There are millions of ways to spend your hard earned cash this holiday season, so make sure it’s on a phenomenal item! Check out these 10 Cyber Monday technology must haves.
What’s great about it? This has a brilliant screen full of vibrant colors that brings to life newspapers, periodicals, and books! Not too mention it runs apps, games, videos, mail, music and surfs the web! It has all the features for those familiar with the iPhone, and has a 10 hour battery! David Pogue, in New York Times article Looking at the iPad From Two Angles, raves “The iPad played movies continuously from 7:30 a.m. to 7:53 p.m. — more than 12 hours. That’s four times as long as a typical laptop or portable DVD player.”
How Much? $499+
Info: Courtesy Apple, Macworld, NY Times
What’s great about it? The iPhone 4 not only functions as a super-slick smartphone, it also takes HD Video and allows video calling! Don’t forget that you can count on the sparkling colors and high resolution that Apple is famous for. You can surf the internet, play games, exchange email, take photo’s, and talk on the phone.
How Much? $199+
Info: Courtesy Apple, Macworld
Garmin Forerunner® 405CX (workout watch)
What’s great about it? This watch is GPS enabled and operates wirelessly, allowing you to share your information with other users, transfer your workout data to your computer, as well as records your heart rate, calories, pace, and distance of your exercise. This watch is a great tech gadget for those who enjoy working out. Compare to the Timex Ironman Global Trainer GPS Watch.
How much? $370
Info: Courtesy CNET, REI, & Garmin
Cinemin Swivel by WowWee
What’s great about it? This is an easy to use portable projector great for your iPod, iPhone, and compatible with other audio/video equipment. This would be great to share, on a larger scale, photos, videos, and presentations on a personal level (I’m thinking graduation).
How much? $299
Info: Courtesy WowWee & Brookstone
What’s great about it? This is an E-reader with full color spanning 7 inches of touch screen beauty. Nookcolor offers the flexibility of reading over 2 million titles, as well as magazine and newspapers in color available in seconds. Additionally you can enjoy music from online or your own MP3’s and your children will love the way stories come to life with nookkids.
How much? $249
Info: Courtesy PCMag & Barnes & Noble
What’s great about it? Just launched on November 4th, Kinect for the XBox 360 is Microsoft’s answer to the Nintendo Wii. It uses voice recognition, facial recognition, and full body sensing – a first in this grouping (Wii & Playstation Move). Additionally, there are several games already out that allow you to enjoy these cool features.
How Much? $150
Info: Courtesy Gizmodo & Microsoft
SONY RDP-XF100iP (iPod and iPhone Compatible Speakers)
What’s great about it? This device offers a speaker port for your iPod/iPhone, an excellent FM radio tuner, the convenience of battery or plug-in operation, touch sensor buttons, and an equalizer. You can liven up a room by simply docking your iPod/iPhone, or head outdoors and do the same. Your location of use is your choice!
How much? As low as $199, usually $250.
Info: Courtesy CNET & BestBuy
Apple iPod Nano 6th Generation
What’s great about it? Offers touch screen, FM radio tuner, pedometer, and can be accessorized. You can wear it almost anywhere, as it’s 42% lighter than previous models, and its screen can be rotated. For those looking for discreet music listening, this can also be a major charmer as it’s only 46% of the original size, and for others it can be transformed into a watch with a simple wristband that typically sell for $15.
How much? $150
Info: Courtesy Apple, CNET, & Gizmodo
HTC Droid Incredible
What’s great about it? It offers fast 3G service, has a speedy processor, and gorgeous screen. Phone also dubs as a camera, mp3 player, has 8GB of memory, and is packaged in a clever way. Open it – you will see! Be on the look for a rumored Droid Incredible HD.
How much? $250 with two-year contract
Info: Courtesy Verizon and HTC.
What is it? Sezmi
What’s great about it? It’s an alternative to satellite and cable to meet your personal TV viewing needs, offering TV, Movies, Web Videos and Podcasts, on demand. For those sick of the same TV service providers, Sezmi offers an interesting alternative limited to 2 options: Select and Select Plus in specific market areas. You’ll need high speed internet access as well.
How much? Device Cost – $150; Service cost per month – $4.99 and $19.99
Info: Courtesy Sezmi, Amazon, & BestBuy
Now that you’ve seen my list of top tech gifts for cyber monday, why don’t you offer some ideas of your own?