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Great gadgets for holiday giving
Heather Kelly, CNN
5:23 PM EST, Fri January 4, 2013
Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 laptop —
The new Windows 8 devices have some much-needed personality -- and none more so than the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13. This is a bendy, touchscreen Ultrabook that costs $1,000. You can fold the screen all the way back to use it as a tablet and get the most out of the new Windows 8 touchscreen interface.
Just in time for New Year's resolutions, these beefed-up pedometers track more than steps. The Fitbit Zip (left, $60) tracks steps, calories and distance, and lets you compete against friends. The Nike+ Sportwatch GPS (right, $169) records your location, pace, calories and heart rate while keeping you motivated with gentle reminders.
Eyenimal pet camera —
Ever wonder what your dog or cat is up to when you're not around? This wearable, battery-powered device will shoot up to two-and-a-half hours of video for you to upload later with a USB cable, included. Available for $99 from Dogtek.com.
7-inch tablets —
Ten-inch tablets are so last year. This season's hottest gifts are ultraportable 7-inch tablets. They're great for consuming media, and there are quality options for each major operating system. The iPad Mini (left) starts at $329, and Google's Android-based Nexus 7 (right) starts at $199.
E Ink e-readers —
Tablets are perfect for playing games and watching movies, but avid readers might prefer a mono-tasking device that's easy on the eyes. These E Ink readers have excellent battery life and work in low light. The Kindle Paperwhite (left, $119 with ads) is great for Amazon Prime members. The Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight (right, $119) reads standard ePub files.
Roomba floor-cleaning robot —
Cleaning your floor isn't fun -- unless you have a smart floor-cleaning robot that you can control with a remote while sipping a cocktail. Roombas are pricey, from $350 up to $700, but they know exactly where to clean and even go under the bed without complaining (except sometimes on Twitter).
Courtesy Sling Media
Slingbox 350 —
This nifty box connects to your DVR or cable set-top box and streams live, high-definition video from your TV to your laptop, tablet or smartphone -- no matter where you are. The Slingbox also gives you remote access to what's stored on your DVR. Available for $179 from electronics retailers.