BEST BIG TICKET GAD­GETS

Rod Ch­ester and Jen­nifer Dud­ley-Ni­chol­son hunt for the best big-ticket gad­gets to put un­der the Christ­mas tree

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FENIX 3 SAP­PHIRE IN ROSE GOLD GARMIN

Garmin has joined the rush to release hi-tech gad­getry in rose gold with this run­ning-friendly watch. The Fenix 3 Sap­phire of­fers a fash­ion­able look but it comes with a very large watch face that won’t suit ev­ery­one’s tastes or wrists. This is a true multi-sport GPS watch with nav­i­ga­tional func­tions and smart fea­tures suited to a range of sports, from trail run­ning to ski­ing.

$899 / GARMIN.COM.AU

HAR­MONY ELITE LOG­ITECH

If you live in a house where re­mote con­trols are too re­mote, the Log­itech Har­mony Elite kit can as­sist. It con­tains a hub, ex­tra re­ceiver, and con­troller with large touch­screen. To­gether they can con­trol up to 15 de­vices. Setup is easy — en­ter­ing a de­vice model into its An­droid or Ap­ple app pro­grams the con­trol’s but­tons — and you can add “ac­tiv­i­ties” such as “Watch a movie” that can dim smart lights, turn your TV on and pre­pare your Blu-ray player si­mul­ta­ne­ously. The kit turns phones con­nected to your wi-fi net­work into re­mote con­trols. It is a big ex­pense, how­ever, for con­ve­nience.

$550 / LOG­ITECH.COM

AL­PHA 7R II SONY

Sony’s sec­ond full-frame compact cam­era aimed at pros is a 42.4megapixel beast most would be happy to un­wrap this Christ­mas. The sec­ond A7R cam­era quick­ens its fo­cus to just 0.3 sec­ond thanks to hy­brid aut­o­fo­cus, adds a back­lit CMOS sen­sor for greater light sen­si­tiv­ity, ably cap­tures 4K video, and has five-axis im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion to re­duce mo­tion blur. Its body is largely un­changed, with a com­fort­able grip, elec­tronic viewfinder and tilt­ing screen, and its wi-fi trans­fer fea­ture is easy to use. On the down­side, given its high res­o­lu­tion it pauses for 0.7 sec­ond be­tween shots, only shoots five pho­tos per sec­ond, and it also lacks a touch­screen.

$4499 / SONY.COM.AU

NEXUS 6P GOOGLE

Google calls this its “most pre­mium” phone yet, and it’s no ex­ag­ger­a­tion. The Nexus 6P, made by Huawei, is far from a mid-range phone. It has an alu­minium body, a Quad HD screen with more pix­els than the lat­est Ap­ple iPhone (518ppi), a USB-C port and a pow­er­ful 2GHz octa-core chip to run its new An­droid Marsh­mal­low soft­ware. This phone in­tro­duces the Nexus Im­print finger­print scan­ner, which works re­li­ably and turns the phone on at the back, and its 12.3-megapixel rear cam­era leaps over its pre­de­ces­sor, thanks to an f2.0 aper­ture and larger pix­els for low­light per­for­mance.

$899-$1099 / PLAY.GOOGLE.COM

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