Christmas is coming and you know what that means; lots of fun tech toys to choose from! I got a chance to talk to an expert recently about the biggest tech gifts this season. Here are some of my thoughts on what’s out there.
Tablets. This gift is sure to get you a smile from the recipient and the good news is, there are a number to choose from. For Apple users, of course it’s all about the iPad. This is great option for someone looking for a larger screen (it’s about 10 inches) and for anyone who is used to using an iPhone or iPod Touch because they’ll be used to the interface. Samsung’s Galaxy Tab is probably my personal favourite right now. It’s a bit smaller than the iPad at 7 inches, which is a bit more ideal for a mobile device. It runs on Google’s Android software so there are a lot of apps available and it’s pretty easy to use. If you’re looking for something smaller, Dell is also out with its 5 inch Streak.
For the gamer in your life, this is a big year for motion gaming. Both Sony and Microsoft are getting into it with the PlayStation Move and Kinect for Xbox 360 respectively. And after all this time, Nintendo Wii continues to be a big seller. This season, Nintendo is celebrating its 25th anniversary with an all red edition of the Wii, packaged with the very popular (and one of my personal favourites) Super Mario Bros. Wii.
If you’re looking to spend a little less, there are always accessories. My absolute favourite this year: Charging mats. These are great because you simply lay your phone or MP3 player on the mat and it charges the battery without plugging the device in. It’s a great gift for someone who’s always searching for a charging cable.
If you’re in the market for a more expensive gift, like a new television, 3D TV is the latest thing. The good news is, the price has come down a bit. They now start around $1,500. With most models, the picture quality is great in both the 2D and 3D modes and they upconvert 2D to 3D pretty effectively. Just keep in mind, you’ll likely need some extras aside from the TV. An extra pair of 3D glasses can run about $250 and in order to watch 3D movies, you’ll need a 3D Blu-ray player. Now with all that said, I’m not completely sold on 3D TV yet mainly because of the extra costs involved and because I’m not yet convinced that it’s going to take off. So, if it’s not something you’re interested in, there are a number of great 2D TVs on the market.
So, those are just some options if you’re looking for a gift for the tech lover in your life. I’m interested in hearing some of your favourites! Leave your comments below.