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Technology Gifts 2011

11/22/11

No one wants to wake up to find nothing under the tree, but with so many options available for technology gifts, how can you choose the right thing for your friends and family? Information is available all over the web, but you can start here.

MP3 Players

The iPod Touch still sets the standard, holding thousands of songs, offering countless apps, and offering text messaging without those pesky monthly bills.

On a budget?  While the name of the SanDisk Sansa Clip Zip may not exactly roll of the tongue, but in addition to storing music, you can use it as a voice recorder and FM radio – all for about $50.

Tablets

Once again, Apple is at the top of most lists with its iPad (which is also at the top of the highest-priced list).

New to the market is Amazon’s Kindle Fire.  At about a third of the price of the iPad, the Fire lets you browse the web and integrates with Amazon’s music, book, and video services. It lacks some features of the iPad (including a camera and 3G wireless), but doesn’t lighten your wallet as much.

Video Games

Some of the bestselling video games of 2011 that do not involve automatic weapons include:

More information and product reviews are available on CNET’s Holiday Gift Guide.