Gift Guide 2010: The Technophile
As men, we’ll always be suckers for shiny things. There’s no point in fighting it. Particularly when they can help do things like battle our inbox(s), catch up on missed episodes of the shows we’re too busy to watch, or single-handedly sway the tide of battles using just our thumbs. This gift list is a celebration of all that, and much, much more.
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. – Arthur C. Clarke
Atomic Floyd MiniDarts Heaphones
Trash those cheap plastic buds that came free with your gadgets and upgrade to these stylish ear buds designed to be the perfect companion to today’s modern smartphones.
LaCie FastKey USB 3.0
Normally we wouldn’t get too excited over a thumb drive, but the Lacie Fastkey’s über sleek looks and lighting fast USB 3.0 transfer speeds changed our mind.
The D7000 is Nikon’s brand new replacement for the venerable D90. Thanks to features such as a 16.3 megapixel CMOS sensor, new 39-point autofocus system, 100% viewfinder, 1080p 24fps (720p 30fps) HD video capture with continuous auto-focus, ISO 100-6400 extendable to 25600, dual SD card slots, and 6 fps burst mode, it’s an outstanding DSLR for those looking to flex their photography muscles without trashing their savings accounts.
Sure it’s a first pass at a brand new product from the genius hive mind of Google, but having a fully compatible flash web browser that’s perfectly optimized for your TV screen is nothing to scoff at. The ability to Google Carl Weathers acting laureates while simultaneously watching him arm wrestle Arnold in Predator is pretty damn special too.
Samsung Galaxy Tab
It may not have the blessing of Steve Jobs or be summed up through a series of single words in small black print, but you’ll be surprised by how much the Galaxy Tab’s 7-inch form factor can cause you to rethink your stance on tablets as a passing fad. Did we mention it can also play Angry Birds too?
Aperion Zona Wireless Surround Speaker System
Get that full 5.1 home theater speaker setup you’ve always wanted, minus the hassle of wiring. That is all.
Windows Phone 7
Microsoft is admittedly late to the party, but rest assured Windows Phone 7 is a grand entrance. We’ve been spending time reviewing the OS and will be sharing more in-depth thoughts on it shortly. For this guide though, we’ll just say its a great new approach to mobile operating systems — especially for those already invested in the Microsoft ecosystem through Xbox Live, Windows 7, or Zune. While there are plenty of Windows Phone 7 handsets to choose from already, the HTC HD7 and Dell Venue Pro stand at the top of our list in terms of cool factor and power.
Light or superlight, that’s about your only decision when it comes to the new MacBook Air, the Air we always wanted. It’s predecessor is all but a (thankful) forgotten memory.
Looxcie Wearable Camcorder
Capture every video-worthy moment with a device that’s wearable, convenient, and no less obtrusive than a bluetooth headset. The best part is it’s point of view — whatever you’re looking at is what you’re capturing.
Moon Audio Silver Dragon iPod/iPad/iPhone LOD Cable
Ignore its seemingly Anime inspired name and focus on the beef. If your iPod or iPhone has become the primary way you listen to music, this little cord will help tunes sound better. Correction. Way better.