Everyone has that friend who is a total Apple hater. “Why is there a small ‘i’ in front of everything?” “Why pay so much more for pretty design?” “Android rawwwwks.” “Windows is the OS of the future!” They just can’t keep their angry opinions to themselves, but we have a few gift ideas that might make them calm down while flying their Android or Windows flag — at least until the iPhone grande is announced next year …
When something coins itself as “Not Made for iPhone,” you just know the makers have the back of all Apple haters out there. The dock is made specific for the Android-based Kindle Fire and will simultaneously charge the tablet as it blares music from two 3-inch full-range stereo speakers. You can also twist the tablet holder in landscape mode and watch a movie straight from the dock with a boost of sound. A Micro USB connector is included for those who wanna hook up their Android or Windows Phone to the device as well.
If you’re not going to endorse the iPad, you must go with one of its strongest competitors: The Google Nexus 7. You can also opt to give the less expensive, 16GB version for $200 – but it’s Christmas time and you should go all out for your Apple hater this season. We only have great things to say about the Nexus 7 (despite the lack of a rear camera); it’s honestly the best Android tablet you can get out there today. Amazing processor, beautiful UI, competitive pricing, wonderful screen. For just 300 bucks, it’s nearly enough to turn an Apple Fanboy against himself.
Samsung Galaxy Camera, $500
Look at those stupid iPhone users and their laughable purple lens haze and pretentious sapphire crystal camera construction. Ain’t gonna find that in my Samsung Galaxy Camera! The latest from Samsung, it runs entirely on Android Jelly Bean. Not only can it take amazing photographs, the Galaxy Camera is also able to run apps just like any smartphone can. You can sync the camera up to your Dropbox and any picture taken will be backed up automatically, so no more worrying about losing your photos if the device ever crashes. But it won’t. What do you think this is, an Apple?
Android Squishable, $20-$40
There are a few soft toy choices if you want an Android mascot you can cuddle, but this is the squishiest of the bunch. The larger version of the two provides 15 inches of squeezable, fuzzy green robot, or you can opt for the smaller 7-inch squishable. It’s an ideal solution for Android lovers who need … actually, we’re not really sure who could need one of these.
HTC Windows Phone 8X (16GB), Starts at $200
Not all anti-Apple fanboys are Android lovers, so we have to give a little love to Windows with the HTC Windows Phone 8X, the latest smartphone to rock the brand new OS. Available in four fresh colors, the HTC 8X is outfitted with Beats Audio, a sick camera, and a rubberized back that will protect against most drops and scratches. If your gift recipient is due for an upgrade, you can score the 16GB HTC 8x for just $200. Otherwise, the smartphone will run you between $550 to $600, depending on whether you purchase it from T-Mobile, Verizon, or AT&T.
A real Android fanboy would rock this next Halloween … or maybe just next Saturday. According to the Amazon listing for this one-of-a-kind “comfortable and sanitary” suit, the costume is totally professional — don’t settle for amateur substitutes! The makers also suggest it would be good for children’s parties, but we think it’s ideal for the next Apple product announcement.
Bonus gift: A Window, Price varies
If you’re actually an Apple fanboy and reading this guide has gotten you up in arms, might we suggest getting one of these for the Microsoft fan in your life?
[Additional reporting by Simon Hill]