Christmas is coming, and the man in your life is getting fat, and whether you like it or not this man is going to spend too much time eating, drinking and using the Lords birthday as an excuse to meet up and make merry with every person he’s ever had a passing acquaintance with. A direct result of this is said gentlemen will also spend extended periods of time sitting in a state of inertia, moaning and trying to sweat out the previous days pleasure. This being the case you want to keep him amused, his hands busy and away from the eggnog for as long as possible. This being the case, please find latestgadgets top 5 (in no particular order) Big Boys Toys this Christmas, to keep him happy for December and beyond…
Playstation Move/ Microsoft Kinect
The Playstation Move is aimed at the hardcore gamer market and a fiddle to start with, but if he’s a died-in-the-wool Call Of Duty type then this might be your best bet. The Kinect is more of a Wii extension with games intended to be fun and social. There’s considerable fun to be had in its novelty value too- there isn’t actually a controller and the Kinect sensor just recognises your movements on games like Dance Central, Fighters Uncaged and more.
Move- £41.99 starter pack, £17.99 each additional controller.
Flip Mino HD and Flie Ultra HD Video Cameras
Reception has been universally positive since these were released. And what’s not to like? Quality HD recording, the ability to plug directly into your HD TV for instant Christmas Lunch playbacks and only, in the case of the Mino, 10cm long. Technical specs between the two are more or less the same-1280p x 720p , Transflective screen. The main difference is the size of memory- the Mino has 4GB of memory, the Ultra 8GB.
Mino- from £99
Ultra- From £114.99
Despite a certain amount of scepticism, the Kindle is starting to worm it a way into the wider consciousness and, if the makers will have us believe, is going to drastically alter the way we read books. A dedicated book buyer such as yours truly might not be too enamoured with it but for the man who likes to read but doesn’t want the luggage, this is perfect. Enough space for 3500 books, a month long battery life and a reasonable price clinch the deal.
Nikon P7000 Digital Camera
For the person that wants to take pretty good pictures, but doesn’t want the faff of an SLR. Small (360g), compact yet with enough bells and whistles to satisfy him with time on his hand it is ideal as a portable. With its 10.1MP sensor and wide 7.1x optical zoom lens, and a 720p HD filming capabilities its got enough behind it to justify its somewhat steep price.
Boogie Board Paperless Writing Tablet
Bit more of a gimmick this one, but for those of us that remember Etch-a-Sketch it’ll bring back some fond memories…and make us realise that they pail in comparison to this. Essentially a little black board that you can scribble over and immediately wipe or send the pictures to somewhere else via USB, Bluetooth of WiFi it can double as child entertainment device, shopping list or portable easel.