The Ten Best: Gadgets to buy this month
Wednesday 07 December 2005
It's just a cute little thing with a camera built in to it, but try it and you won't want it out of your life. Because it has a 3G mobile phone card inside, you can call it on your 3G phone to monitor what it's looking at. Good for security, checking on the dog and so on. It even has a night-vision setting. Go on, you can think of a purpose for it.
www.three. co.uk; 0870 733 0333
jNeuros MPEG-4 Recorder for PSP £149.99
If you want to watch TV on the move, here's how. If you have a PlayStation Portable (PSP) games/video device, connect the recorder to your DVD player, VCR or TV and you can record programmes on to memory cards. Then play it back on the PSP's decent screen while you're on the bus, or wherever.
www.pspworld.co.uk; 020-8408 1259
lSeiko Premier Kinetic Perpetual watch £450
This watch keeps working by the movement on your wrist. But if you leave it in a drawer for years, when you pick it up again it will spring into life and even cunningly correct the date and time. Looks great, too.
www.seiko.co.uk; 0870 700 0988
Another MP3 player, yes, but this one is aimed at your children. It's out at the end of the month, so will be an ideal way for them to spend granny's vouchers. It comes loaded with a children's story, and there's a website where you can download more.
www.idrops.co.uk; 020-8787 3111
OVodafone W900i From £30
This is the just-released Walkman phone. Unlike the first model, this is a 3G phone, so not only can you make video calls, you can download tracks you buy from Vodafone live. It has a lot of memory built in, and you can add more.
www.vodafone.com; 0800 101112
hTopfield T5800PVR £279.95
Ah, Christmas, the time when there's most likely to be two programmes on at the same time that you actually want to watch. The Topfield T5800 PVR (a VCR that uses a hard disk instead of tapes) has two Freeview tuners in it so you can record two different channels simultaneously.
www.firebox.com; 0871 241 4289
hPure Chronos DAB digital clock radio £79.99
Many Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) radios are clad in wood, but this new one comes in anodised aluminium. There are four alarms to choose from. DAB signals aren't available everywhere yet, so check on the Pure website.
www.pure.com; 01923 260511
EPentax Optio S6 digital camera £279.99
You're going to need a camera over Christmas, so why not choose a good one? The Pentax Optio S series of cameras have always been spectacular, and the latest, the S6, is thinner than ever. It has six megapixels, 3x optical zoom, and a 2.5-inch LCD screen.
www.pentax.co.uk; 01753 792731
kXbox 360 games console From £210
The first of the new generation of games consoles, Microsoft's new baby is neat and powerful, with excellent launch titles and amazing online gaming capabilities. It's in demand, but keep your eyes peeled and you may be able to pick one up before Christmas.
www.johnlewis.com; 0845 604 9049
kuConnect VOIP connector £34.95
Voice over internet protocol lets you make free phone calls worldwide to other VOIP users through your computer's broadband connection. This unit lets you connect your regular phone to the computer.
www.firebox.com; 0870 241 4289
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