We’ve told you about the top ten Christmas gifts 2012, and now we’re here to help with the best gadgets for Christmas. Do you have a friend or family member that likes to keep up-to-date with the latest gadgets and gizmos? This gift guide we’ve created will point you towards the ultimate Christmas 2012 gadgets, so you shouldn’t be short on hi-tech gift ideas this year.
The team at Give as you Live HQ have selected their top 10 picks, but there are plenty more over on Pinterest. Our pick of the best gadgets doesn’t come without cost, but our pin board includes some more affordable ones which would make very good stocking fillers!
The iPad 3 is undoubtedly one of the most wanted gadgets this Christmas. With iPads becoming more and more popular year on year, this would be the ultimate gift for anyone who loves gadgets. Charles Arthur reviewed the gadget on guardian.co.uk, saying: “The iPad 3 puts Apple a mile ahead of anything from Android Tablets.” Read the full review here.
The Sony PS Vita has been named gaming gadget of the year at T3’s gadget Awards. Techradar.com reviewed the product: “The PS Vita is the most powerful, dazzling and impressive handheld games console ever built.
“It packs not one but two quad-core processors, a sparkling 5-inch touchscreen OLED display, dual analogue stick controls and games that go way beyond what any other portable device is currently capable of.” Read the full review here.
The Sonos Play: 3 is a wireless speaker which is set up to be compatible with your Android, iPhone or iPad as the remote control. Here’s what expertreviews.co.uk thought of it: The Play:3 is a standalone player with integrated speakers, which looks like a smaller Sonos Play:5. As well as being £100 cheaper than its bigger brother, the Play:3’s smaller size also makes it a good choice for those parts of your house where you don’t have much room, such as a kitchen or bedroom.
The Dyson DC39 made it to the shortlist for the T3 home gadget award. My Mum always says that you can’t beat a Dyson vacuum cleaner, but don’t just take her word for it, here’s a review from t3.com: The Dyson DC39 is simply the best cylinder cleaner that we’ve seen so far. The smooth steering, easy emptying and trigger-based brush bar control make it child’s play to use, while the cleaning power is also excellent. Read the full review here.
The iPhone 5 is one of the most ‘in demand’ smart phones on the market. The genius Siri technology has innovatively transformed the iPhone. Here’s a user review from pcadvisor.co.uk: “Still the most easy phone to use on the market. Siri is awesome, it learns with you and can only improve. Incredibly quick and signal is much improved over the 4. Camera is amazingly easy to use and quick. The Apps just keep getting better all the time.”
Apple ipod Touch 5th Generation
The Apple iPod touch 5th generation was given the tech radar best in class award. Here’s a review from theverge.com: The thinnest iPod touch yet at .24-inches, the 5th generation model features the same 4-inch 1136×640 “Retina” display as the iPhone 5. Other notable additions are support for Siri and a vastly upgraded 5MP rear camera with HDR support and panorama mode.
The TomTom Via Live 120 has many features, it gives you voice control, and unlimited access to HD traffic and speed camera’s. In addition to that it also allows you to use it as a hands free kit for your mobile phone. It was given an overall user score of 4/5 on digitalversus.com, here’s the review: “The TomTom Via LIVE 120 GPS is the most feature-packed member of the new Via range, and includes the famous LIVE services that rely on an Internet connection. It’s less expensive than the more prestigious GO LIVE range, but shares many of the same features, making it excellent value for money.”
The Asus UX31 laptop was named computer of the year at T3’s gadget Awards. Here’s a review from notebookcheck.net: After the somewhat disappointing Acer Aspire S3, the Asus UX31 was a bit worrying at first. Fortunately for us, the 13.3-inch Zenbook performs admirably and was able to hit each spot that the Acer Ultrabook missed. Read the full review here.
The Parrot Zik headphones are one of the most popular pairs on the market. With 98% noise reduction and an easy to use touch control panel, you get the optimum listening experience. Here’s a review from Dailymail.co.uk: “Everything about these ZIKs oozes quality. The box itself wouldn’t look out of place in the Tate Modern. The headphones, although a bit on the heavy side, are works of art, too. They fit snugly around your ears, and reduce outside noise to a minimum. The clever thing about the ZIKs is that they are wireless – connecting via Bluetooth.” Read the full review here.
The Sony NEX-7 Camera has had lots of positive user reviews. Some comments include ‘a good all rounder’, ‘great camera, size, weight and features’ and ‘the three wheel set up is genius!’ Here’s a review from Stevehuffphoto.com: IT IS the most anticipated camera to come along to us camera and gear nuts… well, probably EVER and for so many reasons.” Read the full review here.