Looking for the ultimate techie gift this year? Check this out if you have one on your list (or if you are one yourself). From smartphones to laptops, these suggestions will make a geek's holiday truly bright.
In this guide we take a look at smartphones, laptops and notebooks, tablet PCs and digital cameras and provide product reviews and user opinions.
In this holiday guide:
These little mobile computing wonders are a sure bet -- whether as a gift for someone else -- or yourself!
Digital photographic equipment means everyone can take stellar shots -- sure to bring a smile to the face of shutterbugs and photo recluses alike.
Laptops and notebooks
As portable computers continue to grow in power and drop in price, this device will please any techie from age 9 to 99.
Promoting ease-of-use and a truly interactive experience, the latest in portable computers is a sure-fire winner for the biggest tech-geek in your social network.
The iPhone is Apple's combination smartphone and iPod. This device supports the iTunes music service, and it sports 8 GB of built-in storage.It's real claim to fame, though, is its innovative user interface based entirely around its touchscreen.
The Palm Centro is the second device from this company using a new smaller and lighter design. Nevertheless, it still includes a full keyboard and a 320 by 320 pixel touchscreen. This Palm OS device runs on Sprint's CDMA network, and supports this carrier's high-speed EV-DO wireless network.
The AT&T Tilt is a Windows Mobile 6 smartphone with an innovative shape. When its screen is slid aside to expose the QWERTY keyboard, it flips up at an angle, making the device look something like a mini laptop. It also includes 3G support, a 3 MP camera, and a GPS receiver.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T200
The Sony T200 is a follow-up model on the T100 as the flagship model of the ultra-slim T series cameras. The T200 offers 8 megapixel resolution, a 3 inch touch-screen LCD, 5x optical zoom with image stabilization, and HD output.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3
This 7 megapixel successor to the TZ1 sports a 10x optical zoom with image stabilization in a relatively compact form factor. Panasonic has added new features, like Intelligent ISO control and a new imaging processor for better performance. It also sports a 3 inch screen and has quick operation.
Nikon Coolpix P5100
The latest advanced point and shoot from Nikon gives you a 12.1 megapixel resolution, 3.5x optical zoom with image stabilization, and 2.5 inch LCD. A full set of shooting modes helps target this camera at pros looking for a compact, or someone looking to upgrade a better-equipped point and shoot.
Laptops and notebooks
Dell Vostro 1500
The Dell Vostro 1500 is much like the Inspiron 1520 -- it has a 15.4" display, the same build and for the most part the same port configuration. However, it is aimed at business users and is therefore all black in its looks. You can also configure it with Windows XP. The Vostro 1500 comes with the latest Intel Santa Rosa platform.
Lenovo ThinkPad T61
The ThinkPad T61 was released in May and is still holding strong on the most popular charts. The T61 sports the new Intel Santa Rosa (Centrino Duo) platform and improves upon the popular T60 by offering an even sturdier build and extra port options.
Sony VAIO SZ
Performance in a small package, that sums up the Sony VAIO SZ. The bright glossy 13.3" display is powered by dedicated graphics and the Intel Santa Rosa platform for an extra performance boost. Sony recently released the VAIO SZ6 series.
HP Pavilion tx1000
The HP Pavilion tx1000 is a Tablet PC notebook convertible. HP refers to it as an entertainment notebook that includes media control buttons, dual headphone jacks, a touch screen that works with any stylus or your fingertip and a new high-gloss finished 12.1" screen. It's powered by an AMD Turion X2 processor, which provides enough power for watching movies or listening to music. Visit
Lenovo (IBM) ThinkPad vX61 Tablet PC
The ThinkPad X61 Tablet PC is a 12.1" tablet that has a Core 2 Duo processor built from the Santa Rosa platform and Intel GMA X3100 graphics. Only weighing in at 3.8-pounds this mighty tablet has a solid chassis and design, making it ideal for students or mobile professionals. It still maintains that same matte black appearance as its predecessor, the ThinkPad X60.
Dell Latitude XT Tablet PC
Dell's first Tablet PC has already made its way onto our "Top 10 list" and it hasn't even been released yet. Those users eagerly awaiting can expect the Latitude Tablet PC to be modeled after Dell's popular Latitude line-up of notebooks, which comes as no surprise. It is supposed to be extremely lightweight, have a 12.1" widescreen display and be based off Intel's Santa Rosa platform.
This was first published in November 2007