iPad Air is out! To celebrate, we've scouted the internet for the coolest gadgets and top tech, including the new iPad, Microsoft's Surface Pro 2, and, err, a lamp!
October is a fantastic time of year if you've got too much money and an interest in cool new gadgets. Major companies tend to put out most of their technology now in time for the big Christmas spend, and Apple, Microsoft and Samsung have all got some amazing new bits of kit for you to fumble with.
We've scoured the world's best tech markets (okay, we had a look on the internet) and found 10 of the bestest things you can spend your hard-earned cash on. And there's a lamp. It's a technology lamp, though!
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1. iPad Air
© Apple, Inc.
Apple's groundbreaking tablet goes through boot camp and it comes out slimmer and lighter in the iPad Air
. It's just 7.5mm thin and weighs 450g, over the iPad 4's positively hefty 9.4mm and 652g. Also announced is the iPad Mini Retina, which ups the screen to a whopping 2048 by 1536 pixels. They've both gone straight to the top of our Christmas list...
2. Microsoft Surface Pro 2
The big advantage of Windows-based tablets is that you can run full software on them, rather than stripped-back versions such as Photoshop Touch. Microsoft's latest 10.6-inch Windows tablet
includes a Wacom-designed digitiser, one of Intel's latest do-it-all Haswell processors and up to 8GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD storage space.
3. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Dubbed a ‘phablet', Samsung's enormo-phone
includes a 5.6-inch full HD screen with glorious colours and great viewing angles. An eight-core CPU ensures Android apps run slickly, and a 13-megapixel camera is essential for capturing reference images when you're out and about. You might need to upgrade your trousers so it'll fit in your pocket, though.
4. Nix Color Sensor
© Matthew Sheridan
This unique little gizmo lets you accurately sample colours wherever you are, with calibration and ambient light-blocking to ensure results are far better than you'll ever get from a cameraphone. Thanks to a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign it's about to enter the manufacturing process, so keep an eye on the team's Twitter
for updates on availability.
5. Lumix DMC-GM1
Micro four-thirds cameras are all the rage these days, packing DSLR features such as interchangeable lenses in a tiny and cool-looking body. They don't come much more tiny and cool-looking than Panasonic's Lumix DMC-GM1
, which includes a 16-megapixel sensor inside its retro-tinged lovingly-crafted six-ounce body.
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