Explainer: 10 gifts your mobile-device fanatic will love
Smartphones and tablets are surely going to be the hot gifts this holiday, and if you know someone who is a mobile gadget fanatic, these unique gifts will help to round out your shopping list. Don't feel guilty about enabling their addiction, it's too late for them anyway. Save yourself.
My wife got her first smartphone last week and I caught her holding the phone with one hand and making broad swiping gestures with the other in a motion that was reminiscent of a conductor in front of an orchestra. For some, the transitional road from PCs to touchscreen devices is a bumpy one, which is where the Big Cursor Stylus comes in. It helps ease the transition with familiar arrow and finger cursor designs while allowing for precise movements and a clean, smudge-free screen. $12.99 - Big Cursor via CubicleBot
As someone who works from home but frequently travels to coffee shops and bookstores to get things done, I can tell you from experience that having one of these Powerbags comes in really handy. Basically, it's a backpack or messenger bag that features a built-in charging system for your tablets and smartphones. It features a 3000 mAh or 6000 mAh internal battery along with a micro connector, mini connector, Apple connector and USB port. The 3000 mAh battery is enough to charge many smartphones two times over, which means I can loiter twice as long. $139.99 to $249.99 - Powerbag
I'm one of those people who really appreciates when someone takes the time and effort to make a gift themselves — even when the gift that they create is completely ridiculous. Take this Compubody sock for example. It's a hand-knitted hoodie that fits over your head and a tablet, laptop or smartphone for both warmth and privacy in public spaces. It's kind of like the 21st-century equivalent of the bunny pajamas Ralphie got from Aunt Clara in "A Christmas Story." - Instructables via CubicleBot
If you've ever played with a remote-controlled helicopter, you know how fun they can be. The difference is that the iHelicopter can be controlled with your iPhone or select Android devices, so it would be a really fun gift for your smartphone fanatic. Just plug the included IR transmitter into your phone, download the Copter Controller app and start flying. Or, in my case, violently crashing into the furniture and terrifying your pets. $46 - ParamountZone
Grab-It gadget holster
Picture a "lock and load" montage with a nerd stuffing his smartphone, keys, wallet and inhaler into this Grab-It Pack leg-mounted gadget holster. It's kindof like being a commando, right? Now load some fresh batteries into your TV remote and pretend you're loading a gun clip. You are a one-man army, my friend. The Grab-It Pack was developed by a stuntman to help keep all of his gadgets and tools at the ready. It's made of water-resistant nylon for extra toughness and it was designed to be ergonomic and comfortable to wear. It's actually a great gift for photographers, cyclists, handymen the like. $24.95 to $44.95 - Grab-It Pack via Fashionably Geek
Angry Birds speakers
Can't get enough Angry Birds? I would have thought the backlash would have begun by now, but you can still find it at or near the top of the paid apps in the App Store. If you know someone who's constantly wasting time on their iPhone or tablet playing the game, you might consider picking up one of these Angry Birds speakers. Despite the red bird having a reputation for being useless, the speaker is actually quite functional. Both the red bird and bomber bird versions have the ability to connect to a mobile device with an auxiliary cable. It also comes with a separate iPhone/iPod/iPad dock. The green pig version, on the other hand, has a built-in helmet dock for the iPod/iPhone. $79.99 to $99.99 - Gear4 via Nerd Approved
Umbrella messenger bag
When it's wet outside, the Umbrella messenger bag helps keep an umbrella over your head and your hands free for making phone calls, surfing the web on your tablet, holding a coffee or juggling. Plus it features four compartments and a cellphone pocket to carry around all of your portable gadgets. $19.99 - Amazon via Fashionably Geek
So someone you know has a state-of-the-art iPad tablet with thousands of console-quality games to choose from. Now let's dial all of that progress back 30 years or so with the iCade. It turns the iPad into a desktop-sized arcade cabinet that can be used to play over 100 of Atari's greatest retro hits and a growing list of third-party games. It's an excellent gift for nostalgic nerds. $79.99 - ThinkGeek via Nerd Approved
SLR lens iPhone mount
The new iPhone 4S and the latest Android phones have pretty formidable cameras nowadays — certainly on par with many point-and-shoots. However, if you know a photographer who scoffs at smartphone cameras, this SLR lens mount for the iPhone could make for a really neat gift. It allows the user to mount Canon EOS or Nikon SLR lenses to an iPhone to give the phone "powerful depth of field and manual focus." Sure, mounting a $3,000 lens on an iPhone doesn't make any sense, but it's all about prestige. This is an all-in-one solution for both smartphone and camera snobs. $249 - Photojojo via Nerd Approved
You know you're not supposed to wipe your smudgy smartphone screen on your shirt, but you do it anyway. No need to search for a support group — we all do it. That having been said, what the Wipe Shirt lacks in style it more than makes up for in functionality. That's because the strips are actually microfiber cloths that are great for wiping off your touchscreens and/or glasses. $89 - Generate via Fashionably Geek
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