Making a list

by Jonathan Davis and Marius Busch
Contributing writers

With the holiday season just around the corner, it’s time to look at this season’s hottest techno-gadgets.

Whether you’re on the hunt for the perfect gift for yourself or the best guy in your life, look no further – we have gathered a brilliant list of the ‘must haves’ of this year.

No Best Buy around? Germany’s leading electronic superstore, Saturn, makes for an excellent equivalent. Never forget your VAT form to save the 19 percent German sales tax and consider paying cash, since a wide selection of credit cards are not accepted everywhere.

***image1***Apple iPod nano
The new iPod nano has learned a new trick – video. Redesigned from the ground up, the newest generation of iPod combines more exciting features in a stylish ultra thin body. The world’s most popular media player now lets you watch television shows, movies, and much more on a new 320-by-240 resolution display that is 65 percent brighter than before.

In fact, the new display has the most pixels per inch of any display Apple has ever made, making videos appear crystal clear. With an enhanced user interface, a storage capacity of 4GB or 8GB and prices ranging from €149 to €199, the new nano is truly a big fish in the pond of MP3 players.

Philips Digital PhotoFrame
See, share and relive your memories with this innovative new picture frame. With enough memory to store up to 50 photos internally, the Philips Digital PhotoFrame automatically displays your best shots with the crisp, vibrant colors of a professionally printed picture – thanks to a 7-inch high pixel density screen. Insert your memory card and display hundreds of additional photos. Prices start at €99.

Philips Living Colors Lights
Color your house with light. The new Living Colors lighting system is a revolutionary lamp made by Philips.

Four color light-emitting diodes (LEDs) can be remotely controlled to display an almost infinite range of colors, allowing you to set whatever mood you might desire. With a striking transparent design, this techno-gadget is a work of art. This lamp is only available in Europe at the moment so pick yours up while you have the chance. Prices start at €150.

***image2***Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Video Game)
Get into the thick of the action at some of the most treacherous hotspots in the world in this new action-thriller from Infinity Ward. The previous games in the award-winning Call of Duty series were set in the World War II era, but no longer.

Now, players have to deal with all of the pressures of the modern day battlefield armed with the most advanced weaponry available. Called a “masterpiece” in the first-person shooter genre, any gamer would be happy to have this game in his collection. Available for PC, Xbox 360 or PS3. Prices range from €50 to €65.

Kodak Easyshare V1253 Digital Camera
The great Easyshare series of compact digital cameras from Kodak just got better with the V1253. This powerful, pocket-sized 12-megapixel camera is capable of taking high definition (HD) photos and videos (up to 1080i.) With the ability to connect directly to your HD television, a 3-inch widescreen format display and an intuitive interface, the Kodak Easyshare V1253 is ready to elevate your high definition experience for €157.