If you have a smartphone and are looking for an accessory you can pull off with it, then there are thousands of options out there to confuse you. Almost every company is getting into niche segments to gain market share and win the hearts of Indian consumers.
Since there are so many options in the market, we would like to reduce the burden on you. We are listing down five best gadgets you can buy under Rs 5000.
GOQii Life Fitness Band
GOQii is a California-based fitness technology company that focusses on wearable band technology to provide personalized fitness mentoring. GOQii has been developed keeping in mind the fitness levels in India specifically and offers personal trainers along with an options to choose the duration of mentorship. If you’re in for a fitter life, this is the accessory to go for!
One can choose amongst 3 months, 6 months and 12 months plan in which the user will be provided with a personal coach for the same period of time to track daily goals, overcome any obstacles, get information and expert opinions on fitness goals. The fitness band works like other similar bands, but can also be integrated with the leading operating systems out there to give more information about the user’s activity.
- Silicone based fitness tracker for daily activities
- Tracks any physical activity as well as sleeping patterns
- Has an OLED display that shows time and watch’s other functionalities
- Water-resistant upto 50m and sweat-resistant, perfect for Indian weather
- Personalized coach for creating and reaching goals, forum for expert advice
- 360-degree motion sensor, 3-axis accelerometer
- Work with all leading OS – Android, iOS and Windows
- Can be connected with the smartphones through Bluetooth 4.0
- Li-ion battery that lasts 10 days, takes 4-6 hours for a full charge
You can purchase GOQii bands from here.
Audio Technica ATH – M30X headphones
When it comes to producing the best sound quality, Audio Technica delivers the best value for money. In fact, even at 10 times the cost of these headphones, the sound quality might not be as good. Audio Technica entered India in May 2014 and has since then become popular amongst the audiophiles.
M30X have great sound quality that is crisp and least distorted unlike other headphones in this range. These are over-the-ear headphones which are surprisingly comfortable and light. At this range you would expect noise insulation, and well they deliver above expectations. However, the headphones are biased more towards mild bass, so people buying these for progressive electronic music might not be satisfied.
Nevertheless, these beautifully designed pair of headphones are one of the best alternatives to expensive Bose and Sennheiser headphones and cost a lot less than them.
- Over-the-ear headphones
- 3m long headphone cable
- 40 mm drivers with rare earth magnets and copper-clad aluminum wire voice coils
- Weighs about 800g
- 3.5mm jack for connection
These headphones can be bought from Amazon for around Rs 4,000.
JBL Go wireless speakers
Another very important thing to add to your collection, the JBL Go wireless portable speakers are excellent speakers from a well known brand. Measuring at just 8.3 x 6.8 x 3.1 cm, the speakers are compact and weigh at 132g. They are easy to carry anywhere, and can be paired with your smartphone through Bluetooth. In addition, they can also be connected via an AUX cable to multiple media devices.
The speakers lack extreme bass, but mid and low bass sounds are crystal clear. The speakers are loud and crisp, come with noise cancellation and an inbuilt microphone for phone calls. It does not come with a carry pouch but are small enough to be carried in one hand without any troubles. The speakers come in different colours like Black, Red, Blue, Grey and Orange. The speakers are powered by a 600mAh rechargeable battery which, JBL claims, provides 5 hours of battery life, which we think is wonderful. The portable speakers can be purchased from here.
All Android fans know about chromecast, and the fact that it can do wonders to your television. 2015 Chromecast has not yet been released in India, but the older version is not very different anyway. It can do the same things in a slightly bigger form factor. Chromecast can be used to stream content to whatever device you plug your chromecast to, which is usually a large screen or your tv.
You can cast your screen onto the television to browse through media, watch movies and tv shows, look at old photos and browse content online. Your television becomes a large smartphone with a remote, your smartphone, in your hand. Chromecast works with a lot of applications like YouTube, Google Play Movies, YuppTV, TED and Wynk etc. It is a great device to enjoy watching tv with your family.
- USB type form factor with a HDMI port
- Can connect to only one device at a time
- Supports WiFi
The latest Chromecast can be purchased from Flipkart.
HTC Re action camera
Launched in late 2014, HTC Re still remains an excellent, yet affordable action and sports camera. For adventure and sport enthusiasts, this is a fantastic device and a great alternative to GoPro and Garmin devices. There are currently no actions cameras at this price, not even local ones listed online.
As far as video and photo quality goes, the device performs good with no blurs under decent conditions. However in dark, the camera quality can be seen to deteriorate. In Spite of that, the 16 megapixels CMOS sensor come in handy in daylight when the videos can be seen to be crisp and of good quality. As with any action cam, it is dust and water-resistant to keep away from background disturbances.
The camera comes with Bluetooth support and built in WiFi for seamless connectivity. There are also provisions for tripod mounting and micro-USB transfer. Battery life is a major negative, which lasts only about 1.5 hours on a single charge. This is not really expected from a company like HTC, but at least there is no compromise on quality.
- 16MP 1/2.3 inch CMOS sensor with 146-degrees wide angle lens
- 4x optical zoom and 30fps FHD videos
- 1-inch LED screen, single tap button for photos and long press for videos
- ISO upto 1600, 820 mAh rechargeable battery
- 4x slow motion video capture
- Battery life of 1.5 hours, microSD slot expandable upto 128GB
- Android and iOS compatible
Stocks are limited, so in case you want to buy, head to flipkart right now.
Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 camera
If you’re a photography buff and love instagram, this is the best device you could get. It takes you to the time instant camera had just been launched and people would buy chunky rectangular cameras. This one is not chunky at all, but produces instant photos the size of a credit or a debit card. And such photos can always be kept as memoirs for later. The shape of the camera is rather cute and looks very retro, yes fresh.
The camera does not boast of high megapixels, in fact it is just 0.6MP with a built-in flash. Polaroid photos look stunning and there seems to be a slight filter like instagram photos. There is a constant firing flash for automatic light adjustment to get clear and bright photos. The users complain of the lack of film packs in the market, but in some time they should not be a problem, considering the popularity of the camera. It also comes in variety of colours and can be a wonderful gift for your loved ones.
- 0.6MP with constant firing flash and manual focus
- LR6 AA Alkaline batteries
- Measures 116 X 118.3 X 68.2 mm
- Photo size 62 x 42 mm
Instax Mini 8 can be purchased from Amazon for about Rs 4.2k.