Valentine’s gift guide: Gadgets under P3,500

When you want to go beyond the usual flowers and chocolates but don’t have enough budget to buy even the cheapest Android smartphone, this gift guide may be what you’re looking for.


Smart Bro Rocket Chic/Plug-It

The broadband dongle that delivers up to 12Mbps of Internet speed goodness just got a partner in the newly launched Rocket Chic. Both already come bundled with a Smart Bro prepaid SIM.

Globe Tattoo 4G SuperStick

This Internet stick gives those from the other side of the “globe” speeds of up to 7.2Mbps. Surf all you want, and share the connection with your smartphone and four other devices.

GE C1433

Can be summed up in a few words: affordable meets 14 megapixels; 3x optical zoom; image stabilization; panorama stitching; red-eye removal; and smile, blink, and face detection. If that description doesn’t make you sit up and take notice, I don’t know what will.

Agfa Photo Precisa 1430

This 14-megapixel shooter from Agfa Photo shares the same specs as the GE C1433. Its advantage over the GE point-and-shoot? It is — how shall we say this — more social-networking-friendly, as it has a one-click upload feature.

Philips SHQ 3017/98 Sports

The perfect match for the fitness buff. They are washable and sweat proof, and are even constructed with antimicrobial materials. The length of the headphones’ cable can also be customized so that using them with, say, a sports armband won’t be difficult.

Samsung Ch@t222

Got two SIM cards? This QWERTY messaging phone can access both at the same time. Now if there’s one thing you should know, it’s that anything that makes things easy gets two pogi points in our book.

Nokia Asha 200

This Symbian S40 phone has got all the basics and offers plenty of colors to choose from, dual-SIM support, and a QWERTY keypad to boot — all for an insanely bargain price.

Altec Lansing Octiv Mini M102

A space-saving iPhone or iPod speaker that sounds bigger than it looks. Download Altec’s Alarm Rock app, and it turns into a full-feature alarm clock. Another plus? There’s an auxiliary input so you can attach other audio devices to it.

Belkin N150

How does “802.11n performance of up to 150Mbps” sound to you? Sounds great for a router that sells for less than P2,000. What’s more, this space-efficient wireless router gives a 1,000-foot range, which should just be fine for a small house or apartment.

Buffalo 500GB Pocket Hard Drive

Give someone the gift of preserving precious moments—those photos taken during a wedding, those songs included in the mix tape you gave to your partner, those movies you downloaded from, er, those films that make the heart tingle.