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Give the Gift of Gadgets

Dec 20, 2013

By Greg Gazin - Apple Gazin’ - G4 Canada

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Gift GuideWhether you are high tech or not, people love to get the gift of gadgets. It seems like each new day brings a new gadget making the right choice harder and harder.  To help you out, here are a few gift ideas that are suitable for everyone.

For the Tablet Lover

If you like a full-sized tablet without the bulk, the new Apple iPad Air is 20% thinner, 28% lighter and with the new A7 chip and M7 motion coprocessor is more powerful than ever before. 

It still features a 9.7" high-definition Retina Display as before and also maintains the same respectable 10-hour battery life, but now packaged in a tablet that weighs only 1 pound. (1.05 lb. for the Wi-Fi + LTE model)

It can runs thousands of apps, but even better, Apple's productivity suite, iWork and creativity suite, iLife which include favourites like iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, Pages, Numbers, and Keynote are now free and have been redesigned to take advantage of iOS 7 and the faster 64-bit processing

iPad Air comes in Space Grey with Black, or Silver with White. It's available in Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + LTE models, with storage capacities up to 128GB.  Prices in Canada start at $519 from the Apple Store or your favourite Apple retailer.


Gift GuideFor the Gamer

If you're looking to please a gamer, Microsoft Xbox One is an advanced gaming console and an all-in-one entertainment system, built for gamers by gamers. It has an 8-core x86 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive that gives you plenty of storage for your games, apps, movies and tunes.

You can control your Xbox One through a remote, gaming controller and through gesture or voice commands via the all-new enhanced Kinect, even in a noisy room.

It's designed so that you don't need to switch from a game to an app to your favourite movie on its built-in Blu-ray player, but rather switch to them seamlessly and intelligently. You can now even split the screen and enjoy them side-by-side. It even has an HDMI pass-through to enable you to watch TV through it.

The gaming controller has been fine-tuned and includes 40 new technology innovations to improve the experience. It's now lighter, has a more realistic response and pairs automatically.

Xbox One retails for $499.99 and is available through the Microsoft Store or your favourite retailer.
Gift GuideFor the Shutterbug

For the shutterbug in your family, the Sony DSC-QX10 looks like a lens, but it's really a very unique camera. You simply attach it to your iPhone or smartphone or hold it in your hand. It doesn't even need any physical connection and voila thanks to one-touch NFC and built-in wireless streaming with Wi-Fi - you now have a 10x optical zoom camera that shoots HD videos and takes 18 MP photos. 

The DSC-QX 10 retails for $249.99  ($50 off at time of writing) and can be found at your favourite retailer like London Drugs.

Gift GuideFor the Music Lover

More than just another wireless speaker, iLoud by IK Multimedia is your own compact 2-way personal monitor. It boasts an output of 40W RMS, 2-3 times louder than comparable speakers of the same size and all done in a footprint the size of six stacked iPads.

It's designed primarily for musicians, but you don't need to be one to use it, iLoud features a universal audio interface with 1/4" jack allowing you to direct connect a guitar or dynamic microphone. And with a companion app like Amplitude or VocalLive (available separately) you can have your own personal PA system.  iLoud sells for $299.99 available directly from IK Multimedia , Amazon or Best Buy Canada.

Gift GuideFor Any Gadget Geek Who Experiences Winter

For the gadget geek who has everything, I'll bet they don't have one of these, a pair of LOGiiX ChatterMitts. These funky little mittens will actually allow you to "talk to the glove" - really!  They're Bluetooth enabled winter gloves, black with conductive silver threads sewn into the thumb and index finger so you can use them on touch screen surfaces. In addition, you can talk through your pinky finger as it has a built-in mic and listen through your thumb's speaker, while at the same time keeping your fingers cozy and your phone in your pocket. All the controls are on your right wrist, including your power and answer buttons, charging socket and LED indicator.

Gift GuideChatterMitts retail for $49.99 and are available in Small/Medium or Medium/Large, exclusively at London Drugs.

I would like to wish you and yours all the best for the holiday season!


Greg Gazin can be reached at  gadgetguy "at" telus "dot" net , , or on Twitter @GadgetGreg

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