December 5, 2011
Christmas can surprise you and leave you struggling to find gifts for the people you care about. You might think that tech fans are particularly tough to cater for with your festive present wish list, but in reality it can be relatively simple as long as you have the right advice. Here are just a few ideas for the Christmas technology must-haves that could be in your stocking this year.
Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime
After the critics went crazy for the original Eee Pad Transformer earlier in the year, its follow-up has resulted in many claiming that Apple’s iPad 2 is no longer the best tablet on the market. What sets the Eee Pad Transformer Prime out from the crowd is its compatibility with a separate keyboard dock which allows you to use it much like you would a fully fledge laptop, but with the option to retain the ultra-portable tablet section as a solo device if necessary. Android 3.2 is preinstalled and it really flies thanks to the 1.3GHz processor which has four physical cores. That is two more than the nearest rival and it helps everything from high definition video clips to the latest apps and games run without a hitch. Consider this in tandem with the fact that Asus has made this the thinnest tablet available today and you would be rightly impressed.
3D gaming has never been as accessible thanks to the Nintendo 3DS, which lets you view stereoscopic effects without having to don those silly glasses that you will be required to wear at the cinema or when watching a 3D TV. The game library is growing slowly, but with high quality titles like Mario Kart 7 on offer this Christmas you should not be short of things to play. In addition the twin cameras on the rear of this clamshell games console can now record 3D video clips thanks to a software update, so it can do much more than you might think and the kids (as well as the adults) will love it .
Few mobile phones can keep pace with the HTC Titan when it comes to display area, because at 4.7 inches across the diagonal its screen is larger than even the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. While its resolution may be stuck at 800×480, the Windows Phone 7.5 operating system has a bold, blocky user interface which is not hampered an iota by this fact. A 1.5GHz single core processor powers the platform admirably and with such a big screen it really begs to be used for movie watching and web browsing.
Although it was originally launched back in 2005, Microsoft’s Xbox 360 has never been a better console to buy for your home. An update to the dashboard has brought a host of new features, a fresh new interface and the ability to stream video from a number of popular services including YouTube and 4OD. These will become unlocked in the days leading up to Christmas and BBC iPlayer is also on the way in the New Year, so it is more than just a gaming machine.
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