Holiday Gift Guide 2011-What’s Hot This Year

Posted on December 17, 2011 by


So it’s the last week of the year before Christmas and you’ve waited to do your Holiday Shopping, again. How did this happen? We’re guessing it was a mix of procrastination and the classic “Well Amazon has free 2-day shipping” routine. Whatever your reason for not caring enough about your loved ones to think about their gifts in advance, we’ve done all the thinking for you so that you can just enjoy the holidays! This is TheTechUpload’s Holiday Gift Guide 2011. We’ve selected a few of the hottest products in tech from 2011 so that you can get back to, um, whatever it is you were doing. Happy Holidays from TheTechUpload staff!

Tech–Fitness

Fitbit Ultra Wireless Activity Tracker ~ $100
The newly-released and redesigned Fitbit tracker now comes in two colors (blue/black and plum/black) and has the ability to track stair-climbing in addition to the classic pedometer.  The device also now features a clock, stopwatch, more control of displays and a personal greeting and the price hasn’t changed, either!  Fitbit also has an iPhone app, which allows users to log food and activities and track your progress towards your goals.  The app, however, does not allow for syncing with your Fitbit device.  They’re even offering free expedited shipping for guaranteed Christmas delivery if you order by Wednesday 12/21.

If you’re thinking about the Jawbone Up this holiday season, we must warn you that users have been experiencing tons of problems with battery life, regular usage and everything in between.  Jawbone has suspended production of the devices and is even offering full refundsto purchasers.

More information here.

Tablets

ASUS Transformer Prime ~$500 (pre-sale)
The original Transformer was a very good tablet and it successor steps up another notch. The Transformer Prime is thinner and lighter than the rest and, with 32GB of storage available for a dollar under $500, it’s a better deal than most of the top-tier contenders.

For More info check out our full review of the: ASUS Transformer Prime

 

Apple iPad 2 ~$500
Top selling tablet on the market, and always the tablet to beat. Hard to go wrong with this tablet.

More information here.

Kindle Fire ~$200
Another iPad competitor is the Amazon Fire. Priced to sell at just $199. half the price of the iPad, it has access to all Amazon has to offer, including the online store’s entire inventory of books, movies, and music. Though the screen may be smaller, and there’s no option of 3g. However at that price, what more can you ask for?

More information here.

Smartphones

We’ve gone halfsies on Android and iOS phones for this holiday season and we leave it up to you.  Either way, there’s an awesome assortment of smartphones to choose from this year.

AT&T

Samsung Galaxy S II ~200 (w/ 2-year contract)
The Galaxy S II runs on AT&T’s 4G HSPA+ network and features a 4.3″ Super AMOLED Display, and a 1.2 GhZ dual-core processor.

More information here.

iPhone 4S 16GB ~$200 (w/ 2-year contract)
The new iPhone 4S features Apple’s dual-core A5 8MP camera, iOS 5 and iCloud and of course, Siri–every iPhone 4S owner’s new personal assistant.

More information here.

Sprint

Nexus S 4G from Google ~ Free w/ new 2-year activation
Running Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and featuring a 1GhZ Hummingbird processor, 16GB of memory and a 4.0″ Super AMOLED display.

More information here.

iPhone 4S 16GB ~ $200 (w/ 2-year contract)
See above under AT&T.

More information here.

T-Mobile

Samsung Galaxy S II ~ $100 (w/ 2-year contract)
See above under AT&T.

More information here.

Verizon Wireless

Samsung Galaxy Nexus ~ $300 (w/ 2-year contract)
The first smartphone built for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, with a 4.65″ Super AMOLED screen, and is optimized for Google and Google+ sharing.

For More info check out our unboxing of the: Samsung Galaxy Nexus

iPhone 4S 16GB ~ $200 (w/ 2-year contract)
See above under AT&T.

More information here.

Entertainment–Movies

The Hangover Part II ~$15 DVD/$23 Blu-ray Combo Pack
Join the three best friends that anyone can have and Alan in their next movie! Granted this movie wasn’t as good as the first, but really, not many are. Still a lot of good laughs and there’s even a monkey!

More information here.

The Help ~$17 DVD/$25 Blu-ray Combo Pack
OK so probably not on the top of most people’s list, but it should be! Based on one of the most talked about books in years and a #1 New York Times best-selling phenomenon, The Help stars Emma Stone Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer as Minny who build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project that breaks societal rules and puts them all at risk. Very inspiring.

More information here.

Kung Fu Panda 2 ~$17 DVD/$15 Blu-ray Combo Pack
Join Po again living his dream as The Dragon Warrior, protecting the Valley of Peace alongside his friends and fellow kung fu masters, The Furious Five. But Po’s new life of awesomeness is threatened by the emergence of a new formidable villain. Not only great for the kids, but amusing for adults!

More information here.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes ~$17 DVD/$23 Blu-ray Combo Pack
This is the Planet of the Apes prequel centering on genetically engineered chimp Caesar, who was created in a San Francisco lab by an ambitious scientist (James Franco), and who uses his powerful intellect to lead an ape uprising against all of humankind. Real cool movie!

More information here.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 ~$10 DVD/$15 Blu-ray Combo Pack
The final movie of the Harry Potter series, enough said.

More information here.

Music

Apple iPod Touch 8GB ~$199
Driving to your Aunt’s house for the holidays this year? Only see her once and year and you know you are going to sit there awkwardly with those cousins you never see as well.  Treat yourself to Apple’s iPod touch 8GB model.  This is Apple’s 4th generation iPod touch, comes in black or white, and has two cameras (front and back) and is rocking Apple’s latest software upgrade iOS5, so you can wirelessly sync with iTunes and set-up your device without even using a computer.  And, let’s face it, unless you were a pirate for Halloween you probably don’t have more than the 1,500-2,000 songs the 8GB model holds.

More information here.

Beats by Dr. Dre ~$300
So you just picked-up your cool new iPod Touch from Apple, and who uses stock headphones anymore, c’mon? You might want to consider dropping more on the headphones than your iPod itself, it’s what all the cool kids are doing.  You can also check-out SOUL by Ludacris, if that’s more your style.

More information here.

Games

Call of Duty MW3 ~$50
The holiday shopping season is upon us. Call of Duty is a big deal every year. With Modern Warfare 3 boasting a launch day that ranks as the biggest ever, across all of entertainment, there’s a good chance that at least one person you’re buying a gift for likes to spend a chunk of his or her gaming hours playing Duty online.

Check out our feature story: Call of Duty MW3

More information here.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword ~$50
Zelda is back! Zelda fans rejoice, Skyward Sword has come and is actually a very good game. If you’ve ignored Skyward Sword up to this point because of Zelda fatigue, stop and really give this game a chance. It’s a joy to play and has a fun and engaging storyline and combat system.

More information here.

Stocking Stuffers

Logitech iPad Speakers ~$22.54 on Amazon
Getting the iPad? Already have it? Might as well get the Logitech iPad Speakers to maximize your usage and blast that holiday music. 8 Hour rechargeable battery, it won’t drain your iPad’s.

More information here.

Touchscreen Gloves ~$20 on Amazon
We all know that taking off your gloves to text or dial is a pain on your new smartphone. So just buy a pair of gloves that allow you to swipe to your finger’s delight!

More information for men’s here and women’s here.


Justin Gianninoto, Founder, is an experienced digital strategist and creative thinker. He leverages a unique combination of business insight and technical knowledge to advance clients’ strategic goals. Having a deep knowledge of current trends, platforms and technologies, he effectively positions clients' messaging in front of key audiences. He is active in the digital community, having been selected as a member of the inaugural Summer Startup Accelerator program at General Assembly, a global network of campuses focused on technology, design and business. He continues to pursue his passion for innovation and entrepreneurship, staying connected with General Assembly as a teaching assistant, helping students develop technical skills in HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP and WordPress. He graduated from Binghamton University’s School of Management Fast-Track MBA program, receiving his Masters in Business Administration with dual concentrations in Marketing and Management Information Systems, and his Bachelor of Arts in English, General Literature and Rhetoric.