Top five tech stocking fillers: Basil Kronfli
Basil Kronfli shares five things he'd like to find in his oversized man-stockings this Christmas.
Stocking fillers. There's some debate as to what constitutes a stocking filler - is it something that costs less than £20 or is it something that fits in your stocking?
I'm a firm believer in the latter and given the fact that I'm 6'4, I have rather large Christmas stockings. So here's my slightly extravagant list of techy stocking fillers ranging from a modest £14.99 through to a rather more lofty £99.
Spider Podium - £14.99
Bend it shape it anyway you want it - Spider Podiums have been around for a long time, but that doesn't make them any less useful.
Perfect for mobile photographers, the Podium acts as a tripod for your smartphone, making for less handshake and better overall shots.
To get the most out of your Spider Podium, you'll want to activate Night Mode on your camera phone and drop the ISO if you've got an Android or Windows Phone.
This will in turn push down the shutter speed and give you the best lit shot possible from your super still, Spider Podium supported snapper.
Trigger Trap - £24.99
Christmas tends to be a time of year for taking pictures and rightly so, there's family, food and festive gadgets galore to get on camera. And what better festive gadget than Trigger Trap - not only is it colour coordinated with Santa's outfit, it also controls your DSLR by means of a smartphone.
On a basic level, it's a cable that plugs into your camera's shutter release port and your phone's audio jack. The Trigger Trap application then needs to be installed from either the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. Once installed, it can fire your SLR into action.
This might sound simple for a £24.99 accessory, but there are a range of shooting profiles available through the application that enable taking extremely complex HDR shots, time-lapse sequences and light trails to name a few. So if you know someone with a smartphone, an SLR and a bent for creative photography, hop over to Amazon and pick up Trigger Trap.
Kitsound Audio Earmuff Headphones: Panda - £19.99
We're guessing Kitsound wouldn't be too offended if we assumed that these earmuff headphones weren't going to produce the best sound out there. What makes us think that? Other than the £20 price tag, the sheer amount of material laced all over the earpieces.
So why are they on our list? Isn't it obvious? They're sporting pandas - two of them. That and they look mighty cosy, something we can't say about our Bose in ear cans. You can pick yours up from Mobile Fun for a penny less than £20.
Nokia Universal Portable USB Charger - £22.99
Hands down the best looking USB charger we've seen, the Nokia Universal Portable Charger is an external power supply that can charge up your phone via its full sized USB port. Available in a range of Lumia-esque hues, the tubular charge is the perfect stocking filler for the colour conscious.
You can charge the charger itself via a micro USB port, likely the same cable as your phone. So while you might be able to get higher capacity batteries, the 2200mAh Nokia Universal charger, gives you convenience, pazazz and a very reasonable asking price.
Jabra Soulmate - £99.99
Bluetooth speakers, they're a tablet and smartphone's best friend. They're even better when they're portable, look good and produce stonking sound - and that's just what the Jabra Soulmate does.
Thanks to its compact, shoe like design, the Soulmate is about as baggable as a decent Bluetooth speaker can get. It's dense, but not much bigger than a can of Coke. With its own rechargeable battery, you won't need to lug a clunky power supply with you and it even charges via its micro USB port, so no need for any proprietary cables either.
And then there's the sound. Wow. This little thing packs a wollop. It's not the cheapest of stocking fillers by any means, but it's worth every penny. It's also easy to set up and houses its own line in cable, so even if you don't have a Bluetooth device, you can still take advantage of all the wonderful things this almost pocketable boom box can do.