Top tech Christmas gifts: Paul Briden
Paul Briden stops throwing coal at urchins for a moment to tell you what's on his Christmas wishlist
What do I want for Christmas? A bit of a rest and some peace and quiet mostly.
Oh, put away that miniature violin. Alright, I'll humour you - you've come here for a selection of tech-related shinies to celebrate The Annual Gift Exchange haven't you?
Right then, read on to find out what I'd choose if I married into a rich family.
Lenovo Yoga 13 - £999.99
I’ve written before about how I’m more interested in Windows 8 proper than the somewhat diluted Windows RT build, so it might come as no surprise that I’d be looking for a full-blown, Intel-powered Windows 8 hybrid under the tree this Christmas.
If I’m totally honest, my device of choice would be Asus’ Transformer Book, but that’s not coming out until sometime in the new year. So, in the meantime I have a couple of preferred options from the currently available crop.
The most appealing of these is Lenovo’s Yoga 13. Previously I’d considered Lenovo’s ThinkPad Twist, but having had a play with one I’ve realised that, for one thing, the twist mechanism for switching between tablet and laptop modes isn’t exactly quick or convenient.
Like the Twist, the Yoga 13 has the same option for the powerful Core i7 Intel processor I’m after in a hybrid device, but a much better transformation mechanism – you simply fold the keyboard up behind the display (the keys deactivate at a certain level of rotation so there’s little risk of typing gibberish).
The display, as the name suggests, is a 13.3-inch capacitive LCD multitouch screen with a 1600x900 pixel HD resolution. This results in a pixel density which is fairly reasonable at 138 pixels-per-inch.
The processor is clocked at 1.9 GHz and features integrated graphics with a 4GB cache and 4GB of RAM.
Other noteworthy features include 128GB of internal solid-state storage, three-in-one external SD card support, multiple full-size USB ports, Wi-Fi and a battery pack which should last eight hours.
Motorola Razr i - £320
Motorola’s Razr i would be my pick of currently available Android smartphones. It looks good, features a high-quality edge-to-edge 256 ppi Super AMOLED display and packs plenty of power thanks to the astonishingly quick 2GHz Intel Atom processor chip.
The battery lasts a long time and it runs a virtually stock build Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. However, it’ll imminently be upgraded to 4.1 Jelly Bean and, as Google owns Motorola we’re seeing an increasing trend of the manufacturer’s handsets having virtually Nexus-like levels of support for quickly getting new builds of Android shortly after they launch.
As a result you can expect it to be running up-to-date software for some time to come.
The Razr i has a decent 8-megapixel camera, it’s light, thin and highly portable but is also robust thanks to aircraft-grade aluminium and Kevlar bodywork and a splash resistant coating right down to the internal hardware.
The premium materials also mean it feels pretty good in the hand. A SIM-free Razr i will set you back as little as £320 from popular retailers.