Gadget gift guide

For the technology fan in your life.

For the technology fan in your life.

Mark O'Beirne, ClickOnline.com

, Last Updated: 10:27 AM ET

The countdown to Christmas is well and truly underway, but there's still some time left to grab some gadgets at the last minute...or possibly start making a list of purchases for the New Year. We've compiled some smartphones that you should take a look at, and now we have a list of some other bits and pieces that may be of interest to you or yours.

Marshall Major Headphones

$120 US

With the Marshall name emblazoned on the side of the ear cuffs, you have an idea of what to expect from these headphones, such is the reputation that Marshall has when it comes to music. Whether you're looking for something to plug into your amp while you jam, or you need headphones to bring your air guitar routine to life, the Marshall Major Headphones cater for you as they provide a 6.3 mm adapter along with the regular sized jack.

The headphones are pretty comfortable, feature a practical and pleasing design, but most importantly they sound good. Bass notes are more pronounced at lower volumes, but the overall sound evens out as you push the volume dial up. Regardless of the volume that you listen to your tunes at, audio quality does not suffer and there's no distortion.

Pebble Smartwatch

$150 US

The Pebble Smartwatch is one of those Kickstarter success stories. It hit the crowdfunding platform with a modest enough goal (of $100,000) and managed to raise $10 million. The smartwatch pairs with your smartphone via Bluetooth and can be set up to display text messages, emails, and missed calls, and it can play music.

It's a more connected world that we live in and the Pebble Smartwatch can help you stay in touch with everything that's going on without having to pull out your phone time and time again. Though you'll still have to work on a method of checking your watch without looking socially awkward!

Canon EOS 70D

$1,049.99 (body only) - Best Buy sale

With a 20.2 megapixel CMOS sensor and Canon's Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology, the EOS 70D is a camera aimed at the aspiring enthusiast photographer. The 70D also comes with the 14-bit DIGIC 5+ processor and 19-point all cross-type AF System, which allows users to capture full-resolution images at up to 7 frames per second. Meanwhile, its ISO range is between 100-12800, so you can capture images in low-light conditions without sacrificing image quality.

If you or yours are looking to make the step up from a point-and-shoot, the 70D is a great tool for learning and developing photography skills. The 70D is useful for video recording too thanks to its smooth accurate focus, which aids users in keeping moving subjects in sharp focus. And as users become more comfortable with the camera, they can take control over settings for more freedom.

iPad Air

From $519

Much was expected from Apple's iPad conference earlier this year and the company did not disappoint. The iPad Air is thinner and lighter than anything that Apple has produced, measuring 7.5mm in thickness and weighing one pound. And believe us, it really is surprising how light it is.

Under the hood, it has the much-publicized 64-bit processor making it zippier than its predecessors. It's an impressive piece of kit and it's got all the design traits of an Apple product. It also comes with a new FaceTime HD camera with larger pixels and dual microphones to make FaceTime calls crisper than ever. It's also got a rear-facing camera, but we don't want to encourage the taking of snapshots with that!

Logitech FabricSkin Keyboard Folio for iPad Air

$149.99

If you manage to get your hands on an iPad Air, or you know someone else who does, you'll want to give it an extra layer of protection from the elements. The FabricSkin Keyboard Folio from Logitech is designed to provide protection without bulking out your device or adding additional weight, and therefore taking away from the selling points of the iPad Air. It has a water-repellent coating, which protects the front and back of your device.

Rather than just providing some protection the FabricSkin Keyboard Folio, as the name might imply, also gives users a built-in Bluetooth keyboard with full-size keys. It offers users all the iOS shortcuts they would expect, and makes it easier to type that thank you letter for the perfect Christmas gift.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX100

$499.99

Sony is pushing photography to the fore of its smartphone experience but, realizing that not everyone is going to make the jump to the Xperia Z1 or similar handset, wants to enable other smartphone users to boost the quality of their snapshots. The QX100 is the device that we previously said could spark a smartphone revolution.

The device pairs to any Android device quickly and easily, and can be held in one hand while your other controls snapping photos from your smartphone. Alternatively, you can pick up a custom case, which is currently only available for the Z1, which snaps the lens onto your phone and allows you to work away as normal. It's a useful alternative for someone who wants better photos on their smartphone, but doesn't want a phone that bulks up as a result of a bigger lens.

GoPro Hero3

From $199.99 US

If you have an adrenaline junkie in your life, the perfect gift for them may be the GoPro Hero3. This little device will allow them to capture all of their stunts to show off at a later date. And you never know what you might capture that will propel you into the YouTube hall of fame.

The GoPro Hero3 is a small, but mighty, action cam capable of recording HD video. It's wearable, can be mounted onto gear, and it's waterproof to a depth of 40 m, so it should be able to keep up with anyone's action-packed life. With built-in Wi-Fi, you can control the camera remotely or share some of your favourite shots quickly and easily.


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