Holiday Gift Guide 2011: Our 20 favorite tech gifts

Holiday Gift Guide 2011: Our 20 favorite tech gifts

Summary: What good is it to have the world's most seasoned line-up of product and IT experts if they can’t help you pick out holiday presents? With that in mind, we tapped our crack crew to help us help you find the year’s best tech gift ideas.

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  • Gloria Sin, The ToyBox: Why the N9? Forget the mass-released iPhone 4S: Impress your special someone by bringing a Nokia N9 to America this year, arguably the most coveted smartphone that won't be landing in a Best Buy near you. From the curved Gorilla glass display, built-in NFC chip, to the 8-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss lens, this MeeGo-running phone won't disappoint even the most discerning mobile geek.

    See: Nokia
    Price: Varies
    Gift Pick by: Gloria Sin, The ToyBox

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  • The Contour+ PoV camera is the perfect gadget for the outdoor enthusiast in your life. The Contour+ records beautiful, crisp Dion Hinchcliffe, Enterprise Web 2.0: 1080p HD video in ultra-wide angle from a tiny, rugged package. It's great for capturing those memorable moments on the trail. Mountable on handlebars, helmets, or just about anywhere else, it's packed with features like GPS, an iPhone app for controlling it, and HDMI-out. I've been using this for a couple of months for rock climbing, mountain biking, and other activities and have been truly impressed with the features and video quality.

    See: Contour
    Price: Varies
    Gift Pick by: Dion Hinchcliffe, Enterprise Web 2.0

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  • Denise Amrich, ZDNet Health: Way too many people aren't getting enough sleep, which can hurt everything from job effectiveness to happiness, to safety on the road. The new Zeo Sleep Manager Mobile Sleep Management System interfaces with your smartphone to help you learn more about your sleep stages, which helps you manage and improve your sleep habits in order to achieve better sleep.

    See: Zeo
    Price: $99
    Gift Pick by: Denise Amrich, ZDNet Health

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  • RE: Holiday Gift Guide 2011: Our 20 favorite tech gifts

    I love Razer products, but the Switchblade UI is a mistake. Sure it's shiny and nice to show off to folks, but when doing, you know, gaming, it's horrible. It acts as a touchpad, but nobody would use one for gaming. It has an LCD for information, but you can't spare to look at your keyboard while gaming. It has specially programmable hotkeys, but you can't reach them because your hand should most definitely be on a mouse.
    Aerowind
  • RE: Holiday Gift Guide 2011: Our 20 favorite tech gifts

    Too expensive thin laptops for Windows. You have to outsmart Apple, not catching up.
    Netteligent
  • RE: Holiday Gift Guide 2011: Our 20 favorite tech gifts

    No more netbook, please. Apple iPAD and tablets are much more fun and productive.
    Netteligent
  • RE: Holiday Gift Guide 2011: Our 20 favorite tech gifts

    WARNING: Avoid the Acer Aspire One! My workplace ordered over 100 of these and the quality control issues are rampant! Bad hard drives, shoddy keyboards, and even a few with bad displays (dead pixels/lines/color-issues). Couple that with Acer's WORST-in-the-industry customer support and I can't figure out why anyone would recommend these. Pick a different netbook! Try the Dell Mini, or get a tablet.
    wr230746
  • iPod? Really?!

    Come on... I own an iPhone 4 and an iPad2, so I can ask this question. Why, for $199, would you recommend the iPod as a means for escaping data charges? For that price, you are tethered to a wifi connection for data... why not get a Kindle for the same price and a much larger screen is you don't mind having to rely on wifi for your data connection? The iPod's screen is just too small to be a tablet competitor. The iPhone has the same small screen, but that's much more acceptable on a TRULY mobile device such as a smartphone... especially since the retina display makes viewing things on the smaller screen much more enjoyable than its counterparts of the same dimensions.
    vancevep
  • woaw...

    Dude, I'm jelaous if you can afford spending 1200 dollar on a Christmas gift. Really.
    patibulo
  • RE: Holiday Gift Guide 2011: Our 20 favorite tech gifts

    I disagree with your posting on the BB9900. My droid pro has a great keyboard and a much bigger screen.
    bmtman
  • RE: Holiday Gift Guide 2011: Our 20 favorite tech gifts

    Glad I'm not on your gift list, you are a cheap bugger.
    Wman
  • RE: Holiday Gift Guide 2011: Our 20 favorite tech gifts

    The pic on your Coolmax PS-228 PSU tester is of a LAN tester - very useful for testing ethernet cables, but not PSUs!
    robjthom
  • Meh...Here's REAL INNOVATION, folks....

    ...the Orange OPC, the musician's computer...suck on this, Apple.

    http://www.orangeopc.com/
    Feldwebel Wolfenstool
    • RE: Holiday Gift Guide 2011: Our 20 favorite tech gifts

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