This year’s holiday shopping rush has begun, and tech gadgets are in higher demand than ever. They’re also more affordable than previous sea...
This year’s holiday shopping rush has begun, and tech gadgets are in higher demand than ever. They’re also more affordable than previous seasons, so they’re flying off the shelves faster than any other potential holiday gifts. Everyone wants them, from the young to the old, to the tech-connoisseur to the newbie. For some you’ve hopefully already put in an order, because you’ll be certainly pressing your luck if you wait until the last minute to make your purchase. Here are some of the top gadgets for this holiday season 2011, and all of them are under $200.
Kindle Fire: $199
The Kindle Fire is Amazon’s new tablet computer. It is rivaling the iPad with its extremely affordable price. Now tablet computing is accessible to a much larger audience, and over four million are expected to be sold this year. Not bad for a product that’s only been out since mid-November. While users will miss out on some features like a camera or 3G connectivity, the Kindle Fire essentially does everything you need from your tablet computer, at a fraction of the cost and in an even more compact size.
iPhone 4S: $199
In just four days after its release in October of this year, the iPhone 4S had already sold over four million. It is the newest and most improved version of the iPhone. There is a new faster processor to make your iPhone run at twice the speed, improved graphics that make gaming seven times better, and an even higher quality camera. The iPhone 4S is the most popular smartphone for the people on your Christmas list. Additional gifts could include a host of accessories of a gift card to the iTunes app store.
HELO TC Touch-Controlled Helicopter : $49.99
This flying helicopter is a perfect gift for all the kids on your list. The HELO TC is a twin-rotor helicopter that is controlled by an app on your smartphone or tablet. Using a virtual joystick or titling the screen to steer, the helicopter can memorize flight patterns or automatically land itself. It will provide hours of indoors entertainment for your tech-inclined little ones and the young-at-heart.
Kinect for Xbox 360: $99
The Kinect for Xbox 360 is the latest in full body gaming, and it allows users to play a wide variety of games in which their entire body acts as a controller. The Kinect interprets your movements and voice, and there are hundreds of games available. It’s a great gadget for the holidays because anyone can enjoy it. It’s great for the whole family to play together, for the solo gamer, and with the growing popularity of fitness-based games, for the fitness buff, too.
Nintendo 3DS: $139
For the little video game enthusiast on your list, consider the newest handheld Nintendo model, the 3DS. It offers 3D gaming for a new experience. It hasn’t sold too well since its release earlier this year, but the holidays are sure to turn that around, especially with new game releases such as Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7.