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Last Minute Tech Gifts for the Traveler

In Accessories, E-readers, Phones, Sound, Tablets by Dustin Main0 Comments

It’s that time of year, and if you’re looking to give (or receive), we’ve got some tips on what to look for.  Avoid the crowds and order online and save the aggravation with these gifts under $200.  You still have 7 days to make an order and have it arrive in time from Amazon!

Nexus 7

Nexus7-tmaThe 7” Nexus 7 tablet is light weigh, easy to carry, and fast.  The new Jelly Bean operating system is slick with Google Now built right in, putting maps, the weather, and everything else you could want while you’re exploring somewhere new right at your fingertips.

Our favourite tablet of the moment just received an upgrade under the hood a couple months back, but kept the very reasonable $199 price tag.  Without a doubt, it’s the Android tablet to buy.

The Nexus 7 16GB tablet will set you back $199 from the Google Play store.  32GB and 3G models are also available.

Kindle Paperwhite

kindlepw-tmaThe new king of the Kindle family is here.  Finally including a built in light and a very slick high-contrast screen, the Kindle Paperwhite is the best e-reader on the market.

Along with the new higher-resolution screen, this new Kindle also gets you 8 weeks of battery life, even with the light on.  That means you can leave the charger behind without worrying about it lasting through those long flights, and the few weeks you’ll be sitting on the beach, waiting for winter to go away.

Finally, any Kindle gives you access to the best online bookstore there is from Amazon.

The Kindle Paperwhite starts at $119 from Amazon.

Shure SE215

254739-shure-se215-close-upNoise cancelling headphones are nice, but the extra weight and batteries leave a lot to be desired.  The award winning Shure SE215 earphones sit in the ear canal to keep the noise out instead of trying to fight it off with traditional noise cancelling tech.

With Shure’s new models, the cables are replaceable, so you can replace them when they wear out, instead of buying new earphones each time your cables fail from cramming them in your bag as you head off the plane.

The Shure SE215 sound-isolating earphones start at $99.99 at Amazon, with the new limited edition model (in blue) for $119.99, and the set with iPhone / iPod controls built in for $149.

Evernote Smart Notebook by Moleskin

evernote-tmaFor the person that still likes to write things down, the new Evernote Smart Notebook combines the old and the new.  Just write down your notes, draw your pictures, and even tag them with the included stickers.  Next photograph the page with your iPhone / iPad, and it instantly appears in your Evernote notebook.

All of the text is searchable, and the tags sorted right for you.  Think of it as a digital, searchable backup of your next travel diary.  Read more about it on our preview.

The Evernote Smart Notebook by Moleskin starts at $24.95 from Moleskin.

Gift Cards

giftcard-tmaWhen all else fails, you can always fall back on gift cards, real or virtual.  Just find out what your special someone needs, and pick up an iTunes gift card, Google Play (for Android), or a good ole Amazon gift card.  Best when you have no idea, or want to put forth the least amount of effort.

Have you been good this year, or is Santa going to bring you a Blackberry?

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Dustin Main

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Dustin just can't get enough travel or technology, but when he's not directly feeding one of those insatiable habits, you can probably find him at some far away ice cream shop taking pictures of empty cups. That, or on top of a mountain somewhere shooting photos and finding adventures to share on his website "A Skinny Escape".

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