Wednesday, September 30, 2020

IDG Contributor Network: Holiday gift buying guide for gadgets: Dark side or light side of the force?

You don’t know the power…of buying a gadget this holiday season. It can make or break your relationships, with friends at work, with family, or with Aunt Judy from Toledo. Often, it comes down to a decision between two powerful forces (er, devices). I’ve offered some guidance below to help you make the right decision and maybe even earn some extra points with loved ones.

1. Smartphone

Apple iPhone 6s vs. HTC One A9

It’s not exactly Darth Vader-like evil, but the iPhone 6s is the easiest, more alluring option. It’s the phone everyone wants; it rules the galaxy. Yet, the HTC One A9 actually has a slightly better camera (13 megapixels versus 12 for the iPhone 6s), longer battery life (12 hours versus 10 hours), and Dolby Audio for sound, which is something you can actually hear in a side-by-side comparison. It also happens to cost about $250 less than the iPhone 6s if you don’t get a contract. That’s extra money to buy a nice case and some gadget insurance. Or maybe tickets to Star Wars.

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