Wrapping up our gadget guidance -- and reopening the 'Should I get an iPad now?' question
Another year of gadget-shopping help is in the books... I mean, on the Web. We posted the last of my Web-only features Wednesday night.
You can browse through them all on our holiday-guide page, but here's a simple list of my contributions:
* Laptop, desktop and netbook computers (i.e., "this year's version of Mac or PC?")
But wait, there's more!
* Mike Musgrove offered his picks of the best sequel video game titles and compared Microsoft's Xbox Kinect to Sony's PlayStation Move.
So can those of us in the newsroom all rest -- more accurately, finally get started on our own shopping? Not quite.
For one thing, the tech industry hasn't stopped working. Our new assistant, Hayley Tsukayama, has a writeup here about increasingly detailed reports of new iPad features -- front and back cameras and possibly an SD Card slot. (Hayley will be helping Cecilia Kang and me, filling in gaps in our blog coverage with more breaking tech news.)
To answer the inevitable "Should I get an iPad now if a new one's about to ship?" question: I don't really know. It would be crazy to unveil a brand-new version of a hot-selling tech product only weeks after Christmas, -the one-year anniversary of the iPad's introduction. But that's what these "iPad 2" reports suggest will happen. Thing is, Apple could probably get away with it, as Internet cartoonist Matthew Inman (aka The Oatmeal) memorably satirized in his comic "What it's like to own an Apple product." So maybe you should be looking at getting that special someone a new pair of skis or a nice sweater instead.
For another thing, I've got two Web chats left in which I can offer further tech-procurement help. This week's chat starts at noon and runs until 1, followed by one more on Friday the 17th at the same time. You can submit your questions to today's chat now. Or you can post them in the comments below.
| December 10, 2010; 10:33 AM ET
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