Christmas is fast approaching, and you need something for the technology lover on your list. Check out this holiday tech guide for great picks that any mobile device junkie will love:


The iPad Air

Apple devices make the list almost every year, and 2013 is no exception. While the new iPad Air is expensive (starting at $499) compared to its competition, that’s hardly unexpected for an Apple. The huge app ecosystem and Retina display are standouts as always, but the real game changer here is the weight. It’s called Air for a reason — the tablet comes in at one pound for the WiFi version, and only 10 grams more for the cellular-enabled option. For a full-sized tablet, that’s almost an impossibility.

The Google Nexus 5

Google has been storming up the smartphone charts for the past several years ,and its latest release, the Nexus 5, is a winner. With a 1080p screen, Android 4.4 (KitKat), and substantial battery life, this $349 (16GB) or $399 (32GB) option is a great call for anyone in your family looking to upgrade their phone. While the screen is slightly dimmer than competitors and its camera isn’t the best on the market, the Nexus 5 more than makes up for any small shortcomings with a great price and high performance.

The LeapFrog LeapPad2

Kids are mastering touch-enabled devices earlier and earlier, and they may soon be after your iPad or iPhone to watch cartoons, play games, or even surf the Web. Unfortunately, tiny hands have a habit of dropping expensive devices or searching content that isn’t exactly age-appropriate. If you’re looking for a great tech gift for the age 4-9 crowd, the LeapPad2 offers 4GB of memory, a camera, and a host of learning and entertainment apps. Best of all, its rugged design will take far more abuse than any delicate Apple or Google product. At $199, it’s a surefire winner.

The Apple iPad Smart Case and Wireless Keyboard

This gift is great for any iPad owner looking to protect his/her investment. At just under $80, the light, thin magnetized Smart Case clings to your iPad with just the right amount of tension and wakes up your iPad when removed, meaning you don’t need to bother with the Home button. Fold it, and you’ve got a nifty little stand; pair it with a Wireless Keyboard ($69) and you’ve got a winning combination. The aluminum keyboard looks great, feels fantastic under the fingers and lasts for months on a single set of batteries—together the iPad, case, and keyboard act as a viable alternative to heavy laptops or bulky, aging desktops.

Mobile technology and accessories always make great gifts, and this holiday tech guide gives you a great starting point to find the best fit for your family and friends.

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