1. eBook reader
In 2011 we all bought eBook readers for our loved ones but since then tablets have come a long way. eBooks have traditionally been much cheaper than tablets but these days you can pick up the latest 7” Android tablet for under $200. eBooks have the advantage of being easy to read for long periods (using E Ink technology) but increasingly we are becoming used to reading books on our glossy tablet screens.
2. Windows RT tablet
Windows RT is the cut-down version of Windows 8 specifically designed for personal use to compete with iPad and Android. The problem is that Microsoft can’t compete on a like-for-like tablet with Apple and Google because they don’t have the range of apps. We can’t understand why Microsoft doesn’t drop RT for the fully-functiona
3. Smart watches
We’re on the verge of a revolution in smart watches – either that or the smart watch is a fad that will die out quickly. Either way you probably should not buy a smart watch now because Apple, Samsung, LG and Google are all reportedly working on major products for release soon. Early players have either delivered unstable performance or a mediocre set of functions. Just wait to see what happens.
4. 3D TV
3D TV is a fad, no doubt about it. When Avatar came out we were all sold on a 3D TV for our lounge room only to realise you can’t relax with your 3D glasses and a headache. So if you want to buy your partner a new TV this Christmas, is it really worth paying extra for 3D? We think not.
5. Bluetooth tracker tags
Bluetooth tracker tags are keyring-sized devices that you can stick or attach to those items you don’t want to risk losing – your wallet, keys, remote control or even your kid (attached to the shoelace)! The concept is great but the execution is not quite there yet. You need to be within 30 meters of the device to locate it and the tracking signal is not great. SticknFind (link) and Genie (link) are two leading models but we are all waiting for Tile (link), which is due to be launched mid next year. It might sound like a great gadget for Christmas but best wait for the next generation.