Perhaps the quintessential 2010 holiday gift, the iPad is the perfect present for someone on-the-go. The iPad features a 9.7-inch screen, fingerprint-resistant coating, and a battery life that lasts up to 10 hours while surfing the web or watching movies. It’s available in 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB flash drive as well as 3G Wireless Internet for a monthly fee.
COST: Starting at $499
Watch the shows you want, when you want them. Roku is a small box that connects to a TV and streams movies from online sources like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Video On Demand. The box works with any TV model and has built-in WiFi and plays high-definition video. If you decide to spring for the Roku XDS, you’ll be able to play stored photos, music, and videos.
COST: Starting at $60
The Motorola Droid is a great present for any techie that wants more than a phone to talk and text with. The Droid’s camera is top-notch with image stabilization, scene modes, as well DVD-quality video playback. A 3.7-inch screen makes it considerably larger than most BlackBerrys and bigger than the iPhone. The Droid comes pre-loaded with a number of apps, too, including Google Maps.
COST: $200 with a two-year contract
Topping all the Consumer Reports lists is the Canon EOS Rebel T1i, the newest Rebel on the market. The Rebel features a 15.1 Megapixel sensor, a 3-inch LCD with anti-reflective and scratch-resistant coating, and high-definition video capture at resolutions up to 1920 x 1080. The T1i also comes with an 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens, which is perfect for any beginner photographer
An LED TV is a kind of LCD TV that uses light-emitting diodes, which improves the definition of the image. That means that the Vizio 55-inch LED TV series performs well in bright rooms and can be viewed from many different angles. The TV also includes a unique Bluetooth remote with slide-out QWERTY keyboard and integrated Wi-Fi, which means you can surf the web right on one screen
COST: Starting at $1,700
The notebook of choice for millions of users, the MacBook features a 13.3-inch glossy widescreen, a 10-hour battery life, a glass multi-touch trackpad, a built-in webcam, and much more. The Macbook weighs under 5 lbs and sports a 250GB hard disk drive and a 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor. All MacBooks come with movie-editing software, iTunes, and a host of other programs
COST: Starting at $999
The popular Flip UltraHD contains 4 GB of video storage or up to one hour of high-definition filming. The camera comes with the Flipshare software, so setup is easy. Some features include a 2-inch TFT screen and a screen resolution of 320 x 240 pixels. Also consider the Flip MinoHD or the Flip SlideHD.
COST: $150 - $250
The Wii is a video game console that will actually get you off the couch. For this holiday season, you can check out new games like Wheel of Fortune, Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit, and the much anticipated Karaoke Revolution: Glee. Check retailers for special bundles that will include the Wii console, a Wii Remote Plus, a Nunchuk, and games.
Supersize a laptop screen with Apple’s 27-inch LED Cinema Display computer monitor. The monitor features panoramic viewing, a glossy widescreen display, a 2560 x 1440 resolution, and 60 percent more pixels than the 24-inch LED Cinema Display. The screen also has a built-in webcam, microphone, and speakers.
The Samsung HT-C6500 Blu-ray home theater system features a built-in Blu-ray player, two HDMI inputs, Netflix and YouTube streaming, and built-in WiFi. It also boasts an impressive sound system with four right/left channel speakers, one center channel speaker, and one 170 Watt subwoofer.
COST: Starting at $500
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