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With December upon us, and the madness of Thanksgiving Celebrating Freaky Thanksgiving In Style [Weird & Wonderful Web] Celebrating Freaky Thanksgiving In Style [Weird & Wonderful Web] The Web is a place full of content that is far too easy to miss. This column has one simple aim: to collect the best weird and wonderful content that appears on the Web. Read More and Black Friday Where Did You Shop This Black Friday? [MakeUseOf Poll] Where Did You Shop This Black Friday? [MakeUseOf Poll] Are the queues worth the trouble, or are the best deals found online? Where did you find your deals this Black Friday? Read More behind us, all eyes are firmly fixed on Christmas, at least for those who celebrate it. People celebrate Christmas in various ways, but the giving of gifts is one obvious tradition.

With that in mind we want to know what one piece of technology you have your eye on this holiday season. Whether you’re adding it to the list of gift ideas you’re giving to friends and family, or planning to buy it yourself as a little treat, we’d like to find out which gadget trumps all others at this moment in time for you personally.

All I Want For Christmas Is…

We want to know, What Gadget Do You Really Want For Christmas? Name just one gadget, whether it be a TV, smartphone, tablet, PC, games console, camera, or anything else that falls under the epic category that is technology. Tell us what it is, and explain why you want it so badly.

Please don’t feel excluded if you don’t celebrate Christmas, as we would still love to hear what’s on top of your wishlist of gadgets. After all, everybody has a birthday, and they usually involve the giving of gifts as well.

To give you some food for thought…

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Have Your Say

All comments will be read and most will be replied to, before a follow-up post is published next week containing the We Ask You ResultsOne reader will even win Comment Of The Weekwhich will be included in the follow-up post!

We Ask You is a weekly column dedicated to learning the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. This column is nothing without you, as MakeUseOf is nothing without you.

  1. Robert
    December 24, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    a mac book air or a mac book pro.Apple all le way

  2. Anuj S
    December 14, 2013 at 8:07 am

    A new graphics card :D

  3. Anonymous
    December 6, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    I want four dollars and 26 cents.

    • Dean
      December 9, 2013 at 9:30 am

      That's about 76 cents too much

    • Dave P
      December 9, 2013 at 7:50 pm

      I'll offer you $2.40 and not a cent more.

  4. Daniel J
    December 6, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Lenovo A10... If they ever see the light of day in the US (I know it is in Italy)

  5. Cici Rodrgz
    December 6, 2013 at 1:57 am

    Surface Pro 2 with the new black light keyboards, Dell Venue 11 Pro because of the new baytrail processors, and a Xbox One.

    • Dave P
      December 9, 2013 at 7:49 pm

      Not much then! That's a nice list, though I'd personally swap out the Xbox One for a PS4 :)

  6. Caroline W
    December 5, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    Hi, I have a Nexus 7 so now I would like the best iPad going with a 10 inch screen :)

    • Dave P
      December 9, 2013 at 7:48 pm

      Is that because you find the Nexus 7 a little too small for your needs?

    • Caroline W
      December 13, 2013 at 2:40 pm

      Hi Dave, Yes because I think watching say a TED talk even a film would be much better and easier on a bigger screen, Also I would be more inclined to do work based stuff on a larger tablet. Nexus 7 is good as you can hold it in one hand so great for reading. It will also be nice to have a different OS too. And there must be a good reason why iPad's are so much more expensive? (They look great too - I had a play with one in PC World!)

    • Caroline W
      January 12, 2014 at 6:21 am

      *Update* - My Nexus 7 screen split and rendered it partially useable. So I wen't and got a Samsung S3 10.1" Tabb and couldn't be happier!

      I entertained the iPad Air but compared to the above - it lacked many features as well as double the price tag.

      Now, I don't see the point of 7" tabs as they are really hard to do any real work on them, IMHO. The 10" screen is more versatlie and strangley feels lighter than the Nexus? That or it's easier to hold.

      All in all, I'm very happy with it - still getting used to it - and glad I got my xmas wish, in the sale too! Much better suited to my needs for a tablet.

  7. Simen B
    December 5, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    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!

    • Simen B
      December 5, 2013 at 10:27 pm

      Ouch, looks like the system double-posted. Sorry about that :(

    • Simen B
      December 5, 2013 at 10:28 pm

      Ouch, looks like the system double-posted. Sorry about that :(

  8. Simen B
    December 5, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    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!

    • Jeremy G
      December 6, 2013 at 12:12 am

      I quite agree.

      If you get right down to it, I don't need any gadgets. Those I have work, and will continue to do so, and though individual components or products may need to be upgraded within the next year, that would happen even should Christmas not exist.

      Sure, there are some I would like to try out - purely for the experience - such as a throat mic, or Glass-Up (a alternate to Google Glass) - however, nothing has really caught my eye.

      So, yes, innovation would fulfill my Christmas need - something as yet unannounced to the world at large, that does something unexpected or simply cool.

      Socks wouldn't cut it, as I'm already waiting for a pair of cut proof kevlar socks from the Socrates Socks Kickstarter campaign.

      Instead, I'll leave the world to it's staid existence and return to my latest gadget - an orbital sander. Nothing fancy, it just cuts time and smooths wood.

    • Dave P
      December 9, 2013 at 7:48 pm

      Innovation isn't a gadget, but it may just be the best answer to the question. I agree that most of us have a range of devices that are perfectly adequate, and really, we just want to replace them out of desire rather than need.

  9. Dynamic
    December 5, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    I require Google Glass,
    I can know it & that is something different from other gadgets.

    • Dave P
      December 9, 2013 at 7:45 pm

      You require it? That's more of a demand than a mere wish! ;)

  10. Josema
    December 5, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    My Xmas wish would be a Futaba FX32. I'm weird even for gadgets

  11. John K
    December 5, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    I want an alarm clock/radio & if it can interface with my Android phone, then great.
    My old clock has seen better days.

    • Dave P
      December 9, 2013 at 7:45 pm

      That's a very grounded response to the question, but I like your practicality. Do you not just use your Android phone as an alarm clock?

    • John K
      December 10, 2013 at 12:52 am

      I do use my phone as an alarm but I must find and turn it on to see what time it is. Useful but impractical.

    • Caroline W
      January 12, 2014 at 6:29 am

      And what if the battery life on the tablet runs out? That's always been my concern with using a tab as an alarm clock. Adding to John Ks last comment, at least with an alarm clock you can either see the time or push down quite simply to illuminate it.

      The 'old' has not yet been replaced with the 'new' (I feel young again!!)

  12. hannibal
    December 5, 2013 at 9:22 am

    I want a laptop . I plan on replacing the OS with some flavor of linux-possibly fedora- so that i can play around with linux and lear a little about programming.

    • Dave P
      December 9, 2013 at 7:43 pm

      That's not a bad plan. I'm not a Linux fan myself but installing it and tinkering with it will certainly be an experience.

  13. misterderpus
    December 5, 2013 at 7:42 am

    TBH - surface (don't really mind which one) or ipad air.

    • Dave P
      December 9, 2013 at 7:42 pm

      I suspect tablets are going to be high on lots of people's tech wishlists this holiday season.

  14. Martin R
    December 5, 2013 at 6:21 am

    All I want for Christmas is... a Sony Xperia L. No Moto G where I live for a couple of months and my old Nokia 500 is starting to feel old.

    • Dave P
      December 9, 2013 at 7:41 pm

      What made you choose that phone over all of the various options?

  15. Rick
    December 5, 2013 at 6:13 am

    Not very exciting, but I want a Canon CanoScan LiDE 700F Scanner to replace my old, slow HP Photosmart C3100 3 in 1 machine. I never print anything these days for personal use excepting an occasional envelope, which I can do at work. This scanner will make it easier to scan old documents and photos in my efforts to go paperless and digitize as much of my stuff as possible.

    • Dave P
      December 9, 2013 at 7:38 pm

      Hey, practical is more important than exciting, so we appreciate your honesty.

    • Rick
      December 9, 2013 at 7:43 pm

      A Chromebook would be neat, but between my desktop and Nexus 7, I don't know what I would really use it for.

  16. Ron
    December 5, 2013 at 3:45 am

    Matricom MX2 Special Edition Google Box. Why? Because the first one is so awesome, and I would give it to my daughter as a x-mass gift, cause she is tecky like me. MX2 + XBMC = Christmas.

    • likefunbutnot
      December 5, 2013 at 5:24 am

      I wasn't as impressed with the MX2 as with a Pivos Xios, though they're both pretty much the same machine. Either of them are better as Linux devices rather than Android if what you want is XBMC, but then you're giving up the whole Android ecosystem that's better suited for the hardware.

      I've never really found a standard Android launcher for mouse & keyboard or remote that I'm fully satisfied with and XBMC really is godly, but Android XBMC really struggles with anything that isn't plain old stereo audio and that's a deal breaker for me.

    • Dave P
      December 9, 2013 at 7:36 pm

      You mean you'd keep the new one and give the old one to your daughter? Shame on you ;)

  17. jlp
    December 5, 2013 at 3:04 am

    Hmmm, let's see, what do I want this year? I already have a Nexus 5, so that's not it. My rooted Nook Tablet is usable enough as an ereader and handles most tabletty stuff, so even though I'd love a Nexus 10 or Note 3 or something like that, that's not it. Work gave me a nifty Lenovo laptop, so that's not it. How about... Google Glass? It would have to be the new one that they are developing for people who wear corrective lenses, though, as there is no way I'm sticking contacts into my eyes!

    • Ishi J
      December 5, 2013 at 11:27 am

      yeah

    • Dave P
      December 9, 2013 at 7:35 pm

      Google Glass is a fantastic choice. I'd like to just try it at this stage, actually owning a pair would be a dream come true. I remain pessimistic as to their real-world adoption, but definitely a cool product to wish for.

    • jlp
      December 9, 2013 at 8:35 pm

      ... and imagine the geek cred for having it!

  18. Tom Gamache
    December 5, 2013 at 1:59 am

    A Windows 8 tablet.

    • Dave P
      December 9, 2013 at 7:33 pm

      The Surface? I suspect you're not alone, as though the reviews haven't exactly been positive there are lots of people out there who want one.

  19. sml156
    December 5, 2013 at 1:53 am

    I would like Google's server farm in Council Bluffs, Iowa

    • likefunbutnot
      December 5, 2013 at 2:19 am

      There's a 24 core, 64GB Xeon server in my back bedroom with around 150TB of storage attached to it. It runs a half dozen virtual machines and streams media things to various clients. It's completely insane to have as a single computer. Short of mining Bitcoins in the least efficient manner or running a couple dozen Folding@Home sessions, I literally CAN'T use it to its full capacity.

      What would you do with even one rack of Google's weird custom servers? Do you have any idea what the power, cooling and bandwidth costs associated with that equipment are?

    • likefunbutnot
      December 5, 2013 at 2:38 am

      I want a perfect Set Top Box.
      The market is stuffed to overflowing with bad products, poor UIs and half-assed interfaces.

      I don't want to be forced in to buying all my content from one provider.
      I do want full HD support including 9-channel audio or 4k video if my source supports it. Youtube has (a few) 4k videos but it's not like they're going to stop existing.
      I want to be able to natively talk to Windows, *nix and OSX file servers or local disk drives and directly play back arbitrary content.
      I want support for Youtube, Netflix, Amazon, Plex, UPnP/DLNA, Spotify, Picasa and Imgur. Some kind of worthwhile "App store" interface would be great too.
      I want a usable 10' interface for all aspects of the experience (using a desktop OS falls down here though I'm pretty good at bending XBMC to my will).
      I want it to not have fans and to draw a minimal amount of power.
      I want it to have a responsive UI.
      I wanna be able to buy one for under $150.

      Right now I'm using an Intel NUC, which is probably $700 worth of hardware, but I can see the day when someone gets the combination right with an ARM CPU and a well-customized Android launcher.

    • jlp
      December 5, 2013 at 2:43 am

      Sure, but you don't want the power bill!

    • Dave P
      December 9, 2013 at 7:32 pm

      sml156, literally, just for you? Overkill! But awesome with it.

      likefunbutnot, you want the moon on a stick! But seriously, that product doesn't exist right now. Maybe Christmas 2016 though.

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