iPhone 6, Xbox One Top 2014's Holiday Hardware Shopping List

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2014-11-28
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    iPhone 6, Xbox One Top 2014's Holiday Hardware Shopping List

    by Don Reisinger
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    2 - Apple's iPhone 6 Plus for the Bigger Smartphone
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    Apple's iPhone 6 Plus for the Bigger Smartphone

    Those looking for a bigger smartphone should consider the iPhone 6 Plus. The device has a 5.5-inch screen, full support for remote payments via Apple Pay and a bevy of tweaks to its design to make it one of the more attractive devices on the market. It's available from all major U.S. carriers, making it accessible to just about anyone.
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    3 - Pick Up an iPad Air 2 While You're at It
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    Pick Up an iPad Air 2 While You're at It

    If a tablet is on your wish list, consider the iPad Air 2. The device, which was announced and launched in October, comes with the same 9.7-inch screen as its predecessor, but it adds a better processor, anti-glare features for its screen and an even thinner design. It's a solid tablet all around.
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    4 - Is There an Xbox One in Your Future?
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    Is There an Xbox One in Your Future?

    Game consoles are expected to be big sellers this holiday season, due in large part to the ongoing success of the Microsoft Xbox One. The device has become more affordable, thanks to Microsoft no longer requiring customers to buy the Xbox One with the Kinect motion-gaming peripheral. In addition, Microsoft is offering special holiday pricing on the Xbox One, bringing its price down to $349.
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    5 - A PlayStation 4 Might Also Be on the List
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    A PlayStation 4 Might Also Be on the List

    So far, the PlayStation 4 is the gaming console that has been attracting the most buzz and players. So if someone is looking to play new games, going with the leader might not be a bad idea. The PlayStation 4 delivers outstanding visuals, a great design and some extra apps built-in to make it a stand-alone set-top box.
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    6 - Nest's Self-Learning Thermostats Are the Gifts That Pay Dividends
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    Nest's Self-Learning Thermostats Are the Gifts That Pay Dividends

    Nest's self-learning, programmable thermostats may not be the typical holiday season digital gadgets. But whether you are buying it for yourself or for a loved one, the Nest Learning Thermostat is the gift that keeps on giving in terms potential energy savings by limiting use of the furnace or air conditioner. Plus, it connects to mobile devices so users can quickly make changes. Nest is a fast-growing startup founded in 2010 that was acquired by Google for $3.2 billion, ensuring Nest has access to the resources it needs to keep on growing.
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    7 - Don't Forget About the Samsung Galaxy Note 4
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    Don't Forget About the Samsung Galaxy Note 4

    Those who aren't too keen on iOS might find a winner in the Android-based Samsung Galaxy Note 4. That device has a 5.7-inch display and has received rave reviews for its outstanding screen, use of a stylus and its design. The Galaxy Note 4 is a favorite among many Android owners and could top some wish lists this year.
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    8 - Maybe Even the Samsung Galaxy Tab S
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    Maybe Even the Samsung Galaxy Tab S

    If you're looking to stick with Samsung products, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S could be the smart way to go on the tablet front. The device is big, coming in at 10.5 inches, and runs on Android. In addition, it has a great design and provides easy access to a wide range of apps. It's a great option.
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    9 - Looking for a Smartwatch? How About the Moto 360?
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    Looking for a Smartwatch? How About the Moto 360?

    The Apple Watch won't be launching until next year, but for anyone who wants a smartwatch now there are other options available now, such as the Moto 360. The device is the only major smartwatch to come with a round display, and its design is extremely attractive. Whether the Moto 360 will be able to stand up to the Apple Watch next year remains to be seen, but for now, it's a top option for smartwatch-seekers.
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    10 - Amazon Fire TV Is a Top Choice
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    Amazon Fire TV Is a Top Choice

    Although Apple TV is still selling somewhat well, Apple has largely ignored it for years. Amazon Fire TV, on the other hand, is new and supports all kinds of apps, including Netflix, Prime Instant Video and Showtime Anytime. Plus, it has a voice-recognizing remote and comes in at just $99. It's a solid option for anyone looking for an entertainment-focused device.
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    11 - A Windows PC Thrown In: The Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro
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    A Windows PC Thrown In: The Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro

    Windows PC shipments might be down, but that doesn't mean there aren't some solid devices for the taking. The Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro is one of the better options out there, featuring a screen that can placed at any angle to effectively turn the device into a notebook or tablet, depending on the use. The Yoga 3 Pro has received rave reviews for its inventiveness, making it one of the best PCs on store shelves.
 

It's that time of the year again when we're all asking friends and family for their holiday gift wish lists to determine what to buy them. For many, tech hardware goodies including smartphones, tablets and game controls will top those lists. That's certainly good news for technology companies and for those of us who love the industry and the promise it offers, as new technology enables us to be more productive and efficient. But with the dizzying array of digital gadgets on store shelves mounting, it's time to take a step back and consider which products are really worth buying. After all, not all smartphones or tablets are created equal, and it's not so easy to pick from the multitude of home entertainment set-top boxes. That's where this eWEEK slide show comes in. The following slide show takes a look at some of the top devices available now that might be worth adding to your shopping list. Better yet, we even provide a couple of choices in some categories, so you can make your pick.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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