Thanksgiving, that time of the year when we’re meant to be thankful for what we have, quickly gave way to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, when we declare that what we have just isn’t quite enough. And now Christmas is just around the corner, with letters to Santa already winging their way to the North Pole.
This gives all of us who celebrate Christmas another opportunity to get our hands on more stuff we want but probably don’t need. As geeks, whether those at the bleeding edge of technology or a little on the stingy side, we all like gadgets. So we set out to discover what gadgets the MakeUseOf readership really wants to receive during the 2013 holiday season.
I Want This, and This, and This
We asked you: What Gadget Do You Really Want For Christmas? We had a good response to the question, with many of you choosing to let us know what piece of technology hardware above all others you wanted to see under your Christmas tree. Or, for those who don’t celebrate Christmas, what you’d really like to buy/win/be gifted right now.
Google Glass was the gadget most often mentioned during the debate. And with good reason. Here is an innovative piece of kit that is currently just out of reach of ordinary consumers, which helps make it a desirable product. Once Google Glass is available to all then some of the allure will disappear, but for now it’s a truly aspirational piece of kit.
Also mentioned were Windows 8 tablets, specifically the Microsoft Surface, set-top boxes, scanners, Chromebooks, the Sony Xperia L, the iPad Air, a Linux-powered laptop, the Xbox One, the Lenovo A10, and, rather bizarrely, “Google’s server farm in Council Bluffs, Iowa.”
Comment Of The Week
We received a lot of great comments, including those from Hannibel, Rick, and likefunbutnot. Comment Of The Week goes to Simen B, who wins a T-shirt for this comment:
First of all, there’s a lot of gadgets I’d love to get for Christmas. Pretty much any mid- to high-end smartphone, tablet, laptop (or some hybrid between the two), good earphones, home server, TV, or even a home server would be on my wishlist. But…
If we have a device that’s capable of opening this site (which is relatively heavy, BTW), do we really need something else that does the same thing?
Personally, I own a device in pretty much every tech category: desktop computer for coding, laptop for school, tablet for … fun?, and smartphone for communication. And a lot of other devices.
All of these devices have one thing in common: they don’t need replacing at the moment, but it would be “nice to have” a newer version. But again, I’m doing perfectly fine with my current inventory.
Then, people ask me what I want for Christmas. And I stand there, going through the list of decives I own or have heard of. No matter what gadget I think of, at least two of the other gadgets I own can already do all the same things.
Therefore, what I want for Christmas this year is some innovation. Some new, revolutionary product that does something new. Not opening websites faster then ever before, not pushing more pixels into a already pixel-stuffed screen, not compiling my Android app faster, or anything like that.
Sadly, we seem to be past that point now. So I suppose some noise-cancelling earbuds for a quiet bus ride to school is all I need while waiting for “the next big thing”. And maybe a pair of woolen socks to statisfy the desperate family members looking for something to wrap and put under the Christmas tree.
Merry Christmas, and a happy [and innovative?] New Year to everyone!
We chose this comment because not only does the commenter list several gadgets they would love to receive this Christmas, they also use the opportunity to condemn the lack of innovation emerging from the consumer tech market at present. And there’s a distinct ring of truth to the comments made. Interestingly, the aforementioned Google Glass is one of the few truly innovative gadgets to have emerged recently. Hence the level of interest shown in the project.
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