Dashing through the stores isn’t for everyone. That’s why we found some hot items the eleventh-hour shopper can buy online and get overnight, or within a couple of days.
By Jonathan Ages
BlackBerry Curve 8520
$300 (look for rebates)
Good riddance, trackball! RIM has replaced BlackBerry’s iconic navigation nub with a trackpad that is easier to use and less likely to break. That alone is a huge improvement, but the changes don’t stop there: The smartphone is Wi-Fi-enabled and features dedicated media buttons that make it more of a multimedia device. As if those aren’t enough upgrades, it weighs in at less than four ounces. That’s downright pocket-friendly, if you ask us.
Extreme SDHC Cards
Starts at $71
You’ve probably never given SanDisk a minute’s thought, but we bet their ubiquitous memory cards are in your camera and cellphone. Now the company’s outdone itself with its line of Extreme cards, which store up to 32GB and operate at up to 30MB per second—twice as fast as its previous top-of-the-line offering. The Extreme cards work with most cameras, store a ton of high-quality images, and can help speed up camera-to-computer uploads. It’s not the sexiest gift to give, but the recipient will be thinking happy thoughts about you every time he uses it.
VIXIA HF S11
Not all HD camcorders are created equal: Canon’s latest takes HD to a new level, capturing images in a full 1,920 by 1,080 pixels. And since it records at up to 24 megabytes per sec ond, movement appears smooth. The 8.59-megapixel CMOS image sensor is paired with Canon’s stellar Genuine Face Detec tion and Dynamic SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization to ensure that you can capture up to 24.5 hours of brilliant, sharp footage in almost any light. Yes, even the mood lighting in your bedroom.
Starts at $1,500
Dell adopted the Latin word for “to fall in love with” for its new heavily styled, ultrathin line of laptops, and that’s exactly what the company is hoping you’ll do. The computers are a svelte 0.65 inches thick and feature machined-aluminum chassis, making them extra tough. They’re packed with power internally, too, starting with a 1.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor with Centrino technology, 2GB 800 MHz DDR3 dual-channel memory, and an ultrafast 128GB solidstate drive.