The Download: Hot for the Holidays

The hottest gadgets for the holiday season!

The hottest gadgets for the holiday season! (Credit: News 12 Long Island)

With the holidays fast approaching, News 12 Long Island's Andrew Ehinger is counting down his top 10 tech gifts for the holidays.

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10 - The Swingbyte
It's a small sensor you attach to a golf club to help analyze your swing. The device works with Apple or Android devices and gives a 3D look at the swing along with tips for improvement. It costs $149 and is available at AT&T stores nationwide.

9 - Hex3 App Tag
It turns any smartphone into a real-world gaming device. The app uses the phone's camera into an augmented-reality shooting game. The App Tag costs $60.

8 - Braven and Jambox
Bluetooth speakers. Both are about the size of a block of cheese and produce good sound with decent bass. The speakers range from $150 to $200.

7 - FitBit Zip
The FitBit clips onto clothing and tracks steps and calories burned. The device syncs with your computer or smartphone and allows you to share the data and compete with friends to reach fitness goals. The Fit Bit Zip costs $60.

6 - Republic Wireless
This fledgling cellular service provider is offering contract-free service at bargain basement prices for smartphones. The secret is that Republic Wireless routes as much data, including voice service, through Wi-Fi when available, thus limiting the amount of cellular data and minutes it uses. When no Wi-Fi is available, the service uses Sprint's 3G network. Service is $19 a month plus the price of phone and activation.

5 - DropCam HD
The DropCam HD is a Wi-Fi camera that shoots in 720p. The camera allows you to watch remotely as well as store footage on a cloud-based server. It can even send an alert when it detects motion or loud noises. The DropCam HD costs $149.

4 - Sony CyberShot RX100
The camera is one of Sony's most ambitious pocket-sized cameras. The RX 100 features manual controls that rival a DSLR, a 1-inch, 20-megapixel sensor and an F 1.8 Carl Zeiss lens. The camera costs $649.

3 - Nest Learning Thermostat
The Nest Learning Thermostat gives you control over your home's temperature wherever you are. The thermostat can be controlled manually, like any other thermostat, but also through a Wi-Fi connection from anywhere in your home. The thermostat is also programmable and features tips on lowering your home energy bills. The thermostat costs $249.

2 - iPad Mini
Apples ubiquitous iPad got slimmed down for the holidays. The iPad Mini is a 7.9 inch tablet that's 53 percent lighter than its big brother. It features Apple's A5 chip and can do basically everything the larger iPad can do. The iPad Mini can last about 10 hours on a single charge. Prices for the iPad Mini begin at $329.

1 – Nintendo Wii U
Nintedo is trying to revolutionize the video game market with its new offering, the Wii U. The Wii U works as a standalone game system, as a second screen for some Wii games and as a controller, using motion detection like older Wii controllers to play games. The Wii U also operates as an entertainment hub, accessing entertainment from sources like Hulu, Netflix and Amazon Prime. The Wii U comes in a basic model at $299 or a deluxe edition for $349.

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