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TrustedReviews Christmas Wish List 2010 - Hugo

Amazon Kindle 3G Wi-Fi

I'm not a fan of the keyboard, and wish it was on-screen and touch-sensitive. That is literally (and literary) my only issue with Amazon's latest generation Kindle, the best eBook reader we've yet looked at and a worthy Product of the Year award winner.

You see, despite having an iPad in my possession, I have never purchased a single eBook for it, and of the dozens of out-of-copyright titles I have downloaded (from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, to Wuthering Heights) I've read one - the Wind in the Willows. The problem is that although I know plenty of folks who can tolerate reading for extended periods on an illuminated display, I'm not one of them - I need e-ink if I'm to use an electronic reader.

And if I'm getting an eBook reader, it needs to be the very best. The Kindle has a fantastic screen, a great range of features, such as dictionary look-ups and bookmarking, and boasts battery life measured in days, not hours. Some might lament the lack of EPUB support, but as there's an Amazon app for Android and iOS, it's not like tying myself into Amazon's eBook store is a massive issue - especially as it's consistently the cheapest.

In truth, right now I could cope with the Wi-Fi version of the Kindle. Whispernet is utterly brilliant, but I don't really need to be able to download books while lounging on a beach. However, what I do want is the assurance that in six months time when Amazon inevitably think up some clever new 3G-utilising feature I will be able to use it.

Besides, it's £40 more for the 3G version than the Wi-Fi only Kindle, and what's £40 to Santa?


Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Cameras on the TrustedReviews Christmas wish list are something of a tradition. If Jay's not asking for a Nikon D700 (he actually bought a D3) then Riyad is after a Panasonic LX3 (gifted to him by his wife). With such a precedent of success, I can't resist but try my luck in getting my choice of camera this year: the Panasonic DMC-LX5 (which incidentally, Ed just bought himself).

Although it may have lost out to the Canon Powershot S95 in our annual awards, the differences between the two are minor at best and for my money I'll take the ergonomics of the LX5 over the 'better' video of the S95 - my phone captures good enough video for the rare occasions when I actually want it.

What really appeals about the LX5 is its image quality, which rivals that of my current camera - a Nikon D40x. And with a camera as compact as the LX5 I'll be likely to use it more often. I rarely take my DSLR with me 'just in case' I'll want it, but with a camera small enough to fit in a pocket I'd be happy doing just that.


Grooveshark for iPhone

This should be pretty self-explanatory. In fact, it's an easier fix than you might think because Grooveshark's developers have already done the hard work, all that's required for me to be have Grooveshark on my iPhone is for Apple to approve the app.

Which brings me onto the underlying request that makes the stated one possible: Apple needs to loosen the restrictions on its App Store. Frankly, I don't care how this happens, but happen it should. If I it requires that "I Agree" to terms and conditions stating I won't blame Apple if an unapproved third-party application bricks my handset or runs off with all my personal data, so be it.

In the interim, I'll be sticking to buying CDs, ripping them as 320kbps MP3s and transferring them to my iPhone via iTunes. I'd happily take the step down in quality in if it enabled me to decouple my music collection from my computer, but having already paid for a year's subscription to Grooveshark's add-free service, I don't fancy doing so for Spotify, Napster or any of the other alternatives.

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