Top 10 Gadgets for Tech Heads this Christmas

Welcome to our final instalment of our extremely popular blog “Top Ten  Gadgets for Tech Heads this Christmas” thank you to all our loyal followers and your feedback, sorry we couldn’t review all of your suggestions but find some more on our Facebook page and don’t forget to like us!

As we move on to our top 2 gadgets we look at tablets and in at number 2 is the google nexus 7

#2 Google Nexus 7

If you’re looking for a tablet this year then you really should check out Google’s new Nexus 7 New_nexus_7. The new Nexus 7 looks very much like the old version it’s slimmer and lighter than the original just 8.7 mm and 290 g. and significantly easier to hold.

The Nexus 7’s best feature is its amazing screen. The tablet still has a 7in IPS display but the resolution has been cranked from 1280 x 800 pixels to 1920 x 1200, giving it a mammoth pixel density of 323 ppi. The display is simply stunning and without a doubt the best of any 7in tablet around at the moment

The Nexus 7 is equipped with a 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core Krait processor and the memory has been doubled to 2 GB.


It even boots up quicker than your average tablet. But there’s still no microSD card slot for expansion. It’s one of the only downsides to this tablet

The Nexus 7 comes well equipped with dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and now has two cameras rather than just one and is small enough that using the rear camera for taking photos and video is easy with generally crisp nice looking shots Video can be shot at up to 1080p resolution and looks good if you hold the Nexus 7 nice and steady.

The Nexus 7 is a great tablet and is available in most electrical distributors such as Harvey Norman’s and P.C world at a recommended retail price of €250

So the top spot on our Top ten Gadgets for Tech Heads this Christmas is (drum roll)….. The iPad Air

#1 iPad Air

Apple have really out-done themselves with this product it is the smallest, lightest, and most powerful tablet out there. Its amazing size only 7.5mm depth smaller than most smart phones on the market. Apple have streamline everything possible on this tablet and still haven’t lost any of the essential features; in fact everything you find on the iPad 4 you will find on this device including the 9.7 inch screen a 2048-by-1536 resolution and over 3.1 million pixels, photos and videos pop with detail and text looks razor sharp.


The new Apple-designed A7 chip brings 64-bit desktop-class architecture to iPad. That means up to twice the CPU speed and graphics performance for everything you do. And a fantastic battery life up to 10 hours.


But all in all this is a great product as we mentioned in an earlier blog; the battle of the smart phones wasn’t as clear cut any-more with iPhone losing ground to its competitors but in the tablet wars iPad are leading the way. At a RRP of €487 the iPad is clearly the best tablet out there this year and that is why it tops our Top ten Gadgets for Christmas this year.

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Top 10 Gadgets for Tech Heads this Christmas

Down to number 5 in our list of Top 10 Gadgets for Tech Heads this Christmas and this the one you’ve all been waiting for, Smart Phones. Probably one of the most commonly bought presents for the last few years. But there are so many choices of smart phones out there it can be hard to chose the right one, so in today’s Granite Digital blog we will review gadgets number 5, 4, and 3 respectively.

#5 The iPhone 5s

Once a king always a king?

In the first days of Smartphone’s iPhone rule was undisputed and there was no other smart phone. But iPhones have been In steady decline as of recent, and the apple innovation era has come and gone.

The iPhone is still a good product and are still bringing out some of the newest features to desperately try to cling on to the top spot, but competitors are gaining ground quickly the newest version of the iPhone, the iPhone 5s has many new features but is basically the old iPhone 5 that was only released less than a year ago.iphone_5s

The newest features and the one Apple are really pushing is the Touch ID feature, a smart finger print recognition home button that can offer the security of safe purchasing and more. as-well as an improved camera and greater CPU power. But has apple killed itself by constantly releasing a new phone and then an “S” version less than a year later?

Apple are basically hoodwinking people with newer features and living of their past-tense status without having to do any re-design of the concept. iPhone used to be king for apps but now almost every app can be released on any platform. Would they not be better off putting out a full powered phone with top specs, and not leave customers feeling they bought the newest phone and all of a sudden its not as good in less than a 12 month period?

#4 Samsung Galaxy S4

A Cat may look at a king

Brought up in the shadow of the iPhone the galaxy strives to knock iPhone of the top spot and recently they achieved this, but the competition is so fierce will its reign be a short lived one?

samsung-galaxyThe Galaxy S4 boasts the largest screen for a Smartphone and has some amazing technology under the hood.  Its full screen is clear, sharp, and a breath of fresh air and watching full HD video or intensive 3D gaming is a doddle, and browsing the Internet or multi-tasking a breeze. Scrolling through menus is quick and smooth, with the only very occasional stutter occurring when something is updating while you’re trying to open an app at the same time. It also unfortunately has a slightly inferior camera to others. But one of the Galaxy’s best features is its outstanding battery life. As with the Iphone it can host all types of Apps, Apple used to be the only App machine but now developers make Apps for all platforms this is no longer an issue.

#3 Nokia Lumia 2010 Windows Phone

Rise of the Fallen

Before the era of the smart phone Nokia were kings among men and there greatest feature was their Camera technology the patented “Carl Zeiss” camera, was head and shoulders above any other phone camera out there, but their smart phone technology was sorely lacking and Nokia disappeared faster than you could say “révolution”. Nokia have been testing and trying to re-enter the smart phone market but with no avail. Until now!


The New Windows smart phone has seen Nokia cleverly team up with windows and release a phone unique to the windows 8 design and functionality and corner the market in this niche. But it is still windows 8 and not the “greatest product” windows expected it to be, lacking in App ability and some of the biggest Apps such as Instagram, Vine, and Flipboard are missing (for now).

Nokia are staying with the technology that made them the best all those years ago, the Camera is by far the most superior Photo and Video quality than any other phone on the market and its Video editing tools are great for any person into making movies or photography it has many amazing features to allow the user endless hours of experimenting with settings, effects, zoom, and contrasts to produce some outstanding images or film, and all finished off with a handy upload tool straight to Facebook or Youtube. The loud colour range available make this phone fun and popular with the youth of today. But have Nokia released this phone to soon?

So after reviewing these phones it is hard to define which of them is the best, they all have locked onto a single feature that they think will make them the best seller.

As all other features of phone calls, functionality and apps are generally the same. The Smart phone is now generic and to tell one from another is only done by brand and design none of them have anything different or revolutionary to separate them from one another so buying choice will generally come down to favored product, best price, or contract offers.

Top 10 Gadgets for Tech Heads this Christmas

The future is here!

Number six of Granite Digital’s Top Ten Best Gifts for Tech Heads this Christmas is defiantly bringing the future to the present (pardon the pun). What used to be in futuristic sci-fi movies is now a reality.

#6 Google Glass

Google Glass is a new device that has been talked about over the past 2 years although not fully established Google Glasses are now available on the market.


We already carry around technology with us everyday in the form of our smart phones or smart watches and we constantly have our heads buried in them, so why not incorporate the use of the glasses at least we can feign interest in other people with eye contact rather than looking down into our smart phones!

The Google Glasses has many great features; as many as a smart phone does and gradually we are being exposed to magazine photo shoots, celebrities, models and journalists using the product as Google begins to build on the reputation of this item

The design itself is just an average pair of glasses you will notice it is thicker on one arm to incorporate the features and touch buttons, it also comes in several different colours and some additional accessories such as a sun-glass cover.


The Features of Google Glass include photo, video, makings calls, face time and voice recording. You will also be able to read emails and browse the Internet.
The Google Glasses are inevitably something that will be popular in the future but why not be one of the first to start the trend now?



Google Glass comes at a hefty price tag of €1000. But this gadget is high on the list of Trend setting Tech Heads.

Top 10 Gadgets for Tech Heads this Christmas

Down to number 7 on our list of “Top 10 gadgets for Tech heads this Christmas” as we draw ever closer to Christmas day!

#7 Sasha Tseng’s Toast Messenger

This Gadget is great for so many reasons. Techies tend to spend every god given hour stuck to a computer screen; researching this and coding that. Conversation can practically be non existent!!

Q: what does a techie and everybody else for that matter need?….

A: Food and water or even coffee and toast !!

Sasha Tseng has invented this ingenious idea a toaster that you can write notes on !!



Now when you make tea and toast for the loved techie in your life you can simply write down a message for them knowing they will get the message loud and clear,toast 3

whether  it be “I Love You”, “Remember The Movie starts at 9” or even “I’m leaving you and taking the Car” This gadget is an ideal gift for Christmas this year and a great make to get your message across !!!


Rumour: McLaren set to announce Samsung

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General paddock consensus is that McLaren will announce Samsung at their car launch in January. The announcement was due to go ahead on December 2nd, however the team thought it may be able to generate better publicity fore the brand at the launch.

It follows the announcement by Vodafone at the beginning of the year that they would be withdrawing from the sport. That deal for the title sponsorship and branding on the cars, driver overall and other team merchandise was said to be in the region of $50m per year.

Samsung pulled out of sponsoring the British Superbike team Honda Racing earlier this month which has added fuel to the rumours.

The other leading contender is Procter & Gamble using their Gillette brand. Gillette starting its partnership with Mclaren earlier in 2013 at the Chinese Grand Prix. The companies main focus was on expanding into the Asian market.

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Top 10 Gadgets for Tech Heads this Christmas

Next  in our list of The Top Ten gifts for Tech Heads this Christmas is something not necessarily associated with a Techie but things still need to get done around the house and men will always be men!

Does the Techie in your life think he can fix things just as well as programme on a computer but really can’t why not give him a present that will really help with the D.I.Y issues around the house?

# 7  The Power8 Workshop

This Gadget for a D.I.Yer is what apps are to the iphone; 1 completely compliments the other. This gadget will offer all the tools needed to perform simple DIY tasks around the house and some other tools to help jobs of a slightly more advanced level these tools he may not understand and won’t admit but the true Techie relishes in discovering new things and mastering them!

This Gadget has an amazing arsenal and a pretty amazing price tag to match with the following tools included:power8workshop72-450

  • 5-½” circular saw, a jigsaw,
  • Variable speed 3/8″ drill/driver,
  • Flashlight.
  • Assortment of drill bits,
  • Driver bits
  • Jigsaw blades
  • Soft tool bag

Some of these top brand items alone cost more than the entire toolbox but together but don’t be suspicious of the low price tag the toolbox was featured in Channel 4’s Gadget man and received high reviews from professionals in the construction industry.

These tools are perfect for D.I.Y and the box itself has many features, like a transformer this box morphs into a variety of useful positions, a table saw, scroll saw, or drill press the features of this gadget will without doubt help to do a better job than previously.


This is without doubt a must have for anybody to have in their shed and it will give the confidence to attack those d.i.Y jobs around the house, if you don’t have you T.V mounted to the wall yet expect them all to be; come mid-January.

Top 10 Gadgets for Tech Heads this Christmas

The next chapter in our Top 10 Gadgets for Tech Heads this Christmas is something of a musical delight for the ears. Listen for endless hours to your favorate music in style.

#8 Beats by Dr Dre.

Let’s face it if you haven’t seen headphones this year where have you been? Headphones are definitely highly trending at the moment and make a perfect gift for anybody, I can’t see anyone not being happy with this present it’s not just a gift for somebody but it’s also a sneaky gift for yourself. By a partner using these you give yourself the peace and quiet you deserve while the techie in your life is busy working away on their laptop headphones will allow you to sit and watch the T.V in peace, even if you have completely different tastes in music you won’t have to suffer any more!!


And yes they really do make the difference! It can’t be explained in written word but the listening experience really is like something you’ve never heard before, no more tinny sound! The newest headphones really give you the full force of base and treble that will amaze you and help understand the price tag on some of the headphones out there. The saying is never so true “you get what you pay for!”

The most popular and recognisable Brand of headphones out there are by far “Beats by Dre” if you don’t know Dr Dre is a Rapper turned Producer turned Entrepreneur with a career spanning over 30 years and has definitely done his homework as the revenue from the headphones has seen him reach this year’s Forbes richest list.


To go into the technical part of these headphones is not really what you want to hear because basically who really knows about “dual-mode noise-cancelling circuits” or “V-Moda Crossfade M-100”?  So we will talk about the user design features and accessories that come with the headphones themselves.

The design of the Headphones is sleek and very basic but look extremely good, the branding has become a fashion icon in its own right and people want to be seen wearing these as a street accessory, they are wireless and come with a USB charging kit.

Its features include Bass, Treble, and Mid-tones adjustment, they are lightweight and the ear pads are “super comfortable”, they have  a lithium battery has a life of up to 20 hours.

These are not the cheapest headphones out there but are the most popular and at a R.R.P price tag of €199 can be found at outlets such as Harvey Normans and P.C world, The Beats by Dre Headphones are a great Christmas Present for anyone. Other alternatives can be found out there, a lot from rap stars seem to be appearing.

Are these the Hard mans version of celebrity products flying onto the shelves this Christmas?  Beats-by-Dre-Studio-2013-side-angle

Top 10 Gadgets for Tech Heads this Christmas

In our second blog of our Top 10 Gadgets for the Tech Head this xmas Granite Digital will review gadgets to hopefully give you some ideas for what to buy this Christmas for the techie in your life

#9 The Tom Tom Runner

The Tom Tom runner is a new GPS sports watch for runners or anyone who wants to get into fitness in the new year, After putting on a few Christmas pounds we all feel the need to change and set our new year’s resolutions to get into better shape and what better way the to start yourself off with jogging or running.

The Tom Tom GPS watch is ideal for the professional down to the amateur runner with its numerous features to train track and set goals for yourself and it is the features of the gadget that really sells itself.


Features include an accelerometer and sensors to work outdoors or on the treadmill, view distance, pace, average pace, stride length, personal music selection, calories burned, and lap times all in real time and it has Bluetooth to sync with addition accessories such as a heart rate monitor.

But it really comes into its own when these features are explored and set correctly the watch almost becomes your personal trainer supplying feedback throughout your run.

You can set yourself goals such as Distance over  Time or calories burned and the Tom Tom will notify you via beep or vibrate not just at the end of your run but during at certain intervals, and a handy final percentage notification to give you that final push to reach your goal.

It has a great lap monitor counting distance and time taken to complete each lap and a Zone feature that can track your pace warning you whether you are dropping off the pace or exerting yourself too early.

But probably its best feature is the Ghost Race. This allows you to compare yourself with a previous run tracking your progress or lack off! And you can choose to give the ghost a head start to set yourself a greater challenge.

The Tom Tom Runner also has a great user interaction feature with its Online website were a user can upload data via a “My Sports” web tool, which provides support and has export features to keep and build your own personal training plan.TomTom-Runner-

Many similar items have been known to have GPS problems but the Tom Tom Runner incorporates the same technology it uses for its satnavs, and moving will improve signal connection.

And finally let’s not forget the Tom Tom Runner is a watch1 and has all the usual watch functionalities including and alarm to get you up for those early morning runs!!

The Tom Tom Runner is available in Pink and Grey and at a R.R.P of €122.00 and is Number 9 of Granite Digitals Christmas Gift Ideas For the techie in your life.

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Snapchat a new marketing tool?

As stats begin to show Snapchat is fast becoming the new facebook for younger users, Over 350 million images have been sent over Snapchat and it is growing fast! Today’s youth have realised the publicity issues that arise on facebook whether it be images permanently staying online, Parents, Employees, and friends of the family seeing their antics, They are now  beginning  migrating to Snapchat.

What is Snapchat?

Snapchat is a new service that allows the user to capture an image and send to their friends and followers. So what makes this different from any other photo sharing platform? Snapchat has a time limit on every image up to 10 seconds making this app a fast and fun service to capture a moment. Receivers have an option to screenshot this image if they wanted to keep it, share it, or show it to somebody else making that image ever more a bit special while other images are discarded. There is also a story option in Snapchat which images can last for 24hours and can create a narrative of the day or a promotion.

This now offers a new platform in Digital marketing in Ireland and a Dublin Night Club has taken advantage of this opportunity by issuing Invites to a club night. The idea consisted of Snapchatting an invite to their targeted audience and asking people to screen shot the invite to produce on the door of the nightclub.


This fast promotion generated hundreds of numbers to be added to their Snapchat account and generated a high success rate. How can you market on Snapchat?  Buy building a following on Snapchat a user can create a marketing opportunity by Snapchatting a promotion, a lunch time special or a weekend Discount offer for Snapchatted screen shots.

Top 10 Gadgets for Tech Heads this Xmas

Are you stuck for ideas for finding that perfect Christmas present for the technology lover and gadget obsessed friend in your life? Well over the next 3 weeks Granite Digital will review the Top 10 Gadgets around, possibly giving you some ideas of what to get for the Techie person in your life.
We will release several blogs a week in the run up to Christmas.

No# 10 Skylight Panels
Not just for the Tech heads but for everyone working in the office and desperately trying to bring a bit of the outside into the office. In around our office we all have little reminders to break up the monotony of the office. We have special screen savers to take us away from the fact that we stare at a computer all day, screen savers featuring a sunny beach, cloudy mountain tops or gently breezing meadows. We surround our desk area with photos of our families and friends, little toys and nik-naks all to create our own environment within the office. Now you can go a step further! Lean back, look at your space.
Its small and you soon are back in the room once again, past your own screen saver. Now look up, what do you see? The dull fluorescent light, the plain square ceiling panels and that constant hum of the air-con, but wait! A new gadget called Skylight Panels will help change that, help to immerse you in a 3 dimensional world that transports you to that exotic Caribbean beach your screen saver always promises you and it can be found on Amazon for the average price of around €30. If you were interested and you can actually convince your boss to allow you to start changing panels in the ceiling, then we would recommend you seek a professional for help with the installation of this item. It will help to prevent your world from crashing down around you!

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And the Skylight Panels are just some of the latest gadgets that could make your Christmas wishlist. Join us during the oncoming weeks where Granite Digital will be looking at a variety of items including a USB/WiFi Pen(a great productivity tool that uploads everything writen onto word documents) as well as the latest Smartphones and accessories. We will also take a look into some of the top selling Apps for Android and IOS.