It’s no secret that technology moves faster than most of us can afford to keep up with. But, every now and then, new apps, software, and techy widgets come to market and become incredibly popular because of how they revolutionize our worlds, make life more enjoyable, and enhance our everyday experiences. When it comes to what’s available on Amazon, consumers are rarely let down, but how much of what Amazon offers will truly change or improve your lifestyle?
You might be surprised to learn that in 2018, Amazon is bringing some truly progressive items to its Prime members and other end-users. Let’s take a look at the top five gadgets, gizmos, and doodads that could make life more engaging, more entertaining, healthier, and just plain better.
The All-New 2018 Amazon Echo
Out of 7 verified customer reviews, this model received 5 stars on 86% and 4 stars on 14% – with no lower reviews.
Built to deliver the ever-popular voice of Alexa, the Amazon Echo is taking over the home automation and information delivery market, stomping out Siri and Google in its wake. This entirely hands-free speaker is now equipped with Bluetooth connectivity, and allows you to control music from iHeartRadio, Pandora, TuneIn, Spotify, and iTunes, giving it a leading edge over Siri and Apple once again.
The newest Amazon Echo is also wireless, making it easy to move from room to room, and a lot less unsightly without any wires or cables. You control Echo with your voice, and it can do anything from dim the lights and turn up the tunes to order a fresh, hot pizza and give you the time, date, weather updates, and much more. Coming in at just $100, the newest Echo has a price advantage over its counterparts. Stay connected to the cloud via Wi-Fi and enjoy ease of access to any data, files, apps, and software with the additional aid of a robot who understands your commands 24/7/365. The Echo is an outstanding voice control speaker device, and its new wireless access to Alexa makes it a white-hot option for spring, 2018.
The 2018 TrackR Pixel Bluetooth Tracking Device
What if we told you that you would never lose your keys or wallet again, and it would only cost you $25 on Amazon? Well, that’s exactly what TrackR Pixel Bluetooth Tracking Device offers, which to many scatterbrains translates to a whole new meaning of the phrase “peace of mind.” But how does the TrackR Pixel track your devices, wallet, purse, keys, and more? It’s actually quite simple. Using Bluetooth technology and LED lights, the TrackR works through your smartphone device. Simply place the small TrackR devices on your keychain, inside your wallet or purse, and on anything else you misplace all the time. The TrackR app on your phone then tracks where each item is at all times, and allows you to see them within the phone app, available on iTunes and from the Google Store.
The 2017 Roku Streaming Stick
If you have recently purchased a great television that didn’t come with all the modern streaming bells and whistles, or if you have an older TV you just don’t want to replace yet, consider the 2017 Roku Streaming Stick. The lightning fast connection, user-friendly interface, and availability of Amazon Prime, Netflix, Hulu, Voodoo, Google Play, and a wide variety of lesser-known streaming platforms means you will have all things streaming right at your fingertips.
The super-simple remote offers even further ease of use, and the Roku system is entirely addictive, which will make you want one in every room. But, at just $40 from Amazon with free shipping for Prime users, the Roku Streaming Stick and remote make it totally realistic to buy more than once. If you are ready to cut the cable, this is one streaming system that truly allows you to do that, with low-cost subscriptions to Showtime, HBO, and even YouTube Red. You’ll love the reliable play-back and limitless capability to entertain at a terrific price.
The 2018 Fitbit Alta Fitness Tracker
The newest member of the Fitbit family is already a 2018 bestseller with good reason. With the ability to track everything from your workouts to how well you’re sleeping each night, the 2018 Fitbit Alta is head and shoulders above competitors in its class. The Alta brings you tremendous range and great data analysis, too. Track how well your diet is going, get your resting and active heart rate, and see how many stairs you’ve climbed in a set number of minutes. The Alta monitors your sleep each night and gives you easy-to-understand information about how well you rested via text message. And, when you download the Fitbit app on your phone, you can see how many calories you’ve burned this week compared to last week, track how well you’re doing at a glance, or compare and contrast data about your workouts by reviewing your Fitbit profile.
Rated at four out of five stars by more than 10,500 shoppers on Amazon, the Fitbit Alta is the clear choice for those who are serious about keeping up with their fitness and meeting health goals. Looking for an extra-small wristband? No problem—the Alta comes in a wide variety of extra-small and extra-large sizes, all available for Prime users at less than $130. Start working out and getting clear, concise data about how well you’re doing right from your wrist, anytime, day or night.
The All-New 2018 Amazon Fire HD Tablet
We saved the best for last. If you’ve been looking for a tablet that simplifies your life and brings everything you need to one screen, the latest generation Amazon Fire 10 is ideal. Available with 32–64 gigabytes of memory, the Fire offers a brilliant display, 2 GB of RAM, 10 hours of battery life, and a 1.8 GHZ quad-core processors. As the largest display (1920 x 1200) yet to hit the market, the 2018 Amazon Fire is ultra-fast, vivid, and easy to use. Available with Alexa, you can ask your Fire to do literally anything, from tell you how many stars are in the sky to what the weather will be like 11 days and nine hours from right now.
Alexa also makes completely hands-free operation possible—pause or stop a video, show the most recent article in the New York Times by Thomas Friedman, show the most recent sports scores, check the stock market, and view streaming content from Amazon Prime, all with voice commands. You can increase the Fire’s internal storage by as much as 256 gigabytes using a MicroSD card. Watch your favorite cat videos on YouTube, read Moby Dick, play games online, and listen to your favorite songs in Dolby digital audio. With a display of more than two million pixels, the Fire is every bit as crisp as its iPad Retina counterpart, plus Alexa is a little… less snarky and more informative than Siri.
At a price of $149.99 from Amazon with free shipping for Prime members, the latest Fire is a stunning $280 cheaper than the latest generation 10-inch iPad. And, unlike the iPad, Fire gives you unlimited access to Amazon features, including FreeTime, ASAP, X-Ray, Blue Shade, and millions of TV shows and books at no added cost. Keep up with social media and all the latest streaming content for a fraction of the price, or add Showtime, HBO, YouTube Red, and hundreds of other apps and software for a totally unbeatable price and the best delivery system—Amazon Prime and Amazon Web Services. Bam—this is the best of Amazon in 2018.
From boilable digital clocks for Gordon Ramsey-style cooking to state-of-the-art goggles that virtually alter reality, there’s a mountain of tech gadgets being released by Amazon and its sellers in 2018. Depending on what your budget is and what your tastes are, there is something on Amazon for absolutely everyone at any age. Surprisingly, some of the bestsellers are less than $60, but if you want to spend more, you’ll find exceptional deals at any price point from Amazon this year. And, with the help of Prime membership, you can have anything from a pair of cross trainers to a racing drone delivered to your house in less than 48 hours. Shop Amazon Devices from your smartphone, tablet, Surface, or MacBook now to find the best tech deals of the day