Right before the holidays, companies come out with their shiniest, best new gear. Here’s the low-down on the top five new gadgets that will come out for 2012. These are all perfect for holiday gift giving.
So, what’s hot to trot?
Stump Portable Tablet Stand – $24 – Stump Website – Amazon Link
Why do I like it? Three separate viewing angles? I’m sold. Haha, okay not SO fast. But this is so necessary! It’s for use with your iPad or ereader. Perfect for watching Netflix while you’re working at your computer, bored on a flight, or reading recipes while you cook in the kitchen. This is available in five different colors, small enough to fit in your purse, and the base is weighted so it doesn’t wobble. The Wall Street Journal has given this high, high praise. They seem pretty reputable, you know? 😉
Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime – $499 for a 32GB model and $599 for a 64GB version
Why do I like it? It’s tiny, there’s color choices, there’s a 12 hour battery… but the reason this is better than the iPhone, for me is that you can buy an optional dock to make it like a little notebook. The keyboard dock (meaning you don’t have to get an additional dock) is $149 and seriously, an extra keyboard that folds out or something is pretty important for these tablets if you ever want to type more than a text message on them. So you knock out two birds with one stone. And unlike with the foldable keyboards, with this you get a touchpad, USB port, and SD card slot, even extra battery life. Me likey. Me likey a lot. This gets my pick for the tablet to get over any other.
Polaroid’s Z340 Instant Digital Camera – $299.95 – Amazon Link
Why do I like it? Because I was so upset when I heard poloroids were gone! But they’re back. And apparently they’re getting amazing reviews and Amazon can hardly keep them in stock. (Buy early!)
ZAGGmate Aluminum iPad 1Case with Integrated Bluetooth Keyboard – $51 – Amazon Link
Why do I like it? Because I already have an iPad, I don’t need to buy a whole new tablet with a keyboard. This has decent reviews and looks like it will dock and give me the keyboard room I need to actually, you know, type. I looked into the Clam Case, but this one has better reviews.
Kindle Touch 3G – $149 – Amazon Link / Amazon Link with Special Offers
Why do I like it? If someone (like my Mom) only wants an ereader, then this is a good option. This has a built-in, totally free 3G connection so you can literally download books anywhere, anytime.