Everyone has at least one hard-to-please person on his or her gift list. Instead of adding to your holiday stress worrying whether Aunt Cathy would like another ceramic cat or Cousin Peter wants a puzzle,go for something everyone wants this year: electronics.
Electronics has been the third most popular gift category for the last five holiday seasons,according to the International Mass Retailers Association. With mobile phones,personal digital assistants (PDAs),two-way radios and of course,anything and everything digital to choose from,you’re sure to find something for even the pickiest person.
“Digital technology products are popular gifts for the holidays because there are always new items available to make peoples’ lives easier and more enjoyable,” said Jeff Maynard,a spokesman for Best Buy Co.,Inc. “Digital products have become more affordable,so technology items are sure to be on everyone’s wish list.”
In a world of instant gratification,digital cameras are a must. With no film to develop,you can preview pictures immediately and adjust settings for the perfect shot. Images can be transferred to a computer for storage or e-mailed. Digital cameras range from $149 to $1,499.
The perfect gift for the person on the go,portable,wireless PDAs can send and receive short text messages to and from any e-mail address,keep track of next week’s meetings and access the Internet. New models include functionality such as color,MP3,voice record,video access,eBooks and secure digital memory for additional storage. PDAs range from $99 to $599.
The Sony CLIE PEG-N610C handheld is the first Palm-Powered device to feature a high-resolution,16-bit color (over 65,000 colors) LCD display,making it one of the best color screens in the handheld market today. It sells for about $400.
For the music lover,portable MP3 players make the perfect gift. The players are the best way to listen to music from the Internet in its most popular format,MP3 files. New this holiday season are MP3/CD combo players that allow you to listen to your favorite MP3 files and CDs all in one player. MP3 players are priced from $69.99 to $499.99.
This holiday season,electronic devices are all about keeping in touch,said Motorola spokeswoman Juli Burda.
“Whether you are at the mall using your two-way radios to find the best sale with your friends,text messaging your family a holiday greeting or simply making a call to say hello,you will always be connected,” Burda said.
Mobile phones remain a top draw. Motorola predicts its new V120c and V60c models will be popular this season.
The V120c offers the basics: a microbrowser,voice recognition and two-way text messaging. Access stock prices,the latest news and sport scores with the microbrowser. The phone’s short messaging service can send and receive text messages from other mobile phones or e-mail addresses. Users can personalize their phones with 32 ring tones and a variety of interchangeable PhoneWrap covers. The V120c runs about $69.99 through Verizon Wireless,depending on the service plan.
For a more upscale phone,check out the Motorola V60c. It has text message service,voice-activated dialing,a Web browser and a new user interface,which includes a date book,alarm,phonebook and customizable ringer tones. The Voice Note voice recorder lets you leave reminders to yourself,such as to pick up more wrapping paper on the way home. The V60c costs about $399 through Verizon Wireless,depending on the service plan.
For those who want to keep in touch but don’t need all the fancy stuff mobile phones provide,two-way radios are a good choice. The Talkabout T6200 is Motorola’s newest and smallest two-way radio. With no monthly carrier or airtime usage fees,it provides a cost-conscious solution to keep family and friends connected up to two miles apart,depending on terrain and conditions. With an optional plug-in accessory,the T6200 lets users talk hands-free. In addition to having 14 channels,the T6200 offers a feature that can suppress noise from outside a user’s group. Each Talkabout T6200 costs about $75.99 per radio.
People who require Internet,messaging and phone capabilities could end up juggling three devices. Or they could check out Motorola’s all-in-one V100 Personal Communicator.
The V100 incorporates text messaging,a Web browser,and phone functionality with a full keyboard and 2.2 x 1.4 inch backlit screen in a gift that fits in the palm of your hand. Users can make calls hands-free using a headset accessed through an external phone jack. Weighing in at only 4 ounces,the V100 still allows for two hours of talk time and 125 hours of standby time. The V100 is about $199 through VoiceStream Wireless.