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The 2016 Tekspecz Holiday Tech Gift Guide Presents: Smartphones and Laptops

As Christmas shopping dwindle down that it's finals days, right about now you're still wondering what to get the love one, the friend for Xmas.  Here's a suggestion, get em something that involves technology.  

It's safe to say society as a whole is no longer in analog age, the digitize utopia have come to full fruition.  The PC,  smartphone, the Internet governs our lives, whether you like it or not. With that said,  the demand for latest and greatest in tech gadgets is higher.  

Don't know what gadget to get,  I'm here to aid you in your decision making process with a list of recommended devices that will certainly  garnish happiness on the 25th of December. 

The Holiday tech shopping guide series begins,  let's get started.  

Bad ass Smartphones

The iPhone7- 7 Plus_Start Price:$600


Though I'm no longer an iPhone owner and joined the Droid side, the iPhone 7 and 7-Plus I must admit is a pretty decent smartphone. Some might argue that the smartphone is tweaked at best, no drastic changes to the devices design. The mobile OS which is up to iOS 10 is polished at best,  again, no huge impressive changes. Still, the iPhone 7 and 7-Plus has a big boost in performance thanks in part to its AIO Fusion processor that's buried inside the device, 40 percent faster than the A9 chips that's in the latter gen iPhone. And yes, the GPU is also boosted with speed at 50 percent. Where the iPhone 7 and 7-Plus may separate from its competitors on the market is the camera, arguably the best in the business.

Samsung Galaxy s7 Edge_Start Price: $499

In years past, my tech shopping guides almost always included a Samsung smartphone,  this year is no different.  If not for the Galaxy Note 7 acting as a detonation device it would be on the top recommended smartphones holiday shopping list. Instead, lets go with Samsung's other flagship device,  the Galaxy S7 Edge.

The S7 Edge in my opinion is the pinnacle of greatness, sleek design combined with awesome hardware, and a camera that captures images like no other smartphone I've ever owned. The biggest attractions here is the brightly lit AMOLED display. The curved edges adds appeal to the overall design.


The Year Of The Windows Laptops

Dell XPS 13_Start Price: $799

The MacBook Pro killer? Maybe, but he XPS 13 definitely gives it a strong run for its money, in my opinion its one the best Windows laptop on the market. Most technology pundits would say the XP 13 trumps what Apple have to offer and I somewhat have to agree with that claim. The XPS line of laptops performs solidly and is flooded with an abundance of useful features, those features being ports, enough ports in that there's no need to purchase an adapter( yes an Apple shade). The up to date models come with the latest gen Intel Skylake processor, and this just in, Dell has now added Intel's 7TH generation Kaby Lake processor which includes the Intel HD 520/620 integrated graphics. While we're on the hardware topic, XPS 13 have some pretty solid components within that includes up to 32GB of LPDDR3 memory, and NVMe PCI Express solid state drive. Perhaps the most trusted deal breaker here with the XPS 13 is the touch display, it uses a Infinity Edge Ultra Sharp technology that packs a high resolution count measuring an astounding 3200 x 1800.

Carbon fiber surrounds the keyboard and palm rest giving the XPS 13 a well structured sturdy design.  

The Newly Minted MacBook Pro 2016

MacBook Pro (2016)_Start Price $1499

If there's one word that describes the new MacBook Pro 2016, controversial. Controversial in that there's what many would say device laced with some over the top features that includes the Touch Bar and Touch ID. In full description, lets call the new MacBook Pro for what it is, its an addition by subtraction device. It subtracts a charge port and SD card slot, both controversial minuses. The addition? Much slimmed down design, lighter in overall weight, and yes there is the mentioned standout features (Touch ID and Touch Bar). Me Personally, I find the Touch ID  a useful security feature and should be standard on all laptops.

Still and all, you will definitely not be short changed  in  its overall performance. It packs some high quality hardware, an Intel dual core and quad core processing, 8-16GB of RAM and 256GB of PCIe-based SSD, so there is some serious power under the hood. To enjoy such great features ( Touch ID and Touch Bar) and beefed up hardware, you'll have to spend the extra cash. It'll be money worth spent.





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