The most coveted apps and devices of the year so far
Tech blogger Tamara Clarke from Global Gazette (www.theglobalgazette.com) gives us the lowdown on the 10 must-have gadgets you need in your life. Once you get your mitts on these, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without them...
Wireless My Passport Slim ‘This thin and sleek portable drive offers up to 2TB of storage and is a must if you often misplace smaller flash drives. Beware, it may offer more storage, but it’s also more to carry.’ Dhs650 for 2TB. Available at Jumbo Electronics, various locations including Marina Mall (02 681 0116).
Nikon D5300 ‘An entry-level DSLR camera with built-in wi-fi and GPS, it allows you to take and instantly share superior-quality photos using Nikon’s Wireless Mobile Utility app. No access to wi-fi? Its best feature is that it turns into a router, allowing you to pair your smart device with the camera.’ Dhs3,999. Available at Sharaf DG, various locations including Dalma Mall (800 344 357).
Mobile Nokia X ‘Part of the new Nokia family of affordable smartphones that run Android apps, it’s beautifully crafted with Nokia’s signature bold colours. It’s also well-priced. With the Nokia X, you can also enjoy Microsoft services such as MixRadio and free cloud storage on OneDrive.’ Dhs439, available at Emax, various locations including Hamdan Street (02 674 4937).
Lenovo Vibe Z ‘The stylish, razor-thin, blazing-fast Vibe Z smartphone is equipped with gesture controls, but what makes this smartphone stand out is the 5MP front-facing camera that’s equipped with an 84-degree lens for wide-angle shots. It takes the perfect selfie.’ Dhs1,999. Available at Jumbo Electronics, various locations including Marina Mall (02 681 0116).
Samsung Galaxy S5 ‘Unveiled this year with water-resistant technology and longer battery life. The smartphone boasts a bigger screen than the S4 and borrowing from the iPhone 5S it has a new fingerprint unlock system. It also pairs with the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo. smartwatches.’ Dhs2,699. Available at Sharaf DG, various locations including Dalma Mall (800 344 357).
Wearable tech UP24 wristband by Jawbone ‘This stylish rubber bracelet connects wirelessly to your Android or iOS device to deliver data on how you sleep, eat and move. Need help getting to bed on time or wondering how caffeine effects your body? There’s an app for that. You need this if you struggle to maintain routine.’ Dhs649. Available at iStyle, Abu Dhabi Mall (02 644 4934).
Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo ‘This smartwatch allows you to view notifications and accept or ignore calls and messages from your wrist when paired with a Samsung Galaxy smartphone. Even better, it can be customised with wristband options from high-end designers including Nicholas Kirkwood and Moschino.’ Price to be confirmed. Available soon at Emax, various locations including Hamdan Street (02 674 4937).
Grandparents Frame App ‘This Johnsons Baby app allows any Wi-Fi enabled digital photo frame to receive and display photos sent from Android and iOS devices. The best feature is that you share and grandparents watch; there’s no technical aptitude required.’ Free, available at itunes.apple.com.
Canon Legria Mini X ‘It sits on surfaces unaided by tripods or other accessories, which makes it ideal for capturing interviews (above) and blogging videos.’ Price to be confirmed this month.
Bliss Fatgirlslim Lean Machine ‘This at-home beauty device delivers vacuum-assisted massage to help visibly reduce cellulite, making it the ideal summer investment. Plus you’ll save loads on spa treatments.’ Dhs534. Available at Areej, various locations including Marina Mall (02 681 5662).