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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.

JOBY GripTight GorillaPod & MeFoto SideKick 360


As more and more phone manufacturers add in manual camera controls, you’re going to want to invest in a tripod. The JOBY Griptight GorillaPod and the MeFoto SideKick 360 are two very outstanding choices for novice and professional smartphone photographers alike.


The GripTight GorillaPod stand starts at $15 and comes in three different sizes. The tripod itself is extremely flexible and features maneuverable legs that you can wrap around almost anything. It’s particularly useful out on a hike, for instance, where you can situate the legs so that the phone stands up straight on uneven ground.


The $30 MeFoto SideKick 360 is pricier, but it’s especially made for super serious smartphone shooters. It works as a standalone mini-tripod for your smartphone, or you can bring out the big guns and affix it to any full-size camera tripod. (MeFoto also offers its own line of durable and customizable travel tripods.) The SideKick features a 360-degree rotating ball joint that lets you position the phone any way you like, and you can buy it in a variety of colors.

Photojojo Android Lenses

If you’re going to buy your friend a smartphone tripod, make sure to bundle in a smartphone lens, too. After all, you can’t do everything with just an app. 

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Photojojo lenses connect to any Android phone via a small circular magnetic sticker you can stick to the rear- or front-facing camera. There are five different lenses available, including a wide-angle and macro combo, fisheye, super fisheye, telephoto, and polarizer lens. You can order individual lenses for $20, or the entire set for $100.

Tylt Vü wireless charger


If you or your friend have a Qi-compatible smartphone, you’ll want to check out the $60 Tylt Vu. This wireless charger utilizes a three-coil system that allows you to charge a smartphone in either portrait or landscape mode. It also props up the phone at a 45-degree angle, so you can watch a video or check on notifications as it’s juicing up.

Fluance Fi50

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The $200 Fluance Fi50 speaker is both stylish and affordable. It features dual five-inch woven woofers and an integrated 40 watt amplifier, all of which are contained within a gorgeous hand-built wooden cabinet. You can hook up your smartphone to it via Bluetooth or the included auxiliary port on the back side. There’s also a USB input for charging up your device while it’s streaming tunes.


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