Every self-respecting gadget fan will be interested in finding out what the next big thing is going to be and which pieces of electronic goodness deserve to be slipped in their pockets or placed under their televisions. Here is a quick examination of the current crop of technology must-haves which might be worth buying as a treat.
Apple iPhone 4S
Apple did not choose to reinvent the wheel with the iPhone 4S, but rather refine it. This may have annoyed some, but for others owning the best iPhone ever is no small thing. A dual core processor, a superb eight megapixel camera and the voice controlled digital assistant service known as Siri combine to make this one of the best smartphones on the market.
Nokia Lumia 800
Few thought that Windows Phone would ever become a viable alternative to Apple or Google-powered products, but the Lumia 800 shows that there is definitely life in Microsoft`s fledgling mobile operating system. A 1.4GHz processor, 3.7 inch OLED display and one of the slickest user interfaces around should give you pause for thought when it comes to picking your next handset.
Sony PlayStation Vita
Launching in late February, the PlayStation Vita will be the world`s most powerful handheld games console. As well as providing graphical fidelity which can almost match that of its living room-bound cousin, the PlayStation 3, the PS Vita will also feature touch controls on the front and rear, giving you new ways to interact with premium titles like a new entry in the Uncharted series. A five inch OLED screen should make your eyes pop out of your head, while a back catalogue of PSP games should get you started on the right track.
Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime
While everyone is raving about the Apple iPad range, the smart money is on the Eee Pad Transformer Prime being the tablet to watch in the coming months. A quad core processor, high resolution display and upcoming support for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich give it the edge over the competition. In addition the fact that you can equip it with a keyboard dock and turn it into a fully fledge netbook while still having the option to use it as portably as possible should convince you of its desirability.
While the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 may have something of a monopoly on the market when it comes to giving you gaming on your TV, computer manufacturer and Dell subsidiary Alienware is looking to change things with the X51. This compact gaming PC looks remarkably similar in size and design to Microsoft`s Xbox 360, but with an Intel Core i3-2120 processor, 4GB of RAM and a GeForce GT545 graphics card from Nvidia onboard it is considerably more powerful. If you want to spend even more then the range-topping edition will give you twice the RAM, a faster quad core i7 processor and much improved graphics, which should make titles like Battlefield 3 run smoother than a hot knife through butter. If you pop one of these next to your HDTV it will make the whole house happy. And by saving money with PC World discount vouchers this gadget could make even more sense.