As most adults will agree, pleasing a teenager is akin to winning the lottery, rare and a total surprise. So when it comes to shopping for the teenager (s) in your life, the feelings of dread and apprehension are understandable as you find it increasingly difficult to grasp your teenager’s changing needs and wants. While it is easy to guess that most teenagers want the latest technology devices, you will probably still get the gift wrong because the color or the brand is not what your teen had in mind. Well, you can stop worrying about picking out a cool gadget that your teen will love. Until the old adage “this too shall pass” becomes evident in your household, here are five gadgets that will have that picky teen calling you “the gift guru.”
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Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 Smartwatch
This cool watch is the newest in wearable technology from Samsung as it combines style, functionality, and the latest in phone and fitness technology all in one device. The Gear 2's loaded with 512MB of RAM and powered by a dual-core 1GHz processor. The 1.63 inch sAMOLED display provides seamless viewing, and the 2 megapixel built in camera easily captures any of life’s moments your teen deems “cool enough.” This smartwatch is equipped with Voice Command to make and receive hands-free calls once it is synced with a Galaxy phone, and your teen can monitor how fit he or she is all while checking email and listening to the latest mega pop star. The Gear 2 varies in price from Internet retailers, so expect to pay between $199.99 and $349.99 for this sleek smartwatch.
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By now, everyone has heard the reviews about the iPhone 6. Touted as ‘the best phone ever created,’ the iPhone 6 is bigger, thinner, and faster than its predecessors. While your teen may be impressed with the design and popularity of Apple’s latest in phone technology, the specs for Apple’s newest phone make it well worth the price. With a Retina HD display, an A8 chip and an M8 motion coprocessor, downloading data and viewing graphics is faster and sharper than ever. Touch ID technology ensures the phone is only usable to its owner, and it features an 8MP iSight camera and the new iOS 8 operating system. Ordering the iPhone 6 has become easier as online retailers, such as Unique Mobiles, offer competitive pricing and a warranty when you order the iPhone 6 as a direct import.
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PlayStation Portable 3000 Core Pack System
For the teen “gamer,” the Piano Black PlayStation Portable 3000 is a dream come true. This popular hand-held game console is designed to not only play games but also to take photos, access the Internet, play MP3s, display movies and TV shows, and more. Hands-down, the Sony PSP 3000 is a truly integrated entertainment system that will keep every teenager glued to its screen for hours with its built-in speakers, 64MB of RAM, 333 MHz processor, and TFT active-matrix/color LCD display. The PSP 3000’s price will not break the bank as it retails for $79.97 to $139.99 online.
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Starting at $399.99, the Xbox One is considered the most advanced multiplayer on the market. This all-in-one entertainment console allows users to customize their viewing, listening, and gaming experience while connecting with millions of gamers from around the world. The technology built into the Xbox one is amazing as it features Xbox Live’s cloud-powered performance and 1080p HD Kinect Sensor voice recognition control. Seamlessly switching between apps, games, TV, music, and more will make your teen the tsar of family night.
If you want your teen to read a book, get him or her a Kindle Paperwhite e-book reader for around $119.00. Created specifically to offer an enjoyable reading experience, the Kindle Paperwhite is designed with a no-glare screen and a built in light so that reading is easy on the eyes. Lighter than the iPad Mini, the Paperwhite can be held in the palm of the hand, and all controls are synced to the touchscreen. The Paperwhite has some cool features such as Page Flip and Take & Share Notes that allow teens to share their reading experience with friends on Facebook and Twitter.
Teenagers may be difficult to shop for, but no teen will be able to resist cracking a smile when given one of these devices as a gift. In that these gifts encourage teens to be interactive, analytical, and inventive, parents will be happy and your teen will actually use the gift instead of burying it in the closet.
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