With Christmas around the corner, time is running out to gift your favorite techie that high-tech item on the top of his/her wish list. Whether it’s a big-ticket gadget like Xbox One or PlayStation 4, or easier on the wallet such as Logitech Washable Keyboard K310, here are a few of our favorite tech things this season:
Since we’re on the topic of waterproof tech, Lifeproof cases seal and protect your gadget. Lifeproof cases are available for iPhone 4/4S and above, iPad Mini and iPad 2 and higher, iPod Gen 4 and above and Samsung Galaxy S3 and S4.
If you’re looking to steer away from Amazon’s Kindle, you might want to take a look at the Aura. Fitting perfectly in your hand, the 6-inch device boasts a high-resolution, low-glare screen plus an adjustable front-light that allows users to read comfortably no matter the environment. The on-the-go exec has 3,000 books at his disposal on 4GB of on-board memory, but can hold a total of 30,000 books if a microSD card is used.
Designed for children ages 3 and up, the Kurio 7 S comes with more than 60 preloaded kid-friendly apps and incredible parental controls. Parents can create up to eight individual profiles, and logging into each will prompt a different interface. The device is more suited for kids; many grown-up apps such as Facebook aren’t available in the Kurio Store.
The HTC One is not your average stocking stuffer, but the techie in your life will love you for it. The sleek, metal casing design coupled with its interactive home screen (Blinkfeed gives the phone a Flipboard-esque feel) and ultrapixel camera, which allows users to create Zoes, a compilation of brief videos and several stills, makes it a great smartphone buy. The HTC One boasts a full HD screen crammed into 4.7-inches, which brings a 468ppi and amazing sharpness throughout the use of the phone. The battery holds a great deal of juice, which comes in handy when you’re jamming via the dual front-facing amplified speakers delivered by Beats Audio’s Boom Sound.
AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon all carry the HTC One. It’s available in red, black and silver.
Not a fan of phablets? Well, this one might make you change your mind a bit. Its supersized screen is perfect for execs who want to stay on top of emails and up-to-date on their favorite shows.
The Galaxy Note 3 runs Android version 4.3, has a powerful quad-core 2.4 GHz processor and has numerous sensors, including a gyroscope, temperature and humidity sensors and a barometer. It’s also the only smartphone that pairs with Samsung’s new Galaxy Gear smartwatch. Click here for our complete review.
This is for the hardcore gamer in your life. More than just a gaming console, PlayStation 4 is an entertainment hub that allows users to play games, watch movies and connect with friends. This iteration is more compact, has plenty of power and a great controller.
Microsoft Surface 2 has the same look and feel as the Surface, but Microsoft has addressed many of the issues that existed with its predecessor. The Surface Pro 2 is equipped with a new two-position kickstand, USB 3, a faster processor, new keyboards and all the new features of Windows 8.1. You can add extra software to the desktop thanks to Windows RT, but you still get Microsoft Office (it now has Office, too).
By day, this fitness tracker is monitoring calories burned, steps taken and climbed, as well as distance; by night, its measures your sleep quality—even waking you up with the silent alarm in the morning. After signing up for your free account on Fitbit.com, you can begin automatically syncing stats to PCs, Macs, most iOS devices and select Android smartphones. Data geeks will love tracking their progress through the graphs and charts, and can see how far they’ve come after logging meals and logging workouts. Fitbit data can be shared with friends and exported to other fitness apps such as Run Keeper, My Fitness Pal and Lose It!
The easy-to-use device offers wired and wireless connectivity and a much faster dual-core Broadcom chipset. You can stream over 1,000 channels of movies, TV shows and sports, among others to any HDTV.
Panasonic TC-PZT60 ($3499.99)
The last of Panasonic’s final plasma HDTV line, the TC-PZT60 delivers great color reproduction and awesome features such as voice control, dual remotes and an extensive array of apps. It boasts Panasonic’s Studio Master Panel technology, which is designed to reduce reflection from ambient light to provide a better daylight viewing experience.