Jumpstart Christmas with tech shopping

2013-12-18 14:00
Technology makes an ideal gift. (Dion Wired)

Technology makes an ideal gift. (Dion Wired)

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Cape Town - Since it's the season to be jolly - especially with your wallet - tech toys are one of the must-have gift items that many would like to find in their Christmas stockings.

Here are some gift ideas for friends, family - and most of all - yourself:

Lenovo Ideapad Touch i7 NB (s510p)

This is a premium laptop with a touch screen 40cm (15.1 inch) display. Expect a top-end Intel Core i7 processor, NVIDIA graphics card and 16GB of memory.

It weighs in at 2.6kg and is offered with a 1TB hard drive. Available at Dion Wired for R10 500.

Dell Inspiron i7 NB (3537)    

The Dell matches the Lenovo as would be expected given that it costs more. You get up to 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive. The machine also has four USB ports, of which two are USB 3.0.

Dion Wired retails this computer for R11 500.

Acer i5 NB (E1-572G)

The Acer represents the first of the compromise laptops with prices that don't make your nose bleed, yet come with a range of features that make them acceptable working or playing machines.

Besides an Intel Core i5 processor, you also get a 500GB hard drive and a multi card reader.

It's R8000 at Dion Wired stores

Dell Inspiron i5 NB (3521)

The "junior" Dell comes with a healthy Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and an 8-in-1 card reader. The best bit is that it retails for R6 500 at Dion Wired.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1" (P5200)

Samsung's Galaxy Tabs are the top-selling Android tablets globally and the large format Tab 3 has a dual core 1.6GHz processor and 1GB of RAM.

You can expect up to 32GB of memory onboard and it also has a micro-SD card slot to expand the memory. It retails for R6 000 at Dion Wired.

Apple iPad Air 3G 16GB SG (MD791)

Apple leads the global market for tablets and it's new range is attractive, though slightly more than the previous generation. You also get access to some of the best written apps, though you still need to transfer content iTunes. The 16GB Air retails for R7 800 at Dion Wired.

Lenovo 7" 3G tablet (A3000)

The Lenovo tablet (also known as the IdeaTab) comes in at less than half the price of the premium devices, though it has a smaller display at 18cm.

For your R2 500, you get a 1.2GHz quad core processor, 16GB of internal memory and 1GB of RAM.

It's junior, the A1000, has the same display size, but gives up 3G for a price of R1 500.


Mobile operators are racing to compete for your holiday spending and here are some of the deals for smartphones available now. Vodacom offers its Smart S with 75 airtime minutes, 200 SMSes and 200MB of data per month.

MTN tempts with its AnyTime 100 and 200 that includes R100 in airtime, 25 SMSes and 100MB of data in the former, and R200, 200 SMSes and 300MB in the latter.

Straight Up 100 from Cell C gets you 100 minutes, 100 SMSes and 100MB. Critically, the operator offers data at 15c per megabyte out of bundle.

Here are some of the best deals for premium phones:

- Sony Xperia Z1 for R399 on Smart S
- Samsung Galaxy S4 for R389 on Smart S
- LG G2 for R349 on Straight Up 100
- Apple iPhone 5s for R469 on Smart S
- HTC One for R429 on Smart S
- Nokia Lumia 1020 for R429 on AnyTime 200

One step down are some cheaper phones that perform adequately without breaking the bank:

- BlackBerry Z10 for R249 on AnyTime 100
- Apple iPhone 5c for R279 on AnyTime 100
- Sony Xperia C for R249 on Straight Up 100

Honourable mentions go to these cheapie surprise packages that punch way above their weight:

- Huawei Ascend P6 R199 on AnyTime 100
- Nokia Lumia 520 R129 on Straight Up 100
- Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo R99 on Anytime 100
- Samsung Galaxy SIII R169 on Straight Up 100

With all the data you will generate with more technology toys, you can pick up these storage solutions:

- Seagate Wireless 1TB drive for R2 700
- Seagate Backup Plus 500GB External Portable Hard Drive for R688
- Kingston Datatraveler 32GB flash drive for R280

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