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12 Christmas Gift Ideas for Android Fans

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From cracking chargers to gaming get-ups, we’ve pulled together everything to make fans of that little green ‘bot jump for joy.

HOMIDO VR HEADSET (£55)

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Sure, Google’s Cardboard contraption is pretty cool, but for a proper virtual reality romp you need something much more formidable.

Enter Homido: the stereoscopic, 360-degree head-tracking helmet that turns modern mobiles into movie magicians. Fully-adjustable for different eyesights and face shapes, the completely wireless headset can also be used to enter a world of immersive 3D gaming.

Compatible with both Android and iOS, slip in your S6 and strap it on to Granddad to give him the virtual time of his life.

Buy the Homido VR headset here

HARMAN KARDON ESQUIRE MINI (£120)

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This slab of polished metal might look like a stylish cigar case, but it’s actually a portable Bluetooth speaker.

Despite its size, it’ll blast out your bangers at surprisingly loud volumes without sounding distorted or tinny, and it feels as solid in the hands as its price tag would suggest. Its rear kickstand props it up nicely for directed sound, too, while it cleverly doubles up as a portable charger – letting you top up your trusty Android devices via an in-built USB port.

A microphone will even transform it into a conference call speaker at the press of a button, so you can switch from Iron Maiden to Ted in accounting with a single touch.

Buy the Harman Kardon Esquire mini here

LG ROLLY KEYBOARD (£70)

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Fat-fingered key-tappers fear not: abandon the bulk of your keyboard case, banish embarassing train typos and embrace the brilliance of this full physical keyboard that rolls up smaller than a Bavarian sausage.

Constructed from sturdy polycarbonate and with a pitch almost identical to most laptop keysets, this bluetooth finger-clicker is an on-the-go accessory without compromise. How digit-drummingly brilliant.

Buy the LG Rolly Keyboard here

OGIO RENEGADE RSS BACKPACK (£85)

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Portable speaker, laptop, Android tablet – your pockets can’t fit them all. Thankfully, this back-hugger packs in dedicated soft-lined laptop and tablet compartments, the latter of which is large enough to lovingly cradle your trusty 12in Android tablet. Because we all know 9.7in fruit tablets are for casuals.

Buy the Ogio Renegade RSS Backpack here

Motorola Moto 360 (£200)

 

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The name’s 360, Moto 360.

OK, so calling a cab by talking to your watch might sound like something straight out of a Bond blockbuster, but somehow we always just end up tipping coffee on ourselves.

Still, everything else about the second iteration of Motorola’s smartwatch is as sleek as the man himself: from the full-round display to its stainless steel bezel, the 360 is more connected than ever, and delivers Android Wear in a devilishly deluxe package – complete with interchangeable straps, suitable for all spy pursuits.

Buy the Moto 360 (2nd Gen) here

Moga Pro Power (£35)

 

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Love on-the-go gaming without the hassle of lugging around a separate console system? The Moga Pro Power takes your phone and makes it into a gaming goliath.

Around the same size as a console hand-filler, it’s far more comfortable to use than dinky rivals, while the built-in clip can support just about any hefty Android phablet. Best of all, its large internal battery can juice up your handset while you’re head-shotting bad guys in the dentist’s waiting room.

Buy the Moga Pro Power here

Google Chromecast (£30)

 

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Google’s answer to big-screen sharing is back and it’s better than ever.

From YouTube and Play Movies to Netflix and your Android home screen, social browsing beasts can cast their view to the nearest screen – just stick the little fella in a spare HDMI port and fling the flicks over Wi-Fi.

This second-gen model has better wireless internet, quicker performance and all round smoother streaming skills than the first, plus a neat new design – perfect for sharing your new Nexus with the family.

Buy Chromecast here

Leef Bridge (£18)

 

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Forget the cloud and keep it real: USB3.0 write speeds make this double-ended docker a no-brainer for beefy media hoarders.

Android phones might be some of the last remaining champions of the lowly microSD card, but sometimes even that little chip just isn’t enough – especially after a heavy snapping session.

Helpfully, this dinky device will plug straight in to your phablet’s microUSB slot for zippy file transfers, no Wi-Fi required.

Buy the Leef Bridge here

Philips Hue bulb (£50)

 

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Yes, £50 for a lightbulb is shocking, but this isn’t just any bulb.

The Hue is a smart bulb. No, it can’t do the kids’ maths homework, but it will light the room as they do. You can also change its colour remotely via a free app from across the globe.

In fact, you can dim the lights remotely to set the mood (you classy devil you) or set them to turn on in the morning and wake up in style. All that and they’re 80% more efficient than traditional bulbs too.

Buy the Philips Hue bulb here

Instacube (£150)

 

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If there’s one thing guaranteed to grind the gears of Insta-hooked Android fans, it’s having to use their phone to flick through celebs’ snaps of their latest lunch. Fuzzily filtered food photos were made to be shared!

Thankfully, stick this wirelessly-connected, touchscreen panel in your room and you’ll be able to stream yout favourite Instagrammers’ newest pics in an instant.

Best of all, this is one sociable little cube: oversized physical buttons on its top take liking and swiping to a whole new level of #lol. Sorry.

Buy the Instacube here

Soundmagic E10S In-Ear Isolating Earphones (£40)

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Want the best bang-for-buck in-ears in the solar system? Look no further.

The E10S are Stuff’s current clear favourites in the less-than-£50 category, on account of both their superb sound and superior construction.

There’s an in-line remote which works with both Apple and Android devices, too, so everyone wins. Well, apart from Windows Phone users.

Buy the Soundmagic E10S In-Ear Isolating Earphones here

Woodpuck Qi Charger (US$60)

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Few things which go by the description of ‘puck’ are as stunning and useful as this. Stunningly crafted from finest Mao Zhu Bamboo, this little disc will wirelessly charge any Qi-enabled device in a beautiful fusion of nature and tech.

What’s more, in a double-boon for eco-conscious coffee-loving chargers, the ‘Puck comes in Macchiato, Latte and Espresso wood tones, so you’ll definitely be able to match it up with your teak telephone case and its walnut wall charger.

Buy the Woodpuck Qi Charger here


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