Holiday Gifts to Avoid

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REDUXo01

I agree with that!!!!!

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Keith E. Whisman

Um, if your building a new PC there is no reason why you should ignore the low price of a Windows 8 Pro license. And come on, the iPhone 5 is actually a really nice phone. I like the phone not necessarily because of it's physical dimensions, I like it because it does things automatically. I listen to a lot of pod casts and the iPhone automatically downloads the latest podcasts as they become available. And the new iTunes actually looks pretty swank. So I can't completely agree with your suggestions but it's just my opinion and like an asshole, everyone has one.

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big_montana

iOS is just dated and feels, and looks, old. There is nothing new or groundbreaking in the iPhone 5 nothing that makes me scream "I must have that!". Even the nearly year old Samsung Galaxy S3 is fresher than the iPhone 5 and so is the HTC One X not to mention the WP 8 phones from HTC and Nokia.

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dwellman

I'm seriously looking forward to getting a Windows Phone 8 phone. . . I don't miss Windows Mobile so much anymore. If I did, I still have my Touch Pro with 6.5.x (the last great, truly power user phone OS).

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TrollBot5000

OR you could buy a windows 7 license and avoid the fuckery that is windows 8.

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anc51699

The Nexus 7, Kindle Fire and Nook HD all have better specs than the iPad Mini, and cost much less. Another instance of paying for the brand, not the device.

Go Ravens!

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andrewc513

Aside from the 802.11ac routers, this "article" is just plain lazy and shameless.

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Ninjawithagun

shameful

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DoctorOwl

This article is bullshit.

I've used an iPad Mini in store and they're brilliant, there's no doubt they are going to sell like hotcakes to children, students, and business professionals alike.

Every product on the list is marked with, "Hey just wait for the next iteration!" on it. If people did this, they'd never get to buy and enjoy anything. What a miserable existence.

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lordfirefox

Bah bah iSheep have you any wool?
No sir no sir because I'm a tool.

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TrollBot5000

Warning!! Warning!! Troll intrustion detected. Troll identified as username: DoctorOwl. Initiating troll humiliation process. In terms of the ipad Mini paul is simply pointing out that you can get a device that can perform the same tasks at a fraction of the cost. This article is trying to save consumers money by attempting to interject the notion of patience when it comes to making big purchases. There is nothing wrong with holding off on buying a new product until the bugs are worked out. Remember the first batch of xbox 360s?? They overheated. I'm sure all of the impatient types who bought one were pissed. Good things come to those who wait. No sir your existence is the only one here that I see to be miserable. I'm sure Paul has a pretty cool life getting his hands on all of these gadgets for reviews. Troll humiliation process complete. Thank you have a nice day.

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Teh_tourist

You are trolling "Trollbot5000". There are specific use cases that make me recommend the iPad mini over every other tablet, like FaceTime. I know you can use Skype on Adroid but I have a HoX and Skype is completely useless compared to FaceTime on Apple products.

Also if you are going to wait for the second batch of 360's, why not wait for the slim? Then if you're going to wait for the slim, just wait for the Kinect bundle? If you're not going to get the kinect bundle because it's useless why not just wait for the Xbox 720? Just let the man buy what he wants when he wants it, how does it hurt you?

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TrollBot5000

I used the xbox as an example. The first batch had problems so it showed that buying the first batch of anything isn't always the best idea. The arguement wasn't specifically about buying the 360 or not. It actually had nothing to do with the 360 at all. Like I said I just used it as an example to point out that those that always HAVE to have the latest thing sometimes get bit in the ass. Sometimes you buy something then an article comes out a few weeks later about some sort of design flaw. Yes TrollBot5000 fights trolls with trolling. Man you're a genius.

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DR_JDUBZ

Of course ipods, iphones, ipads,iasswipes and icondoms are brilliant, however their price leaves a lot to be desired rofl

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ThermoGel

You mean watching the Patriots loose to the Broncos in the AFC championship game.

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Paul_Lilly

Patriots own Manning, unless it's Eli, in which case I don't want to talk about it. :P

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maxime29

This article pretty much lists almost everything that people will buy for the holidays. This was mostly a waste of an article IMO.

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ulatec

Indeed. Paul you really need to fix the Nexus 4 submission. It does have the required hardware for 4G/LTE.

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streetking

But it only works on certain bands, so if you don't have the right carrier (I think t-mo or att) you're screwed. And unless the person you're giving the gift too is particularly tech savvy, it still wouldn't be a good idea

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livebriand

It'll only work on T-Mobile once they roll out LTE (on the AWS spectrum). That said, LTE really isn't that big of a deal.

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PnkPwrRngr

The Nexus 4 does have a 4G LTE band 4 capable chip, it's just not turned on. I guarantee the guys over at xda figure out a way to get it working.

Would have been nice if it was natively supported though... But if aren't going to be flashing and customizing your Nexus 4 then I agree, you shouldn't buy one.

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spacespeed

Actually, it has a 4G LTE-capable chip, but it doesn't have antennas or power amplifier circuits to receive signals with. Even if you could turn it on, it wouldn't be of much use.

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yu119995

I'm not sure where you're all getting this seeing as I'm getting wonderful LTE speeds up here in Canada. Our top 3 carriers all use band 4 on the LTE spectrum and I've activated it on my N4.

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Biceps

The Patriots will not be winning this year, sir!

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danitanzo

Seeing how this is website is called maximumpc I wouldn't expect them to get much joy out of traditional gaming... That said, I only wouldn't buy a Wii U from overpriced ebay auctions. But one or two games are enough to get me interested, since I don't buy every single game that some company calls "good." And I don't care what sony or microsoft release next...

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Joji

I sold my brand new, only used once (to play MW3 campaign), 320GB PS3 that I bought for only a $120 since I traded my old Wii for it last year, for a Sony PSVITA. I'm a on-the-go type of gamer, so it was a good trade. Not only that, but I got it for only $100 since it was a special Black Friday $200 deal.

However, the game that it came with was terrible. I swear to God, Black Ops: Declassified is one of the worst games I've ever played. Hate that game so much, some of the achievements are near next to impossible. Selling it for a PS+ membership before the game's value drops.

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TrollBot5000

My buddy got a Wii U at gamestop since he was on the waiting list. Yes the game library is very weak. At least Batman Arkham City is on it. The only game he bought was Tekken Tag Tournament 2. Yeah its a fun addictive game and it looks great but after playing for awhile his controller battery life was on 1 bar. I think he spent too much on it. I saw a youtube video of blackops II comparison and yes the Wii-U version looked better but only by a small margin. Considering that it's new hardware vs. 6 year old hardware that wasn't that impressive. He also spent 330 bucks on a 39" Emerson tv. I didn't want to be a downer/hater and tell him he should've waited and not wasted money on a piece of crap Emerson or the Wii-U for that matter. Waste of somewhere between 6-700 bucks. And yeah the Dell Ubuntu ultrabook is a bit pricey. It's nice and all but not 1450 nice. Like I said on the article Ubuntu would be great for an ultrabook where your primary concern isn't gaming but yeah it should be at the sub 1k mark.

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Scatter

I made the mistake of buying a Wii last time and won't make that mistake again. Everything about the Wii U screams 'gimmick' but even worse with the Wii Nintendo opened the flood gates to allow anyone made any shovel ware game they wanted. Long gone is the Nintendo Deal of Quality. Personally I'm bored with Mario 15 or whatever version its up to at this point. I'll wait a year or so and see what the percentage of decent games to junk is before I buy this time.

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ballistic90

The Wii was a massive dissapointment that made a lot of claims and only ever fullfilled them half-a$$ed at best. The Wii U is a much better console. The claims they make, the promised they made are already evident in their games already out. The Wii required you to put faith in them that they'd actually make a "1 to 1" sword fighting game that never really came into fruition.

The claims the Wii U makes and the examples they gave already work as promised. In addition, the 'gimmics' don't require completely rewriting the control scheme of a game, but adding to it. Yeah, there's a bit of shovel ware on the Wii U, but the Wii wasn't the only console with that problem. The Wii's biggest problem (to me anyways) has always been getting left behind with the multi console releases. Now they actually have the power and the attention of the third party developers to get the support they were lacking.

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Philippe Lemay

The only reason "not" to buy a Nexus 4 is because it looks like Google only made 1000 units of the damn things. It keeps being sold out, but as soon as it's back on sale... I'm pouncing on that like a tiger on a bloody steak.

No LTE, big deal. And the internal memory can be boosted using an OTG adapter.

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jimmthang

To me, the real deal breaker is 4G LTE. I'm on a 4G phone now, and have no reason to switch to a slower one. 

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yu119995

Using LTE on my N4 as we speak. I'm on Telus.

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Peanut Fox

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjoPCbllUaY&feature=youtube_gdata

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tony2tonez

also no expendable microSD and no removable battery.

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whiteodian

So tired about everyone bitching about the lack of expandable memory and no LTE. Nexus 4 looks like a fine phone, if you can find one. I've never even gone near the 16GB on my phones. I primarily use wifi and HSPA+ is fast enough for me. I understand it may be a disappointment for some, but $350 for the Nexus is much better than the $500+ for a Galaxy S3. I'm currently on a pay as you go network and plan to upgrade to the N4 once they are back in stock. In summary, stop whining. If it's not the phone for you, move on.

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