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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

Merry Christmas From Granite Digital

house10Christmas is only 5 days away! And everybody must be in Christmas cheer by now, most people have finished up work and are beginning to relax, or doing that final shop to make sure there is enough food and wine in the house to see you through the next week. Christmas catches us all eventually even the scrooges who say they don’t have house9time for Christmas; but when we actually slow down from work and look around we see the decorations are up, there’s presents under the Tree, the houses and streets are beautifully light from corner to corner. Then the inner child and the magical feeling of Christmas hits home and we can relax and forget about most things and enjoy the open fire and loving family.

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Merry Christmas from Granite Digital

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 !!

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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 !!!

 

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.

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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.