The TechRadar Christmas wishlist

Gareth Beavis, Phones Editor, London

Plantronics BackBeat 903+ Bluetooth headphones

These hooked wireless headphones are the only things that I can wear that don't fall off when I breathe - and for that alone they're a Godsend.

But beyond that, they're ace for controlling music and calls, and you can even be heard by your friends when they call you on the train - although you look like you're talking to yourself.

I've been using the BackBeat 903's, but the 903+ versions add in some much-needed sweat resistance and can also show off its battery meter on the iPhone display - handy when you're about to run out of juice.

BackBeat 903 bluetooth


Who doesn't want an iPhone/iPod/iPad-controlled quadricopter with two cameras and augmented reality apps strapped on?

You're right - nobody. Sure, it's pricey at £299, and I'll probably pitch it into the nearest duck pond on Christmas day, but this is one of those gifts that you'd actually play with all day and annoy your Nan - you know, like when we were kids.

AR drone

Sumo Gigantor

Stuff all the HD TVs and Blu-rays and all that - they're worth nothing if you're not lounging in comfort (and preferably wearing only underwear) while using them.

The best way to do that? A bean bag - and Sumo's Gigantor is not only named like a Transformer villain but is absolutely massive, measuring seven feet across.

Sumo gigantor

Logitech Harmony 1100 Universal Remote

The need for a dedicated universal remote in my house is horrendous - remotes for a TV, PS3, AV receiver, Archos and projector litter the place, and that's just the front room.

Logitech's touchscreen devices are just the ticket for such a situation - not only can they handle up to 15 units, but a touchscreen also allows you to navigate through different functions.

Both the Harmony One and Harmony 1100 were up for a space under the tree, but it was the 3.5-inch touchscreen than swung it for me - plus it just looks more like something a gadget fiend should own.


Dell Streak

As Phones Editor, I had to include at least one mobile phone - in honesty, I could have filled all five slots with 2010's hottest handsets.

But I think I've gone for a very left-field choice here - the simply ginormous Dell Streak has somehow snuck its way into my affections and won't leave.

The five inch screen is perfect for viewing videos, playing Angry Birds and browsing the web - it's like a tablet that's (just about... sort of) small enough to fit in the pocket.

I could have chosen the Galaxy S, HTC Desire or even the Sony Ericsson X10 Mini - but I can't help but love the Dell Streak now it's up to Android 2.2.

Dell streak