The 2016 holiday season is fast approaching. That means one thing: gadget time. These are the TIME technology team’s suggestions for everything from stocking stuffers, like Nintendo’s NES Classic, to high-end cameras like Fujifilm’s X-T2. Our suggestions are sorted by budget, from least to most expensive. We’ve also included a few lines about why we like each gadget we’ve picked for the list.
Google Chromecast ($35)
Why we like it: There are plenty of affordable streaming options out there, but the Chromecast makes browsing content as easy as using your smartphone. Since the Chromecast runs compatible apps from your phone on your TV, you don’t need to log into apps on your TV or get used to a new interface.
What to know: Your phone must be nearby in order to use and control the Chromecast. While you can display any Chromecast compatible app on the TV using iPhone or Android, you can only show other phone content (photos, etc.) on your television using Android.
Mophie Powerstation ($49.95)
Who’s it for: Anybody who wishes their phone battery would last longer (so, everybody.)
Why we like it: Accessory maker Mophie’s latest Powerstation battery packs are slimmer than ever, making them easy to stash in a backpack, purse or pocket. Even the smallest versions can completely recharge a dead phone, effectively doubling your battery life.
What to know: Newer smartphones have better battery life, so this is a safer gifting choice for somebody with an older device.
Amazon Echo Dot ($49.99)
Why we like it: Amazon Echo, the company’s original voice-enabled speaker/intelligent assistant/smart home controller, made interacting with technology easy, even fun. Its little cousin, Echo Dot, dumps the speaker in favor of a much friendlier price point. To get the full effect, users will need to connect their existing audio gear via Bluetooth or 3.5mm cable.
What to know: You can get the full smart speaker experience from the bigger, more expensive Echo.
Nintendo NES Classic Edition ($59.99)
Who’s it for: Older millennials and Gen-Xers who want to relive their glory days, or share their childhood favorites with their kids.
Why we like it: 30 of the finest video games to grace the medium, several of those design exemplars, all tucked snugly into a chip soldered onto a peewee circuitboard inside a pint-sized replica of the most iconic games console in history. That’s Nintendo’s NES Classic Edition (ntdoy), an ostensible paean to 8-bit playgrounds with modern HDMI video support and multimode display options (digitally crisp or wobbly retro) that buyers can have for $60. And with its replica A and B button gamepad, it’s also a chance to experience, tactilely, perhaps one last time, what the boomerang-shaped gamepads we routinely clutch for hours on end — to the point of taking their existence for granted — owe a debt to.
What to know: There’s no official way to add more games to the NES Classic Edition, meaning you’re stuck with the 30 (mostly very good) titles it ships with.
OnePlus 3 ($399, unlocked)
Who’s it for: Android fans looking for an affordable phone that’s pleasant to use.
Why we like it: Chinese startup OnePlus has been calling itself the flagship killer, and for good reason. Its OnePlus 3 phone is roughly $200 less than most premium smartphones and still offers an attractive design, solid performance, a decent camera, and an easy-to-use interface.
What to know: The OnePlus 3’s camera isn’t the best at taking photos in low-light conditions, and the phone doesn’t support expandable storage.
For the entire list, visit the original article on Time.com.