The holidays should be all about family and friends coming together – whether that’s in person or through Skype. And it’s the most wonderful time of the year because it means presents too. Read on for our pick of the hot tech gadgets that you should be asking for this year.
8 Skype friendly gadgets to keep you entertained during the holidays
• Microsoft LifeCam Cinema Webcam
You can bring your Skype video calls to life with the superb LifeCam Cinema Webcam from Microsoft. Enjoy crystal clear images in 720p HD widescreen and high-quality audio when you choose this fantastic Skype-friendly camera.
It’s simple to use too – exposure is automatically controled by Truecolor Technology and it also has autofocus, so images will stay sharp even when you want to see close-ups. Light and durable, it also has a flexible stand, so you can shape it to get a great angle, whether you’re using it with a monitor or a laptop.
• Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000
Enjoy high-quality sound for all your Skype calls with the Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000 headset. Simple to set up and use, this high-tech headset uses a digital USB for clarity and has a built-in microphone with acoustic noise cancelation.
The Lifechat LX-3000 is super comfy too, thanks to its leatherette ear pads, so you can sit back, relax and chat away for hours via Skype.
• iPad 2
The biggest selling tablet – ever – the iPad 2 is a must for tech-fans. With a dual core processor, super-quick graphics and 10 hours of battery life, you should have no problems making Skype video calls or sending Skype sms messages straight from your iPad. And since the iPad 2 is 33 per cent thinner and 15 per cent lighter than the original iPad, Santa should have no problem squeezing this tablet down a chimney or two.
If you’re not an Apple fan though, you could always try other hot-to-trot tablets such as the Motorola Xoom, the HTC Flyer or RIM’s BlackBerry Playbook.
• Motorola Droid RAZR
If you like your mobiles ultra-light, the Motorola Droid Razr is the smartphone for you. Slim seductive and super-fast, this Android phone is the thinnest 4G LTE smartphone on the market – perfect for making Skype calls on the go.
Don’t be fooled by its size though – the Razr is packed with features, including an 8MP camera with panorama and multi-shot modes, some great built-in apps and a mirror mode, which allows you to connect your phone to a monitor or TV for large-screen action.
• iPhone 4S
One of Apple’s biggest sellers, the hotly anticipated iPhone 4s is a must for your Christmas wish list. Especially now that you can pick up a handset with a super cool, snowy white finish.
But this phone’s not just pocket-candy, as you can use Skype video calls to chat and send Skype sms straight from your iPhone too. So you can stay in touch, for less, on-the-go. And with its super-fast operating system and improved camera capabilities, video calling from this iPhone should sure be a real festive treat.
• GE Digital Cordless Expandable Telephone
When you buy this outstanding cordless home telephone, you’ll get 12 months’ unlimited US / CA Skype calls too – a deal that’s too good to miss.
The GE Digital Cordless Expandable Telephone has some great features, including a 100-name and number local phonebook, Skype Message waiting indicator, 200 Skype contact download, Skype voicemail access and up to 10 hours of talk time. Not only that, it looks great too.
• Samsung Smart TV D8000
Framed by just 0.2 inches of brushed metal, the D8000 is a super cool TV that gives you more screen for your money. What’s more, it comes with improve LED backlight scanning and better image quality – making it the ultimate for HD Skype video calling using your TV.
This TV comes with a super cool remote too – complete with its own three inch LCD, so you can keep watching TV even when you leave the room. Neat, huh?
• Panasonic HD 3D Blu-ray Disc Player
Watch your favourite movies in glorious HD and 3D – and turn your high-definition television into a Skype-enabled TV with the Panasonic HD 3D Blu-ray disc player.
When you buy this great product through Skype, you’ll get a FREETALK HDTV webcam too, so you can start making Skype video calls.
Have you stocked-up on great gadgets ahead of the holidays? Have any Skype-friendly gadgets made it into your home this year? Just let us know by leaving a comment below…