People are always asking me if this tech gift or that geek gift is right for their significant other. The one rule that I try to follow is this, “most electronics are crap”. This is particularly true for many of the gifts that are marketed for “the geek in your life” around the holiday season. With that in mind, I’ve compiled a list of 5 Gifts that I’d love to get myself this year.
1. Roku 3 Streaming Media Player– It’s a set-top box that has the best interface of any similar device I’ve ever used. These features are supposedly built into many Smart TVs, but the one thing they get all wrong is the interface. Roku gets it right. Netflix, check. Amazon, check. Every other streaming service, check.
2.Motorola Moto G – 16GB– The Moto G, due to be released on December 4th, is a great way to give a new Android smartphone to your luvva without chaining them to a two-year commitment. It has much in common with its big brother Moto X, but for less than $200 it’s a stupendous deal.
3.Kindle Fire HDX 7″/ Google Nexus 7– Everyone wants a tablet, even if they don’t need one. They are one of the hottest tech gifts period. The reason for calling out both, rather than just the Nexus 7 is whether or not you are into Amazon Instant Video streaming. If you’re a fan of that service then the tablet to get is the Fire, otherwise I would get the Nexus 7. It is a quick tablet with a fabulous display. I would also skip the 10″ version of any tablet. They’re just too darn big.
4.Amazon Prime– If you are receiving a constant stream of purchase from Amazon, there’s a good chance that you are already an Amazon Prime member, but how about your father-in-law. The impossible to buy for father-in-law. He could use Prime as well. Not only do you get free 2-day shipping on a significant percentage of items in the Amazon store, but you also get to stream all the available Instant Video choices that are included as part of the subscription.
5.Lenovo IdeaPad S400– The ultimate Christmas gift, a new laptop computer. My recommendation is one of the Lenovo IdeaPad models. They have plenty of power, plus they have touch screens. That way when you reach out and interact with the computer with your finger, it will actually respond.
Now, you may be asking, where are all the Apple products? Back at the store where they belong. I can’t in good conscience ask anyone to buy Apple products where you get less for your money and are locked in with a company that only wants to extract every last cent it can out of the consumer. If you are into Apple products, move on and God help you.
One last piece of advice, skip the extended warranty on your devices. They are unnecessary most times and when/if it does become necessary to replace the device you won’t want to have it replaced with the same old many year-old tech.