Top Tech Gifts for Her - Holiday Guide 2012

Tech gifts for her are becoming ever more popular, especially e-readers and tablets.
Tech gifts for her are becoming ever more popular, especially e-readers and tablets. | Source

We're approaching that time of year again, that time when we find ourselves driving aimlessly in a mental fog wondering, "What do I get for (inject the woman/women in your life here) for Christmas?" Well, wonder no more. I have a few ideas for you.

With over 50% of buyers doing their actual buying online, it's no wonder that tech gadgets are a popular gift for men. How about women? Hey! We like techie things, too! Even if it IS just the last e-reader so consider these tech gadgets as gifts. They will be sure to please her and you'll appear like a technological genius for knowing just what to get her.

E-readers

Over 50% of the tech gifts women will receive in 2012 are e-readers, making them the most popular tech gift for moms, wives, girlfriends, and sisters.
Over 50% of the tech gifts women will receive in 2012 are e-readers, making them the most popular tech gift for moms, wives, girlfriends, and sisters. | Source

E-readers are the most popular tech gifts for women cornering 50% of the tech market for women. There is now a huge variety of choices, but the Kindle Paperwhite and the Nook HD are two of the top new e-readers to hit the market in 2012. What makes them so fabulous?

Let's take the Paperwhite first. One of the main complaints of the traditional Kindle has been the lack of a backlight but Amazon has changed that little annoying detail in it's Kindle Paperwhite. Priced around $150, this reader features a number of lighting option including LED lighting which spreads like ambient lighting. It also weighs in with an 8 week battery life and optional 3G wireless network.

Barnes & Nobles' Nook HD and Nook HD+ push the limits of e-readers...ok, that sounds a bit far-fetched, but they are lovely little table readers. Respectively, they offer 7 inch and 9 inch screens, 1.3 and 1.5 GHz dual-core processors, 1 GB of RAM, and between 8 and 32 gigs of storage. These little guys put my laptop to shame! Priced from $200 to $300, they offer full access to B & N's full catalogue of books, magazines, apps, and videos.

Tablets

Tablet anyone?  They make a great gift for the women in your life.
Tablet anyone? They make a great gift for the women in your life. | Source

Which Tablet is Best for You?

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Tablet  
Price  
Features  
Apple iPad
starting around $499
16 GB, quad-core graphics processor, 5 megapixel camera, optional 4G wireless, world's largest app store
Google Nexus
starting around $199
8 GB, quad-core Tegra 3 processor, Android 4.1, camera, Google app store
Amazon Kindle Fire HD
starting around $199
1.2 GHz processor, Amazon Android OS, access to Amazon content, 7" screen

Though e-readers are an easy first choice for a special gift during the holidays, tablets can be a good choice as well and are the second most popular tech gift for women this year. Honestly, the higher price tag on tablets probably has something to do with that second place ranking. After all, who wouldn't want an iPad over a Kindle? The tablet category has a huge selection to choose from, including models for the budget-minded shopper and those that can do so many things they might as well be a laptop.

As expected, the iPad (starting around $499) is considered one of the top five tablets on the market. This leader in all things tablet includes optional 4G wireless, a huge array of apps, and an incredible user-friendly design that makes it easy for all members of the family to navigate through the many things it offers.

If the iPad's price tag is a little on the steep side for you, Amazon and Google both offer viable options. C-Net rates the Google Nexus as the best 7-inch tablet on the market and the Kindle Fire as the best media consumption tablet available. What does this mean? If you love the android OS, you'll love the 4.1 in the Nexus, and starting around $200 you really can't go wrong. As for Amazon's Kindle Fire, it offers a mind-blowing array of content, as one would expect from Amazon, and it also rings in around $200.

Other Tech Gadgets for Her

Okay, it happens sometimes...she just isn't all that much into the tablet/e-reader thing. No worries. There are lots of other techie type gifts out there that might appeal to her.

With an expected release date in November, Fitbit One is preceded by other Fitbit models which can currently be found in stores and online.
With an expected release date in November, Fitbit One is preceded by other Fitbit models which can currently be found in stores and online. | Source

Fitbit One

Is the woman in your life a bit of a health fanatic, always counting steps, minutes, calories and the like? Then the Fitbit One might just be a good fit for her. Barely longer than your thumb, this little fitness gadget counts every calorie you burn, every stair you climb, every step you take. It even monitors your sleep and gives you data on the quality and quantity (though reviews did find this last feature a bit hit or miss). With one button you basically set it and forget it while it hangs out in your pocket all day or attached to the included wrist band. It automatically, and wirelessly, syncs with your computer when it comes close so you can view all of your data online in a variety of charts and graphs. The Fitbit One has a bunch of other cool features, like a vibrating alarm clock, and at $100 certainly seems worth the investment. Besides, it'll probably be one of the coolest gifts she gets all year.

Priced at $50 with a 2-year contract, Verizon's Jetpack will help keep all of you connected while you're on the go.
Priced at $50 with a 2-year contract, Verizon's Jetpack will help keep all of you connected while you're on the go. | Source

Verizon Jetpack Mobile Hotspot Mi-Fi

Almost...almost sounds like something out of The Jetsons, doesn't it? But Verizon's new mobile hotspot device is firmly ensconced in the here and now. The jetpack connects any of the aforementioned Wi-Fi only devices, such as the Kindle or the Nook, using Verizon's blazing fast 4G LTE network. So why is this one better than others? First, Verizon's network really is the largest in the nation so you'll coverage in more places. Plus the jetpack can connect up to ten devices, and it's also backwards compatible with 3G so you can use your older devices as well.

The Apple iPod Touch 5th Generation is still tops as media player and makes a great tech gift.
The Apple iPod Touch 5th Generation is still tops as media player and makes a great tech gift.

iPod Touch

"Engineered for maximum funness," says Apple about the 5th generation iPod Touch. The popular media player now comes in an ultra light, ultra thin body but still packs all the great features iPod lovers have come to expect. The 4-inch screen means lots of room for everything...icons, music, movies, photos. And it's a sharp crystal clear display that makes using the iPod as easy as...

Updated or added features include the 5 megapixel camera which now shoots in 1080 HD video and in panaromic mode. You'll love the new iOS that offers over 200 new features, and everything just became more likeable with Facebook integration and shared photo streams. To top it off, Siri comes to iPod to help with your everyday questions. Starting at $299, the iPod still blows away all the other media players available.

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Polaroid Instant Digital Camera

Polaroid...polaroid? Didn't the instant cameras die out last century? Think again. Polaroid's been around for 75 years and this year brings the instant camera back to life. Their new instant camera takes digital quality 5 megapixel photos but, for that instant photo gratification, can also print them using the camera's built in mobile printer. Shots are stored on the sd card and can be transferred to computer. However, using the included software, you edit right on the camera and print 2" x 3" wallet size photos to carry around using the camera's ZINK (zero ink) paper and technology. The Instant Digital Camera starts around $159.

Quick Look Guide

Product Name
Category
Starting Price
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite
E-reader
$150
Barnes & Noble Nook
E-reader
$200
Apple iPad
Tablet
$499
Google Nexus
Tablet
$199
Amazon Kindle Fire HD
Tablet
$199
Fitbit One
Fitness Monitor
$100
Verizon Jetpack
Mobile Hotspot
$50 w/ 2 yr contract
iPod Touch 5th Gen
Media Player
$299
Polaroid Instant Digital Camera
Camera
$159

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