It’s that time of year again! I thought I’d post a series of updates over the next month or so about what’s hot for Christmas this year. Today here’s my thoughts on some tablets and other gizmos.
Tablets are set to be one of the big sellers again this Christmas, and it’s going to be fun watching how it all plays out between the Nexus models, Tesco’s Hudl, and the Amazon Fire’s too. The market is more competitive than it’s ever been before!
The king of the 7” tablets has to be the Google Nexus 7, starting at £179.99 on Amazon for the 16gb model which is £20 cheaper than direct from Google and other retailers. This tablet rocks (I own one!), and the only thing I find lacking is the omission of expandable storage (but this is the same across Google’s entire Nexus range)
I use my tablet daily for music, reading my uni lectures, streaming video from my PC (MediaHouse/PS3 Media Server) and for checking my emails. It’s also great for gaming with more and more games in the Play store as well as a good collection of emulators that you don’t need to jailbreak your device to use.
If this tablet breaks the Christmas budget, then the next device I’d consider are the Amazon Kindle Fire range; especially if present is for a child who likely won’t miss the Google Play marketplace. Most games are present, all the basic features are present, you just don’t get a proper Android experience. However, for people who already have a Kindle e-reader then they can simply login and download their existing content and use it all straight out of the box. Pretty nifty for your parents, perhaps… Currently Amazon are clearly the last gen Fire HD at £99, with the new model starting at a price of £199.
Something to put your tablet in? Well, you should check out the TabZoo cases that I’ve seen around in the last few weeks. They double up as cases and stands as seen in the photo below.
You can buy a cheeky crocodile, a swanky tiger, a regal lion, or a panda in time for Christmas morning for around £15. Everyone I’ve told about them wants to get one. Hopefully I’ll be getting the tiger one for Christmas myself!
Other tablet essentials in my mind are screen protectors (You will scratch the screen at some point, no matter how ‘tough’ the glass says it is…), a stylus if you’re at all artistic (I’m not…) and if you travel at all you should look into a portable power source such as the Anker we’ve reviewed previously.