Almost everyone has someone on their holiday shopping list that would love the latest and greatest gadget – the question is, what are the latest and greatest gadgets? Here’s a look at the top three things we’ve been hearing about:
Wearables: this category includes everything from the FitBit-style activity trackers and smart watches to the much-hyped Google Glass. Unfortunately, the high-end of wearable tech is a bit out of reach – Google Glass is available to US shipping addresses only (and costs $1500 USD) while the Apple Watch still doesn’t have a firm release date. Apple has only said it will be early 2015. So if your gift recipient is set on the Apple Watch, you’ll have to make do with an IOU!
Drones: Really! Drones have a surprising number of real-life uses, especially when they’re equipped with photo/video capabilities. Then you can do everything from taking a photo of a large group, grabbing the best pics at your kid’s soccer game and getting previously-impossible nature and wildlife shots. Pricier drones with come equipped with the ability to livestream to your phone, which is pretty darn cool.
Smartphones: Phones are getting lighter, thinner and more advanced every day. And while the recent trend seems to be bigger, rather than smaller phones (we’re looking at you, iPhone 6), the point is that the huge advances made mean that a lot of people are interested in the latest models. And while you can get a cheap tablet for $99, the latest and greatest smartphone will run you more like $400-$700. Which is all the more reason to ask for one as a gift!
There are a few things that aren’t on the list. For one, tablets! It seems like everyone and their grandmother has one already. And like we said above, in general, prices are dropping on them. And while last year was huge for the PS4 and Xbox One (both released in mid-November 2013), it’s likely that a lot of people who want one already have one. On the other hand, there was a pretty limited selection of games available for each console at launch, but tons of great games have come out lately and both consoles have had price-drops. So it could be another console Christmas after all.