Top Ten Hi-Tech Toys

Time released their Top 10 Gadgets list. If you’ve got the slightest bit of geekiness flowing through your blood you’ll want to put these on your Holiday Wishlist.

#10- Belkin N1 Vision Wi-Fi Router

N1 Vision

The Belkin N1 Vision beauty stands tall and lets you peek at online activity through network reporting. That means if your rugrat is downloading things he or she shouldn’t be you’ll be able to find out right away. It’s also super-speedy. “N” in the name means it’s kicking “G” butt and that soon what we think of super fast now will go the way of the 56k connection.

#9- Iomega eGo Portable Hard Drive


Need a lot of extra storage? The Iomega eGo holds 160GB of information. That’s 640,000 digital images. It can be connected with either USB or Firewall and has a shock absorbant cover. Now you don’t have to worry about all those pictures of Junior and his new puppy slowing down your machine- or losing those pictures if Junior decides to send the hard drive flying.

#8- FlyTech Dragonfly


If you like radio-controlled bugs, you’ll love the FlyTech Dragonfly. With it’s crash-resistant design, this toy can take a lot of punishment. Getting bored looking at blogs all day? Pick up the controller and let the bug fly because it’s designed for indoor, as well as outdoor, play. I don’t advise letting it crash haphazardly into the ceiling fans, but if it happens accidentally your Dragonfly should survive the impact.

#7- Toshiba Portégé R500-S5004


The Toshiba Portégé R500-S5004 is an ultra-light notebook that runs on an Intel Core 2 Duo processor. It has a built-in DVD burner, graphics card, and wireless capability. This is especially handy for travelers and students, because the thin design means less weight and less weight means less backaches from carrying that and everything else.

#6- Samsung P2


The P2 is a handy little player that has a 3-in. LCD screen so you can watch videos as well as listen to mp3 and WMA files. It also comes with a subscription to either Rhapsody or Yahoo! Music. If you’d rather, you can carry around your digital photos on this bad boy and when it comes time to show off your newest pics of Sally you’re ready. Soon you’ll be able to use P2 for calls too. Oh yes, finally an alternative to the iPhone.

#5- Sony Handycam HDR-CX7


The HDR-CX7 takes high-definition footage that goes straight to the memory card. No need for film or DVDS. It’s small and compact, so it won’t cause arm strain while you capture every shot your little basketball player makes. Want to record a young diva singing her heart out? This camera stabilizes your shaky hands while you get every verse on record. Then when you’re ready, connect it to your t.v. and have a show.

#4- Palm Centro


The Palm Centro supports Web surfing, text-messaging, email, instant messaging, picture taking, and even phone calls. It’s a Smart Phone without the price!

#3- Netgear SPH200W Wi-Fi Skype Phone


The SPH200 is for those who have signed up for the Skype VoIP service. This phone has Skype software already built in. Like a cell phone, you can take it anywhere. Unlike a cell phone, you need to find a Wi-Fi hotspot to use it. The phone comes with the ability to sign up for the Skype service right from the touch pad and the first 10 minutes are free. After that you have to pay via credit card.

#2- Nikon Coolpix S51c


The Coolpix S51c lets you upload your photos from the camera straight to your Flickr account, so you never run out of camera space when on vacation. All you need is somewhere to connect to the Internet and you can upload your photos safely and move on to taking even more. If you don’t have a Flickr account (why?) then you can use the Nikon photo bank to store them.

#1- Apple iPhone


Who didn’t see this one coming? The iPhone is your own little computer to go. Listen to your music, check your email, read the Times, takes some pictures, send the pictures and make some calls. You have the world in the palm of your hand. You can connect via Wi-Fi if you’re close to one, but otherwise you have to use AT&T’s connection. That’s the only limitation. Here’s hoping we’ll get to choose our own provider of iPhone service soon.

With the holidays around the corner, you might want to check out prices for these fun toys. You could make a geek very happy this year.