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10 awesome gift ideas for Android users

Florence Ion | Nov. 24, 2015
Not sure what to get your Android lovin' pals for the holidays this year? We can help.

Picking out a gift for your Android-loving friends is hard work—heck, figuring out what to ask for on your own holiday wish-list is tough enough. 

That’s why we scoured the Internet looking for gadgets we’d give as gifts... and that we’d pair with our own Android devices. Here, you’ll find plenty of neat photography-centric gifts that you can bundle together—since most smartphones now function as bonafide point-and-shoot cameras—as well as some stocking stuffers and a few helpful, utilitarian items you might not have considered buying for yourself or for your Android-using loved one.

Anker PowerCore 20100

Android smartphones run on batteries and sometimes those batteries run dry. Don’t get stuck without power. No matter where you’re going, you should always have a portable battery pack nearby to charge your devices.

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The $40 Anker PowerCore 20100 offers enough juice to charge up both a tablet and a smartphone at the same time. It’s also portable, so you can toss it into a bag or leave it in the car.

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If you’re looking for something a little smaller, the Anker Powercore+ mini starts at $10 and fits easily into any purse or pencil pouch. It also makes a fantastic stocking stuffer for any friend or family member—even those you might not like so much.

Fuji Instax Share SP-1 smartphone printer

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Credit: Florence Ion

Life is beautiful, and if you’re like me, you’re documenting the heck out of your life with your smartphone. But sometimes, flipping through your massive Google Photos library is just not enough. You want something tangible to commemorate the glorious, fun-filled day you just had with family visiting from out of town. That’s where the $140 Fuji Instax Share SP-1 smartphone printer comes in.

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Credit: Florence Ion

The Instax Share SP-1 spits out smartphone photos into actual credit card-sized prints. It uses the same instant film cartridges that other Fuji Instax and Polaroid cameras do, so you’ll get that rustic, vintage-y effect you’d normally use a filter for on Instagram. Each cartridge runs about $10 for ten exposures and you can buy them in bulk on Amazon. The printer itself takes CR2 batteries and connects to any Android smartphone via Wi-Fi direct, while the companion app lets you have a little editing fun with each individual photo.

Honestly, this isn’t a practical product, and at $140 it isn’t exactly cheap. But it is a fun little gadget to keep around, and I can share from experience that handing someone a physical photo means so much more than a digital one.

 

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