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Christmas miracle: Gadget discounts you can’t ignore

A series of recent price counts and discounts on online stores and their mobile apps has made some high-end gadgets more affordable

If you are always looking for great gadget deals, festivals are usually the best time to buy. That is because e-commerce platforms offer genuinely good deals and discounts during the festive season. This Christmas we scoured the depths of the world wide web to pick out some cool gadget deals, which include popular gadgets such as the iPhone 6 and Microsoft’s Xbox One console.

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Apple iPhone 6

39,770 on Flipkart app ( 52,000 before discount)

If you are planning to buy an Apple iPhone 6, but holding off due to the price, check out the recent price cut on iPhone 6 being offered by online sellers. Though a year old, the iPhone 6 is still a better bet than many Android flagships and isn’t truly inferior to the newer iPhone 6s. The phone’s well built with an aluminium exterior and would fit into most hands with ease. The 4.7-inch HD display looks sharp and vivid. It is powered by Apple’s own A8 dual-core processor and comes with 16GB of internal storage. It runs the latest iOS9 operating system that runs in the more expensive iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. The 8-megapixel camera doesn’t really sound very exciting on paper, but can deliver stunning picture quality even in low light.

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Microsoft Xbox One 500GB

27,990 on Amazon.in ( 34,990 before discount)

Microsoft’s Xbox One gaming console has always commanded a premium price tag. But for gamers, this is indeed a Christmas miracle. The ongoing deal on Amazon.in has made it affordable by another 7,000. Though seen as a console by many, it also works brilliantly as an all-in-one entertainment device for media playback and streaming. It supports voice and gesture control. One can play music, watch movies, chat with friends on Skype, and with other Xbox users on Xbox Live community. The console comes with 500GB of in-built storage, which means you get ample space for storing movies and installing games on it.

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Garmin Vivofit

6,500 on Flipkart.com ( 9,999 before discount)

Garmin’s Vivofit is a fairly reliable fitness wearable for someone trying to shed some weight. It counts steps, measures distance, monitors sleep and gives a rough estimate of calories burned while running or walking. In case swimming is part of your fitness regime, do not worry as it is water-proof too. It is easy to set up and has a display too where you can check out some of the readings right away. For tracking how you have fared over a week or after a month, you need to connect it to a phone over Bluetooth and download the free Garmin Connect app (Android and iOS). Its key highlight is the super long battery back-up, which lasts a year on a single charge and that gives it a clear edge over its closest rivals, like Xiaomi Mi band and Fitbit Flex.

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HP Deskjet 3635 printer

5,338 on Amazon.in ( 6,450 before discount)

HP’s Deskjet 3635 with its unconventional bowl shape and the blue finish is by far the most chic looking home printer we have come across. This is an all-round inkjet printer with a built-in copier and scanner. It is easy to use, makes little noise while taking printouts and each of the black, red, cyan and yellow cartridges cost 549. What makes it more tempting is the array of wireless options it offers, including the ePrint service which allows users to take colour print-outs by sending a mail on the printer’s email ID from anywhere in the world. The Wireless Direct feature lets you print directly from a smartphone. The good looks and reduced price gives it an advantage over other budget MFPs.

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Micromax Canvas LapTab

10,999 on Flipkart ( 14,999 before discount)

Micromax Canvas LapTab’s flexible convertible design makes it ideal for professionals on the move or students looking for a more portable alternative to a laptop. It is powered by Intel’s entry-level Atom processor, but is capable enough to handle movie playback, social networking, typing and basic gaming with ease. The LapTab’s compact shape and size makes it easy to lug around. The 11.6-inch display has a screen resolution 1280x800, which works well for this affordable computing device. It runs Windows 10 with a month’s free subscription of Office 365 productivity suite and of a few magazines for free from Magzter. It has 32GB of in-built storage, 64GB of external storage and gives six hours of battery back-up in one go. It’s a good option if you need a basic computing device for home or office.

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Intel Compute Stick

8,290 on Flipkart ( 9,998 before discount)

Intel’s pocket-sized portable computer, the Compute Stick, is a little bigger than a USB drive and weighs 100g. It can be connected to any HD display and that becomes your computer right away. It has the same configuration as some entry-level netbooks and tablets and is a good option for someone who has basic requirements and is looking for an affordable and more alterative to a netbook. All you have to carry is a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse and you can convert any monitor or TV screen at a hotel or office into a full-fledged PC. The Compute Stick runs Windows 8.1, has 32GB of internal storage and an HDMI port to connect it to any display (TV, monitor or projector).

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