best Feature: Respectably low price
Worst Feature: Short standby battery life

Audiovox PPC4100
Price: $400
Weight: 5.6 ounces
Size: 5.2 x 2.7 x 0.9 inches
Specs: 400MHz XScale processor; 64MB of RAM; 64MB of ROM; 320 x 240-pixel, 3.5-inch TFT; 850/1800/1900MHz GSM/GPRS; SD slot; replaceable lithium-ion battery; Windows Mobile 2003
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Sony Ericsson S710a Review

Sony Ericsson S710a – Our Review

 

Sony Ericsson S710a

sony710a.jpgThey say a picture is worth a thousand words. But what about the phone-cam pictures you took over the weekend, drunk, in a dark and crowded bar? Are those blurred streaks of light worth even one word? With most camera phones, capturing a worthwhile photo is as difficult as deciphering Keith Richards’ drug-induced mumblings. But not with the Sony Ericsson S710a. Not only does the S710a deliver uncommonly discernible images, it also has a beautiful screen to view them on.

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Some phones fall just short of duct-tape quality when integrating features, but the S710a combines its phone and camera capabilities excellently. The 2.3-inch screen is a beautiful viewfinder, the 8x digital zoom makes for more versatile shots, and the light lets you click away even at night. Also, the phone’s swivel lets you take pictures the way you’re accustomed to: from the back, with two hands, and with the shutter button on the top right. Add in a lens cover to protect the optics from pocket lint and keys, and you’ve got yourself a nearly bona fide camera.

The gorgeous screen also makes capturing video a pleasure, and cruising the web is easier on the eyes because of the screen’s size and clarity. Games have never looked so good, and they’re easy to play because the swivel action of the keypad makes for a comfortable, sturdy grip. The phone also plays MP3s, which are easily downloaded onto the phone’s 32MB Memory Stick Duo. (It’s not a ton of space, but it’s a start.) And Bluetooth allows for quick and easy file transfers between the phone and your PC.
As far as communicating with the S710a goes, the phone performed above average. Calls were clear and loud using Cingular service, and we squeezed an impressive four-plus hours of talk time out of the battery. Our biggest complaint is that the microphone, located behind the five-key navigation cluster, is overly sensitive and picks up every slight cheek brushing. But this is minor and can be avoided with a little practice and a lot of patience.

Most everything you need to make a call is easily accessible from the home screen. Menus are intuitive and user-friendly. Contacts and recent calls are reached without having to swivel the phone open. The four hotkeys around the five-way joystick are programmable, making your favorite menus one punch away. In fact, as long as you don’t have to type a number or text message, you can perform almost any task with the phone closed.

Despite cramming every feature imaginable into one handset, the phone weighs just 4.6 ounces. Unfortunately, it’s a tad fat. But overall, the Sony Ericsson is worthy of the attention it’s been receiving. It’s chock-full of features and is one of the first phones to hit the market that couples a higher-resolution camera with a screen that is worthy of flaunting. So go ahead, take a picture. It’ll last longer. –Jennifer Scully

Best Feature: Fat with features
Worst Feature: A bit fat all over

SPECS:
Sony Ericsson S710a
$450 with a two-year contract
Weight: 4.6 ounces
Size: 4.2 x 1.8 x 1 inches
Specs: 800/1800/1900MHz GSM; 32MB of flash memory; 240 x 320-pixel, 2.3-inch color TFT; Memory Stick Duo slot (32MB card included); 1.3-megapixel camera with video recorder and 8x digital zoom; Bluetooth
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Motorola i860 by Boost Review

Motorola i860 by Boost – Our Review

Motorola_i860.jpg What’s better than a bitchin’ phone? A bitchin’ phone with tribal tats and prepaid service — so you can avoid the hassle of a contract and ditch the cell when an even more bitchin’ phone comes along. Boost Mobile’s latest offering is just that, matching mad features with an edgy, industrial design that will surely get you noticed while you’re sippin’ yo bub up in da club.

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Utilizing the same spring technology as the beloved switchblade, the i860 snaps open with a press of the silver nub located on the phone’s hinge. Not only is this fun, it also exposes you to some serious goods under the hood. Amenities include a brilliant 262,000-color LCD and a digital camera.

On the downside, the camera’s 0.3-megapixel resolution is hardly appropriate for a VIP-class phone that costs nearly $400. You do, however, get a good number of preloaded MP3 ringtones, such as “Give It Away Now,” “Dirt Off Your Shoulders,” and “It’s My Life,” plus a ton more for download. There’s also a solid selection of applications and the convenience of the Nextel-supported walkie-talkie service.

And you may just want to use that service, because pressing the i860’s wee buttons is a finger-twisting chore. Even if you happen to have dainty fingers, it’s hard to hit the tiny keys. But the phone works competently and rarely fumbles a call.

Despite being a tatted-up, thugged-out device, the i860’s features prove that it’s just a geek at heart. So if you see one, compliment it for its multiple applications — just not in front of the other Boost phones, or you might ruin its street cred. –Daniel Dumas

Best Feature: Bling-bling LCD screen
Worst Feature: Crunked, cramped keypad

Motorola i860 by Boost
Price: $370 with prepaid service
Weight: 4.8 ounces
Size: 4.6 x 1.8 x 0.9 inches
Specs: iDEN 800; 220 x 176-pixel, 2.2-inch color display; 1.4-inch external color display; MP3 ringtones; 0.3-megapixel camera and video recorder; walkie-talkie service

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Nokia 7280 Review

Nokia 7280 Our Review

Nokia7280_open.jpg From whispers to full-blown harassment, the Nokia 7280 definitely turns heads. So much so that while using it on your commute you may wish that the long, slim phone would suddenly turn into the weapon it so resembles — a can of pepper spray — just to keep the gawkers in their seats and off your back.

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From a design point of view, everything about this phone is completely unconventional. There are no number buttons, only an iPod-like NaviSpinner and a couple of hotkeys. The screen is set up in landscape instead of portrait, and when the LCD is dormant or powered off, it actually turns into a little mirror. Because of the mirror, along with the phone’s unique shape and slider function, the 7280 is often affectionately referred to as the “lipstick phone.” You actually can use the mirror to put on lipstick. Really. We tried it. And like that perfect shade of crimson, this phone is meant to be unveiled during your nighttime activities.

The Nokia is positioned as a so-called second phone (to go with your second car and second home, no doubt). The idea is that you take your SIM card out of your daytime phone and pop it into the Nokia, so you can hit the clubs with a slimmer, lighter handset. But in the process, you sacrifice your day-phone’s keypad, so you’re limited to the numbers you already have on your SIM card. You can dial with the NaviSpinner, but that requires dexterity and concentration — which greatly diminishes after each cosmo you imbibe. And even switching the SIM card in and out of the 7280 is complicated, requiring a special tool (using a paper clip is less fashionable but just as efficient).

With such a radical design, there’s bound to be a little discomfort during the getting-to-know-you phase. Using the scrolling dial is a little like using a rotary phone, but with too many options and too many occasions to make a mistake — it takes some getting used to. But the biggest pain comes with texting — a hot pastime of the target audience of this hip phone. Scrolling through the entire alphabet is tedious, although the phone does have a decent predictive-text dictionary.

While the 7280 does not come with any games, support Java, or have the ability to record video, it does have an awesome pair of headphones that turns the sleek phone into your personal pocket radio. And the 0.3-megapixel camera is neatly hidden, revealed only when you pull the two ends of the phone away from each other — a method that you can also use to answer and end phone calls. The phone has fine, but not exceptional, call quality, and its talk time of three hours and 55 minutes is plenty to last you from happy hour to last call.

With a nod to art deco, the biggest draw to this phone seems to be the flashy facade. But to some it might be a tad over the top, a little too stylized. We tend to enjoy gadgets with a healthier balance of form and function. –Jennifer Scully

Best Feature: Slick slider design
Worst Feature: Lack of buttons will leave you spinning your wheels

Nokia 7280
Price: $560 without service
Weight: 3 ounces
Size: 4.5 x 1.3 x 0.8 inches
Specs: 900/1800/1900MHz GSM/GPRS; 208 x 104-pixel, 1.8-inch, color TFT; 0.3-megapixel camera; FM radio; Bluetooth
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Samsung SCH-a890 Review

Samsung SCH-a890 -Our Review

 

SamsungA890.jpg Like the car you drive, the cell phone you tote reveals a lot about you. If you were to carry Samsung’s SCH-a890, it would say that you’re not the flashiest person in a crowd, but you can be dependable, stylish, and possibly exciting when the moment calls for it. Kind of like the feeling you get driving a Volvo.

The silver and black coloring and straightforward keypad give the Samsung a890 an air of sophistication. But it’s the phone’s subtlest design feature, the rotating camera lens, that commands attention. The 1.3-megapixel camera is set in a swivel hinge, letting you shoot scenes or self-portraits with a flick of a thumb, without having to flip the phone around. But Samsung doesn’t go far enough with it: You can’t use the a890’s external display in conjunction with the rotating lens to record video or snap pics on the sly.

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And the camera is not the best we’ve seen out of the latest 1.3-megapixel crop — but it’s not the worst, either. At the highest setting, pictures come out much better than typical VGA cameras, but they still don’t offer a tremendous amount of detail. Samsung includes many of the camera features you expect to see in VGA camera phones, such as digital zoom, brightness, self timer, rotate and flip functions, and color tones, but not much more. Like other camera phones, you can also record up to 15 seconds of video. But there’s no card or cable for image transfers; to get pictures and videos off the a890 you’ll need to send them to an e-mail address.

The phone has features such as a world clock, calendar, vCards, and advanced voice recognition — but the pièce de résistance is access to Verizon’s EV-DO 3G data service. Though it’s available only in select markets such as Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and New York, it really knocks the teeth out of poky, beat-down 1xRTT. High-octane fuel for your phone, EV-DO delivers DSL-like wireless web surfing speeds. You can upload pics and videos and send them to an e-mail address at blistering speeds, as well as check e-mail, download apps or games, and even watch streaming music videos, sports clips, and celebrity interviews on Verizon’s V-Cast service.

 

And you’ll positively drool at how well the a890 handles the basics. Call quality is clear and loud. Battery life will really leave an impact: The phone logged more than five hours of talk time before punching out for the night. And if you crave a mobile with large, legible onscreen text and numbers, the Samsung will not disappoint.

There’s a lot to like about this fairly compact phone: stellar battery life, decent call quality, high-speed surfing, swivel lens, and an easy-to-use interface. But the camera quality and overall design are simply missing something (maybe a pinch of salt?). That said, if you’re in the market for a decent phone that won’t let you down, the Samsung could be a good match. –Joni Blecher

Best Feature: Slick swivel barrel lens
Worst Feature: The external display doesn’t double as a viewfinder

Samsung SCH-a890
Price: $250 with two-year contract
Weight: 2.8 ounces
Size: 3.5 x 2 x 1 inches
Specs: 800/1900MHz CDMA; 1xRTT and EV-DO; 220 x 176-pixel, 2-inch color TFT display; 128 x 96-pixel, 1-inch external color TFT display; 1.3-megapixel camera with video recorder and flash
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Motorola A630 Review

Motorola A630 – Our Review

MotorolaA630.jpgSure, you can type an SMS on any phone. But with the Motorola A630, there’s more than meets the eye. Under its unassuming facade, there’s a messaging dynamo lurking.

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For a candy-bar phone, the A630 looks sort of odd. It’s short, squat, and a little too thick. And its tiny monochrome external display leaves a lot to be desired. That is, until you flip open its well-concealed hinges to reveal the spacious QWERTY keypad and 1.8-inch, 220 x 176-pixel TFT. Deployed in full messaging mode, the A630 may still look odd, but you won’t be complaining.

The widely spaced QWERTY keypad gives you plenty of room to twiddle your fingers. In fact, it’s one of the largest we’ve seen to date, even spreading a little further end to end than that of the BlackBerry 7780. We only wish it didn’t ride so close to the phone’s hinge, forcing your fingers to bump against the base of the screen as you hit the keys in the top row.

While 1.8 inches isn’t a lot of space by current screen standards, the A630 makes the most of it by turning it to landscape mode. So you get a more text-friendly view of your messages as you type, and it’s a little easier to make sense of web content than it would be with a portrait screen. (Don’t get your hopes up, though. Web pages look almost as bad on this handset as they do on any other; you just get a little more text on the screen.)

Battery life is where the A630 overtakes the pack. In a field where two hours is more or less the standard, this phone knocked out a staggering five hours and nine minutes in our tests, more than doubling the expectations set by Motorola’s spec sheet. Clearly your mileage may vary, but the competing Nokia 6820 came in at just under the two-hour mark, so we’re plenty impressed.

High on cool factor though it is, the A630 is far from flawless. But then, we’ve yet to encounter a transforming messenger phone that doesn’t suffer from some significant shortcomings. This phone’s main problem, apart from the close quarters at the top of the keypad, is a poor combination of funky software and an oddly placed five-way pad at the center of the controls. It wouldn’t be so bad that the menus are unintuitively laid out if it wasn’t such a pain in the wrist to get your thumbs to the controller every time you want to change selections. We’d like to see the five-way placed off to one side in the next incarnation (preferably in a position that favors right-handed folk).

We generally love the idea of transforming messenger phones, and the few models that have hit the market thus far are essentially adequate in their way. But most are either too bulky or suffer from unbearably small screens. The A630 overcomes both of those limitations with a little bit of compromise and a whole lot of moxie. Though it’s got some growing pains to overcome before it can truly dominate the market (and no carrier has picked up the phone yet), this is the best transformer we’ve seen. –Robert Strohmeyer

Best Feature: Longest battery life in its class
Worst Feature: QWERTY keypad lacks headroom

SPECS:
Motorola A630
$200 to $300
Weight: 4.4 ounces
Size: 3.6 x 2.8 x 0.9 inches
Specs: 50/1800/1900MHz GSM/GPRS; monochrome external LCD; 220 x 176-pixel, 1.8-inch internal TFT; 0.3-megapixel camera; QWERTY keypad; lithium-ion battery
www.motorola.com

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