Christmas is right around the corner, and thankfully, you've learned your lessons from holidays past and started Christmas shopping early. Or not. If you're like us, you're probably still just counting those freshly withdrawn bills from your 13th month bonus.
Well, we've got news for you buddy: that ain't going to make you happy. Our advice: spend it. Get yourself something really nice, get your girlfriend that bag she's always wanted, and get your parents something other than a Christmas card.
To help you sort things out, we present you our annual gift guides! Dubbed "All The Things Bros Want 2014," we've hunted down all the things we'd pony up for without hesitation, organized according to the type of guy you are. So whether you're a PlayStation addict, a hardcore fan of retro Jordans, or the type of guy that checks Lookbook on a daily basis, we've got something for you. #GetClickingAndGetGifting
When it comes to gift-giving, you can't go wrong with a shiny new gizmo. Give it to a bro and, fo' sho', his eyes will light up like he just saw Marian Rivera's FHM 100 Sexiest Victory Party photos. Guaranteed!
And since we're already (and actually ending) 2014, the supply of gorgeous tech toys you can choose from has reached the "you-have-no-excuse-not-to" level. Such is the benefit of living in this era of octa-cores, 4G, 4K, and whatnot.
On the flipside, the sheer number of available choices can also give you a hard time, especially if your target is someone who knows his/her tech, so allow us to give you a geeky hand. See below, FHM-approved next-gen tech toys that can serve as the ultimate gift, even for tech freaks!
FOR THE "SLOW-BRO" SMARTPHONE HATERS
Video via LG Mobile Global
Item: LG G3
Smartphones have evolved from mere call-and-text tools to powerhouse devices that can do a whole damn lot. So, if you want to be more productive on-the-go, an octa-core phone, like the LG G3, will do you wonders. This bad boy has eight processor cores and up to 3GB of RAM which means it has speed and real multi-tasking prowess. Heck, it even uses laser tech!
Yours for: Starts at P31,990
Get it: LG stores and retailers around the metro
FOR THE "MY PC IS TOO CHUNKY" COMPLAINER
Video via ASUS North America
Item: ASUS VivoPC
Measuring just 190mm wide and 56.2mm thick, this baby is the Cherifer-deprived counterpart of humongous desktop rigs—a good thing when it comes to mobility and portability. It also has decent PC hardware—Intel Core i3 processor (depending on the model), up to 4GB of RAM, and Intel HD graphics for mainstream gaming—to help you get some digital shit done.
Yours for: P16,990
Get it: ASUS stores and retailers around the metro
FOR THE PICKY TABLET AFFICIONADO
Item: Sony Xperia Tablet Z2
Tablets—like smartphones—are now a dime-a-dozen; picking one that's really special can be tricky. To save you the hassle, we point you to the Sony Xperia Tablet Z2! Here's why it's special: It has hardcore specs (click here!), is super thin at just 6.4mm, and is waterproof and dust-proof!
Yours for: P33,190
Get it: Sony stores and retailers around the metro
FOR PROTECTING YOUR PRECIOUS IPHONE (AND LOADING IT WITH EXTRA JUICE)
Item: Otterbox Resurgence
With a frame made from tough polycarbonate, the Resurgence case protects your iPhone 5 or 5S like an overly-attached GF to her man. That's standard fare though; what really sets this case apart is its ability to charge the Apple-made smartphone with its built-in battery!
Yours for: P4,300
Get it: Power Mac Center and Beyond the Box
FOR THE ACTIVE GEEK
Video via GoProTutorials on YouTube
Item: GoPro Hero4 Black
The latest flagship of GoPro's ultra-durable portable video cameras, the Hero4 will shoot your most daring, jaw-dropping exploits in sweeter-than-HD 4K ultra-definition. It also has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity so you can make yabang of your manly exploits wirelessly and in a jiffy.
Yours for: P25,990
Get it: Check out GoPro Philippines' Facebook page for store locations
FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO BE DIFFERENT, AKA THE WINDOWS PHONE FANS
Item: Lumia 830
One of the most pimped-out Nokia phones out there, the Lumia 830 packs mobile hardware that can go toe-to-toe with its well-endowed rivals from other brands: 1.2GHz quad-core CPU, 1GB RAM, 5-inch HD display, and 4G connectivity, among others. It's also on Windows Phone, perfect for those already tired of the never-ending iOS-vs-Android brouhaha.
Yours for: P18,990
Get it: Abenson, Nokia Store, MemoExpress, and Wellcom
FOR YOUR WIRELESS SOUNDTRIP MOMENTS
Item: Rapoo A500
Give a big, fat middle finger to wires during your soundtrip sessions with the Rapoo A500 speaker. It has Bluetooth connectivity meaning it hooks up with your other gizmos—fr0m smartphones to laptops—wirelessly. Such a dirty whore versatility!
Yours for: P2,940
Get it: Rapoo retailers around the metro and EA Global Supply Chain Solutions Philippines, Inc.
FOR THE DIGITAL PACK RAT
Video via WD, a Western Digital Company
Item: WD My Cloud
This next-gen personal storage device comes with up to four freakin' TBs of storage and cloud computing capability, giving you the power to access your files from virtually anywhere you have online access (read: everywhere). Be warned: The WD My Cloud renders the "I forgot it at home" excuse absolutely useless if your boss knows you have this bad boy. #YouveBeenWarned
Yours for: P7,490 (2TB), P8,990 (3TB), P11,490 (4TB)
Get it: WD retailers around the metro and EA Global Supply Chain Solutions Philippines, Inc.
FOR A TRULY NEXT-GEN BOOB TUBE EXPERIENCE
Item: Samsung HU9000 UHD TV
One look and you'll know that the HU9000 UHD TV isn't your standard boob tube—the damn thing's curved! More than just a unique facade, Sammy says the curved screen allows viewers to enjoy better, more realistic picture depth. And have we mentioned it's also a 4K ultra-definition TV? So don't be surprised with its rather heavy SRP...
Yours for: Starts at P300,000 (55-inch)
Get it: Samsung stores and retailers around the metro
FOR THE PHABLET LOVER
Item: ASUS FonePad 7
We love the FonePad 7 not only because it provides squint-free mobile eye-candy, it's also a tablet that can make calls and texts! Sure, you'll look like a total dork if you use this to holler at your bros, but will you really care if you're in an emergency (e.g. your supposedly reliable phone went kaput)? Thought so.
Yours for: P8,995
Get it: ASUS stores and distributors around the metro
FOR THE BADASS GAMER
Item: Razer Naga Molten
Whip this baby out and see your envious fellow gamers look at it like it's the best thing ever. Game with its 17 fully-programmable buttons, laser sensor, and ergonomic design and crush their sorry asses in the virtual battlefield.
Yours for: P3,999
Get it: Authorized Razer retailers around the metro (click here for the list)
FOR BEATING NOMOPHOBIA
Battle nomophobia (fear of not having your mobile phone) with this one-of-a-kind powerbank. With 4,000mAh of power, it fully charges your smartphone with energy to spare. Plus, it can be juiced up using the power of the sun! See? One. Of. A. Kind.
Yours for: P1,999
Get it: S&R and Puregold supermarkets
FOR YOUR GROUPIES
Because groupies can be such a pain to do (literally!), here's the Z07-5 monopod. This anorexic tool for self-glorification making memories extends your reach by as much as three feet. The best part? This gizmo has Bluetooth connectivity to control your phone's shooter and spare yourself from the frustration of using a self-timer!
Yours for: P799