Editors' pick: Originally published Nov. 3.
Holiday shoppers turn to tech gifts to impress and thrill friends and family. But before you commit to a purchase, do your homework and take note of your intended recipient's age, interests and aptitude. Some people are into the coolest new toys while others seek to use technology for practicality and ways to make everyday life easier.
Revolutionary visual and audio experience
If your gift recipient has a penchant for all things audio or visual, explore a line of various headsets or interactive viewing devices meant to deliver a transformative experience. Some of the newest audio/visual technology devices provide heightened interaction and an even more immersive encounter, so knowing which new release provides the most updated features is important.
For the ultimate interactive experience, consider the Alcatel Idol 4S. Much more than a phone, the Idol 4S is the world's first smartphone that offers virtual reality goggles for that incredible 2D and 3D experience. Video games and movies are more vibrant and the virtual reality experience can be enjoyed immediately upon unboxing the phone. Content is also accessible through virtual reality applications such as Littlestar and through Alcatel's own virtual reality store so you'll continue to be amazed and entertained.
Another feature users are going nuts for is the slim, sleek, glass-like design, which almost has the same feel and appearance as the iPhone 4/4S, but even leaner. Also, the fingerprint scanner makes phone access quicker and easier and allows users to register multiple prints.
The phone also comes with this ultra-cool Boom Key, essentially allowing the user to multi-task, meaning if you are trying to converse by phone in a loud room, you can press the Boom Key to activate the noise-canceling feature. Or you can use the Boom Key for instant picture taking. Not only does the camera offer a 0.1 second phase detection autofocus but also a 0.6 second instant shot. Images can be captured in a complete 360 layout plus the 84-degree wide-angle lens eliminates the need for a selfie stick.
Supporting the thrilling visuals is the sound, delivered through the 3.6-watt JBL certified speakers, which provides that surround sound feeling. The Alcatel Idol 4S also comes with JBL headphones, which allows you to transfer the phone's impeccable sound through a headphone experience.