Christmas Wishlist 2011 – Gadgets, Gear, and Accessories

What’s on your personal or business Christmas wishlist?  Below you’ll find my top tech gadgets and accessories that are on my list.

[amazon_link id=”B005CLPP84″ target=”_blank” ]Roku 2 XS 1080p Streaming Player[/amazon_link]

[amazon_image id=”B005CLPP84″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium”]Roku 2 XS 1080p Streaming Player[/amazon_image]

As a cord-cutter, I have just 3 tv channels, NBC 25, Maryland Public Television, and the obscure local station, 68.  The rest of my viewing is via Hulu, Netflix, or Amazon Video.  I want to move my viewing experience onto the tv rather than my laptop.  As the 2nd Xbox 360 has died after Microsoft repairs, I’m giving up on the Xbox until a new hardware upgrade is launched.  Roku 2 XS will make it possible for me to view what I want, when I want it, including NHL Ticket by connecting to the internet and displaying on my television. While I could opt for an even cheaper model, I want the still very affordable $99 option to plugin an internet wire rather than wifi.

[amazon_link id=”B005SSBCDI” target=”_blank” ]Apple iPhone 4S 64GB (Black)[/amazon_link]

[amazon_image id=”B005SSBCDI” link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]Apple iPhone 4S 64GB (Black)[/amazon_image]

Because I haven’t updated to the newest iPhone 4s yet, this is a must! While most users will not need the space that I prefer, I’m hoping to use the super new camera for plenty of pictures and videos.

[amazon_link id=”B00506XLTG” target=”_blank” ]Mophie Juice Pack Plus Case and Rechargable Battery for iPhone 4 – Retail Packaging – Purple[/amazon_link]

[amazon_image id=”B00506XLTG” link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]Mophie Juice Pack Plus Case and Rechargable Battery for iPhone 4 – Retail Packaging – Purple[/amazon_image]

The battery life on an iPhone may be fine for most users.  However, when attending a conference or simply having a long day of networking, some extra battery power should be helpful to get through without a recharge.

[amazon_link id=”B004N79HQY” target=”_blank” ]OtterBox Universal Defender Case for iPhone 4 (Purple Silicone & White Plastic)[/amazon_link]

[amazon_image id=”B004N79HQY” link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]OtterBox Universal Defender Case for iPhone 4 (Purple Silicone & White Plastic)[/amazon_image]

Are you afraid of dropping that fancy phone?  Otterbox carries the best cases to protect your gear.

[amazon_link id=”B003Z8WHDC” target=”_blank” ]Blue Microphones Mikey 2.0 iPod Recording Microphone[/amazon_link]

[amazon_image id=”B003Z8WHDC” link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]Blue Microphones Mikey 2.0 iPod Recording Microphone[/amazon_image]

The camera quality on the iPhone 4S is fantastic, but I still want an improved way to improve the microphone recording quality.  Blue, the makers of the Snowball usb microphone, have designed Mikey to do just that.  This is perfect for podcasting on the go.

[amazon_link id=”B0052G679K” target=”_blank” ]The Glif: iPhone 4 / 4S Tripod Mount & Stand[/amazon_link]

[amazon_image id=”B0052G679K” link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]The Glif: iPhone 4 / 4S Tripod Mount & Stand[/amazon_image]

The Glif is a great little clip for the iPhone to connect it to a tripod.  When attending conferences and events, I use my Flip camera still, but with improved video quality on an iPhone, I’d like to make the switch.  I use my [amazon_link id=”B000EVSLRO” target=”_blank” ]Joby Gorillapod Tripod [/amazon_link] still and would love to hook my iPhone into it instead.

[amazon_link id=”B005SMWC0Q” target=”_blank” ]Olloclip Iphone 4 Camera 3 in 1 Lens System – RED[/amazon_link]

[amazon_image id=”B005SMWC0Q” link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]Olloclip Iphone 4 Camera 3 in 1 Lens System – RED[/amazon_image]

While doing that great video recording or photography, the iPhone can work with camera lenses.  I prefer the Olloclip for it’s ability to clip on to the phone.  I wouldn’t want to lose this little lens.

[amazon_link id=”B0047DVWHQ” target=”_blank” ]Apple iPad 2 MC764LL/A Tablet (64GB, Wifi + Verizon 3G, Black) NEWEST MODEL[/amazon_link]

[amazon_image id=”B0047DVWHQ” link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]Apple iPad 2 MC764LL/A Tablet (64GB, Wifi + Verizon 3G, Black) NEWEST MODEL[/amazon_image]

Yes, I still tote my 17″ MacBook Pro around with me.  Yes, I’d love to get an iPad instead.  Of course, I want all the space possible since I foresee lots of content creation.

[amazon_link id=”B003H24BGM” target=”_blank” ]Apple ipad Bluetooth Keyboard MC533LL/B [Apple Retail Packaging][/amazon_link]

[amazon_image id=”B003H24BGM” link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]Apple ipad Bluetooth Keyboard MC533LL/B [Apple Retail Packaging][/amazon_image]

I will want an easy way to type on the iPad while out at networking events and coffee shops. I have no intentions of replacing my laptop for an iPad, but for sending emails more than 2 sentences long, a keyboard will be helpful.

[amazon_link id=”B005J4O864″ target=”_blank” ]Powerbag Messenger Bag with Battery for Charging Smartphones, Tablets and eReaders, Black (RFAP-0080F)[/amazon_link]

[amazon_image id=”B005J4O864″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]Powerbag Messenger Bag with Battery for Charging Smartphones, Tablets and eReaders, Black (RFAP-0080F)[/amazon_image]

Have you ever wanted to charge your devices while carrying them?  This bag looks not only comfortable, but it charges multiple gadgets at the same time.

[amazon_link id=”B004VM0SE6″ target=”_blank” ]Bamboo Stylus for iPad (CS100K)[/amazon_link]

[amazon_image id=”B004VM0SE6″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]Bamboo Stylus for iPad (CS100K)[/amazon_image]

When managing contracts and proposals with clients, this pen can provide a super easy way for them to sign documents electronically.  I could even dabble in drawing by hand this way.  While it isn’t a replacement for a full Wacom tablet, it should be useful in basic functionality.

[amazon_link id=”B004NOM4GW” target=”_blank” ]Livescribe 8 GB Echo Smartpen Pro Pack (APX-00007)[/amazon_link]

[amazon_image id=”B004NOM4GW” link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]Livescribe 8 GB Echo Smartpen Pro Pack (APX-00007)[/amazon_image]

Livescribe pens are awesome.  They are a nice pen, an audio recorder, and they capture what you write for a video replay later as pencasts.  Mostly I want this to use the recorder and create quick presentations.

[amazon_link id=”B004GCPJDQ” target=”_blank” ]Mobee Technology Wireless Charger for Magic Mouse (MO2212)[/amazon_link]

I love my Magic Mouse.  I don’t love eating through batteries or having to recharge them.  The wireless charging pad looks fantastic.

[amazon_link id=”B0051VVOB2″ target=”_blank” ]Kindle Fire, Full Color 7″ Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi[/amazon_link]

[amazon_image id=”B0051VVOB2″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]Kindle Fire, Full Color 7″ Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi[/amazon_image]

I need an Android based device for testing a variety of things.  I also would use it for reading books and watching videos in the Amazon store.  Though, a plain [amazon_link id=”B005890G8Y” target=”_blank” ]Kindle Touch[/amazon_link] would work just fine and be better to tote to the beach.

More to come…

This is part 1 of my Christmas wish list.  While entirely Apple oriented, I have other ideas in mind for posts coming up later this week.  See what other books, gadgets, gear, and more I’ve saved on my Amazon Wishlist.  (all links in today’s post are using my affiliate links to Amazon)

Stay tuned, and leave me some feedback.  What other things are on your Christmas list?

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Courtney Engle Robertson

From high school business education to the WordPress Training team, Courtney helps people of all skill levels get their message out. She lives in south-central Pennsylvania, loves coffee, plays the mandolin, and has a very large vegetable garden.

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