Consumer Electronics

Hot gadgets

With the constant updating in technology these days, nearly everything has gotten an upgrade, from our telephones to our microwaves. Navigating the waters through all the new gadgets can be tricky, which is why I'm giving you my list of must-haves.

The newest and hottest item out there right now is the Apple iPhone, and it seems like it's going to be the hot product for a while to come. Retailing for $499 to$599 and limited to the AT&T cell phone plan, it's already on backorder across the country. The phone has all the benefits of a regular phone, but also has Internet capabilities, a camera and a multimedia player. The phone also features a touch screen for ease of use. The only downside is the lack of a camcorder, which less expensive phones include, but they'll probably add this in later editions.

Sony has just released a new version of their old Walkman line - the digital NWZ products. Each one can carry MP3, AAC and WMA music files, as well as store and play images. The products can store 2, 4, or 8 GB and have 33 hours of playback time. Not only is Sony finally competing seriously against the iPod phenomenon, but the player is lightweight and small, too.

Pig E Bank is an adorable electronic for any child in your life, and I'm seriously contemplating ordering some as Christmas gifts. Produced by Learning Center, this little piggy retails for around $20 and is fairly high tech for something targeted towards children. It recognizes the money pushed through the slot and a bright panel on the side keeps track of how much money is inside.

The Nokia N93i also has to make my list since it holds the No. 1 spot on my wish list. This is much more than a phone - with a 3X optical zoom and a 1 GB memory card, it is also a camera with 320 x 240 pixel resolution, and it can record video. If that isn't enough, it also has Wi-Fi capabilities.

Remember when I said that the Nokia N93i was the top thing on my wish list? That was a lie, because I really want the pink Zune. Produced by Microsoft, the Zune has been out for a while now, but this summer, the company released a limited-edition version in pink. Retailing for around $250 (though you can find it cheaper), it has 30 GB of memory, a 3-inch screen, FM radio capabilities and wireless Zune-to-Zune sharing. Get one before they sell out.

The Crosley Digital Jukebox is a fairly big consumer electronic, but a cool one nonetheless. Retailing for around $5,000, it looks exactly like an old-fashioned jukebox from the 1950s, but can hold up to 1500 hours of music. Users can upload songs onto its hard drive, and the system can even burn CDs. This is one of the coolest things to come out in a while, and it's surprising that it took so long.

There's the short list of the coolest consumer electronics currently available.

By Jennifer Eblin