Xmas Gadgets-What to Buy?

What to buy for Christmas
What's HOT:

Selection from the Gurus !

This week in October saw NEW Tablets tablets everywhere - with all the competing top brands starting at a $300 - $400 price …and higher..
Hyped offerings from Apple, Google, and Nokia, all saw the light of day to compete with Samsung's Galaxy Note 2014 edition…which was unveiled in September 2013…

PS - watch out for acronyms in specifications. These are all types of protocols used for downloading Internet data via the telephone system (as oppose to WiFi) - and note that tablets which have the most connectivity tend to be the models which have the most RAM and hence are more expensive…..)

LTE = "Long Term Evolution" = 4G
GSM = Global system for Communication = 2G
EDGE = "Enhanced Data for Global Evolution" = 3G "plus"
GPRS = General Packet Radio Service = 2.5G
HSPA= High Speed Packet access= sort of 3G plus


Apple's new range:

Apple iphone 5s (and 5C) - released in September
5 min first look review: http://reviews.cnet.com/iphone-5s/
Full review (18 minutes): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-T5pXy5dVcw

(Price: 5s not yet in Spain - iPhone 5 (64GB) - http://www.phonehouse.es/app/f/p-23905-libre/moviles/moviles/apple-iphone-5-64gb.html)

iPad 5 and iPad mini2. - NEW for Christmas
Unveiled on October 22nd
Lots of Hype:
Video on pre-release hype.

…and here's the thing itself:
iPad Air
20% thinner; Narrower bezel (edge bit); Lighter
Same price as before: $499 for the 16 GB model with Wi-Fi, and $629 with 4G LTE, and as always, 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB of storage will be available in $100 increments.
iPad mini with Retina display
2048-by-1536 ; Faster processor; heavier - more expensive than previous model…(from $399 - to $629)

BBC: Review: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24629711

can …old ipad models be had for a bargain ? - yes for the Apple iPad Mini (16GB) - price drop to $299 (3G, WiFi, GPS and Blue tooth connectivity), but full sized iPad …no.

Samsung Galaxy Note series
Samsung galaxy Note 3
A hi spec Android phablet with an electronic "S" pen. - "Phablet"- a small tablet with Phone capabilities.

5 min "first look" review http://reviews.cnet.com/samsung-galaxy-note-3/

Head to Head with HTC: http://www.knowyourmobile.com/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-3/21357/htc-one-max-vs-samsung-galaxy-note-3

Price in Spain:

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 - 2014 edition
Revealed in September 2013
High spec Tablet with electronic pen
First looks Review(2mins 30 sec) : http://reviews.cnet.com/samsung-galaxy-note-10-1/
Expensive ! $600

Not yet in Spain - Old version from €469 : http://www.phonehouse.es/app/f/p-23898-5/tablet/tablet/samsung-galaxy-note-10-1-wifi.html
Also have a 3G model for €100 more…


Google Nexus

Made by Asus …LG ?
Tablet 10 inch: http://reviews.cnet.com/google-nexus-10/ From €400
Tablet 7 Inch http://www.google.es/nexus/7/ From €229 - tho' $229 in the States - half the price of an equivalent iPad mini…but
Buy via the Google Play Store.

Smart phone Nexus 5 - latest version to be released soon (been leaking all over the place)
Note : Video Run through removed from YouTube ! - Roll out expected Today (or not….)

Google Nexus 5 Release Date and Android 4.4 KitKat Roll Out On October 24? Google Finally Sends Out Invites to Event

Here is the Nexus 10 compared with the Apple iPad Air
Neither allow external storage…(Micro SD card)

Price comparisons:


Nokia's Windows Tablet - Lumia 2520 and phablets too
(also revealed on October 22nd - designed before Microsoft takeover)
Article and first looks video here:

Info about the full new Nokia range here


Cheap branded smartphones:
LG Optimus ; Samsung Galaxy: less than €100
All should have: 3G (for phone and data) Wi Fi, Blue Tooth, GPS,

Cheapo tablets:
See Phonehouse several 7 inch makes for less that €100 - if you just want to browse the Internet do some simple e-mails and play games.

Want a keyboard for your e-mails and browsing ? Be original: Get a Chromebook - Cheaper than a tablet !
Samsung Chromebook: Pounds: 219 - not yet available in Spain….

What's Not:

Microsoft Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2
5 min video review / critique: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLBho_b_rAI#t=42
Written review: http://mashable.com/2013/10/21/microsoft-surface-2-review/

Kindle Fire : Advertising seems to be pushing Kindle Paperwhite ….

And finally………Fredrik's suggestion………..

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