Editor's Note: This is the second story in our Holiday Gift Guide series. Yesterday, we served up 10 gift ideas that are guaranteed to get you laid. Today, Matthew Flow and the rest of the BroBible crew helps you compile the electronic part of your own wish list. We're pretty sure ours is the only guide that includes an item that will help you smuggle "sombreros" back from Mexico, so enjoy.
Your Mom has been hounding you for weeks, and you guys have been hounding us for days, so here it is: the first part of BroBible's Holiday Wish List. These are the gifts that every Bro should be asking for this holiday season. And we're starting with the big-ticket items, namely electronics and other gadgets, gizmos, and feats of modern-day technology. Yes, many of these products are on the pricey side, but everyone gets one big gift a year right? Also, we give several options in the various categories, becausewe know everyone has their preferences (Apple vs. Microsoft vs. Google); but these are the best of what the major companies are offering. Add the electronic items you've got on your list in the Comments below.
You can't deny it: The iPad is dominant. Connect via WiFi or 3G and read BroBible anywhere, stream NetFlix, write doc*ments, read a book, whatever. It has that elusive factor of you're not sure why you "need" it, but you know you "want" it. Kind of like girlfriends.
» $499–$829, though we highly recommend the Wi-Fi + 3G version, which starts at $629
BlackBerry Bold 9780
What better way to keep connected with all the best-looking girls on campus or in the city than with the latest addition to the Bold line-up? Solid quality, 5-megapixel camera, T-Mobile service, and, of course, BBM.
» $150 with two-year contract
HTC EVO 4G (White)
Whatever the number, as in life, usually the higher is the better. Sprint's EVO 4G offering won "Smartphone of the Year" and includes dual cameras, Android 2.2 (though the new ones will probably get the just-announced 2.3), and an HDMI output (hook it up to your big screen). Stuck in the airport? Break out your laptop and this bad boy, which also acts as a mobile hotspot. Go to Best Buy to get the exclusive white version.
Boxwave Keyboard Buddy iPhone 4 Case
We're still holding out hope that a Verizon iPhone 4 gets announced in early January, and if and when it finally drops, this will be the first accessory to buy for it (or the AT&T version if you already have it or have your eyes on it). Yes, it's a protective case, but more importantly it has a slide-out Bluetooth-enabled keyboard so you don't have to type on the screen. It adds a little thickness and some Apps might not support landscape typing, but it will be a savior for email and texting.
"Just drop and go." No this isn't the lady who accompanied you home from the bar. This is a wireless charging pad that lets you charge up to four devices at once. Sleek and eliminates the need for nine wall plug-ins.
Microsoft Xbox 360 4GB Console with Kinect
Xbox with Kinect will actually allow you to work off some of those Holidays carbs. Or, you can continue to sit on your butt as you utilize ESPN3, Netflix, and more through XBOX Live.
Sony Playstation 3
Always a solid gift if you don't have a system already — or need a BluRay player.
» via Sony
Netflix is offering up a new $7.99/month streaming "Instant Only" package. Don't take the bait. Have Mom and Dad splurge the extra two bucks per month to at least get you the option that sends one DVD via the mail plus the unlimited streaming. There aren't enough movies on the Instant list yet; you're sure to be disappointed when you can't watch most new releases. That said, make sure you get the DVD from Netflix that lets you use the streaming feature through your Xbox360 or Wii.
» From $9.99/month
Vizio 22" RazorLED LCD HDTV
Everyone is familiar with some form of monster TV. But what about those dorm rooms that got the short end of the housing lottery and can't fit a movie screen? You need a smaller TV, but one that is like the best college girls: skinny. This LED HDTV has 1080p definition and is less than 1-inch thin. It adjusts to the lighting conditions of your room, so don't worry about placing it on your roommate's side.
Aperion Audio Zona Wireless Surround Sound System
Wireless speakers will assure no one trips over a wire at your house's next rager. The sound quality is outstanding, plus the receiver has a built-in USB attachment that connects right to the computer. We were blasting Wiz Khalifa within 30 seconds out of the box. Comes with every necessary audio cord if you want to hook it up to a booming sound set.
Grace Digital Audio Allegro WiFi Radio
Alarm clocks suck. Not this one. It hooks right up to your wi-fi and you can stream Sirius, Pandora, and 17,000 other Internet radio stations (including maybe possibly BroBible Radio in 2011... what? who said that?). The radio can be controlled by an iPod touch. This one might actually makes those 6 a.m. "voluntary" team lifts bearable.