Apple’s iPad has been out for quite some time, which means many tech lovers already have the tablet in-house. However, some held off on buying it after finding out that the iPad didn’t ship with multitasking. That said, the iPad now has multitasking. And it’s arguably even more capable (and compelling) than any other tablet on the market. It starts at $499.
3Apple MacBook Air
When Apple first announced the new MacBook Air, some wondered if the company’s lightweight computer could stand up to the iPad. But after further inspection, it’s clear now that it can. Not only is it easily mobile, but it features even more capability than the iPad, thanks to its full installation of Mac OS X. It’s simply the best option right now for anyone looking for a lightweight computer. Pricing on the MacBook Air starts at $999.
4Samsung Galaxy Tab
If the iPad isn’t viable, the next best option is the Samsung Galaxy Tab. Although the tablet is running Android 2.2, a version of the mobile OS that isn’t designed for tablets, it’s highly regarded for its outstanding design. Plus, it comes with 3G out of the box, making it all the more viable to those who work while on-the-go. The iPad is probably a better bet, but no one will be disappointed with the Galaxy Tab. Pricing on the Galaxy Tab varies, depending on carrier.
5Motorola Droid X
The Motorola Droid X is arguably the best iPhone competitor currently available in the mobile market. The device features a big 4.3-inch display, and includes the ability to share its 3G connection with up to five computers at the same time. Plus, it’s running Android 2.2 and it’s available on Verizon’s network. It’s a fine option for any consumer, especially since it retails for just $200.
6Apple iPhone 4
Apple’s iPhone 4 features some of the most advanced features of any smartphone on the market. It includes a high-quality Retina Display, FaceTime video chatting, and an improved design over the iPhone 3GS. Unfortunately, the device suffers from some antenna issues and it’s only available on AT&T’s network, but there is a reason why it’s so popular. It’s simply an outstanding device for the $200 consumers would spend getting it.
Those looking for a Windows-based computer that features some flair can find it with the Dell Adamo. The computer, which starts at $1099, includes an outstanding design that makes consumers toting the device look awfully stylish. Plus, it’s nicely thin and weighs just four pounds. Its 128GB SSD makes it all the more viable to the average customer. It’s a fine option for those seeking Windows.
As more and more folks travel for their jobs, they want to have as pleasant of an experience as possible. And luckily, that can be best achieved with the help of noise-canceling headphones. Bose makes the more popular offering, called the QuietComfort, but several other firms are also heavily invested in the noise-canceling headphone space. Those who spend a lot of time on planes will be happy to get one of these products.
If e-reading is what a consumer is after, the Amazon Kindle, which starts at $139, is probably their best bet. The device features a slew of old and new books at the user’s disposal in just a couple clicks, and features e-ink technology that mimics the experience of reading a hardcover. It has some stiff competition in Apple’s iPad and the Barnes and Noble Nook, but it’s a strong competitor in its own right.
10Alienware OptX Monitor
For those looking for a new, high-quality monitor, holiday shoppers might want to consider the Alienware OptX AW2310. For about $700, users can get a 23-inch display featuring 3D technology and full HD resolution. Plus, it comes with the GeForce 3D Vision Kit to provide usability out of the box. It might be a little expensive, but it’s easily one of the better monitors on the market.
Microsoft’s Kinect motion-gaming peripheral is arguably one of the most viable devices available this year. Rather than use a controller to dictate on-screen action, gamers need only to move their bodies. It’s a unique experience, and it’s something that, for $149, is readily affordable, compared to many of the devices in this slideshow.