This is your gift guide to selecting the best cellphone, charger and earphone options this year

This is your gift guide to selecting the best cellphone, charger and earphone options this year

What is it? This is the smaller, cheaper version of the S21 5G. It has a 6.2-inch screen, 120Hz screen refresh and three cameras on the back, including ultrawide. The 4,000 mAh battery can last all day and it comes with 128gb or 256gb of internal storage. Who is it for? Android phone users who don’t want to spend $1,000 or more on their phone. It has top end features in a slightly smaller package. What does it cost? There are lots of trade-in offers and Black Friday deals, so you might find it cheaper than the retail price of $799.99.

With holiday gift-giving in mind, I’ll be devoting this space to various technology themes over the next few weeks. Let’s start with one of the hottest gifts this holiday season: new telephones and accessories. Whether you prefer an iPhone or an Android phone, there are nice options available in all price levels. And this year, I’m not going for the most expensive phones. We’ll also look into charging cables and accessories so you can keep your phones, tablets, and PCs charged faster than you ever imagined.

Highlights

  • What is it? Since Google makes the Android operating system, the company’s phones are very good. This year’s Pixel 6 has a 6.4-inch screen and is running a new Google processor called Tensor, which is 80% faster than the Pixel 5. It has 8gb of RAM and 128gb or 256gb of storage. What is it? This is a small but powerful charger for your phone, tablet or computer. It has one USB-C port and provides 30 watts of power. If you have a smartphone or tablet that can quick charge, you’ll need a charger that can provide more power. This one will power up your iPhone or Android phone as fast as it can charge.

  • What is it? This might be the last year for the mini version of Apple’s flagship line of iPhones. The 5.4-inch screen is tiny compared with Apple’s larger phones, but it shares the same A15 Bionic processor. It has dual 12-megapixel cameras and up to 512-gigabytes of storage. Despite the small size, it still has FaceID and MagSafe wireless charging. Who is it for? iPhone users who want a smaller handset but don’t want to compromise on features.

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