The second installment of our 2013 Holiday Gift Guide is brought to you by Best Buy.
In the first entry into our 2013 Gift Guide, we walked you through a number of wonderful options that would spruce up your home theater. Because that is, in fact, where the most movies are consumed: in the home. Be it via DVD or Blu-ray, video-on-demand or other more nefarious means, most of you watch movies at home. Over the course of the past few years though, the landscape of movie consumption does appear to be shifting a bit. Thanks to the rise in quality, affordable mobile devices with high definition screens, many more movie lovers are taking it to the streets. Their movies, that is. So bring your wandering spirit along as we dive into the second part of our annual holiday gift guide: an exploration of the best gifts for your favorite on-the-go movie lover.
All of the items listed below can be found by clicking the image at the top of this article.
Samsung Galaxy S4 – A big, beautiful screen. That’s what it takes to get us to watch a movie on our phones. You won’t find anyone around the FSR offices who would pass up a theatrical engagement to watch something on a tiny LED screen, but in a pinch this Galaxy S4 display might do the trick. It’s especially useful for watching an entire Pixar movie while waiting in line at the DMV. Luckily, it’s also got decent enough battery life to help us watch a second movie, should we also have to go to the post office that day.
Fitbit Force – Fitness is something we don’t talk about enough. Perhaps because we’re too busy sitting around watching movies. But your health is important to us, dear readers. We want you to live a long, full life, if only so that we can all find out where Marvel’s superhero movie roadmap eventually leads. With the help of a gadget like the FitBit Force, you can get all kinds of information about your movement: steps, calories, minutes of activity. There’s even a silent, vibrating alarm that can be set for 1/3 of the way through any of The Hobbit movies, waking you back up after whatever long acapella interlude Peter Jackson has planned.
iPod Touch – The iPod Touch is perhaps the best entertainment device for little monsters. Not the kind that involve Fred Savage and Howie Mandel, but the real life little movie lovers that you’ve created against all odds (according to stereotypes of movie geeks). You might not want to hand them a several hundred dollar tablet, so get the kids an iPod Touch and download them a few movies. It shall bring peace to your realm (or your car rides).
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 – Perhaps the neatest thing about our choice in the “big tablet” category is the Galaxy Note 10.1′s ability to have separate user profiles. Different apps, different bookmarks and yes, a separate-but-equal selection of movies for each user in a household. Plus, as microSD card slot for additional storage. Because you never know when you’re going to need to store 10 more movies on your tablet, just in case of emergency. And by emergency, we obviously mean some sort of power outage. No one should be away from The Wolverine during a winter storm.
iPad Mini w/ Retina Display – As we’ve already asserted, screens matter when it comes to watching movies on the go. In the category of “smaller tablets,” there is no screen that can match that of the new iPad Mini. The Retina display is gorgeous, the iOS ecosystem provides a ton of great apps including Hulu, Amazon Instant, Netflix, iTunes Store and more, and the 10 hours of battery life is enough to keep the movies flowing on a flight from LA to Tokyo. Just in case you find yourself inside the plot of the third Fast and Furious movie.
Beats Studio Headphones – Lest we forget that a great visual presentation is only half of a great movie experience. There is also sound that matters. And if we’re honest, the speakers on a lot of these devices really isn’t going to do the trick. So quality headphones are in order. These Beats by Dr. Dre should do the trick. You can even get them in your favorite color, like Smurf blue.
Cinemin Swivel Portable Projector – Are you ready for something cool? How about a projector you can carry around in your pocket? Perhaps you’re headed to a party and you’d like to give attendees a preview of your end of the year movie mash-up trailer. All you need is this handy little device and a blank white wall and boom, you’ve got a little DLP-powered movie theater on the go.
Best Buy Cinema Now Download Card – Not all of these options are on the lower end of the price spectrum. And we understand if you’re reading this list, saying to yourself, “Gee, I might not love my favorite movie lover that much.” Problem solved. Get them a movie download gift card. There are iTunes Store cards, Netflix pre-paid cards, Hulu Plus prepaid cards. Plenty of options, including one from our sponsor: the Best Buy Cinema Now service, which has apps for iOS and Android.