Dean Cornish has painstakingly profiled some of the latest gadgets for your potential purchase this Christmas.
For her: The wow-factor with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is its ability to run two applications side-by-side due to its increased processing power (1.4 GHz quad-core +2GB RAM = impressive) and decently sized screen (10.1 inches, coincidentally enough). The ‘S Pen’ allows a good oldfashioned pen-on-paper-type interface for drawing or writing. Samsung says the Galaxy Note 10.1 will help you “produce, create and customise communications by assisting them to be productive and creative”. The gal in your life may not succumb to this slightly frightening productivity-creativity loop but, if she’s scribble-happy, the rest of the device will appeal. It’s tactile, functional and allows her to multitask.
For him: The Hero2 is the latest from GoPro – the company that’s become the king of portable, affordable HD cameras. Founded by a surfer frustrated by the lack of good-quality, in-wave shots the pros were taking, and funded by the sale of knick-knacks out of the back of a VW van, GoPro is producing digital cameras that have redefined how we see adventure sports, motor-racing and life underwater. The Hero2 features variable framerates, time-lapse functionality and, most excitingly, a new WiFi BacPac accessory that will send pictures wirelessly to your iOS device (iPad, iPhone, iPod). Guys will love this camera because it’s robust (i.e. good on the side of your car up to 160km/h and completely waterproof) and simple to use (two buttons). It takes fantastic pictures through its fixed, super-wide lens and the WiFi connectivity feels like a little slice of the future.
For the dog: This product is not technically for your pet, but it will let you see what Fido’s up to. WowWee has been making remote-controlled, movable, networkbased security/spy/pervert cameras for a number of years now and the Rovio is the latest and most advanced. You can control this little robot from wherever you are and, thanks to its connection to your home WiFi network, it can stream back to your laptop or similar mobile device. So you can stalk your pets to make sure they’re not letting burglars in. You weirdo.
For the kids: Something for the kids in the gadgetbox? Well, let’s be honest, they probably know more about this stuff than you and I do put together, but if you’d like to lock them in their own little world (and who wouldn’t?) then the SoundMAGIC E10 sound-cancelling earbuds are a wonderful sonic experience, as well as brightly coloured, reasonably priced and durable. Also good for grown-ups who like to travel on planes or have neighbours with petrol-powered leaf-blowers.