Top 12 Gadgets I Want For Christmas – And Maybe You Would Too? [2012]

by Klaus on December 2, 2012

in Articles, Hardware

Ho ho ho, Merry Christmas, folks!

Welcome to another edition of the “Top 10 12 gadgets I want for Christmas – and maybe you would too?”.

Now that we’re in 2012 I would like to start this article out by highlighting some of the gadgets that were on the Christmas gadgets list for 2011.

First up is the PS3 game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 from last year. That game was simply epic. Oh, the hours of fun I had playing that game, especially multiplayer. This year a new version of Call of Duty is out, more on that below.

Also I need to mention the Sony PS3 “Surround” (Stereo) Wireless Headset, which I actually bought myself before Christmas last year. I totally enjoy that headset, it makes PlayStation gaming so much more enjoyable. Highly recommended!

And now, let’s get on with the list for this year. I just couldn’t keep it down to the usual 10 gadgets, so this year it’s going to be 12 gadgets. Hope you don’t mind 🙂

New Trent IMP52D 5200mAh External Battery ($39.95)

These days, being glued to a smartphone or tablet, running out of battery is the worst! And it happens more often than not, with the powerful devices we have today, always connected to something, downloading, uploading, etc. With the New Trent IMP52D you get an external battery with a capacity of 5200mAh, that should be enough for 2-3 full iPhone charges.

And that’s not all, it also connects to many other gadgets. The downside of being able to use this cheap device (less than 40 bucks!!) with so many devices is that you need to keep a cable handy for your device. But when you know you’re going to be out for a long time, just keep the New Trent in your backpack and you need not to worry about power no more. Not to mention the other cool features that New Trent has, such as a flashlight and laser pointer…

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 ($59)

Really not much to say about this game (Xbox, PS3, PC) to be honest. It’s the sequel to the first release of Black Ops a few years ago. Next year we will probably see yet another Call of Duty, probably “Modern Warfare 4”, but this year it’s all about Black Ops 2. While the game is much similar to previous versions, it does have, of course, a new campaign story which is quite exciting – and the game takes place in the future, so you have some cool weapons available. Of course the biggest joy about Black Ops 2 is the online multiplayer part. Game on!!

Hitman: Absolution ($59)

Another game (Xbox, PS3 and PC) worth mentioning, I think, at least that’s what I’ve been told 🙂  I haven’t tried this myself or read much about it yet, but 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon can’t be wrong, am I right? Besides, Hitman as a concept is quite interesting and previous games has offered good entertainment value as well. This is one to try!

Joby Gorillapod SLR-Zoom + BH1 Ball Head ($79.95)

You don’t actually need the BH1 Ball Head for this one, but I own this set (Gorillapod + Ball Head) and they are a match made in heaven. Without the ball head it can be tricky to get the composition you want, and the ball head also has a bubble level so you are sure to get that important horizon straight! Unless you have a small camera, I’d recommend going with the “SLR Zoom” model which is made to be sturdy enough to hold a DSLR camera.

Sony PULSE Wireless Headset for PS3 ($128)

Another one for the gamers out there. I own the previous model and I love it, but the battery life is not very good. This one should have improved on that, a bit, plus it’s called “Elite Edition”, so it’s gotta be good, right? If you already own the old model, I don’t see a reason to upgrade, but if you’re in the market for one, this seems like a really good pick.

Lacie Rugged Hard Disk 1TB USB 3 / FireWire 800 ($179)

No matter who you are, your files needs to be backed up. Are you a parent with lots of photos of your children? Or a freelance photographer? A music composer? A businessman with important fiscal stuff? If you have files you can’t live without, you need to back them up. Lacie’s Rugged series has a good reputation for being, well, rugged. I own two and they are absolutely great. There’s also a Thunderbolt version of this drive, but in my opinion, Thunderbolt is still too expensive to be worth it. USB 3 and/or FireWire 800 offers great speed for the need of most people.

iPad Mini ($399)

This really doesn’t need an introduction, does it? I mean, it’s just a big iPhone, more or less. Or a small iPad, perhaps a “mini iPad”, as the name suggest. Both iPhone and iPads are great devices for each of their purposes, and the iPad Mini fills another gap, but probably not if you already own both an iPhone and iPad. If you don’t have a tablet yet, iPad Mini could be the way to go. Or you could wait 6-8 months until I’m sure an upgrade comes out, with faster CPU and better screen resolution. But it’s not out yet, so for now this would be a gadget I don’t mind having under my Christmas tree this year!

Samsung Galaxy S3 ($565)

I was debating whether to put the iPhone 5 here, or the Galaxy S3. It hurts my Apple-heart to replace iPhone 5 in this spot with the Galaxy S3, but let’s be honest, I already included Apple’s iPad Mini and the Samsung Galaxy S3 is definitely a very popular Android device at the moment. (I don’t really want this gadget for Christmas, but I’m sure lots of you would 😉 )

Sony NEX-6 ($848)

This new mirrorless camera from Sony is smoking hot. So hot, I almost bought it (but didn’t, see below…). It has WiFi built-in and supports various apps that allows you to do stuff like time lapses. It also has an APS-C sized sensor, that’s the same size as in most DSLR’s, plus the ISO performance is great. There’s no reason to buy a DSLR over this camera unless you need some of the specific features a DSLR offers (and “image quality” is not one of them – this NEX is without doubt just as good as DSLR’s in the same price range).

Olympus OM-D E-M5 ($999)

Here’s the reason I didn’t just order the NEX-6 above, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 won my interest, just barely. I love the retro design, I love the autofocus speed (pretty much the same as NEX-6 above, both are really fast), I love the electronic viewfinder and I love the buttons and dials on this one – manual controls on an advanced camera is always a big plus. And finally, it’s weather sealed. Yes, I already ordered this camera and I can’t wait to get out in the rain and snow to shoot some photos! Also, this camera is over 6 months old already, so the dust has settled, there’s no “rush to buy because it’s new” involved here. One downside though, it has a “micro four thirds” sensor, which is slightly smaller than the APS-C sized sensor in the NEX-6, but it still offers image quality so close to the same level as NEX-6 that only pixel peepers will notice a difference.

Samsung UN46ES8000F (EU: UE46ES8000) ($1,998)

First let me say how annoying it us that TV manufacturers, in particular, seems to enjoy naming their products differently in US and Europe, it makes it much more difficult to research them. Anyway, this Samsung 46″ screen is one very cool and slim 3D LED TV that’s worth checking out if you’re in the market for a new television at home. Whether or not you like 3D, well, get used to, it, most big screens today have it built-in. Personally, I wouldn’t mind paying less for a big TV and get it without 3D but all the cool TV’s seems to have it.

Nikon D800 ($2,999)

And finally, this year, one hot gadget is the new Nikon D800/D800E which is a full-frame camera and it’s just so awesome  that I almost do not dare write about it, especially considering how much money it costs (but that’s the price for this kind of quality camera). You get 36 megapixels, full HD video recording, up to ISO 25,600 and weatherproofing and lots more in this package. Or you could just buy a mirrorless camera, it’s up to you…

That’s it! Now, what do YOU want for Christmas?

Now it’s your turn – leave a comment below and let the world (and Santa Claus) know what your gadget wishes for this year’s Christmas might be – it doesn’t have to be something from the list above, just whatever you fancy 🙂


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Arie Rich December 2, 2012 at 12:09

My wishlist keeps getting bigger. Good thing my birthday is next month, might have to move some things over to my birthday wishlist as well. I will be adding: New Trent IMP52D 5200mAh External Battery and the Lacie Rugged Hard Disk 1TB USB 3 / FireWire 800. Hopefully I’ll get one of the two. 🙂

Justin December 2, 2012 at 16:20

Hi Klaus,
You got my attention here with the camera’s. I have always believed that Nikon was the best when it comes to quality photographs. Being that the Nikon is on the “pricey” side for me, I hope Santa Claus will bring it under my tree this year.

I would like a brand new truck for Christmas btw plus the Nikon camera. 🙂

Aasma December 3, 2012 at 08:05

I would like to have Samsung Galaxy S3 on this Christmas, not sure if I could make it but will try for it.

Jonnalyn Pascual December 3, 2012 at 08:37

Great list. I’m also thinking about my wish list now. Thanks for the idea. I really want the Samsung Galaxy S3 and some of the stuff you’ve listed like the iPad mini and the cameras. Looking forward to have one .

Ayan's Blog December 3, 2012 at 15:22

If someone gives me Samsung Galaxy S3 for Christmas, that would be great because i’m kinda bore with with my Xperia and love the display of Galaxy.

Thanks for mentioning my favorite phone in your gift list. Great collection 🙂

Steven Jude December 3, 2012 at 17:57

I also would not mind a samsung galaxy for xmas. As for the nikon, it is a little too pricey for me right now.

Josh December 3, 2012 at 20:53

Well Klaus, put me down for a copy of Hitman Absolution that’s an absolute must! I would also like to request an iPad mini. Just got a Nikon so good on the cameras. Great Christmas list!
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Ali zia @ December 4, 2012 at 12:01

Hi Klaus,
I Would like to have a i pad mini on this Christmas.And I am so excited about it.

sameer December 5, 2012 at 07:47

i am in big dilemma to which one should i choose iPhone or Samsung Galaxy, although i do not own any smart phone yet (i own a Nokia e63 , i don’t think its a smart phone , is it ? clear me if i am wrong 🙂 ) can you please help me choose the best smart phone for me ?

Julian December 5, 2012 at 14:23

Wow… I am really impressed by your nice list, as it is diverse and yet focus on technology. I will get a nice Ipad mini for Christmas, as I’ve wanted it bad for some time.

karl December 5, 2012 at 18:51

I bought a 1TB hard drive (Buffalo) last year and guess what, it’s about as useful as a paperweight. It frequently disconnects! I got to check out that Lacie hard disk and buy myself one this holiday. 🙂 Also, are you a Portal 2 fan by any chance? There is this USB thing they’re selling called a desk defender I think. It’s basically a mini replica of a sentry turret. And it talks! 😀

Nhick December 6, 2012 at 15:06

iPad Mini for me, ah.. can’t wait to hold one already.. Nice lists.

Manjinder Singh December 7, 2012 at 11:09

Santa i want iphone 5 for this Christmas will be w8ing for u to deliver …



Alexey December 7, 2012 at 22:22

oh, i want this Samsung Galaxy S3 too), so nice thing.

adamu December 9, 2012 at 18:44

I will give call of duty to my cousin, thank you for this gift idea.

Rajkumar Jonnala December 10, 2012 at 19:25

Nice collection of information of all the gadgets. I would love to have ipad mini or samsumg galaxy S3 iam looking forward for those. Advance christmas wishes. Thanks for the post.

Lia December 12, 2012 at 03:04

Nikon D800, this what i wish for christmas. I’ve been dreaming of this, but I guess it would just make me dream, expensive.

Tori December 12, 2012 at 03:07

Samsung UN46ES8000F, wish I could have this on christmas. Santa, i wouldn’t mind if it’s not wrapped.

dewi December 12, 2012 at 12:12

Merry Christmas

Panni December 12, 2012 at 16:52

I’ve already checked the iPad mini, and honestly, I fell in love with that, I only can’t make a decision between the mini and the 3rd gen. iPad with the bigger screen. The 4th gen iPad seems to be too expensive for me, that’s why I think about these two…

Donna Brown December 13, 2012 at 19:56

DOH! How in the world will I ever choose? It seems like the technology is coming faster than the money. I love it. Thank you.

Ye December 14, 2012 at 07:57

The samsung s3 is much cheaper on ebay daily deals now, really disappointed about the price reduction in such a short time. The ipad mini and d8000 are on my wish list for X-mas.

Musaddique December 14, 2012 at 12:10

iPhone 5 is the best gift one could give to anyone this Christmas. Sony PULSE Wireless Headset for PS3 is awesome gadget in your list and it does not cost much. I guess I would buy i for my younger brother.

aditya December 14, 2012 at 17:20

The list is so huge….But for mine I am going to buy a retina macbook pro….

Jessa Hughes December 15, 2012 at 18:29

I love gadgets. Anything will do but first on my list is laptop. The most updated laptop is always my dream gift.

Srivathsan G.K December 18, 2012 at 08:02

I have planned to get a Tripod for my dslr and a iPad mini.

Joli December 18, 2012 at 12:56

Wow! The NikonD800 seems to be really cool, I think it’s time for me to switch from my old D200…but I think it’s a little bit overpriced, although it’s true that I could use all of my objectives for this frame as well…

Heather Madden December 18, 2012 at 14:33

So many cool toys and gadgets i would like to have but it cost too much money, maybe next x-mas.

steven December 20, 2012 at 10:16

all are good
but i am amazed to see Samsung UN46ES8000F
i just first time check this gadget & i think i will defiantly buy after jan

Prachi December 22, 2012 at 11:07

Amazing gadgets listed above, really nice post and gadgets list I am going to buy couple of these

Naser December 23, 2012 at 16:39

If I ever get a chance to write a wishlist, then it would be never ending 😀 I wish to have Galaxy S3 for this Christmas 🙂

Virginia December 24, 2012 at 18:30

This is a nice list — it’s Dec 24, so maybe there is still time ! I want the New Trent IMP52D 5200mAh External Battery… what a lifesaver that would be!

ps — From what I can tell, this site is NOT dofollow — take a look at the code, all of the links are “NO FOLLOW”. (unless you mean that the commentluv comments are dofollow….. ????)

cikgu naman December 25, 2012 at 15:05

i want an apple iphone 5. ;). Just arrived in my country.

Kris December 26, 2012 at 09:40

I would say that most of those in the list are the things that I like to have this Christmas as well. :p And I won’t be surprised if its the same for other people as well.

Jan Desmet December 26, 2012 at 21:03

Wish i had that Ipad mini to take with me everywhere, that would be awesome!
But the other gadgets are pretty sweet too. Well there is always next year…

Matthias December 26, 2012 at 23:29

At the top of my wishlist is an IPAD MINI (I’ve been waiting about 3 years for it to finally be released) and a GPS fitness watch. I’ve had a garmin 305 for 3 years and it’s hard to describe in words how much it has down for me in reaching my fitness goals.

ansh December 27, 2012 at 10:44

I will definitely use them on new year too…..

Abhishek December 27, 2012 at 20:40

Nice list of gadgets but if i got a chance to choose one then, i will go with Nikon D800. The features are really awesome.

cikgu naman December 31, 2012 at 02:27

i already tried ipad cute, maybe nice if i give it to my son 😉

Bill March 26, 2013 at 12:27

I’m a bit late to this post but I just wanted to say, I debated for ages over whether to buy myself an iPad mini or an iPad, or whether it was just a case of seeing a new shiny thing that would pass.

Well, 6 months later and I still use my iPad mini every day. It was 100% worth the money!


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