There are the gadgets some people think are necessary, and others – well, they just want them because they’re cool. But truthfully, there are gazillion gadgets out there, with the technology revolution alive and well - just waiting for you to buy, and play with – but which ones are must haves?
Obviously that depends on price, and availability – and what is necessary and what isn’t quite as necessary. How much would you be willing to spend just to have the coolest gadgets on our top ten list?
10 Must Have Gadgets for 2012
1. The Kindle Fire
This tablet was launched in 2011, and quite successfully. This is the budget conscious version of the iPad and with a seven-inch display it competes nicely. This tablet has a duel core processor, an Android 2.3 operating system (customized, of course) and is much more than just an eBook reader. It browses, pays media files, and allows downloading of games, books and other things that will ensure you’re never bored.
2. Sony PlayStation Vita
This gamer hardware is for serious gaming only, nixing the gimmicky child-friendly software and it is awesome. The OLED five-inch screen is bright, colorful and touch sensitive. It is also a graphics powerhouse, similar to the PlayStation 3 - home console version.
This is known and actually recognized as one of the best smartphones on the market, with duel core processing, strong graphics, and doubles as a portable gaming device. Its App store software is still unbeaten in quality and selection, and its eight-megapixel camera with full HD video recording is top of the line. But the best is Siri, the voice-controlled digital assistant service that is unequaled in any other smart phone.
4. Kodak Playsport
This mini camcorder is priced right, takes a beating and produces some very high quality HD video. Its water resistant, records underwater, and fits nicely into your pocket.
5. Logitech Harmony 650 Remote
One of the best and most powerful universal remote controls out there, with ergonomic shape, color LCD screen, and five buttons to control your other devices, all in one. Its web programmable has excellent button layout and can’t be beat for its price tag.
6. LG Infinia – 3D TV
Let’s face it – 3D is the upcoming trend on home theaters – and having one will put you ahead of the others, when it does become a standard product. The LG Infinia is rated one of the best out there, for the price. The LG’s Infinia is a full 3D, 1080p HD, LED and includes Internet TV.
7. Eye-FI, Wi-Fi Memory Card
With the mobilization of even the SD cards, the Eye-Fi has launched its memory card that can also be used in digital cameras, making tweeting, posting photos to Facebook and transferring data, a breeze - and of course mobile Wi-Fi connectivity. The Eye-Fi Mobile X2 memory card is very affordable.
8. Apple MacBook Air
This baby is the top rated laptop available right now. It is amazingly small, at eleven inches, and much faster than the last version. Although the flash storage is the same as last year, and they forgot the SD card slot, it’s speed and upgraded processer (iCore5) it’s the perfect laptop for back to school, and it’s price is around a grand!
9. Casio Tryx Digital Camera
The new design alone is worthy of purchase, but it comes with a built-in tripod, not to mention the 12.1 megapixel sensor, 21mm wide lens, motion sensor and super clean touch screen, the Tryx is the must have digital.
10. Roku 2 XS Media Box
This ultra small Wi-Fi media box offers a log of Internet, and audio services that will ensure you never miss the latest flicks or television shows. Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, Crackle, Pandora, NHL, NBA, and MLF. Best of all, it works with HD as well as standard TV’s and includes a Wii similar controller, so you gamers won’t be bored. It’s rated the best media box around, for the price.
So there you have it, the newest and best must have gadgets - happy shopping!