Christmas Gifts

A Very Techie Holiday Gift Guide

You can’t avoid it any longer—it’s time to start thinking about holiday shopping. But this year, skip the traditional go-to gifts of sweaters and boxers, and instead impress your family and friends with cutting-edge gadgets and gear. From the latest and greatest smartphone to the best handheld gaming system, we reveal the hottest gifts of 2011.

Samsung GALAXY Note

Samsung has taken the smartphone to a whole new level with the GALAXY Note. Featuring a large and immersive screen, best-in-class mobile input ‘with a touchscreen and the advanced S Pen, a full suite of features including built in photo and video editing capabilities, this is must-have for your most discerning gift recipients.

Samsung Galaxy Note

Samsung LED 8000 Series TV

This incredible television is something everyone should experience: From its visually stunning LED HD picture to its Smart TV capabilities with a solid collection of apps including Facebook and Skype, it’s a must-have for anyone who’s a gadget lover.

Samsung LED 800 Series

Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch

The latest generation of the Barnes and Noble e-reader is faster, lighter, and thinner than its predecessor. And we haven’t even gotten to the best part: The new Nook has a two-month battery life (that’s an entire month more than the Kindle!). With its library of more than 2.5 million books, this is a dream come true for any book lover.

Barnes and Noble e-Reader

Casio Tryx Camera

There always seems to be a snazzy new handheld camera hitting the market—but this one rises way above the rest. The insanely flexible 12-megapixel Tryx can turn, twist, hang, and stand unassisted to get shots you never thought possible.

Casio Tryx Camera

Sony HD 3D Camcorder

Sony’s new camcorder isn’t the first to tout two lenses—but it is the first to have two imaging sensors and two processors. What does that mean? Unbelievably clear playback and the ability to seamlessly go from 3-D to 2-D HD and back.

Sony HD 3D Camcorder

Jawbone ERA Bluetooth Headset

Want to really impress him? This is the only headset on the market equipped with military-grade noise-cancelling technology to ensure the least amount of background noise possible during important phone calls. The design is really cool too.

Jawbone ERA Bluetooth Headset

Garmin GTU 10 GPS Tracker

This lighter-size tracker combines a Web-based tracking service with GPS technology so you can keep an eye on children, pets, or personal property. View the location of your tracker from your computer or, if you prefer, your mobile device. Perfect for the person who can’t get enough James Bond.

Garmin GTU 10 GPS Tracker

Livescribe Echo Smartpen (2GB)

Not only does this pen create digital backups of handwritten notes (when used with special paper), it also can record up to 400 hours of audio. Did we mention it has a camera too?

Livescribe

Nintendo 3DS

In the landscape of handheld gaming devices, the 3DS might not have the deepest selection of game titles. But what it lacks in selection it more than makes up for in its incredible, all encompassing 3-D experience (minus the glasses!). Once you play it, you’ll never put it down.

Nintendo 3ds

Nike Plus Sportswatch GPS (Powered by TomTom)

When Nike partnered with GPS powerhouse TomTom to create the Sportswatch GPS, we knew greatness would happen—and we weren’t disappointed. The watch tracks your time, distance, pace, and calories burned and seamlessly connects all this info with the NikePlus website to help you manage your running. Pretty slick.

Nike Plus Sportswatch GPS

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Christmas gadget guide to keep *everyone* happy this year

Christmas is fast approaching and for those who are worried about how to avoid the traditional family fall-outs and keep everyone from Nanny to  7-year old niece Millie entertained, Mio has put together a selection of the must have products to make Christmas this year less about the arguments, and more about the entertainment!

Mio Navman V505 TV

Not only will the Mio Navman V505 TV stop Santa getting lost this Christmas Eve, it also provides the perfect solution for those TV timing clashes – when mum and dad want to watch the Queen’s speech, and the kids want to chill  in front of whatever classic afternoon film makes the listings this year.

Boasting a wide-screen design and industry-leading navigation, as well as integrated Freeview TV, there is no denying this nifty little device has it all. If you are faced with travelling form house to house this year to keep the extended family happy, you are guaranteed the smoothest journey possible and some rest bite when you arrive at your destination. If you are spending the day catering for the 5000, pop the festive Christmas shows on in the kitchen – just put the turkey in the oven and put your feet up.

T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Tab

With T-Mobile cramming everything from unlimited texts, free music downloads and even free internet access into some of their mobile phone offerings – when it comes to keeping loved ones entertained this Christmas the best things really do come in small packages.

 The Samsung Galaxy Tab is perfectly handbag-sized with a 7” touchscreen which is ideal for watching films, viewing pictures, reading your favourite magazines and ebooks on Readers Hub and sharing documents. The Galaxy Tab has 16GB internal memory which allows seven hours of movie play-back time and comes with Adobe® Flash Player for a brilliant web browsing experience – ideal for those who want non-stop entertainment on the move. It also comes with BBC iPlayer, BBC News, Sky + and Sky News built in (over Wifi) so you can catch up with the latest news and your favourite programmes. The Samsung Galaxy Tab is supported by Android™ 2.2 and will feature the latest app from T-Mobile – the T-Mobile Night In app – making it easier for customers to rent 5 things from Blockbusters for £5.

Logitech Harmony 300i

Be in control of all your home entertainment devices this Christmas with this universal remote. Controlling up to four devices at any one time, you can flick on your TV, DVD, Sky+ and hi-fi at the touch of a button and hold the key to all the Christmas day entertainment at your fingertips.

Cinematic Magic for Everyone

With the festive season fast approaching the Blu-ray Disc Association has compiled a list of what are expected to be the hottest titles this Christmas.

Whether you’re looking for something to entertain him, her, or all the family, Blu-ray movies are the ideal stocking filler and perfect for home entertainment over the festive period. Check out what is going to be topping the sales charts this year. 

For Him

Inception (Warner), The Karate Kid (Sony), Back to the Future Trilogy (Universal), The Expendables (Lionsgate), Salt (Sony)

For Her

Sex and the City 2 (Warner),  Dirty Dancing (Lionsgate), Moulin Rouge (20th Century Fox), Downton Abbey (Universal),  It’s a Wonderful Life (Universal)

For the Family

Toy Story 3 (Disney), Avatar (20th Century Fox), Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (Sony), A Christmas Carol (Disney), Beauty and the Beast (Disney)

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