Ask [GaS]: What are the Top Gadgets on Your Holiday Wishlist?


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What gadgets are you pawing after this season? Which technical wonders make your heart skip beats, and give you the shivers?

If you’re anything like me, you’ve likely spent hours—maybe even days, weeks, and months—of your year drooling over gadgets. And with the holiday season going in to full swing, there’s no end to the gadget temptations around every holly bedecked bend.

Here are a handful of the gadgets I’ve been fawning over that I’m hoping, just hoping, that Santa might carry down the chimney for me (if he’s feeling generous this year).

Netbook. Yes, yes. I’ve posted about this before. However, I’ve recently been infatuated (yes, that is the word) with the Samsung Go in Mint Blue. Though a Mac user through and through, I still often daydream cute montages of myself and the Samsung Go–who I would lovingly name Euripides–going to the park, sitting in coffee shops, watching Pride and Prejudice and going on and on about how adorable Colin Firth is and… what, sorry? Right… The specifications are beyond sexy, with the sleek 10″ widescreen, gorgeous keyboard, and interesting performance.

eReader. Whether you belong to the cult of Kindle or the network of the Nook or, perhaps, are one of the scions of the Sony eReader, there’s no denying that digital readers are changing the face of content. You might not agree with the formats, the rights–and you might not even like the screen or the lack of “new book smell”. But I can’t help but shirk the idea that having an eReader would simply encourage me to read more. That’s one little piece of technology I’d love to slink up next to in bed. Rwar.

Droid/iPhone. No, I’m not implying that the Droid will be an iPhone killer. For one thing: just like the Loch Ness Monster and Sasquatch, I don’t believe in iPhone Killers. Not yet, anyway. While I enjoy my iPhone Jr. (my iPod Touch) I can’t help but wish it did more. Though, with the service at AT&T and the many issues with call clarity, I’m certainly willing to give the Droid a chance. It looks sexy, seems to have some great reviews already, and certainly has the apps (and openness) many iPhone users are pining for. Even if the advertisement makes it look a bit like the Eye of Sauron.

Digital Camera. When our son was born a few years ago, we decided to use it as an excuse to get a beautiful Nikon D50. However, it’s become more and more clear as time has gone on that we’re just not using all the bells and whistles for such a great camera. Yeah, we’re thinking of downgrading. Considering all the options in more affordable point-and-click offerings, however, it’s kind of exciting to be on the lookout for a new camera. Particular models we’re considering are the Elph line as well as some of Nikon’s sleeker models.

How about you? Any gearheads and gadget geeks out there with particularly drool worthy wishlists? Go ahead and tell us what makes you go “OMG WANT!” You have full license to go on at length.





26 Responses to Ask [GaS]: What are the Top Gadgets on Your Holiday Wishlist?

  1. Hmmm, as far as I’m concerned, I’d love to get a droid phone, even though it has some glitches right now…

    Btw, has anyone here been able to get his hands on one? How was the experience?

    • I got the Motorola Droid about a month ago. Gotta say I love it. There are some quirks here and there and I dont know if that is because I came from a dumb phone or if there is something actually wrong with the phone.

      I have had a few apps freeze on me, though none that were preinstalled on the phone. It will then just let your forcibly close it.

      Though if you do plan on adding your facebook account to the phone, be careful when you choose to sync your contacts from facebook. I have over 300 friends and it added them all. If the names matched another entry in the phone, they would merge, but if they didn’t you might have two similar entries (Jessy Davis as opposed to Jessica Davis) though you can merge the two entries into one though. I noticed though that alot of people just have email addresses so you can choose to hide people like that.

  2. I gotta say that this is probably a good time to get a digital videocamera. You’ve got a lot of good cameras recording HD to SD cards – not just the tiny flip-cams and imitators, but also the $500-$700 decent ones. Might be a worthy next step if you’re frustrated by the limitations of flip cams.

  3. I am after 2 things: a home theater system for my big screen tv and an i7 laptop/desktop.

    The home theater is pretty straight forward. I know which brand and model I want (saving up money for it at the moment) but the i7 computer is leaving me a bit confused about what to choose. I am debating whether it would be worth it, heat and price wise, to get an i7 laptop or instead build my own i7 desktop and hook it up to my HDTV.

    I honestly dont think I travel enough to warrant an i7 laptop, though the portability would be nice, able to play most games smoothly when I am traveling for work. My only concern is really battery life and the heat those things can produce.

    • The post is sponsored, not the content. We picked everything ourselves. You don’t have to worry about this. I wouldn’t have accepted if they would have decided what to put in the post.

  4. I got a Droid last week and love it. I’m decidedly anti-Apple and have no experience with the iPhone, so I can’t give comparisons. I can, however, be pretty demanding of my gadgets, and this thing just makes me smile from ear to ear. Overall, the camera is the biggest letdown right now, but the rumor mill is optimistic that a coming software update will make it better.

  5. Hmmm, as far as I'm concerned, I'd love to get a droid phone, even though it has some glitches right now…

    Btw, has anyone here been able to get his hands on one? How was the experience?

    • I got the Motorola Droid about a month ago. Gotta say I love it. There are some quirks here and there and I dont know if that is because I came from a dumb phone or if there is something actually wrong with the phone.

      I have had a few apps freeze on me, though none that were preinstalled on the phone. It will then just let your forcibly close it.

      Though if you do plan on adding your facebook account to the phone, be careful when you choose to sync your contacts from facebook. I have over 300 friends and it added them all. If the names matched another entry in the phone, they would merge, but if they didn't you might have two similar entries (Jessy Davis as opposed to Jessica Davis) though you can merge the two entries into one though. I noticed though that alot of people just have email addresses so you can choose to hide people like that.

  6. I gotta say that this is probably a good time to get a digital videocamera. You've got a lot of good cameras recording HD to SD cards – not just the tiny flip-cams and imitators, but also the $500-$700 decent ones. Might be a worthy next step if you're frustrated by the limitations of flip cams.

  7. I am after 2 things: a home theater system for my big screen tv and an i7 laptop/desktop.

    The home theater is pretty straight forward. I know which brand and model I want (saving up money for it at the moment) but the i7 computer is leaving me a bit confused about what to choose. I am debating whether it would be worth it, heat and price wise, to get an i7 laptop or instead build my own i7 desktop and hook it up to my HDTV.

    I honestly dont think I travel enough to warrant an i7 laptop, though the portability would be nice, able to play most games smoothly when I am traveling for work. My only concern is really battery life and the heat those things can produce.

    • The post is sponsored, not the content. We picked everything ourselves. You don't have to worry about this. I wouldn't have accepted if they would have decided what to put in the post.

  8. Honestly, I’m not a HUGE gadget guy…I tend to vet a gadget for months and months and then buy it unceremoniously…

    I guess it would be neat to have a little netbook to mess around with…they’re SO cheap now I feel they should just be something you pick up randomly now…

  9. I got a Droid last week and love it. I'm decidedly anti-Apple and have no experience with the iPhone, so I can't give comparisons. I can, however, be pretty demanding of my gadgets, and this thing just makes me smile from ear to ear. Overall, the camera is the biggest letdown right now, but the rumor mill is optimistic that a coming software update will make it better.

  10. Honestly, I'm not a HUGE gadget guy…I tend to vet a gadget for months and months and then buy it unceremoniously…

    I guess it would be neat to have a little netbook to mess around with…they're SO cheap now I feel they should just be something you pick up randomly now…

  11. i have the Droid and i love it. i did have a little problem with transfering the pic and music to form my card but i was able to figure it out i really cant think of anything bad to say about it

  12. i have the Droid and i love it. i did have a little problem with transfering the pic and music to form my card but i was able to figure it out i really cant think of anything bad to say about it

  13. What I want most is a little unrealistic.. A Canon EOS 5D Mark II… but at $2500, I don’t think it’ll happen anytime soon.

  14. What I want most is a little unrealistic.. A Canon EOS 5D Mark II… but at $2500, I don't think it'll happen anytime soon.

  15. I’m with you on the Netbook craze. I love my Macbook, but I can’t help but think how awesome it would be to slip a tiny little Netbook into my purse and spend hours typing away on it in a little cafe.

    I can’t afford an iPhone yet, but I’ll have one eventually! I can early upgrade in March. XD

    In general though, and I’m not sure this counts as a gadget per se, I am looking forward to getting a Windows PC this Christmas! I am in love with OSX, but I miss Steam sooooo badly!

  16. I'm with you on the Netbook craze. I love my Macbook, but I can't help but think how awesome it would be to slip a tiny little Netbook into my purse and spend hours typing away on it in a little cafe.

    I can't afford an iPhone yet, but I'll have one eventually! I can early upgrade in March. XD

    In general though, and I'm not sure this counts as a gadget per se, I am looking forward to getting a Windows PC this Christmas! I am in love with OSX, but I miss Steam sooooo badly!