Christmas is less than two weeks away and a tech gift will be a popular choice but with so many products out there it’s a challenge making the right choice.
That’s where Tech Guide’s Christmas Gadget gift guide comes in.
Our guide is designed to give you plenty of gift ideas so you can surprise your loved ones on Christmas Day with the tech product that’s right for them.
We’ll present our suggestions under the major product categories and also include related products in the same category.
Our suggestions have quite a range on price so there are plenty of suggestions for those who want to spend a little or spend a lot.
Here we go!
The gift of a smartphone is a very generous one and is a gift that is going to save the receiver a lot of money.
They only need to buy a SIM only plan from companies like Amaysim and LiveConnected which is a lot cheaper because they don’t have to pay off a smartphone off over two years.
The most popular choices are:
iPhone 5 – the latest and greatest iPhone which starts from $799.
If it’s Android you’re after, there are many choices with Samsung’s Galaxy S III leading the charge.
There are also a few budget choices – the older iPhone 4 can now be purchased for $449 while the iPhone 4S is now $679.
If you’re after a cheaper Android model you can try the Huawei Ascend D1 or the Huawei Ascend P1 for $499.
Even cheaper is the LG Optimus range which starts at $119.
There’s also the Telstra Urbane for $149 which is actually manufactured by ZTE.
If it’s a Windows Phone that you’ve got your eye on then check out the choices by Nokia and HTC.
On the accessories front there is no shortage of choices including covers, charging devices, Bluetooth accessories and other related products for shoppers on a budget.
Plantronics Bluetooth hands-free mobile devices to stay safe on the road
PowerSkin case keeps your Galaxy S III charged on the go
PowerSkin – the cover that can charge your mobile
Cygnett and STM already showing off iPhone 5 cases
New Star Wars iPhone 5 cases from a galaxy far, far away
Tablets will be one of the most popular tech gift this Christmas and luckily there is no shortage of choices.
Apple will be the most popular choice again this year with the latest fourth generation iPad starting from $539 and the new iPad Mini which starts at $329.
Maybe the person you’re buying for already has an iPad then maybe an accessory like a bag, cover, stand or Bluetooth keyboard would me a good choice.
Get back to nature with Woodchuck iPhone/iPad cases
Sanus introduces new magnetic iPad mounting system
iFlashdrive is like a USB drive for your iPad and iPhone
STM’s new Half Shell keeps your iPad safe with style
Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad review
STM’s Skinny 3 and Grip have your new iPad covered
There are also a range of Android tablets that offer quality and value including the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 which allows users to write on the screen with the S Pen and also split the screen and run two apps at once.
The Google Nexus 7-inch tablet (from $269) is another popular choice along with an affordable 10-inch choices from Kogan for less than $200.
E-Readers are also a great gift for Christmas and it’s hard to go past the Kindle from Amazon which can be purchased directly from Amazon or in store in Australia from Dick Smith or Big W.
Meep – an Android tablet designed just for kids
Panasonic Toughpad is the world’s most rugged and secure Android tablet
Microsoft announces pricing for Surface tablet
Asus Padfone review – the tablet powered by a smartphone
Toshiba unveils its new family of tablets
Samsung releases first 4G tablet through Telstra
The biggest choice that needs to be made here is deciding whether the person you’re buying for prefers a compact, mid-size or DSLR camera.
There’s also a wide price range starting at less than $200 all the way up to a few thousand dollars for the top line digital SLRs.
Samsung Galaxy Camera review – smartphone crossed with digital camera
First look at Panasonic’s GH3 digital single lens mirrorless camera
Lytro Light Field Camera lets you focus your images after you take them
Nikon reveals new range of Coolpix compact cameras
Canon unveils new EOS M compact system camera
Panasonic Lumix FZ150 digital camera review
Olympus launches OM-D compact system camera
If the person you’re buying for enjoys music then there a number of options from headphones, noise cancelling headphones, speaker docks, streaming audio systems in-ear headphones, sound bars, MP3 players and digital radios.
Logitech UE 9000 wireless noise-cancelling headphones review
New iPod Touch and iPod Nano reviews
Bose releases SIE2 and SIE2i sports headphones
Sonos introduces subwoofer for its wireless speaker systems
New range of Ferrari high performance headphones unveiled
Plantronics BackBeat GO wireless in-ear headphones review
Cygnett InSound Noise-Cancelling Headphones review
Sennheiser RS220 wireless headphones review
Bose Wave Music System III review
New Bose Solo speaker system enhances your TV’s sound
Being able to watch movies in high quality is now a reality and movie lovers will be hoping there a Blu-ray players, surround sound speakers system or the latest movies under the tree.
Here are some of our suggestions:
Sony releases flagship S790 Blu-ray Disc player with 4K upscaling
Samsung HT-E6750W 7.1 channel Blu-ray Home Theatre System review
Prometheus Blu-ray offers a second screen experience
New Blu-ray Disc box set celebrates 50 years of James Bond
Avatar to be released in 3D on Blu-ray on October 24
Jaws restored and remastered for August Blu-ray release
We all use computers whether it’s a laptop for a student or executive or a desktop computer for the family or creative professional.
Ultrabooks are also becoming increasingly popular and what they all have in common are thin form factors and speedy performance.
Other choices in this category include security software, a carry bag, a printer or a snap-on protective case.
And you can also give the gift of the latest operating system – Mountain Lion for Mac and Windows 8 for PC users.
ASUS reveals All-In-One Windows 8 touchscreen desktop PCs
Dell’s latest range designed for work and play
Dell expands XPS range with 14 and 15-inch models
Epson proves cost-saving benefits of business colour inkjets
13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display review
15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display review
Apple’s redesigned iMac to go on sale this week
Acer releases stylish Aspire Z3 and Z5 all-in-one PCs
HP reveals sleek new ultrabook range
There are lots of tech products for drivers including GPS navigation systems and other items designed for us to stay safe behind the wheel especially since the intriduction of new road rules which make it illegal to touch your mobile while you’re driving.
Navman reduce prices on GPS devices and offer lifetime map updates
New TomTom GPS devices can be controlled with your voice
Laser Navig8r – the black box recorder for your car
Navman’s Mivue can capture on-road incidents while you’re driving
Pure unveils new in-car digital radio
Strike release easy-to-install car reversing cameras
Buying console is a great gift for an individual or a family thanks to the many games than can be enjoyed either by a single player or the entire household.
Nintendo timed the release of its brand new Wii U console to perfection at the end of November to put it on many a Christmas list. The device is now high definition capable and features a new GamePad controller which has its very own interactive screen.
If it’s a PlayStation 3 you’re after then check out the latest even smaller version of the popular console that can also double up as a 3D Blu-ray Disc player.
Over at Xbox the Kinect controller brings your whole body into play with a range of the latest games.
And there are lots of choices for games including the record-breaking Call of Duty Black Ops II (PS3, Xbox 360) , Assassin’s Creed (PS3, Xbox 360) and Halo 4 (Xbox 360 exclusive).
Portable gaming is also an option for you on the go gamer so either the Nintendo DS XL or the PlayStation Vita are worth considering.
Elgato makes it easy to capture and share your gameplay videos
Review: Turtle Beach XP500 gaming headset
For the person who has everything, maybe an unusual gadget or product could be just the answer. Here are some tech products that are hard to fit into one particular category but are pretty cool all the same.
Nike+SportsWatch GPS powered by TomTom review
GolfBuddy Platinum GPS will help lower your score
GolfBuddy Voice can tell you the distance to the hole
Livescribe’s Sky wi-fi smartpen links your notes to the digital world
FitBit Zip digital health tracker will get you moving
Netgear home Wi-Fi booster keeps your mobile devices connected