Why tablets will be the must-have festive gift

By Beth Allcock on November 22, 2012 10:33 AM |


Every techie worth their salt should kick off the New Year armed with this season's must-have gadget to help combat the post-Christmas blues.

According to the experts, namely Pollyanna Woodward and Jason Bradbury of Channel Five's The Gadget Show, we should all be touting the tablet this January.

Pollyanna believes the next generation of mini tablets - midrange between the 9in specials and the smartphone - are likely to be best-sellers this Christmas.

She said they are the perfect size to fit snugly into the Christmas stocking - with the iPad mini likely to be another blockbuster from Apple.

The tablet that her co-presenter thinks will lead the way is the Microsoft Surface - despite a few hiccups in its launch and build quality.

Jason said: "The Surface is a tablet that Microsoft should have made five years ago but, by making it now, it's a potential iPad killer.

"It's got a second screen for Xbox 360, a version of Windows 8 and Office and one of the smallest keyboards in the world. It's fantastic

"Also on my list is the Nintendo Wii U, which is one and a half times more powerful than Xbox 360 and considerably more than the Wii.

"While the Wii was targeted at non-gamers this encourages hardcore gaming with zombie games and shoot-'em-ups."

Meanwhile, the duo are advising anyone looking for the latest thing to attend the upcoming Gadget Show Live, the fourth event of its kind, which runs at the Excel from November 30 to December 2.

"It's a massive live show with fabulous robots and explosions," said Jason.

"It's going to be amazing. It's a great chance for us to meet the fans and a chance for them to see the latest technology and buy it at great prices."

Pollyanna added: "It's really exciting. It's the first time we have done a Christmas show and when it gets to that time you want to know which gadgets are the best, and we just thought it's the perfect time to do this.

"It lets people come and see what's around and buy Christmas presents and it's another opportunity for myself and Jason to meet the viewers of the show."

She added: "There is something for everyone - some things that are tech-savvy and a little bit more complicated to get your head around, gadgets that look fantastic for the females interested in the look of something rather than its function and big, colourful and fun for the kids."

Go to Gadget Show for tickets.