You don’t want to be “that guy” this Christmas who gets someone a gift that they really don’t want. Technology is a minefield when it comes to giving gifts, purely because every product has its own unique selling point and everyone has their own preferences.
Hopefully, I’m about to give you a quick list of things that may not be appreciated this Christmas, to give you a better idea of what to avoid.
If you want to check out our list of things that you should be buying this Christmas, head over to here!
Obscurely Branded E-Book Readers
I love e-Books. They’re convenient, you can carry thousands at any one time and they’re sometimes (but not always) cheaper than their paper counterparts, too. The main advantage to e-Book readers such as Amazon’s Kindle is that it has a store behind it. The Kindle Store has hundreds of thousands of books that you can choose from, making it easy to purchase books and start reading straight away. Lesser known e-Book readers will almost certainly not have this feature, meaning that you will have to start scouring the internet for e-Books, which doesn’t exactly spell match made in heaven.
My suggestion? Skip the unbranded e-Book readers and spend a little extra on the Kindle. It’s more than worth it in the long run.
Cheap Android Tablets
Android’s run-me-on-anything-you-like approach to mobile computing is the reason it’s been so successful. In the market for smartphones and tablets it’s a numbers game and Android is on most tablets that you’ll see in stores. With such an approach though, where anyone can use Android on their hardware, it’s certainly a mixed bag with a lot of potential for devices that simply aren’t worth the money that they demand.
As a rule of thumb, I’d certainly advise you to stay away from brands that you’re unfamiliar with. If you don’t want to buy an iPad as a gift this Christmas, there are some great Android tablets out there from companies such as Motorola, Samsung and even HTC.
So play it safe and don’t let yourself be attracted by cheaper models that may seem nicer on your wallet, because let’s face it: in the end, you usually do get what you pay for.
If you don’t often follow technology blogs, then you may be blissfully unaware that Sony has recently released a brand new portable console in Japan called the PS Vita. It’s insanely powerful – it packs a quad-core processor, a gorgeous 5-inch display and an accelerometer – so much so that it can take on the PS3 when it comes to graphics capabilities.
Even though it’s out in Japan right, it won’t be in the UK (or the USA) until 2012, but it’s coming early enough that new PSP owners will be pissed off that they’re missing out on the new technology. Needless to say, buying a PSP for someone this Christmas may not be the best idea in the world.
Having said that, if you’re buying for someone who doesn’t care about the latest and greatest, you will be able to pick it up at a very decent price.
Hoping to study Computer Science at University in the near future, you’ll seldom see John without a computer in touching distance! His interests include building computers, reading all sorts of literature and of course writing for Zath to keep you updated on all the latest in the world of tech! You can follow John on Twitter as @british_geek.