You may be faced with Christmas lists which stretch out the door and down the street, but picking out the perfect present for your tech-loving friends and relatives can be tough if they have lots of gifts they desire. Here are just a few of the top technology must-haves to think about this Christmas.
The Nintendo 3DS has taken a few months to get into its stride but with a new low price point and an ever-expanding library of triple A games, now is the time to get onboard. Titles like Super Mario 3D Land have been earning critical acclaim and there are other classics re-imagined, including Zelda: The Ocarina of Time and Mario Kart 7 to consider. Nintendo has been doing its best to broaden the appeal of the 3DS, pointing out that it can be used to take 3D photos and access family friendly games as well as giving users the option to disable the 3D completely or allow parents to lock this feature.
Amazon Kindle Touch
While the Kindle Fire tablet may be making the headlines, the first full touchscreen iteration of Amazon`s original eBook reader may be a more exciting prospect for tech fans who like their literature. There are Wi-Fi only or full 3G editions available and you get 4GB of onboard storage space, which is more than enough for all of your favourite books. The touch controls work well and the e-Ink screen is still one of the best in the business, particularly with the new tweaks that have been made for this latest version.
Apple iPhone 4S
The latest iPhone may have been delayed in its arrival but now you can pick one up before Christmas and make someone very happy indeed. A faster dual core processor, an eight megapixel camera with full HD video capture and the latest iOS 5 software platform ensure that this is a worthwhile addition to the acclaimed iPhone family. Everyone is talking about and indeed to the Siri personal assistant program which is exclusive to the iPhone 4S. This is Apple`s voice controlled software that lets you ask your iPhone questions and get intelligent responses, whether you are checking up on the weather, examining the stock market or finding out what meetings you have planned for the day.
Samsung Galaxy Nexus
The iPhone 4S is not for everyone and many tech buffs prefer Google`s Android operating system for all their mobile needs. The Galaxy Nexus is the flagship device for the search giant and it is the first smartphone to run version 4.0 of Android, letting users see the direction in which the platform is heading. A 1.2GHz dual core processor, 4.65 inch screen and five megapixel camera make the Galaxy Nexus stand out from a hardware standpoint as well.
All of these devices and many more technology must-haves can be secured at lower prices this year using PC World discount vouchers and codes at many other retailers online. Just make sure you do not leave your shopping until the last minute to sidestep embarrassment on the big day.