Smartphones to Die for: Check the Best

Offering a high-tech product can be expensive or risky, you can quickly fall behind the plate when you are not an expert. Here is a selection of accessible, original gadgets, some of which use the latest technology.

Amazon Echo Flex

The Amazon Echo Flex is a small cube that plugs directly into a socket, is very easily configured with the Alexa application and becomes a very powerful voice assistant, capable of controlling connected devices (lamp, socket, camera, thermostat, television, speakers) compatible. In you can find all options present now.

It is controlled by voice with relatively few errors, which is not always the case with this type of device. It is very useful for simple requests (to switch on, off, increase the sound, dim the light, etc.), or to obtain basic information such as the weather. For the rest, the answers can be fun, like any expensive voice assistant or not. On the other hand, given its small size, you should not expect to be able to play your music with sound of satisfactory quality; the Echo Flex is not made for this. It is however suitable for listening to a news radio for example.

Mi Led Smart Bulb from Xiaomi

For less than 20 euros, the Mi Led Smart Bulb from Xiaomi is a bulb that can be easily piloted with an application to download to a smartphone or by voice thanks to an Alexa-compatible voice assistant for example.

You can create a light atmosphere “romantic evening”, “date evening” or “sunrise”, or even configure the device itself. The result is convincing for an affordable price which allows you to equip several rooms without breaking the bank.

Honor Band

The Honor Band 5 is relatively discreet and comfortable, basic, but complete. This connected bracelet will constantly monitor your heart rate, control the quality of your sleep. It will also notify you when you receive a call or message on a smartphone. It also makes it possible to analyze many types of outdoor and indoor activities: running, cycling, free training, walking, swimming, elliptical trainer and rower … Waterproof up to 50 meters, it records the number of movements, speed, distance, intervals … enough to motivate yourself to start a sports activity after the excesses of the holidays.

Sony XB 12

The Sony XB 12 is a compact portable speaker, easy to transport with its removable, light strap (243 grams), autonomous up to 16 hours.

It does not fear water, allows to share the music stored on a smartphone. Despite its size the sound is balanced, but becomes a bit messy when pushed at full power. Not enough to ensure the musical atmosphere of your New Year’s Eve. It is available in six colors and has limited performance – which peace-loving parents will appreciate -, however, it compares to much more expensive products.

Connected patches so you don’t forget anything


The Tile Sticker is a gift that will change the lives of your dizzy friends. The idea is simple: stick a patch on a device that sounds thanks to an application that can be downloaded to a smartphone and thus allows you to find it.

The idea is not new, but Tile offers a range of devices of all shapes and sizes that can slip into a wallet, hang on a key ring, slip into a bag or even attach to the dog or cat collar! The range of some of these small gadgets can be up to 120 meters. And if you lose your phone, you can find it thanks to the patch.

A light diffuser to help you fall asleep

The Terraillon Dreamer is a small object; it will not clutter up your nightstand and it is supposed to immerse you in the arms of Morpheus quickly.

His thing: a light that reproduces that of the sunset from an orange turning yellow to an orange red. Having no particular problem falling asleep, I closed my eyes before the twenty minutes of this sleep program, but it is certain that the warm light produced provides a reassuring feeling. A cardiac coherence mode allows you to learn to control your breathing in order to regulate your stress.

Nokia 110

Formerly the number one brand for mobile phones, Nokia almost disappeared with the arrival of smartphones. It is revived with products inspired by these legendary models.

With the Nokia 110, a basic mobile but which can accommodate two SIM cards and has autonomy of eighteen days, the brand puts on nostalgia and it is not intended for crazy surfers (no 4G, no Wireless). You can still listen to music and the radio with this compact device with a robust look and also play Snake, one of the first games on mobile, or Tetris. These games, offered for some in trial version, are then sold between 0.99 and 1.99 euros.