Christmas list – revised

Christmas list – revisedA few months ago I penned my Early Christmas List, in which I asked good old Santa for no less than five devices. For various reasons, all five have now been erased, and I’m ready to start from scratch.

I’ve been pretty bad this year (that’s a whooole other feature; or even a series of features), but I’m fairly certain big SC will see his way to forgiving me and picking me up one or two of these bad boys – won’t you, beardo?

I fully realise the spanking new wares at CES and MWC will blow this list out of the water, but I can always do a spot of selling on eBay (did I just write that out loud?).

Ready? Kick it.

HTC Sensation XE

Is this a weird one? Perhaps. But I have a bit of a soft spot for HTC, probably because I’ve been rocking an HTC Desire HD for the past nine months or so, and I really likes it.

Christmas list – revisedAnnoyingly, the HTC Sensation appeared shortly after I invested in my HTC Desire HD, and in turn it has been upgraded to the HTC Sensation XE. Man, it’s freakin’ hard keeping up with those Taiwanese.

So what does the HTC Sensation XE bring to the party? Well, HTC’s Sense 3.0, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1080p video capture, and Beats Audio goodness are all a significant step up from what I’m currently packing with my HTC Desire HD. Good times.

iPad 2

You know what? Furg it; I’ll take an iPad 2. Come to think of it, Christmas is the ideal opportunity to grab one, ‘cause it’s not like I’m wasting my own money.

I almost popped the Asus Transformer Prime in this slot, but you know what? I’m not interested in an Android tablet. I’d rather have an iPad 2 for reviewing iOS games on a nice big screen, and I quite fancy GarageBand (er, even though I already have it on my iMac and MacBook).

Christmas list – revisedBut hey, that stuff’s personal preference, and there’s no denying that the Asus Transformer Prime looks like a sexy piece of equipment.

The Samsung Galaxy Note almost made an appearance here too, but I figure it’s a tad on the large side for a smartphone, and – at the same time – not big enough to fill my big-screen tablet lust (which is admittedly on the increase).

iPhone 4S

For Siri.


Motorola RAZR

Christmas list – revisedAround four years ago I made one of the biggest mistakes of my life when I bought a Motorola Z8. What the hell was I thinking? One of its major selling points was carrying The Bourne Identity on board, which – incidentally – it struggled to play, and ultimately the phone died after a few months. Good riddance.

Anyway, I think I’m just about ready to forgive Motorola. The US manufacturer has been on a pretty decent run with the Milestones and the Defy and the Atrix, and now the RAZR looks like a viable option too.

I’m not too keen on all this super-skinny nonsense, and I’d definitely want to try before I buy, but the specs make for impressive reading. There’s a 4.3in Super AMOLED display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, and 8MP camera with 1080p video capture. Sah-weet.

Just don’t furg with me this time, Motorola.

I’m sure I’ve missed loads of stuff. As such, you can fully expect part 2 later this week.

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JanSt / MOD  Nov. 14, 2011 at 13:19

Well, the RAZR is getting a lot of good* reviews - *if you enjoy bad reviews, that is. Seems to be a bit of a letdown.

I've been using a BlackBerry Bold 9900 since my phone was abducted. I gotta say - it's firmly on my wishlist. Which is a shame cause as an atheist I'm not high up on Santa's priority list. It's the best phone I have used in 2 years. Possibly EVER. Though, now and again I crave a bigger screen.

The Sensation XE is nice, but I prefer the non-red-dified Sensation. The XE reminds me of Sony Ericsson's history of slapping a squiggly "W" and some Orange on a flop and calling it a walkman phone.

iPad 2? I just read somewhere the average owner uses it once a week. So, go for it! It's a real timesaver :p (maybe you can borrow one for 6 days a week?)

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 14, 2011 at 17:59

PS Garageband on the iPad is utterly addictive. Almost makes me wanna buy one, too.

Treab  Nov. 14, 2011 at 22:42

Which is a shame cause as an atheist I'm not high up on Santa's priority list.

1 major thing wrong with the above..


jebus was never born on christmas day... its a myth from a fairy tale...

now we have that out of the way (jan i am disappointed in you) we can have a proper discussion :p

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 15, 2011 at 00:41

Atheist hat off, mod hat on: treab, you blasphemer!

Treab  Nov. 15, 2011 at 00:49

Not blaspheming. jebus wasnt born in december if we take the bible literally the date is wrong (also it would be 2029 or something like that) christmas celebrates the end of mid winter period.

matt101101 / MOD  Nov. 15, 2011 at 08:09

Treab's right, the Romans renamed a pagan celebration which was to ward off the depression of the short, cold, dark winter days, when they invaded Britain. It was this celebration of winter that we now call Christmas. Jesus was a real person but he was born at Easter time (ironically). We basically have the Romans to thank for the main holidays we celebrate in The UK nowadays.

On a side note, Treab wasn't being blasphemous, he's actually talking sense...for once ;).

History lesson for you two there ;).


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