Millions of people love technology, which means that giving a gadget as a gift is a good way of pleasing friends and family. But with so many options on the market, picking a specific present can be tough. Here are 10 geeky gifts you could choose.
iCrayon Touch Stylus
Most modern smartphones and tablets have capacitive touchscreen displays which respond to the touch of a finger, not the pressure of any object. That means you need a specialised stylus to interact with your iPhone or Android device.There are plenty of generic options around, but the iCrayon is a fun and functional alternative which, as the name suggests, resembles a big crayon but works like a precise stylus.
This little smartphone dock is compatible with both iOS and Android devices and lets you use your touchscreen handset as a keypad to unlock the door and access whatever items you have stored inside.The idea is that you can put precious items in the safe and leave it on your desktop, only getting access when you add your phone and the unique code.
Amazon Kindle Touch
The touchscreen version of Amazon’s popular Kindle eBook reader is easy to use and provides hour after hour of entertainment, whether you are on holiday or on the daily commute.As well as being able to interact with the device using your finger, you can store thousands of volumes on it as well as audio books and MP3 files for playback.
Music-streaming service Spotify has risen to prominence in recent years and is a great alternative to purchasing individual tracks or albums from an online store such as iTunes.You can buy a premium subscription for your friend or get a Spotify gift card. They can then join the service and access millions of music tracks with no adverts, streaming themto either their PC or their smartphone.
Sony PlayStation Vita
While mobile phones may have entered the portable gaming market, the true hardcore experience is only available on dedicated devices.The PlayStation Vita is a portable console with a five-inch OLED display, two touch-sensitive surfaces, full analogue control sticks and graphics which come close to matching the PlayStation 3 for fidelity. It is basically a must-buy item for gadget fans.
Holga iPhone Lens
This neat little lens attachment for the iPhone lets you add nine different filters to your handset’s camera without having to tinker about with an editing program.It is perfect for photography fans and those who are in need of something to add a hint of nostalgia to their snaps. If you have an iPhone and want information on how to get an affordable tariff you can find more at the sim only website.
Veho Pebble Smartstick
This is a portable charging solution which lets you power up your smartphone when you are out and about with no mains power supply to hand.It is slim, easy to carry and comes in a variety of covers, providing you will enough power to fully recharge an iPhone. This makes it ideal for camping trips and festivals.
Beats by Dr Dre
Of all the celebrity-endorsed headphones on the market, the Beats Audio range which bears the seal of approval from rap and hip-hop legend Dr Dre is arguably the best.While they come at a premium price, they also offer excellent audio performance, bringing tracks to life like no other headphones.
Google Nexus 7
Google’s first tablet is compact, powerful and most of all affordable, so for those who are sceptical about the iPad it will be a great gift.
If you are in doubt about what present to buy a geeky friend then it probably makes sense to ask them what they are interested in. This will help you to avoid spending money on something which is never used.