Top 10 tech gift ideas for Christmas

Everybody loves gadgets as they makes our living experience better and comfortable and there is nothing better than to gift a tech gadget this Christmas. This year Microsoft, Apple and many other companies released some amazing and spectacular products like Kinect, iPad etc. and some of them make a rather choice as gifts for this year. Here is our list of top 10 picks of tech gifts for Christmas.

1. Samsung Galaxy Tab: When it came in my mind to make a list of top 10 tech products, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab is the first name on my tounge. The Samsung Galaxy Tab is an Android-based compact tablet computer debuted on the 2nd of September at the 2010 IFA in Berlin. It features a 7-inch (180 mm) TFT-LCD touchscreen, Wi-Fi capability, a 1.0 GHz ARM Cortex-A8 (“Hummingbird”) processor, and the Swype input system. It is equipped with a 3.2 MP rear-facing camera and a 1.3 MP front facing camera for video calls. The Galaxy Tab have Android 2.2 (Froyo). At the price of $629.99 bundled with all major telecom service providers, Galaxy Tab is available all around the world.

2. Apple iPad: No introduction is required for this revolutionary product by Apple, the Apple iPad have 1Ghz custom designed Apple A4 processor, 9.7 inches (25 cm) multitouch display at a resolution of 1024 × 768 pixels with LED backlighting and a fingerprint and scratch resistant coating, flash memory of different sizes and all the Apple high quality specs in it. You can use it as a platform for audio and visual media such as books, periodicals, movies, music, games, web content and as well as for Business purpose also.

3. Microsoft Kinect for Xbox 360: The true innovation in the field of technology after so many years, Kinect is a revolutionary product which have started the era of NUI i.e. Natural User Interface. Kinect (originally known by the code name Project Natal), is a “controller-free gaming and entertainment experience” by Microsoft for the Xbox 360 video game platform. Microsoft sold 2.5 million units of Kinect within a month of its launch. Kinect device is easily useable with old Xbox 360 consoles also.

4. Barnes & Noble Nook color: It is a 7-inch tablet cum ebook reader with full-color multitouch touchscreen input. The device is designed for full-color viewing of books, newspapers, magazines, and children picture books. It was announced on October 26, 2010 and shipped on November 16, 2010. The Nook Color has a 1024×600 resolution multi touch touchscreen LCD display as its only input, It has a customizable display with color options, six font sizes, and internet browsing over Wi-Fi, as well as a built-in media player that supports audio and video. The Nook Color allows for the installation of applications approved by Barnes and Noble, with the company planning to provide tools for third-party software developers. Applications pre-loaded on the Nook Color include Chess, Sudoku, crossword puzzles, Pandora Radio, and a media gallery for viewing pictures and video. It costs $249 with shipping free in the US.

5. Apple iPhone 4: Do I need to tell about this device? It is one of the best smartphone  currentlyavailable on planet Earth. It has an 1Ghz Apple A4 processor and 512 MB of eDRAM, 3.5-inch (89 mm) LED backlit liquid crystal display with a 960×640 pixel resolution called as the “Retina Display”, a front-facing VGA camera for video calling and an 5 megapixel rear-facing camera integrated with an LED flash.

6. Apple iPod Touch: Apple unveiled the 4th generation iPod Touch on September 1, 2010. It features Apple’s Retina display and two cameras; one front-facing camera for FaceTime, photos and HD video recording and one rear-facing camera for photos and HD video recording. It also contains Apple’s A4 for faster processing, a microphone for communication and voice memos and a three-axis gyroscopic sensor which enables the device to recognize approximately how far, fast, and in which direction it has moved in space. The device originally shipped with iOS 4.1, which added Game Center to iOS along with the ability to use FaceTime through Wi-Fi.

7. Dell Venue Pro WP7: Dell Venue Pro gives you Windows Phone 7 experience with a 4.1-inch sliding touch display and full QWERTY keyboard. Features include:

* The stunning 4.1-inch WVGA AMOLED capacitive, multitouch display enables easier navigation.
* With Office Mobile built in, you can operate on-the-go as seamlessly as you would at the office.
* Take your gaming experience on the road with the phone that lets you play games on Xbox LIVE.

Dell Venue Pro also has a magnificent 5 MP camera, WLAN802.11b/g, Bluetooth 2.1 EDR, USB 2.0 HS, G-sensor, e-compass, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, FM radio, GPS and micro USB I/O. It is the best rated Windows Phone 7 available in the market.

 

8. Apple MacBook Air: On October 20, 2010, Apple released a redesigned 13.3″ model, with a new lighter enclosure, higher resolution screen, higher capacity battery and an SSD instead of a hard drive. In addition, an 11.6″ model was released for the first time, offering reduced cost, weight, battery life, and performance relative to the 13.3″ model, but better performance than typical netbooks. It have low-voltage Core 2 Duo Penryn chip with 6 MB of cache, 2GB main memory, various storage memory options depending upon the model available.

9. Nokia N8: Nokia N8 is a Symbian^3 smartphone from the Nokia Nseries. Its featuring Carl Zeiss optics and xenon flash having 12 megapixel camera sensor size of 1/1.83?. The N8 display features a 3.5-inch (89 mm) 360 x 640 pixel color touchscreen, and is the first Nokia smartphone to run on the Symbian^3 operating system with single-tap interaction, featuring the addition of multiple home screens, customization abilities, and multi-touch capabilities with gesture support. Among its connectivity features are HDMI out, USB On-The-Go and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n support; the N8 is also the first device to feature a Pentaband 3.5G radio. The Nokia N8 smartphone was made available at the official Nokia Online Store on September 23, 2010 and was released in select markets on October 1, 2010. It have a 680 MHz ARM11 processor (ARM v6 architecture), Broadcom BCM2727 GPU, VideoCore III Multimedia Engine with dedicated 3D Graphics HW Accelerator with OpenGL-ES 1.1/2.0 support 32 Mtriangles/sec, 16 GB internal memory, MicroSD memory card slot up to 32 GB, 256 MB RAM, Bluetooth 3.0, Orientation sensor, Digital compass (Magnetometer), Proximity sensor and an Ambient light detector.

10. Samsung Galaxy S Android phone: The Samsung Galaxy S is an Android 2.2 based smartphone that was announced by Samsung in March 2010. It features a 1 GHz “Hummingbird” processor along with 8–16 GB internal Flash memory, a 4-inch 480×800 pixel Super AMOLED (PenTile) capacitive touchscreen display, a 5-megapixel camera and on select models, a VGA front-facing camera. The Samsung Galaxy S has a PowerVR graphics processor yielding 90 million triangles per second, making it the fastest graphics processing unit in any Android phone to date. It was the first Android phone to be certified for DivX HD and at 9.9 mm it was the thinnest Android phone at the time of release. As of October 2010 Samsung had sold over 5 million Galaxy S phones globally.

These are some of the gadget gift ideas for 2010 which come to my mind!

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Nitin Agarwal is an MVP alumni and a Pro Blogger. He was awarded as Most Valuable Professional for 3 times by Microsoft in Windows Expert – Consumer category. He is immensely inspired by Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and APJ Abdul Kalam.