Carol Mangis, Web Associate Editor for Electronics for Consumer Reports says to forget the lingerie, skip the candy, pass on the roses and go to tech aisle in this report with Maggie McKay and Michael Shappee:
Nikon Coolpix S100, $230
This subcompact camera comes in red (among other colors), oh so fitting for Valentine’s Day. And our lab testers liked its large touch-screen LCD and excellent image stabilizer, which helps ensure those photos your significant other snaps with trembling hands aren’t too blurry. It also has better video quality than many models—enough said.
iLuv iHP613 Sweet Cotton, $20
This one was a no-brainer: Really, how could you not at least consider headphones from iLuv on Valentine’s Day? And for a lower-priced model, these deliver good sound quality (though they doesn’t completely block external noise). Plus, well, they’re pink.
Apple iPad Mini (Wi-Fi, 16 GB), $330
Who wouldn’t swoon getting this petite iPad as a Valentine’s Day gift? The Mini is our top-rated 7- to 8-inch tablet: It packs most of what’s best about the iPad into a smaller, lighter package, with a very good display, 5-megapixel camera, and over 10 hours of battery life, not to mention the Apple App Store’s overwhelming selection. And this Wi-Fi-only version of the Mini is a lot more affordable than the 4G one ($460).
Roku 2 XS, $100
This is Roku’s flagship media player, and it work with any TV that has an HDMI input, which includes just about any LCD or plasma TV. The Roku 2 XS offers a nice, healthy selection of streaming-video services—romantic flicks on demand coming right up! These include Amazon, Epix, HBO Go, Hulu Plus, Netflix, Pandora. And here’s a bonus: If your sweetie’s a gamer, the package includes an enhanced Bluetooth game remote with motion sensing.
Nokia Lumia 920, $100
Amaze your loved one with your forward-thinking tendencies: The Nokia Lumia 920 runs on the Windows Phone 8 operating system and is chock-full of advanced features, such as wireless charging based on magnetic induction and a 4.4-inch, high-definition display that you can use even when you’re wearing gloves. And in our tests, its 8-megapixel camera produced excellent pictures, aided by the optical image stabilizer—one of the first available on a smart phone.
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