Gadgetsteria’s Holiday Gift Guide.

  • November 20, 2011 8:51 am

We’ve spent the last several weeks crawling the web for what we think are the best gadgets and devices suitable for your tree (or whatever it is that you celebrate with geeky gifts) this year. Join us after the break as we dive deep into Gadgetsteria’s Super Gigantor 2011 Holiday Gift Guide!

E-readers & Tablets

The available shopping days are winding down and you need something unique and gadget-based for that special nerd of yours. Never fear. We’ll take care of you here at Gadgetsteria and show you exactly what you should buy him/her this holiday season. Hop past the break for our full rundown on this season’s hottest e-readers and tablets.

Amazon Kindle Fire:

The Kindle fire is perhaps the most intriguing e-reader and tablet for the 2nd half of 2011. The seemingly mid-range, Android 2.3 powered Kindle Fire packs notable hardware (1024 x 600 display and dual-core 1 GHz processor + 512 MB of RAM). But what it lacks in brute strength or feature count it more than makes up for in price. At $200 it’s essentially the best 7″ Android Tablet money can buy and it’s backed by digital media powerhouse, Amazon. New age book worms, this is your tablet.

Amazon Kindle Touch:

If all the fancy whizz bang features of the Fire are a bit much, the Kindle Touch is what you want. It has the familiar look of Kindles of years past with an all-new touchscreen display and navigation system. The bread and butter of e-reading doesn’t get much better/simpler/easier than this. $99. If you can do without the touchscreen a “old school” Kindle can now be had for $79.

What would a tablet shopping list be without an iPad — the device that created the tablet market we enjoy today. With that said, the 9.7″ 1024 x 768 display isn’t the sharpest on the block. But what it lacks in pixel density it makes up for in color reproduction, viewing angle and overall clarity. Add to that several storage options 16 GB/32 GB/64 GB and 3G/no-3G options as well as support for Apple’s entire ecosystem of software and you’ve got yourself one hell of a tablet.

Galaxy Tab (all sizes)

Samsung literally has a gaggle of Google tablets ranging in size from 7″ all the way up to 10.1″. Specs are pretty similar, featuring dual-core processors in the 1-1.2 GHz range, 1 GB of RAM, and screen resolutions anywhere from 1024 x 768 to 1280 x 800. WiFi/3G/4G technologies are optional across the board.

Outside of those few main features, everything else is largely the same. It goes without saying if you’re unsure of a particular screen size, give Samsung’s spread of tablets a hard look because that’s what it will honestly come down to.

iPad 2

Seeing the iPad 2 shouldn’t surprise anyone. It defines the tablet market even after nearly a year of at times, more powerful alternatives. There’s something to be said about Apple’s attention to detail when it comes to hardware and software design. Combined with the expansive iTunes Music Store and App Store, there’s literally something here for everyone. Add to that a handful of storage and cellular options from 16 GB - 64 GB with/without 3G and you’ve got the recipe for an incredibly engaging gadget.

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  • Dealzon

    That Airzooka… wonder whats the range on it.

    • The Gadgeteur

      “Up to 20 feet and beyond…”

      I’d say a good 15-20 feet solid, with anything else extra a bonus.