Holiday Tech Gift Guide 2012

Gifts Under $100

Duracell Instant Charger

Duracell Instant Charger

Price $21.32 on Amazon

Have you ever been caught with a dead phone? Do you ever wish there was a way that you could charge your phone from wherever you were? The Duracell Instant Charger gives you a chance to charge almost any mobile device. You can attach any device that has a USB cord and charge using this portable charger. This charger is small in size and can be easily carried in a pocket, purse, or bookbag.

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The OtterBox Defender Series

Price From: $34.95- 79.95

How many times have you dropped your cell phone or tablet? Are you tired of scratches and bumps, which can void your manufacture warranty?  Well worry no more! The OtterBox Defender series will save you! The OtterBox is a robust, three layer of protection that can withstand drops, bumps and shocks.  The OtterBox is built with a high-impact plastic shell, which is practically indestructible. It has a built-in screen protector that prevents scratches, port covers that keeps out dust and debris, and holster-style swiveling belt clip. For a limited time only you can create your OWN Defender Series OtterBox for Apple iPhone 4/4s for $59.90.

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Otterbox Defender Series

Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K760

Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K760

Price: $79.99

Logitech’s Wireless Solar Keyboard K760 comes with a built in solar panel, which can charge the keyboard’s battery from a plethora of light sources, including both outdoor and indoor light sources.  With a fully charged battery, Logitech states that the product can last for about three months (without any light) on an average use of about 8 hours per day.  Moreover, the keyboard boasts a white smooth cut and stylish design that is very reminiscent of Apple’s keyboards and thus makes a great compliment to Apple products.

In addition, the keyboard’s Bluetooth connectivity allows for the ability to switch between up to three devices with the press of a single button and no need to reconnect:  This can work very well when switching say between an iPhone, iPad and MacBook computer.

Although it seems to be both visually and functionally fit for Apple products (contains some keys functions that are primary to Mac OS), the keyboard is indeed compatible with Windows computers as well as Android devices that allow for Bluetooth connectivity.

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Gloves For Mobile Devices

North Face etip glove

If you are looking for a cool gift for the tech junkies on your list but are on a limited budget look no further than touch screen friendly gloves. There are ranges of different kinds of touch screen friendly gloves and there is a pair for all price ranges.

If the gloves are for a serious outdoors person and you need gloves that will hold up in the cold North Face e-tip Gloves are the gloves for you. They feature silicone grippers and an X-tatic material on the tips of your thumb and forefingers in order to provide grip and safety for your device. The gloves are priced at $40.

Fred Flare Gloves

In temperate climates one may be able to get away with a form of texting gloves that go only over your hands and leave the top of your hands completely exposed. An example of this would be texting gloves by Fred Flare which are priced at $22.

A more affordable but still just as convenient option is texting gloves that are being sold in local chain retailers such as Walmart and Target. These gloves feature the e-tip fingers on the thumb and forefingers in a simple glove form such as the pair pictured to the right. The price range for these gloves can be between $3-$15.

For the person that has everything…

We all know there is someone on our holiday shopping list that seems like they have everything. Depending on the kind of mobile device they have, you can buy gift cards for them.

Google Play Gift Cards

For Android users, Google Play is the app store they use. Recently Google Play has started using gift cards. You can find these gift cards at most major retailers such as Wal-Mart, Target, or Walgreens. The link below is for Wal-Mart. There are two options for the cards: e-cards which are delivered via email as well as physical gift cards that you can buy in store.

iTunes Gift Cards

For iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad users, they use the Apple App store to purchase apps, music, and videos. Similarly to the Google Play cards, you can find these at most major retailers. In addition to buying these in store you can also buy these in iTunes by clicking “Buy iTunes Gifts” when in the store home screen. If you want to personalize a gift card you can use the link below to send a more personalized gift card to someone on your holiday list.

Typically these card amounts vary between $15 – $50.

Gifts Over $100

Samsung Galaxy  S3

Price starts at $199

Samsung Galaxy S3

If you are an Android user like me, then you know about this awesome phone. I am waiting for my contract to expire so I can get the Samsung Galaxy S3. This phone is powerful, and has given the iPhone a run for its money. Currently there are 16 GB and 32 GB models, with a 64 GB model coming out soon. The microSD slot allows memory to be expanded on this phone.

The screen size on this phone is 4.8 inches. There are two cameras on this phone that allow the user to use Skype or another video calling service. The rear facing camera is 8 MP. This phone is just as powerful as the iPhone and is more customizable. For those of you who like to make a phone your own device Android devices are the way to go.

I have only touched on the basics of the phone. Here is a great link for highlighting the Samsung phone’s features.

This phone is available on all major carriers, and prices generally start at $199.

Apple iPad Mini

Apple iPad Mini

From:  Starting at $329 (16GB basic Wi-Fi)

Apple has gone where we never thought it would. Introducing the iPad Mini lighter, slimmer, and faster. It has the same features as the iPad 2 it’s just smaller! It features

It features Wi-Fi and 3G capabilities and has a beautiful LED-backlit and multi-touch display that serves as the user interface. It’s only .28 inches thin weighing only .68 pounds. It includes the new lighting (charging) connection, your able to use your voice to send messages, set reminders and much more by using Siri and the Nano-SIM technology, which is not compatible with existing micro-SIM cards. It offers a FaceTime HD camera, iSight Camera, and 1080p HD video recording camera.

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Google Nexus 7 Tablet

From $199.99

Google Nexus 7 Tablet

Google’s Nexus 7 tablet is a great tablet device powered by Android for any tech enthusiast.  Weighing at only 12 oz with a sleek and savvy design and sporting a 7-inch riveting display, it serves as the perfect on-the-go companion for browsing the web, e-reading, GPS navigation, social networking, etc.  In addition, the 10+ hours of battery life and up to 32GB of storage space mean that you can accomplish more of what you want with a great amount of time!

What is more is that Google Play (Android market) stores all digital content within cloud storage for free, allowing you to continue your tasks on the device form where you left off without the need or hassle of having to say sync the device to a computer to retrieve files.  Furthermore, syncing information with Android powered smartphones and a PC is made simple.  Google Play also offers over 700,000 apps and games, which means that you can revel in endless hour of entertainment.  Finally, with Google Now functionally, the Nexus 7 is even smarter, allowing for the right amount of information to be delivered for you when you need it:   Get the local weather, the up-to-date score for your favorite sports team, traffic levels, etc. all with Google Now.

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Kindle Fire 2 HD

Kindle Fire 2 HD

The Kindle Fire 2 HD is an excellent option for those that want a quality tablet for a fraction of the price of an iPad or iPad mini. This new kindle is said to reduce the glare in brightly lit areas and is amongst one of the easiest to read. This new Kindle fire also includes a physical volume and camera button for easier accessibility. The 7 inch fire tablet will sell for $199; The bigger version will be sold for $299. One area in which the kindle fire HD is receiving praise is for its 8-hour battery life. Consumer reports have shown no major flaws and as the Amazon app network continues to grow the Kindle Fire 2 HD is attracting more and more attention.

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