If you didn’t get a chance to benefit from Black Friday savings and are in desperate need of some last minute gift inspiration, look no further. Here are some new releases and staple gadget favourites that won’t disappoint this Christmas.
Nook Simple Touch GlowLight eReader
A bright idea for book lovers this Xmas. E-readers are one way to give a gift that keeps on giving – buy a couple of books or a magazine subscription to go with it and watch your loved one’s face light up. Plus, the built-in reading light means no one else will be forced to stay awake until the end of a thrilling page-turner. It stores over a thousand ebooks, magazines and newspapers, is lighter than your average paperback, not much bigger than a passport and has a battery life of over a month, so perfect for a long holiday getaway. Priced at £109 or $139.
If your little one is hogging your iPad (if they haven’t already destroyed it), then you may want to get something a little cheaper and more cheerful for the blooming brainiac. The Kurio is a child-friendly tablet at a fun-size price with a drop-safe bumper so you won’t hold your breath every time you hear it crashing to the ground. It’s pre-loaded with lots of kiddie content, best-selling games, ebooks, educational stuff and parental controls, just in case. There are eight user profiles so the whole family can have a go and you can even set the usage time limits per user. Get it for just £200 on kurioworld.com.
Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7″ tablet
Starting from just £159, the Kindle Fire HD 7″ is great value for money and packs a punch on the functionality side, so it doesn’t feel like a poor relation of the iPad mini and other tablets. Great screen resolution, surprisingly powerful speakers and sufficient power to deal with high resolution films and games. This mighty machine is miles away from the ebook reader that Kindle has come to be known for and is a good all-purpose gadget with all the multimedia ability that you’ve come to expect from a good tablet.
HTC 8S smartphone
There’s nothing like a bit of colour to add some extra Christmas cheer. The HTC 8S comes in playful paint-box colours to match your mood or style, with a clean design and perfectly placed tile interface to complete the look. Powerful performance comes courtesy of a dual-core processor, it runs on new Windows 8, data is easily accessible on your free 7GB SkyDrive account and there’s superior battery life – all plus points for major media munchers. Available for £225 on htc.com.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 digital camera
Outdoor-friendly features like a built-in GPS function, water, shock, freeze and dust-proof casing, a compass, altimeter and barometer make this the number one vacation camera. The rugged build means it’s a teensy bit bigger than a lot of the compact digital cameras on the market but you can always use your smartphone in the city and take this hardy, high-definition hand-full on adventure trips and out-of-town weekends. Produces high definition photos with 12.1 megapixels, 4.6x optical zoom and an adjustable shutter with speeds from a fraction of a second for capturing tricky wildlife shots or active kids. Retails at approximately £174.00.