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A little something for everyone
Welcome to my 2012 Gift Guide. I've chosen my favorite hardware items that pair well with someone that already has a MacBook, iPad or iPhone which, let's face it, is almost everyone these days. But only a couple of items on my list are exclusively for Apple users, many are platform agnostic, so click through for a some tech-oriented gift ideas for the geek on your holiday shopping list. Click on "Next" button in the upper-right of the collage above to get started.
ScotteVest Sport Coat - $200
Even the most self-respecting geek has to go out once in a while. But the reason why we hate it is because we can't bring our iPad with us without looking like, well, a geek. That's where the ScotteVest Sport Coat comes in. Like the company's spiffy fleece jacket (which I reviewed in November), the SEV sport coat is a high-quality garment suitable for fine dining, the annual office holiday party or even a few pints at the neighborhood bar. What makes it amazing is its 23 pockets -- enough to store all your gadgets, including an iPad -- without tipping off your date or co-worker.
The well-concealed pockets are designed so that they don't pull and bulge, giving away your secret passion for portable devices. The SeV sport coat can easily carry your wallet, passport, sunglasses, iPhone and iPad without making you look like a robot. Plus it has a stylish, classic sport coat shape with traditional three-button tailoring. It only comes in black because, let's face it, black goes with everything.
While the fleece jacket is great for colder climates (like here in the northeast), the sport coat is dressier and more appropriate for a date or holiday dinner. If you're fortunate enough to live in the sun belt (or Vegas!), SeV makes a killer, pin-striped After Hours Shirt ($80) with eight concealed pockets perfect for stashing your iPhone while jumping from ZipCar to OpenTable. All garments should have pockets like this.
Cobra iRadar 200 radar detector - $159
Nobody likes getting speeding tickets, they're unnecessarily time-consuming and expensive moving violations cut into your discretionary income (and gadget budget). That's why the iRadar 200 from Cobra is an essential piece of kit for lead-footed driver. Instead of spending extra cash for features on a purpose-built device, Cobra offloads the expensive stuff (like color screens) to your iPhone, keeping the price low.
iRadar 200 detects radar and laser guns with 360-degree protection and city/highway modes. While it will operate without a smartphone, the companion iPhone app (available for free in the App Store) is what makes it shine. When paired via Bluetooth the iPhone app displays live radar and laser alerts information from other iRadar users and allows you to submit your own.
The iRadar app (also on Android) warns you of speed and red light cameras, known speed traps, and dangerous intersections from the verified AURA camera database. While iRadar lists for $159, Amazon is selling it for a wallet-friendly $76. Read more in the CNET Review.