Wave your geek flag this holiday season. There’s a never ending list of technology gifts to choose from every year and this year is no exception. This has been an Apple year for me but there are so many awesome tech gifts on the market at just about every price point. This means everyone on your list can end 2009 more tech happy and savvy than ever. Here are just a few ideas to consider:
1. Apple iPhone 3G or 3GS.
Reviews are good and the price is right starting at $99 for the 8GB 3G. It’s a phone, an iPod and a web device all at the same time and comes with earbuds that have a built in mouthpiece the size of a pinhole as well as a portable charger. I wonder, is Apple the new Tiffany? Hmm…..
2. Apple iPod Shuffle
This sweet little device is smaller than most keys, is available in 5 colors and polished stainless steel. It’s available with 2GB to 4GB of storage and holds between 500 and 1000 songs. This MP3 even talks to you! That’s right; since there is no screen to scroll through it talks you through playlists and tells you song titles. Most functions are operated from the easily accessible earbud cord. For those who like to get a bit of exercise, just clip it on and go. Starting at $59, the new iPod shuffle in a word…Nice!
3. Samsung Reclaim.
This great looking eco-friendly phone is made from 80% recyclable material. Get this… the phone costs less than $50 after rebate and $2 from the sale of each phone benefits the Nature Conservancy’s Adopt an Acre program! A sweet deal, with a contract of course. In this case, green IS the new green!
4. Amazon Kindle.
It’s 10.2 ounces, as thin as a pencil and is lightweight, is it a bird? is it a plane? No, it’s the Amazon Kindle. With the 3G wireless network, you can download books from anywhere to your Kindle anytime. Here’s the good part, in addition to having more than 300,000 books at your disposal in less than 60 seconds, no PC is required. What’s really nice is with the new text-to-speech feature, Kindle reads newspapers, magazines and blogs out loud to you! Now, I call that one hot reader!
5. The BlueLounge.
A neat way to charge over 1500 electronic devices. This tech valet has 12 built in adaptors allowing you to charge your cell phone, portable game console, iPod and Bluetooth headset simultaneously for about $129. It does all of this while looking really good.
6. Eton FR300 and Voicelink FR1000.
In the event of a power outage, you’ll want to have one of these little multi-tasking devices on hand. It’s way more than a radio and might be slightly under appreciated, that is until it’s needed. The Eton FR300 and 1000 are attractive multi-function emergency NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association) approved devices. They’re a hand-crank flashlight, emergency radio and cell phone charger all in one. They can be powered by a built-in rechargeable battery, hand-crank, AA batteries or an AC adaptor. The FR1000 steps it up with the addition of a siren, voice operated transmission and 121 privacy codes. They’re great for camping, fishing and even if you’re on safari. Check out the Red Cross models, prices start at about $30. Get someone started on an emergency preparedness kit this holiday season.
7. Microsoft Arc Mouse.
This is the mouse that folds in half. The Microsoft Arc Mouse is designed to be portable and convenient but sturdy and comfortable. This wireless mouse folds to 60% of its original size and has a 30 foot range. The folding motion turns it off/on and the transceiver snaps conveniently into the bottom. This mouse comes in a nice range of colors and will set you back only about $35. Nice for the price!
8. Nintendo Wii
Considered the ultimate gaming system by many, the Nintendo Wii has sparked a revolution. Priced at $199 starting Sunday, September 27, Wii has captured the interest of kids of all ages. With games like golf, tennis and the available Wii fit console which comes with personal avatar support (a personal trainer), people of all ages are flat out addicted. Yoga and aerobics are just two of the ways to get you up and moving physically and virtually. The system comes with a wireless remote which can detect movement in three dimensions. It can also receive messages and updates over the internet while in standby mode. Santa, we all want one of these!
9. iHome iHM77R rechargeable mini speakers.
I had to add these cute little speakers to the list. They’re rechargeable, deliver great sound and are perfect for laptops or on the go. At between $35-$40, these speakers snap together for super easy portability. A nice accessory to have on hand.
10. The Omron body fat monitor and scale.
A great gift for the health conscious and inspiration for those working on slimming down. After all of the holiday goodies, well..need I say more. This scale measures weight, body fat percentage and body mass index (BMI). It supports up to four personal profiles and works for people of nearly all heights and ages. What a great gift to add to a fitness goody bag along with a new pair of running shoes, a pedometer and a few healthy snacks.
11. USB Hubman
This tech guy lets you use up to 4 additional USB cords and is compatible with all USB devices. He likes to hang around wherever he’s needed. What a great guy!
12. The Toshiba Mini NB 205-N310
The small and sleek Toshiba Mini NB205-N310 has earned rave reviews by users. With an über impressive battery life of 9 hours this is one of the best rated netbooks on the market. For the record, this is the longest battery life recorded for a netbook so far. Not bad Toshiba! Now for the specs, this PC weighs 2.9lbs, has a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom N280 CPU, 1GB of RAM, and a 160GB 5400-rpm hard drive. In PC talk, that means it’s gutsy enough to handle most of your computing needs on the go and a few otherwise. The keyboard is comfy and user friendly. On top of being sleek, stylish and lightweight, it has a pass-through USB port allowing users to charge USB-powered devices while the computer is off. That is just downright sweet and all for around $399!
13. The Canon PowerShot SD 1200IS
The Canon PowerShot SD 1200IS weighs only 4.2 ounces and comes in 6 colors. Not only is it good-looking and lightweight, but this smart camera packs enough punch for the average amateur to snap great photos like the pros. Perfect for vacations and everyday photos alike, this is a buyer favorite. Specs include:
- 10.0-megapixel resolution captures enough detail for prints up to 13 x 19 inches
- 3x optical zoom; 2.5-inch PureColor LCD II screen
- DIGIC 4 Image Processor with evolved Face Detection Technology; Face Detection Self-timer
- Smart AUTO intelligently selects the proper settings
- Compatible with SD/SDHC, MMC/MMC Plus/HC MMC Plus (not included)
14. The Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS Receiver With Heart Rate Monitor
The Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS System is like having a personal trainer on your arm. This GPS receiver lets you record courses and compete against previous workouts. It’s great for athletes of all levels. The sensitive GPS tracks your every move and even works on tree-covered trails. The heart device helps you train efficiently by monitoring your heart rate, speed, distance, pace and calories burned. The heart rate monitor is wireless and the rechargeable internal lithium ion battery last up to 10 hours. The Forerunner is also submersible in up to one meter of water for up to 30 minutes. It might not be pretty, but this high-tech workout device works hard to help you do your physical best.
Whether you give or receive the gift of technology this holiday season…go ahead, wave your geek flag high and proud!