Holiday Top Tech Gift Guide

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It is time to TECH the halls! Technology is always hot this time of year, but choosing from all tech products out there can be a daunting task. The whole point of technology is to make life easier, right?

The latest and greatest tech are the things that offer great convenience, versatility and seamlessly integrate to our busy lives without hassle. The gifts that we want to give others AND ourselves this hectic time of year.

So I’ve partnered with some great brands to help you simplify life this holiday season.

Amazon Cloud Cam

The holidays are the most wonderful time of the year, but they can also be very a stressful time of year. We’re constantly running out to pick things up at the store, or traveling to friends’ and family,  but security is always an issue during the holidays. 

A lot of us set timers for our lights, electronic locks or other practices to deter intruders, but why not give yourself or someone you love an upgrade this year for some real peace of mind.

Amazon Cloud Cam is an intelligent indoor security camera that works with Alexa, who we LOVE to help make our lives easier. Literally you can just say “Alexa show me my front door,” and low and behold, Alexa will show you your front door. 

It is equipped with 1080p Full HD, and has night vision, two-way audio, 24/7 livestream, and detects motion—all for only $119.99, and when you buy two it’s less than $100 each. 

For me this is great because I am always traveling and it gives me comfort at the touch of the button and it’s a great gift for everyone on your list.

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Masterpass by MasterCard

If you want to make shipping easy this holiday season than you should listen up. The Masterpass by MasterCard is a digital payment so you can leave your wallet at home, your phone is your wallet now. The digital wallet makes shopping simple, secure and smart. 

Masterpass is easy-to-use and helps make checking off your holiday gift list fast, simple and secure so you save time when shopping online, in app or in store during the holidays and simplifies your shopping experience at hundreds of thousands of locations.

Let tech be your friend and spend less time in checkout lines and more time indulging in the holidays.

Dell Power Companion

And when you’re constantly on the go like me during the holidays, make sure your tech is fully charged for when you need it most! I love a multi-device charger like this Power Companion from Dell to help you stay connected for your last minute holiday shopping on your smartphone or laptop. It keeps your tech juiced up for working on the go and just having the peace of mind that wherever you are, your tech is good to go!

Happy holidays! 

This post was in partnership with MasterCard and Amazon

ZTE Axon M Dual Screen Foldable Smartphone

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Seeing double? Nope, that isn’t your eyes playing tricks on you! The new ZTE Axon M is a dual screen, foldable smartphone that enables you with the ability to multitask in multiple ways. 

 I'm always shuffling between all my emails, tweets, and IG notifications

 

The two HD screens combine, giving us a 6.75” display, making a small tablet for our use. This is could be double-trouble when it comes to binge-watching the new Netflix Originals, as you now can have a bigger screen to watch when out on the town!

Not ONLY can you watch the Netflix show on the ZTE Axon M, but you also can do a Mirror effect, flipping over the other side of the phone. This lets your friend sitting across from you, watch the show with you too!

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Mirror mirror on the wall, with this phone, we are the fairest of them all!

With a Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 3.0 allowing you to talk for 28.7 hours, a 20 MP camera with 4K video capability, and a headphone jack, you might need to have a double-take look at the ZTE Axon M this November, as you probably will find yourself LOVING it as much as I did!

Last week, I had the pleasure of being ZTE's virtual host and went to NYC for the big phone unveiling. I am into this phone. Would you get one? 



This post was made possible in collaboration with ZTE.

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ZTE Blade Z Max: Big battery, big screen, dual-lens cameras, and $130

Do you ever feel like you have to compromise buying a really great phone because you're not feeling the high price tag? Now, you don’t have to. I'm about to tell you why the ZTE Blade Z Max is the hottest new phone on the market.

And the best part? It’s only $130. Yep, One. Three. Zero.

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So let’s get straight into the specs, shall we?

The ZTE Blade Z Max runs on the latest version of Android 7.1 and comes with dual-lens rear cameras, because let’s be honest, one is just not enough. It’s equipped with a 16 megapixel lens with an additional 2 megapixel lens. That means you can take photos in a variety of ways. I’m no photographer, just an active IG’er. But I do love the portrait and monochrome mode. There’s even a fisheye option- no attachment lens needed!

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Entertainment never looked better, thanks to the 6-inch full HD screen. The fingerprint sensor is also on the back so there’s even more room for the edge-to-edge display.

So you’re probably wondering, how’s the battery life?

Blade Z Max is packing... a super-large and long-last battery and promises up to 31 hours of talk time. And yes, just in case you were wondering, I really talk on the phone that much.

You can also keep the phone on standby for 22 days and charge on-the-go with Qualcomm's quick charge capabilities while texting or streaming.

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One of my favorite features is the memory on this bad boy. While most phones are equipped with 16GB of memory, this phone comes with 32GB of internal memory, but is expandable up to 128 GB via a microSD card, so you can store all of your favorite photos, videos and songs and never miss a moment.

Obviously, this is not a big investment for all of its high-tech features. So is this my new favorite phone? Let’s break it down.

Here’s the good:

  • Unbeatable price ($130) that fits anyone’s budget

  • It’s super thin (one third of an inch), and the phone still fits perfectly in your palm and pocket

  • Dual-lens rear camera and great photo editing features

  • Long battery life: 31 hours of talk time in 1 charge

  • Bright, colorful 6-inch full-HD display

  • There is no annual contract or commitments, unlike other phones


Here’s the bad:

  • Performance can be slow

  • You're locked to MetroPCS

  • Picture quality is slightly pixelated

What’s the verdict?

The ZTE Blade Z Max for MetroPCS comes with some of the bells and whistles of the latest iPhone and Samsung, including a dual-lens camera, fingerprint sensor, beautiful 6-inch HD display and fast charge, for just $130. While it could use just a few tweaks on its performance (it’s not the Ferrari of phones), it’s a really smart phone for a really smart price.

So, Yay or Nay? YAY!

 

This post was made possible in collaboration with ZTE.

Photo: Jessi Casprowitz

Photo: Jessi Casprowitz

Behind the scenes! Special thanks to the incredible team at PRO Sports Communications for helping with this video. Watch the video: https://youtu.be/cQMy-o-LW98