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Pickr 2023 Holiday Gift Guide: Android Owners

Some folks love their iPhones, and others love their Droids. They just won’t stop talking about it, so consider these ideas to keep them happy.

They say “it’s the most wonderful time of the year”, but finding the right present is hardly “s’wonderful”, or not as easy as you might yearn for.

Fortunately, if you the person you’re buying for loves their phone, it might be a touch easier!

Owners of an iPhone have their own gadgets, but if you know someone with a Google, a Samsung, a Motorola or Oppo or Nokia or anything else powered by Android, they have their own entirely different set of recommended gadgets, as well.

What’s worth getting for the owner of someone who lives their Droid?

Anker Nano Power Bank

Price: $99

Every phone tends to have the same issue — the battery may not go as long as you want — and that’s no different for iPhone or Android. Some are clearly better than others, but it’s very much a “your mileage may vary” situation across the board.

Fixing it with a power bank makes a tremendous difference, though, and when that power bank is compact, it can help a great deal.

The Anker Nano Power bank is about as compact and useful as it gets, not only including a built-in USB-C cable (which every Android phone supports), but also including a screen showing you how much battery life you have left.

Backbone One for Android

Price: $179

If the person you’re buying for is a bit of a gamer, you might want to elevate their mobile gaming experience just that little bit with a controller made to suit.

Backbone’s handy PlayStation-inspired Backbone One for Android delivers a great gaming experience that snaps around more or less any Android phone, thanks to a clever design and a Type C port.

Snap it in place, load the Backbone app, and get to gaming as if the phone was a real console controller. It’s so handy and could just change how someone games on the go.

Soundcore Liberty 4 NC

Price: $179

Looking for a pair of truly wireless earphones for someone that won’t break the bank?

You might want to. Check out Soundcore’s Liberty 4 NC, a noise cancelling pair designed to be compact, wirelessly charged, offering water resistance, and supporting an app for tweaking and controlling the pair that works on Android and iOS alike.

We were surprised at just how versatile and solid these earphones were, and continue some of the great work we’ve seen from Anker’s Soundcore brand in the past.

Bose Quiet Comfort Ultra Earbuds

Price: $449

One of the best earphone choices for any platform, the Bose Quiet Comfort Ultra Earbuds not only deliver some of the best noise cancellation you can find, but also find a way to get spatial audio working for anyone.

While Dolby Atmos spatial remains firmly in the requirements of needing both an iPhone and Apple Music alongside a compatible pair of earphones (typically made by Apple and Beats), Bose has found a way to recreate the feeling of spatial audio for anyone on any platform, such as on Spotify via Android or even YouTube Music on Android.

These are easily one of the best pairs of earphones you can find right now, and a clear contender for one of the best gifts for Android owners.

Google Pixel Watch 2

Price: from $549

Android devices don’t work with the Apple Watch, but there is a model that kind of gets close, and shock horror, it’s made by Google.

This year’s release of the Pixel Watch is about as close to an Apple Watch as Android devices are going to get. While Samsung makes a decent smartwatch in the Galaxy Watch 6, Google’s Pixel Watch feels like an improvement on last year’s device that looks great and offers better battery life than the first.

Moto Razr 40 Ultra

Price: $1499

Easily one of the better foldables of the year, an upgrade to Razr 40 Ultra for any Android owner will give them something fun: an Android phone ne made to be compact, water resistant, and very very modern.

Motorola’s Razr 40 Ultra doesn’t just give you a foldable screen on the inside, but also features a nice screen on the outside that takes up much of the display. It’s a bit of a compact powerhouse, and a phone you can use while it’s small and closed.

Google Pixel 8 Pro

Price: $1699

Easily the best Android phone of the year, a gift of a Pixel 8 Pro is basically saying you’re giving a phone that’ll last ages.

It comes packing some of the best tech including a high-performance chip, fast 5G, excellent cameras, and a staggering seven years of both security and operating system updates, suggesting that the Pixel 8 Pro could be a seven year phone.

Or to put it simply, it’s a holiday gift that they can keep using for years. There aren’t many holiday gifts you can say that about.

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