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Christmas tech gift guide 2021

Despite the chip shortage, there are plenty of tech gadgets to get family or friends for Christmas. Here are our considered picks...

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Fitbit Luxe

Fitbit Luxe

Garmin Venu 2

Garmin Venu 2

Apple Watch Series 7

Apple Watch Series 7

Pixel 6

Pixel 6

HomePod mini

HomePod mini

Sony XM3

Sony XM3

AirPods 3rd Generation

AirPods 3rd Generation

Siemens EQ9 S700

Siemens EQ9 S700

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Fitbit Luxe

This is the slimmest, most discreet full-feature fitness watch you can buy. It may not have GPS and its tiny screen is sometimes a bit tricky to control compared to larger fitness smartwatches but it is fairly packed with advanced fitness and relatively advanced health sensors, including blood-oxygen measurement, skin temperature and stress management. It also has good battery life. So you get a digital fitness device that lasts a week and is almost invisible to friends.

1. THE FITNESS SMARTWATCHES


(i) Fitbit Luxe (€150)

(ii) Garmin Venu 2 (€339)


The Venu 2 has the best colour touchscreen of any dedicated fitness smartwatch. It also has relatively good battery life, as well as new training features and advanced abilities for the display to show you how to exercise properly.
There are also different sized models and – unlike many fitness watches – you can download Spotify music or podcasts for offline listening on a run when you want to leave the phone at home.
The result is a top-notch tool, rather than a smartwatch, that includes additional fitness and health features.
The only drawbacks are that there’s no ECG sensor, speaker or microphone.

(iii) Apple Watch Series 7 (from €429)


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