Heart-cut diamonds nestled in a ribbon-tied box, a decadent assortment of chocolate treats or a string of pearls with a name-engraved clasp-all are classic gifts to bestow upon that special someone this Valentine's Day. Don't tell Cupid, though: Times and tastes are changing, with today's woman really hoping for a gift with a little more style and utility, e.g. a high-tech smartphone or candy-colored netbook that fits right in her purse. Want to really spoil her when February 14 rolls around? Forget the sparkle and shine and stick with the following gadgets and gear, among 2010's hottest ways to say "I love you," or at least "Guess who cared enough to skip the Whitman's sampler?"
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HP Mini 5102
Starting at $399
The HP Mini 5102 Netbook offers a 10.1 inch touchscreen display with multitouch support, 1GB of RAM, and the Intel Atom N450 processor. The touch-enabled HP Netbook ships with Windows 7 Starter Edition (including face recognition) or SUSE Linux Enterprise 11. The HP Mini 5102 goes on sale later this month.
The folks over at RIM's BlackBerry booth gave us a quick demo on BlackBerry's new Presenter device- an accessory to use with your BlackBerry to aid in giving presentations. The BlackBerry Presenter is actually a small module that connects via Bluetooth to your BlackBerry.
If the Motorola Droid is too bulky and boxy for you, then perhaps Motorola's new Backflip is just what you're looking for. This quirky, full QWERTY smartphone had a unique and stylish twist to it-the keyboard swings around 180 degrees to typing position when open. The Backflip also comes equipped with Motorola's Motoblur which syncs all your info.
SANYO Xacti VPC-CS1 Camcorder
Sanyo is calling the VPC-CS1 the "world's smallest, lightest, and thinnest full HD" camera. The VPC-CS1 can capture 1,920 by 1,080 video as well as 8 megapixel still images and saves video in MPEG-3 AVC/H.264 format.
Samsung TL 210 Digital Camera
Samsung's new TL210 digital camera boasts 12.4 HP, 27mm wid3e angle lens, 1.5" front LCD screen and a 3" rear LCD screen, and 720 HD resolution at 30 fps. There's a lot going on with new digicam which will be available in March.
With just an app and this attachment from L5 Technologies you can turn your iPhone into a universal remote that controls your TV, DVD player, stereo system, cable box, and more. Just download the free app, drag and drop your preferred features into the remote, attach the $50 adapter to your iPhone or iPod Touch.
Sony's new eco-friendly addition to the Vaio lineup comes with a 10-inch backlit widescreen display, a 250GB hard drive, and a seven-hour battery life. This little green-machine isalso made out of 20 percent recycled products and it comes packaged with a reusable carrying case made of recycled PET bottles. Sony's Vaio W Eco netbook is now available for pre-order.
The new, retro-styled Oasis Flow Internet radio comes with a waterproof and splash-resistant case, rubber feet, and a small, portable body, making it perfect for any outdoor party. This fashionable gadget offers internet radio, podcasts, PURE sounds and music streaming anywhere that you have a Wi-Fi connection. Plus it has your normal FM radio reception.
Do you often feel the need to match? JVC can help you color code your gadgets. The new JVC SP-A130 is a compact, portable speaker available in four iPod nano 5G colors. This petite speaker dock is perfect for on-the-go activities and will be available in March.