If you're running out and looking for that last minute tech gift for the little ones, or have been having a hard time deciding if, or which, tablet you want to pick up I have just what the tech Dr. ordered!
Hardware (some soft) at a variety of price points and some that will even allow you to breath new life into your aging items - like that 3GS you let your little tike play with!
For the "Little Ones"
First up is the Woogie 2 from the folks at Griffin. This toy allows you to repurpose that old 3GS and allow your little ones to play with it, wrapped up securely inside a stuffed animal. The phone's display becomes the animal's face. In addition, the Wooogie comes with games and is "aware" of, and interacts with, other Woogies nearby!
Pick one up at your local Target or order online at www.griffin.com $24.99
Next up are two great interactive and educational toys from the folks at Little Tikes... you know, the ones who make those awesome plastic play structures many of us have purchased for our children at one point or another. Well, they've stepped into the digital world with some great toys for tots! I really enjoyed playing with the Microscope myself and you children can too depending on how you present it to them. Science can be exciting when you tell them that there's a super small world around them that can only be seen with this special thing called a "microscope." There's also an interactive map that they'll love!
You can pick one up at either Target or Walmart (check availability online, or give them a call). iTikes Microscope $89.99, iTikes Map $49.99
For the "Big Kids"
The Vtech InnoTab 2 from the folks at Vtech is definitely worth a look if you don't feel your child is ready for a full-fledged internet device like a Kindle or Nexus 7. This one comes with wifi just like the big boys, but it allows you to completely control the experience with its "Wish List" feature which allows your children to add items (new books, games, etc) to a Wish List which you can then log in and approve and purchase for them. Pick one up at your local Toys R' Us for $99.99.
My top pick for the best tablet for children is Amazon's Kindle Fire (HD)! The Fire and Fire HD lines have the most robust set of parental controls on the market, allowing moms and dads to control the amount of time children can spend consuming different types of content independently of one another.
You can walk into a Best Buy or Sears and pick one up! You can also pick one up online at www.amazon.com- Starts at $199.00
That cheeky little monkey that was holding the Kindle Fire HD was the Felix MonkeyDo tablet holder! You can pick one of these up at Staples for $19.99. It will hold 7" tablets in landscape mode and 10" tablets in portrait mode.
For The Tweens/Teens
The Big Daddy of gaming headphones is MadCatz' Tritton Warheadz 7.1! These are the only fully wireless headphones on the market for the XBox360. They feature a pretty darn amazing surround sound with superb sound separation. When I played Black Ops, I almost felt like I was cheating because I could hear people trying to sneak up on me and whether they were coming in from my left or right, in front of or behind me! If you have the cash, these are definitely worth it.
Pick up a pair at your local Best Buy or GameStop for $299.99.
More for parents than the children, the last item, the Samsung Galaxy Camera is a great gadget for the social savvy parents to take picture of the Christmas unwrapping mayhem which can be immediately uploaded to the social network of your choice via the built-in 3G or Wifi. The Galaxy Camera is basically a camera first, "cellphone" second. The price is steep at $499 and the picture quality could be better for the price, but the cool factor is high and if you have the disposable income this is definitely a great "toy" for mom or dad to capture all those magic moments.
Run into your nearest AT&T Wireless store and pick one up off contract, but hurry if you're so inclined because they're getting very hard to find.