When it comes to the gadgets you buy for the holidays, the biggest question is “Where should I spend it?”
There are always a few good choices out there for every budget and budget-minded consumer.
We asked our friends at Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Roku and Microsoft, among others, what they recommend.
What’s your best gadget?
Apple iPad: If you want a tablet with all the essentials and a price point below $100, you should look no further than the Apple iPad Pro.
Apple has been building a stellar tablet line over the years, and this is the best one yet.
The iPad Pro features an 8-inch screen, a 2GHz quad-core processor, 32GB of storage, a 1.5GHz quad GPU, and an Apple Pencil stylus, and it has all the ports and features you’ll need to do all your work and video editing, including 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and a built-in microphone.
The tablet is also water and dust resistant, so you can use it anywhere.
For $200, you can get a 32GB iPad Pro and the latest version of iOS 11, as well as the latest software updates.
Amazon Kindle: The Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 (or 7.7″ if you want to be more specific) is a big deal for most users.
It features an 11.6-inch display, a Snapdragon 835 processor, 8GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage (expandable with microSD cards), 4G LTE, and wireless charging.
The Fire HD makes a great gift for the tech-savvy, and Amazon sells it for as low as $199.99.
Microsoft Xbox One: The Microsoft Xbox, the Xbox One S, and the Xbox Kinect are the best devices for gaming.
All three of them feature powerful graphics, great sound, and some pretty cool accessories like the Kinect-free Xbox 360 wireless controller.
They’re also great for streaming content over Wi-fi, as they can connect to streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime.
The Xbox One is available in two colors, blue and black.
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro: The Windows 10 Home is the fastest and most powerful version of Windows, and we can’t recommend it enough.
It’s also a great way to get the latest Windows 10 software, including Microsoft Edge, Cortana, and more.
If you’re a tech-enthusiast who likes the best of the latest PC software, the PC-only version of the operating system is a great deal.
You can buy a Windows 10 PC, get the newest version of Office, and even stream your favorite games and movies over the Internet from Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs.
Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+: Samsung has made some killer smartphones over the past few years, but they still have one of the best and most reliable hardware.
The Galaxy S9, S9+, and S9+ are great choices for all budget shoppers, and you can also pick up a Samsung Galaxy Note 8 for $150, which is pretty much the same device.
Amazon Fire TV Stick: Amazon also has a very nice Fire TV line, but it’s got a bit of a downside, which we’ll get to below.
If the Amazon FireTV Stick is your only choice, the Fire TV remote can be pretty annoying when you’re streaming content from a PC, and there’s a limited amount of apps that support the remote.
You might also want to consider the FireTV S7 and S7 Edge.
You’ll also find the Amazon Echo Dot as a nice way to keep your Alexa-powered smart home connected to the internet.
Roku: Roku has a solid lineup of sticks that can play all of your favorite TV shows, movies, and music, and they’re all compatible with Apple TV.
Roku is available as a $35 streaming device and as a Roku Chromecast stick.
Amazon Alexa: The Echo Dot is also a good choice if you’re looking for a more personalized voice assistant.
Amazon has partnered with the Echo to provide a number of voice-controlled devices, and these are great for a variety of tasks.
You may want to try the Echo Dot for voice-activated shopping, and if you don’t have an Echo, you’ll probably want to go with the Alexa Dot, which has Alexa as the default voice assistant and Amazon as your third-party app.
Apple TV: If there’s one gadget that you don�t need, but want to spend $100 or more on, it’s the Apple TV Stick.
It offers the best gaming experience out of any Apple TV you can buy, with the addition of a gaming controller and gamepad.
If that’s not enough, the Amazon Kindle is