The holiday season can be a stressful time when it comes to choosing the right gift.  For many parents of college students, choosing the right tech gift can be intimidating, especially when there are so many to choose from!

At CampusConnect, we pride ourselves on staying ahead of student technology trends and have developed our “Top Five” list of the top technology-based gifts that any college student would love to receive this holiday! Our top five tech gifts for December 2014 are:

1. iPhone 6

Image courtesy of Apple.com

Image courtesy of Apple.com

Whether you choose the 6 or 6 Plus, the iPhone 6 is at the TOP of every student’s list this holiday!  Built with an even more robust processor, camera and screen, the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus will provide your student with endless opportunities for socializing, entertainment, education and more!

Features:

  • 4.7″ or 5.5″ screen options
  • 1334×750 or 1980×1080 Retina HD Display
  • 64-bit architecture, A8 chip, M8 motion coprocessor
  • 8MP iSight camera w/ Focux Pixels technology

Fun fact: *Over 45% of CampusConnect student residents own one or more Apple products

 

2. LiveScribe 3 Smartpen

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Image courtesy of LiveScribe.com

The LiveScribe 3 is the perfect gift for your student this holiday season!  Combining traditional methods and today’s technology, the LiveScribe 3 pairs with your iPhone or iPad to transform any written notes or drawings into a digital format.  It also captures audio to provide you with a complete, 360° learning experience!

Fun fact: *Recent studies show that handwritten note taking is the most effective method for learning and processing information.

 

3. Pebble Steel

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Image courtesy of GetPebble.com

2014 was the year of wearable technology, and the Pebble Steel is the higest-rated and most versatile smartwatch on the market!  Compatible with both Android & iOS, the Pebble Steel provides active tech users with the ability to monitor various work, social, health and entertainment activities without ever having to check their phones!

Features:

*Android & iOS compatible
*24/7 active screen, visible in daytime & nighttime
*5ATM water resistance
*Multiple notification settings for all occaions
*Background fitness tracking
*Hundreds of applications to meet every walk of life

 

4. Ringly

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Image courtesy of Ringly.com

Designed with an 18K matte gold 3 micron plated setting and precious/ semi-precious stones, Ringly combines high fashion with everyday technology!

Ringly connects with your iOS or Android device to alert you on the phone calls, emails, social media notifications and messages that matter most!  With custom light and vibration alerts, Ringly allows you to stay informed while keeping your phone at ease.

Fun fact: *Did you know that Millenials check their phone 43x per day on average?

 

5. GoPro – HERO4 Silver

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Image courtesy of GoPro.com

The GoPro – HERO4 Silver integrates professional photography & film technology to capture and share your most extreme moments!

Features:

*1080p60 and 720p120 video

*12MP photos up to 30 frames per second

*Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth®, and Protune™ for photos and video

*Waterproof to 131’ (40m)

 

Fun fact: As we all know, #selfies and photo-sharing are extremely popular amongst the millennial generation.  *Around 77% of college students use the photo-sharing app SnapChat at least 1x per day! In addition, about 41% of Instagram users are between ages 16-24!

 

Additional Resources:

  • http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/next/body/taking-notes-by-hand-could-improve-memory-wt/
  • http://techcrunch.com/2014/02/25/how-could-snapchat-make-money-college-kids/
  • http://allfacebook.com/infographic-globalwebindex-instagram_b134789
  • http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/234531