2011 brought us the rise and fall of numerous gadgets. HP’s tablet fell into oblivion. Apple, of course, made big headlines with the release of the iPad 2 and a combination of sighs and grunts from consumers when it released the iPhone 4s.
Personally, I made the upgrade from a two year old Android phone to an iPhone 4s so for me, that is the best gadget I have run into in 2011. Extremely fast, with an excellent camera and sleek design, I am thankful Sprint made the move so I can finally enjoy a super powered smartphone. When it comes to the best gadgets, what are your thoughts?
This Mother’s Day, you can forget the flowers and chocolate. More people are getting Mom gadgets and other popular electronics.
The National Retail Federation predicts that 13 percent of Americans will buy electronics for the holiday, for a total of $1.5 billion in spending. Last year, 9 percent of consumers said they would buy electronic gifts, for a total of $900 million.
If you haven’t yet figured out what to get Mom this Mother’s Day, feel free to check out our selections of Gifts for Mom.
This morning, Josh Davis, of Abt Electronics, did a featured segment for You & Me This Morning with Jeanne Sparrow, on WCIU—channel 26. He explained that gadgets and electronics do not have to be intimidating.
Giving gadgets for Christmas is simple and less expensive than ever before, Josh explains. The Bumblebee Bluetooth headset is just $9.99. In previous years, a Bluetooth headset cost anywhere from $50-$100.
Another great, inexpensive gift idea from Abt is the iPod Shuffle. At only $59.00 it can be a great present or stocking-stuffer. The Shuffle can hold 500 songs and the headphones talk, giving the listener information about the song they are listening to.
Digital cameras are a hot gift for the holiday season too. Josh tells me they have really gone down in price. The 12 megapixel Olympus FE-26 is only $82 at abt.com. Another great camera option is the Sony Webbie. It is both an HD digital camera and video recorder for $129.