Top tech Christmas gifts: Clare Hopping
Clare Hopping talks us through the items at the top of her tech list for 2012
Christmas is fast approaching and although you'd probably think we here at Know Your Mobile get whatever we want from PRs et al, it's not true.
Here are five technology-related items on my tech list that I would be more than happy to find under the Christmas tree.
I've always been a supporter of Windows Phone, but have struggled to find hardware I like as much as the OS. That was until the HTC 8X came along and I think I've found ‘the one'.
The slim design fits wonderfully in the palm, the screen is just the right size - not too big that I can't reach across to both sides, but also not too small I have to squint to view web pages.
It's lightweight, unlike the Nokia Lumia 920 or 820 and it feels just perfect. If I had to choose one phone I got to keep this year, it would be the HTC 8X.
I've been testing the Samsung Galaxy S3 out for a while, but after six weeks of use, Vodafone recalled it. A sad day in the Hopping household, indeed.
The reason I like the Samsung Galaxy S3? Its casing. Many reviewers see this as a negative. After all, it is very plasticky. But with the plastic comes light and comfort.
I've never been a big fan on Android as an operating system, but I have come to love the app availability in comparison to Windows Phone
The one thing that holds the S3 back is probably the stock Samsung keyboard and the fact I have to charge it every day, but I can download a new keyboard and just deal with charging overnight - it's not the biggest issue in the world and is made up for in other areas.
The Nexus 7 is the perfect size for a tablet. Fact. The price is a perfect price for a tablet. Fact. The array of apps also makes this an almost perfect tablet. Am I in love? Yes.
The Nexus 7 hasn't got the prettiest design in the world, but it fits in my bag, runs every app I could ever want
The only thing I would like is 3G capability at £159. Not going to happen that, is it? Which is why I've thrown the iPad Mini in as an alternative.
The iPad Mini is also the perfect size for a tablet. It is a little heaver than the Nexus 7 and more expensive, starting at £369, which is a lot of money to spend.
It has the apps, the sexy design and will also fit in my bag.
As a premium level device this is certainly one for me and I really wouldn't be disappointed to see this under the Christmas tree.
I've wanted a Sonos system for quite a while, but no one has ever been kind enough to buy it for me - not even a single unit in the network to music freedom.
I live in a pretty small house, so only really need three speakers and the bridge, so my boyfriend can listen to what he wants in the bedroom, I can listen to what I want in the living room and our guests can crack our their tunes in the guest bedroom, but for the small fortune of £780, you can see why I haven't made the first step yet.
A girl can but dream....