It is the same every single year; we get to November time and everybody talks about how the current year has flown by. In the case of 2012 is really has though, and for us, this can be attributed to all of the extremely exciting consumer electronics products which have been released a lot of which we have enjoyed hands-on time with or been there at launch. It is an amazing time we live in currently full of innovation and choice, so to celebrate this, we thought we’d put together a nice Christmas shopping guide for all of you folk’ thinking about buying your loved ones (or your secret Santa person) a shiny piece of technology or a nice thoughtful gadget. It is the time of giving, after all.
If you are looking to buy special Christmas gifts this year or something a bit expensive, we have done our darnest’ to make this guide as simple as possible by categorizing it in to sections. Without further ado then have a scroll down to discover the best tech to give to your loved one this year.
Must Have Smartphones
Everybody loves smartphones however for a lot of people, they are just so darn expensive to buy! This year, why not treat your loved one with something a little bit special and give the gift of on the go internet access.
Google Nexus 4
The Google Nexus 4 is the latest handset from Google to brand the Nexus insignia. A Nexus smartphone is released once a year and brings along with it a new release of Android, and this year, the Nexus 4 really is amazing. This premium smartphone features a build quality on par with the most expensive smartphones, an amazing 4.7-inch HD display, a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, and plenty of other appealing components. The best part? This handset starts from just £239 making it not only low-priced, but more powerful than a lot of other phones too. Hit up the official Nexus page.
Nokia Lumia 920
For those who are a bit daring or are a bit bored of all the Android handsets on the market, as well as what iOS offers, Windows Phone 8 is finally here it is significantly better to use than Windows Phone 7. Windows Phone 8 makes use of live re-sizable tiles to show bite-sized information to the end user, something which is so much better than what Android or iOS offers. The Lumia 920, which runs this software, is one of our favorite handsets of 2012; it features a beautiful polycarbonate body in a variety of eye catching colours, a dual-core processor, amazing camera, and a large 4.5-inch curved glass display. Visit Nokia.
Apple iPhone 5
Everybody will have heard of the iPhone 5 – this is Apple’s very latest smartphone released this year, and it brings with it a 4-inch display, dual-core processor and a design which has been marveled at by the technology press. The iPhone also boasts access to an amazing app ecosystem where you can find a high quality app for pretty much anything you like, and because of the iPhone’s popularity, there are a wealth of great accessories available for this handset meaning you could kill two birds with one stone. Prices start from £529. Go to Apple website.
Must Have Gadgets
Who doesn’t love gadgets? I think everybody does deep down no matter what their age, and they can make for fantastic stocking fillers and Christmas gifts. Here are some top picks:
This watch is a stylish Rolex-inspired divers watch in appearance, however deep down, it is a spy watch allowing you to record audio and visual footage without anybody suspecting a thing. It records video in 640 x 480 resolution and offers 2 hours of recording with in-built memory set at 2GB. The watch is fully rechargeable, too, and can be connected to a computer via USB to edit or view any data you may have indeed captured whilst under cover. At £89.99, this high quality watch from GettingPersonal.co.uk is a great stocking filler!
If your loved one has an iPhone then this gadget is a must! This is the world’s first smartphone interactive gun which works alongside the free app ‘Apptoyz Alien Attack’. To enjoy this gadget all one needs to do is slip their iPhone in to the guns holder, and it will utilize the accelerometer of your iPhone (iPhone 5 not supported) to immerse you within some alien killing fun. This gadgets works with your existing iPod Touch, too. At around £17.99 online, this gadget would make for a fantastic Christmas gift. Go to Apptoyz.
Remote controlled helicopters are one heck of a lot of fun, and when one adds the ability to control that helicopter with our smartphones, it quite literally becomes the perfect toy. The AppToyz AppCopter costs around £40 online (cheaper than that at a lot of places), and is uses your smartphone together with a free downloadable app to become the most intuitive RC Copter ever! Turn on tilt control for an extreme flight, as well as control speed and lift. This is a fantastic gift idea for anybody!
Must Have Software
Yeah yeah yeah, software isn’t what you would normally think of when somebody says Christmas gift, however for some people software could be perfect. Here is what we recommend:
Windows 8 Pro
For any loved one who already has a laptop computer or desktop computer a Windows 8 Pro upgrade could be an excellent choice of gift. Windows 8 is Microsoft’s very latest operating system enabled for both touch-screen and traditional mouse input, utilizing live tiles to display information with access to an ever growing app store. Windows 8 Pro will run on your loved ones existing hardware, no upgrade required (so long as it is not a relic of a machine). Windows 8 Pro costs just £24.99 as a download upgrade, and if you are unsure of compatibility, Microsoft will scan your machine to tell you if it is suitable.
Nuance Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12 / Dragon Dictation for Mac
Whether your loved one owns a Mac or PC Nuance has a voice recognition software pack for you. Dragon speech recognition software makes it easy peazy for anyone to use a computer. You talk, and it types. You can use your voice to create and edit documents or emails, launch applications, open files, control your mouse, and more. This software is extremely useful for students or perhaps somebody who is visually impaired. Whatever the case, NaturallySpeaking for PC costs £149.99 and for Mac £129.99, making it a good gift for the computer user out there.PS: Digging this story, news or review? Let us know! Comments open.
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