Top 10 Gadget Gifts for Christmas 2011

Esther Cheng

Top Christmas Gifts For Techies
Our top 10 picks for gadget junkies

It's that time of the year again. Since Christmas season is dominated by gift lists, we help you kick-start December with our top 10 Christmas gifts for the tech junkies in your life.

See our Christmas 2011 Guide Page for gift ideas and dining options!

1. DVF Harper Connect Handbag

To get your holiday gift list going, consider the Harper Connect Bag by Diane von Furstenberg (DVF). The bag is available in two colours - black and luggage - and comes with the signature Harper hardware, a chain link strap, and a detachable tassel. If you’re asking where the tech part come in, the Connect bag has a custom tablet pocket for functionality and protection; high fashion and high tech all in one Christmas gift.

Price: US$827

2. Sony Tablet S

2011 was all about tablets, and the Sony Tablet S is giving the iPad a run for its money. Inside, the S model boasts Android 3.2 and a NVIDIA Tegra 2 mobile processor, ensuring high performance and usability.

Outside, even with the tablet's asymmetric design, it manages to feel light and balanced. The gorgeous 9.4" LCD screen is perfect for viewing just about any content.

Price: US$616

3. Kindle Fire

The Amazon Kindle Fire is far from some of the upscale offerings on the market, but this Android-based tablet does stands out amongst its peers. The Fire’s main purpose is to let users find and consume digital media, from books and movies to music, magazines and apps. And, with easy access to Amazon's ever-growing digital library, it's hard to resist all the media that’s just a click away. Pair the content available with the Kindle Fire’s vibrant colour touchscreen display (with extra wide-angle viewing), and you have the perfect tech Christmas gift for under your tree.

Price: US$199

4. Heineken speaker

We had to include this on our list simply for its exclusivity: this portable speaker is only available in Singapore during the holidays when you purchase a Heineken Festive Pack (comes with nine cans of Heineken beer). Look for the Festival Pack (and the speaker) in leading retailers and supermarkets around the city from now till end of December.

Price: Recommended retail price of S$26.50

5. Wireless Porsche mouse

A functional collector's piece worthy of a spot in our top 10 Christmas gift list is this Porsche 917 Salzburg wireless computer mouse from the Porsche Design Driver's Selection. It’s both PC- and Mac-compatible, and all you need to do is plug and play.

Price: US$177

6. Sony NEX-5ND

Following the success of the NEX Interchangeable lens series, Sony is now offering the next iteration, the NEX-5ND. The 5ND is equipped with all the bell and whistles a camera lover would seek in a DSLR, but at half the size of your average camera, and, of course, half the weight as well. The 16.1-megapixel camera is able to capture beautiful stills on the go at up to 10 frames per second. There's also the option of 2D or 3D capture, as well as a tiltable 3.0 inch live view touch LCD screen.

Price: US$945

7. Nike+ Sportwatch GPS

Combining GPS by TomTom with the Nike+ Sensor, the Nike+ Sportwatch GPS lets anyone track their runs instantly. Runners can record their time, distance, pace, heart rate and calories burned on each run in one watch. Users can also bring up their data on to see their mapped route with pace data, and changes in elevation. The watch also has a built-in USB connector for direct run-data upload and battery charging.

Price: US$199

8. ASUS Zenbook

The ASUS Zenbook is by far the thinnest and lightest Ultrabook on the market, with a two-second instant switch-on, two weeks standby battery life and a Bang and Olufsen audio system. We also give it a thumbs-up for its efforts to go green; this Ultrabook utilizes ASUS’ patented Super Hybrid Engine II technology to conserve battery life. This green tech allows the Zenbook to have up to 25 percent longer battery life than other products in its category.

Price: US$1090

9. Samsung GALAXY Note

Buzzed about as the smartphone to own in 2012, the Samsung GALAXY Note features the world's first and largest 5.3" HD Super AMOLED display screen, an expansive high-resolution screen that provides an impressive viewing experience. On top of that, it comes with the S Pen, which feels like an actual pen with pressure sensitivity for precise, fast and rich input to the GALAXY Note.

The lightweight (178g) and thin (9.65mm) GALAXY Note doesn’t trade size for power. The 1.4GHz dual-core processor inside allows for powerful performance on professional as well as gaming apps.

Price: US$770

10. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

The first camera from Panasonic's premium line of Lumix G Micro System cameras, the Panasonic GX-1 is built to capture fast-moving subjects. With a precision contrast auto focus system that has a 0.09 second light speed auto focus with consecutive shooting at 4.2 frames per second, this bad boy is serious competition for most DSLR cameras out there. It also features a nice leather grip and dial for smooth operation.

Price: US$950

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