Holiday Technology Guide For Any Techie

December 23, 2010
Written by Cindy Ferraino in
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Holiday gatherings for the techie family.

Long before the Halloween decorations came off the shelves and marked down to a deep discount, retailers began the ride on the Holiday bandwagon. Major stores like Target, Macy’s, and Bed, Bath, and Beyond decked their shelves and store windows in holiday regale.

Years ago, someone coined the sales pitch “Christmas in July” to catch shoppers in the buying mood while they were still wearing shorts and flip-flops but now it seems like any month gives us the opportunity to get a jump start on crossing off those must have gifts off your shopping list.

In keeping up the with the tradition of getting in the holiday shopping mood, has come up with some great ideas to top your 2010 Technology Guide for everyone on your shopping list.

Whether you are celebrating the 5th day of Hanukah gift, a Kwanzaa surprise or trying to find
the perfect Christmas gift, advances in technologies have made it easier for so many people to find gifts for any budget.

How about for the person that needs to come out of the stone ages and put that old camcorder or camera away, the perfect shot for them is a new gadget to spread more memories and magic. For a camcorder, the Canon VIXIA HF S21 Dual Flash Memory Camcorder is a great buy for both the newbie, and professional photographer without breaking the holiday spending budget. A favorite among the younger crowd is the Flip camcorders, which might include the Creative Labs Vado HD 720p Pocket Video. You can take pictures of your friends so quick and tuck it away without them even noticing.

altIf you are shopping for a camera, there are several to choose from to fit any personal style and budget. The Kodak Z950 boasts a larger viewing screen to scan photos quickly to your computer. The Samsung TL320 does not have all the features of the snazzy Kodak brand but has the capability for 10fps continuous shooting. The Panasonic Lumix FH20 versatile handy device is both a camera and video recorder.

If you have around $200 to spend, you can cross the camera hobbyist off your list. The Canon Powershot A3100 IS still reigns supreme when it comes to cameras. This easy-to-use camera lets you directly upload your videos on YouTube, it makes it easy to share vacation pictures on Facebook, or tweet a new profile picture on Twitter.

The Sony Cybershot W370 is the camera for people who like to take photos both in and outdoors. When it comes to camera shopping, be prepared to do a little game of “rock, paper and scissors” if you are deciding between the Canon and Sony brand. From novice to amateur photographers, these two powerhouse companies are making camera selections a little bit difficult. The camera showdown is definitely between Canon Powershot A3100 and Sony Cybershot W370. Early holiday reports show that the Powershot is taking a swift lead over Cybershot.

altIf you need to upgrade someone’s cell phone on your shopping list, here are the top rated phones for the 2010 holiday season to satisfy your entire gift giving needs. The LG Rhythm is the highest rated phone for less than the cost of most messaging phones. Competition between the Blackberry and the I-phone is steady. Both phones provide users with entertainment, messaging, and calling capabilities to delight nearly anybody. The Nokia E-71 boasts a nice wide screen for viewing pictures and online websites at the touch of a few buttons.

For the music lover on any shopping list, there is no shortage of gifts to choose from, whether it be jazz, punk, or classical music, the newly released I-Pod Touch is sure to be a favorite on that special someone’s list. If an Apple product is not for you, then look into the Sirius/XM radio receiver and you will never go back to terrestrial radio again.

It would not be a holiday without the presence of a gaming system poking out amongst the bevy of gifts. Video gamers are overwhelmed with a deluge of choices to fulfill any gift list. As always, Nintendo and Microsoft create products that are poised to capture the attention of techies with the latest in gaming technology. What will it be…a Wii or the new version of Xbox?

altGamers enjoy the interactive software that the Wii has to offer, from bowling, to the smack down action of the WWE wrestlers, this gaming system delights the gaming fantasies of everyone. On the other hand, the new Xbox 360 4GB Console with Kinect offers the same great Xbox gaming system but with a brand new twist. The console design allows users to ditch the remote system, and utilize the controllers for hours of gaming fun. With this new system, there will be no upending the couch pillows in search of the remote just the advantage of having more time to crush your beloved family member in a guitar faceoff.

Is your techie mother or friend fed up with feeling chained to their desk in front of an outdated computer, you might want to refresh their tired computer eyes with a new laptop. The best choice for a newbie laptop user is a toss-up between the Samsung Q430-11 and the HP EliteBook 8440p. Both computers have excellent pricing but offer different types of software to meet an individual’s user needs.

The Saaltmsung Q430-11 is a perfect computer for someone who wants mobility without the hassle of an over the top tech machine. The HP EliteBook 8440p, is a great system designed for the on-the go businessperson who wants to work both in and outside the office.

So if your sister, friend of your brother’s friend, or anyone else you might know, would rather curl up with the latest bestseller instead of going head-to-head on this year’s addition of RockBand, the perfect gift for this bookworm could be either the Kindle or the Nook. Both contain electronic libraries filled with so many choices that even Hemingway himself would nod in approval. The makers of the Kindle and the Nook are trying to grab the reader’s attention with new upgrades. The biggest difference between these two products is that the Nook includes Wi-Fi and 3G upgrades, while the Kindle comes without tax charges imposed by Barnes & Noble.


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