10 Favorite Electronic Gadgets Sure to Top Holiday Wish Lists

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2013-12-06 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Thanksgiving is over now. That means the holiday rush to find the latest and best electronic gadgets for the favorite people in our lives is upon us. Holiday shoppers will have to choose from the latest smartphones, tablets, televisions, game consoles and other entertainment devices that most people agree will be hot this year. So that means the time has come to guess at which of these products might prove to be most popular this holiday season. iPhones, iPads and PlayStation 4s are sure to be among the sought-after devices that send people online or to their favorite brick-and-mortar retail stores with credit cards in hand. As in previous years, there's a good chance that Apple's many products will dominate this year's holiday wish lists. But some other new products will contend for consumers' attention such as the Google Chromecast dongle that gives TV watchers access to streaming entertainment content. So here is eWEEK's look at what technology products will find their way into the hearts and minds of this year's holiday shoppers.

 
 
 
  • 10 Favorite Electronic Gadgets Sure to Top Holiday Wish Lists

    by Don Reisinger
    1 - 10 Favorite Electronic Gadgets Sure to Top Holiday Wish Lists
  • Apple iPhone 5S

    Apple's iPhone 5S is a surefire hit this holiday season. The device starts at $199 with a two-year contract, and features both the A7 processor and the M7 coprocessor for fitness and activity apps. The iPhone 5S comes with about the same design as the iPhone 5, but is both more powerful and can handle gaming far more effectively. The iPhone 5S is an all-around great device.
    2 - Apple iPhone 5S
  • Samsung Galaxy S 4

    If the iPhone 5S is sure to be on the average Apple lover's wish list, the Galaxy S 4 will be on the Android lover's holiday list. The Galaxy S 4 comes with a 5-inch screen and a design that's just about unmatched in the Android ecosystem. The device is also extremely powerful and supports both Google Play marketplace apps and those from Samsung's own apps store. The Galaxy S 4 is a great option for smartphone lovers.
    3 - Samsung Galaxy S 4
  • Amazon Kindle Fire HDX

    The Amazon Kindle Fire HDX is a great value. The tablet won't be the most powerful option customers can pick, and it's not necessarily the best-looking slate on the market. Yet, at a starting price of $229 for the 7-inch model and $379 for the 8.9-inch version, it's hard not to think seriously about picking it up. Add that to Amazon's highly touted Fire OS and the company's integrated services, and it's easy to see why so many people are happy with their Kindle tablets.
    4 - Amazon Kindle Fire HDX
  • Apple iPad Air

    The iPad Air is currently Apple's flagship tablet. Featuring a screen size of 9.7 inches and enough power under the hood to handle sophisticated applications, the iPad Air is great value for its starting price of $499. The device's price will run up a bit as consumers add more storage and Long Term Evolution (LTE) networking, but for many folks, it's worth the price of admission.
    5 - Apple iPad Air
  • Microsoft Xbox One

    Microsoft's Xbox One could be one of the more popular (and hard-to-find) products on this year's holiday wish list. The console was immediately popular, selling through 1 million units in its first 24 hours on store shelves. At $499, the Xbox One bundle, which includes the Kinect sensor, is a little expensive. But it's still a great option for today's gamers.
    6 - Microsoft Xbox One
  • Sony PlayStation 4

    The PlayStation 4 is expected to be a sales juggernaut this holiday season. The console comes with about the same power as the Xbox One, but is $100 cheaper at retail. Plus, it comes with a much better online-gaming feature set, which should only improve its chances of competing well in the console war.
    7 - Sony PlayStation 4
  • Apple MacBook Pro With Retina Display

    The MacBook Pro with Retina display is arguably the best-looking notebook on the market today. The device comes with a high-quality display and has the familiar MacBook Pro design. Apple has also ensured that the MacBook Pro wins out with mobile fans by making the device surprisingly thin for its 13- or 15-inch frame. The 13-inch model starts at $1,299; the 15-inch model goes for $1,999 to start.
    8 - Apple MacBook Pro With Retina Display
  • Panasonic ST60 HDTV

    The Panasonic ST60 series won't hurt the wallet too badly. The 50-inch model is available for less than $1,000, after all. But what it will deliver is outstanding picture quality, full access to Web-based services, like Netflix, and a design to drool over. The Panasonic ST60 plasma line might just be the best yet.
    9 - Panasonic ST60 HDTV
  • Google Nexus 10

    Google's Nexus 10 is another worthwhile tablet option for those who want Android, but don't want to pay all kinds of cash to have it. The tablet starts at just $399 and comes with a well-received 10-inch HD display. And thanks to its standard Android installation, the tablet features multi-user support, access to the Google Play marketplace and a high-quality software experience.
    10 - Google Nexus 10
  • Google Chromecast

    The Google Chromecast is easily one of the best ways to change a dumb TV into a smart one. The dongle, which costs just $35, connects to the Web and allows HDTV owners to access streaming services like Netflix, Hulu Plus and others. The dongle takes up a High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) port, though, so make sure there's enough port space available before investing in it.
    11 - Google Chromecast
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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