Top 10 techy toys for Christmas 2016

Struggling to find the perfect gift for the techy type in your life? Then look no further.  We’ve asked the people in the know, our AA Insurance technology suppliers, for their top pick of gifts this year. They’ve come up with the 2016 ultimate gift guide for those who love the latest and greatest in technological wonders.

So, here’s the list, in no particular order:

  • Heart rate and fitness accessories/tools - Fitbit Charge 2 and Apple Watch Series 2

  • Virtual reality headsets - Samsung Gear VR and PlayStation VR (PS VR)

  • Flying camera drone

  • Gaming - PlayStation Pro Console and PlayStation 4 1TB Slim Console

  • Mobile - iPhone 6s , 7 & 7 Plus – from 16GB to 256GB

  • Computing - iPad Pro 9.7" 

  • Video cameras - GoPro Hero4 and GoPro Hero5

  • Star Wars robot – the Sphero BB-8 Battle-worn Bundle with Force Band (wristband) and the Sphero BB-8 App Enabled Droid

  • Portable wireless speakers - Ultimate Ears UE Boom 2 and UE Mega Boom

  • Speed blender - Nutri Ninja

If you’ve been extra good this year and found one, or more, of these techy toys under your Christmas tree, it makes sense you’ll want to protect them. So here are a few tips:

  1. If you’re in the car then take valuables with you when you get out; don’t leave them in the glove box or under the seat. However, if you need to leave them then keep them in the boot where they can’t be seen – thieves are just as keen to get a new phone or camera for the holidays as you are.

  2. Don’t leave your new techy toys where they can fall or get wet (unless of course they’re waterproof). Our claims data shows that most damage to things like laptops and mobiles, is caused by impact and liquid.

  3. If Santa brings you a new phone, iPad or laptop then back up your data regularly, keep a copy offsite with online services like iCloud, Dropbox or Google Drive, and remember to run anti-virus software. This will help ensure you keep all those precious memories and important information safe.

  4. Make sure your valuables, including gaming consoles and stereos, cannot be seen from the outside of your home.

  5. Be careful when disposing of any tell-tale packaging for TVs, drones and any new purchases. Pack them down properly before putting them into the recycling.

  6. You may be proud of your new pressies, but if you’re going to post them on social media be mindful of your privacy settings as well as who knows you’re about to head away on holiday, leaving a house full of new gifts.

Update the Sum Insured figure of your contents policy to reflect your new gifts from Santa. Your insurer may also require you to specify some high value items, like expensive cameras. While they will still be insured if they’re lost, stolen or damaged, the amount of cover will be up to the event limit set by your insurer, unless they’re noted separately on your policy schedule.

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