Digital Christmas: Gadget gifts

30 Nov 2011

The Sony Reader

From e-readers to accessories, we find great assorted gifts for tech fans and gadget lovers.

Sony Reader

  • Price: €199
  • Available: PC World, Curry’s

This lightweight e-reader lets you hold up to 1,200 books, meaning you can carry all your favourite novels with you without breaking your back. Its paper-like screen won’t cause eye strain and doesn’t give off a glare when you read in the sunlight. Its battery life lasts for one month on a single charge. It also has Wi-Fi connectivity, letting you access websites such as Google and Wikipedia if you need more information on a particular subject.

Panasonic HX-WA10

Panasonic HX-WA10

  • Price: €369
  • Available:

This camera can shoot full HD (1080p) video and has an image sensor of 16 megapixels. It can take photos and videos effortlessly without having to switch modes. Its Backside Illumination technology improves the sensor, letting you shoot great videos and images in dimly lit areas. The camera is also waterproof to a depth of up to 3 metres for up to 60 minutes.

TomTom GO LIVE 800 range

TomTom GO LIVE 800 range

  • Price: From €199
  • Available:

The TomTom GO LIVE 820 and TomTom GO LIVE 825 offer a year of TomTom’s LIVE services which let drivers stay one step ahead of traffic. The services include traffic information every two minutes, detailed incident reports, reasons for delays and alternative route proposals. The sat navs also include voice control to input addresses and hand-free calling through Bluetooth.


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  • Price: €99
  • Available:

iPad owners can get a blast from the past with the iCade, an arcade-style cabinet with a cradle for the tablet. Simply sit your iPad into the iCade and play old-school arcade hits using the retro joystick and buttons. By downloading the free Atari Greatest Hits app, you can access 100 classic games compatible with the iCade, including Asteroids and Battlezone. New and existing apps can be updated to work with the iCade, too.

Face my Case

Face My Case

  • Price: €29.99
  • Available:

Looking for a personal iPhone or Samsung Galaxy S II case to give to someone? Face My Case lets you design a unique smartphone cover. You can upload anything from a holiday snapshot to a logo through the Face My Case website. The custom case is shipped directly to you within the next business day. Each case also includes a free screen protector.

Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography

Steve Jobs Biography

  • Price: €15.99
  • Available: Leading book stores

While this isn’t actually a gadget, it could be the perfect gift for the Apple geek in your life this Christmas. Author Walter Isaacson was given unprecedented access to Steve Jobs before he died, as well as his family members, colleagues and competitors. The book tells Jobs’ story from childhood to his later years, chronicling the ups and downs of the iconic Apple co-founder.