The Top 5 Must Have Tech Gadgets
5 Electronic Gadgets Worth Owning
Every year there are countless gadgets and new electronics entering the marketplace to serve a number of functions. The number of these products is mind-boggling and at times is enough to make you wish you could go back to the days where a tape recorder and a TV put you on the cutting edge of technology.
These days, there is a device for everything from avoiding garbage cans as you back out of your driveway to using GPS satellites to measure the exact distance from your golf ball to the hole in the center of the green. Finding the delicate balance between necessity and the just plain bizarre is time-consuming and a serious challenge unless you do a lot of reading about emerging technologies. There are however, a number of products that fall into the group of "must have" and should earn a place in your collection of tech gear.
The iPad 2, iPhone and iTouch
The number one spot on my list goes to Apple with the iPhone and their newest release the iPad 2. Never before has so much power and functionality been available in such a small package. The iPhone combines the smart phone, mobile browser, gaming device, MP3 player, GPS, photo album, and portable video player all in one compact and easy to use package.
The intuitive touch screen design makes it quick and easy to navigate through a wealth of features and powerful applications. Not a fan of the service from AT&T? The iPad and the iPhone are now available on the Verizon network. Even if you don't want to commit to a data plan, you can still enjoy almost all the power of the iPhone with the iPod Touch. They are essentially very similar devices with the biggest difference being the service contract.
While the device comes with built-in applications to handle important tasks like organizing your music collection, checking your email, and listening to your favorite songs; the real power comes from the wealth of functionality you can add by downloading application from the App Store. This gives you the flexibility to customize your device to your exact needs and interests.
I've had my iPhone now for a little over a year and I have become so addicted to it, I can't even imagine ever having to go without it! My personal favorite is the iPad. Although I've only owned it for a few short months, I've been amazed at just how much you can do with it. The second generation iPad looks promising as well with a faster dual-core processor and 2 built-in cameras. In fact, looking at a comparison of the iPad 2 vs. the Xoom tablet, the two devices carry a very similar set of features. Considering that the number of applications available for the iPad is still relatively small, the sky is the limit for this device and it will definitely be a top seller this holiday season!
The Flip Mino HD Video Camera
Have you ever wished you could record quick home movies of your daily activities and quickly share them with friends and family over the Internet? The Flip Mino offers a powerful HD video camcorder no larger than an average cell phone. It records and holds 120 minutes of video and allows you to upload it and share it online with the click of a button.
Some of my favorite features include the ability to edit your videos with included software and set your own background music, make photo snapshots from any frame in your video, and post to YouTube or social networking websites with a single click. The device attaches directly to your computer through a built-in USB connection and offers the ability to quickly save videos to any available folder or drive on your computer. This camera is a great way to record special moments with your kids. It allows you to share them with family members or capture any memorable event without having to drag along a bulky video camera.
Sony Blu-Ray HD DVD Player
You have that great flat panel LCD or LED TV that gives you a sharp crystal clear picture when you are watching your favorite HD cable channels; why not unlock the full potential of your TV by watching your favorite movies in amazing life-like quality? The high price tags these carried when they first came out and the uncertainty over which high-definition video format would win out were enough to turn off many potential buyers.
Now that prices have come down significantly on Blu-Ray DVD players, there's no reason not to enjoy the amazing full HD 1080p picture and crisp sound quality that a Blu-Ray disc can offer. Need a little more convincing? Take a moment to go over to your local Best Buy or Sam's Club and check out the picture on one of their display models. Imagine how much fun watching a great film from the comfort of home will be the next time you decide to have movie night with your new DVD player!
The Nintendo Wii
Have you caught the Wii fever yet? I held out for a long time before I was finally pulled in by the attractive charm of the Wii. I didn't think I wanted or needed another video game system. After all, that is what the Wii is right? As it turns out, I couldn't have been more wrong!
It all started out with an innocent Thanksgiving trip to visit my parents (that's right, I said parents). I arrived to find my sixty-something year old father lined up toe-to-toe and about to do battle with an odd-looking cartoon style character in a virtual snowball fight. After looking on for a few minutes in awe, my strange look quickly turned into a smile as I watched a realistic looking bowling ball hurl down a lane and clear a set of ten pins like match sticks. Strike!
That was all it took for me to become a fan! The Wii offers an amazing interactive gaming experience that has something for all ages. The physical part really adds a new dimension to playing your favorite games and provides hours of entertainment all at a very reasonable price. If you still haven't tried it, you really should give it a shot!
The Garmin Nuvi 255W Car GPS System
If you are still printing up directions online or looking for street names and house numbers in the dark, you are creating unnecessary stress for yourself. But aren't GPS systems expensive? Not anymore! In fact, some of the most powerful systems are now available for less than $150.
The Garmin Nuvi Auto GPS device is one of those systems. Just tell this device where you need to go and it will do the rest. This device provides turn by turn directions to any one of up to 1000 stored locations. The built-in speech navigation lets you concentrate on driving while the Nuvi tells you exactly where you need to go to reach your destination. The easy-to-use touch screen makes it a snap to enter a destination quickly and be on your way. Add one of these little guys to your collection of gadgets and getting lost will be an experience you can put behind you once and for all! The next time you need to find a Starbucks in a hurry, every last penny of your purchase will seem worthwhile.
There you have it; my list of the best electronic gadgets for 2011! While this certainly isn't a comprehensive list of everything on the market, I tried to pick items that offer a bit of bang for your buck. Even if money is tight, you should find that each of these items is fairly affordable considering what it has to offer and provides an outstanding value for your hard-earned dollars. Adding a few of these to your collection will surely give you many hours of fun, entertainment, and functionality for you and your family.
Which of these tech gadgets is your favorite?
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