Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 1 October 2014

Top 10 Christmas 2013 gadget gifts from iPad and Xbox to PS4 and Roku

OK, so technology is cool. But as the complexity and ability of devices keeps on advancing, for consumers it can be hard to keep up.

How can you find the best tech, at the best value for money amongst the bewildering array of smartphones, tablets, laptops, 3D television, games consoles and of course hundreds of thousands of apps?

What are the most reliable brands? Which battery lasts for a decent length of time? How well made is the gadget?

Worry not, our experts have made their choices so you don't have to.

And there's something for every pocket, from hundreds of pounds to just a few.

Please remember that although prices were correct at time of compilation they may fluctuate.

 

1. iPad Mini 2

Apple iPad Mini 16GB Wi-Fi (White)

The latest small iPad from Apple offers the full iPad experience - dazzling display, 10-hour battery life, super-fast performance, iSight cameras and a 7.9-inch display. And of course zillions of apps. Price at time of publication - £227.99

 

2. Garmin eTrex 10 Outdoor Handheld GPS Unit

Garmin eTrex 10 Outdoor Handheld GPS Unit

This handheld sat nav boasts an easy-to-use interface, long battery life and a worldwide base map. It's also tough and waterproof. Price at time of publication - £77.73

 

3. Xbox One

Xbox One Console

Microsoft game console with Kinect camera. The next generation in the Xbox series features kicking graphics, motion and voice control and can stream movies and more to your TV. Price at time of publication - £429.99

 

4. PS4

Sony PlayStation 4 (PS4)

Sony Playstation's next generation games console is fast, intelligent and well integrated into social media. There are lots of games and an immersive gaming experience. Price at time of publication - £349.00

 

5. MacBook Air

Apple 11-inch MacBook Air

The ultra slender and almost weightless MacBook Air laptop computer is pretty much a work of art. It comes with an Intel Dual Core i5 processor, 4 GB of RAM and at least 128 GB of superfast fast drive for its main memory. Price at time of publication - £693.00

 

6. Galaxy Note 3

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Smartphone - Black

A 5.7 inch smartphone with large 5.7-inch full HD super Amoled screen, 13mp rear camera and 2mp front facing camera and Click S Pen for easy operation.  Price at time of publication - £482.00 (to buy on its own but cheaper with contract)

 

7. Rokono BASS+ Mini Speaker

Rokono BASS+ Mini Speaker for iPhone / iPad / iPod / MP3 Player / Laptop - Black

This great little speaker works with iPhones, iPads, iPods, MP3 Players and laptops. It boasts good sound and 10+ hours of continuous playback from a single charge. Price at time of publication - £14.97

 

8. iPad Air

Apple iPad Air Wi-Fi 16 GB - silver

The latest, sexiest and lightest iPad, the Air comes in a variety of memory sizes, the biggest being 128GB. Dazzling screen and tens of thousands of apps make up an amazing experience for something so thin. Price at time of publication - £376.50

 

9. Kindle Fire HDX

Kindle Fire HDX 7", HDX Display, Wi-Fi, 16 GB

An Android tablet from Amazon.  The all-new Kindle Fire HDX is an 8.9" Tablet with wi-fi, optional 4G/3G wireless and comes in memory sizes of 16GB, 32GB or 64GB. Price at time of publication - £199.00

 

10. Roku 3

Roku 3 HD Streaming Player

This online streaming box allows you to enjoy 450+ channels of movies, TV shows, games, music, sports, and more. It supports 1018p HD, dual band wireless and has ethernet and USB ports. Headphones can be plugged in. Price at time of publication -£99.99

 

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