The holiday rush is in full swing, and 2010 has provided some exceptional electronics for those hard-to-shop-for friends or family members. With so many other holiday hassles, the following list may help you check that last bit of holiday shopping off your list with a little more ease.
1) Smart Phones
The smart phone market has exploded this year, so most wireless providers now carry a large variety of models. Topping the list is the Apple iPhone 4, but Apple’s contract with AT&T eliminates that option for many consumers. HTC also offers some great phones such as the Droid Incredible and EVO 4G. Check with your cellular provider to see what options are available.
2) 3D Televisions
With the popularity of 3D movies rising in recent years, it is no surprise that the technology is now available for your living room. Sony, LG, and Samsung are among the manufacturers that now offer HDTVs with 3D capabilities. As is the case with any new wave of technology, prices for these TVs can be steep but vary from brand to brand and according to size. The Samsung UN55C8000 55-Inch 1080p 240 Hz 3D LED HDTV is among the most highly rated.
3) The iPad
Although the iPad is not the only ìtablet computer,î it sparked what is now a red-hot market and is still the top of the class. Apple sold 3 million iPads in 80 days after announcing the product in April of this year. The Apple iPad is something of a supergadget, combining your Netbook, e-reader, gaming device, photo frame, and iPod into one well-designed device.
4) HD Video Cameras
Youtube, Facebook, and comparable websites that feature video sharing have bolstered the demand for video cameras. In 2010, manufacturers have met the demand quite nicely. High-end models, such as the Cannon 7D or Canon Rebel T2i, offer outstanding video and photo quality. Other expensive handheld camcorders such as the Panasonic HDC-TM700 are highly reviewed for their HD video quality and include satisfactory, but unimpressive, still photo capabilities. Miniature models, such as the Flip UltraHD, are less expensive but still offer good video quality. These cameras are small enough to fit in your pocket and are great gifts for on-the-go people on your shopping list.
iPods are a great holiday gift, and Apple has reworked its 2010 lineup to provide fun options for anyone on your shopping list. The iPod Shuffle, the smallest and cheapest version of the mp3, again features buttons to improve usability. The 6th generation iPod Nano is smaller than in previous years and offers a touch screen and convenient clip feature but no longer includes video capabilities. The Shuffle and Nano are great if you’re shopping for music lovers who like to keep their mp3 out of the way. The Apple iPod Touch has been slimmed down and offers most of the features of the iPhone 4, including ìFaceTimeî (video chat) as long as wifi is available. If you’re shopping for a gadget lover, then the iPod touch is the way to go.
Diane Johnson graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in political science. When she’s not traveling she enjoys writing articles about adult education, technology and shopping.
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