How to Stay Connected With Loved Ones Over the Holidays

How to Stay Connected With Loved Ones Over the Holidays
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This article is sponsored by Officeworks.

Social distancing and isolation have become common terms for us in 2020. More than ever, we’ve had to find new ways to stay connected to our loved ones, even the less tech-savvy amongst us, as the pandemic continues to wreak havoc. Fortunately, there are several fantastic devices that have made virtual catch-ups a norm we can get on board with, especially with the holiday season fast approaching.

Perhaps your close friends and family are in Australia but domestic border closures have kept them away since COVID-19 hit our shores. Or maybe they’re overseas and chances of seeing them are slim while the rest of the world struggles to fight the virus. Whatever your situation may be, one thing is clear: we can’t take our loved ones for granted, staying in touch with them has become absolutely essential.

With this in mind, Officeworks is helping Aussies use tech to keep in touch with those nearest and dearest to them with the holiday season just around the corner.

If you’re keen to get a taste of what’s on offer when it comes to staying connected, here’s a rundown of some devices that may tickle your fancy.

Samsung Galaxy A31 Unlocked Smartphone (128GB/Black)

Samsung Galaxy A31’s best quality is hands down its battery life and fast charging capability. Coupled with its sleek design and 48MP wide lens camera, it’s a solid option for staying connected on the go without worrying about poor quality visuals or your battery quickly dying off.

Buy here for $497.

Google Nest WiFi 3 Pack (1 Base and 2 Points)

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Forget using range extenders — Google Nest’s WiFi system will deliver strong and reliable WiFi across your home so you don’t have to deal with dropped calls and poor connection. This device, which comes with two WiFi points, can connect up to 200 devices at once and stream multiple 4K videos simultaneously. Here’s to saying goodbye to buffering.

Buy it here for $498.

HP x 360 CA0001TU 2-in-1 Chromebook 12″ (64GB)

This is a great, compact size device, that functions on a Chrome64 operating system. It has 8GB of RAM and 64GB of storage capacity including an 11-hour battery life that will make staying connected easy as. You can even control your laptop like a notebook thanks to a USI supported pen that comes included in the cost.

Buy it here for $697.

Google Nest Hub

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Stay up-to-date with the outside world with Google’s Nest Hub device. Along with watching videos and receiving visualised answers your questions, it can also be used for video calling your loved ones. Whatever you need, Google’s voice-activated assistant will most likely be able to help you out.

Buy it here for $128.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite WiFi 64GB Oxford Grey

With 13-hours of battery life and an S Pen included, the S6 Lite is a great tool for digital drawings and signing documents along with all of the other perks of having a tablet. Most importantly, the front-facing 5MP camera is perfect for video calls.

Buy it here for $488.

If you’re after a little something extra, visit Officeworks so they can help you purchase the right device for you at the best price.