Gadget show Christmas special

by Lynn Connolly

This week’s must see for technophiles was last night’s Gadget Show Christmas Special which was dedicated to finding the best teccy-gadget Christmas presents for all the family. If you missed it, you can watch it free on using their catch up service Demand Five which you can find here

Suzi Perry and Jason Bradbury kicked off the challenge with a competition to see who could most impress The London Roller Girls with their gadgets. Suzi had the Minox DCC Leica camera with a resolution of 5 megapixels while Jason had Skullcandy TI headphones. It turned out to be a dead heat as of 8 roller blading ladies, 4 loved the camera and 4 loved the headphones.

There was also a piece on high definition tellies under £1000. Some of them were massive! Jon had a Santa standing in a snowy garden and compared the picture on all three TV sets. Conclusion: the Samsung set was pretty naff while the Phillips with Ambilight and the Sony Bravia were both very good but the Sony won out. You can see all the TVs that we discussed on the show on Five’s website.

This week’s focus group were testing out stocking fillers on a budget of under £50. Wolverhampton uni students tested out various goodies including the Breo watch and a 4gig fingerprint recognition flashdrive. Very doody! You can see all the gadgets from last night’s show here

Next up was pressies for the boys. Jason and Suzi presented their choices to three members of the British gold medal-winning rowing team. One of the best was a USB microscope! There was also an i-SOBOT which was very groovy and an alarm clock that required 35 bicep curls to switch off! Can’t imagine that would go down that well at 6am though…

The best gadget for me in the whole show was a multimedia Archos tablet that had a 250gb memory and did everything but make the tea. It wasn’t a cheap gadget though at over £350! The other gadget the boys tested was a Rovio remote control webcam gadget.

Jason and Suzi also find out which are the Top 5 rechargeable batteries to stock up on so you can get your gadgets up and running on Christmas day. The top five were tested by those little yappy toy dogs who were all started at the same time, the winner being the one that lasted longest. Pure Energy batteries were the worst while the overall winner, taking into account recharge time and number of times you can recharge, was the Uniross 2700’s.

Dallas Campbell had a few tips on just how to get the best deals on buying gadget Christmas presents which was primarily buying on the net via price comparison sites. He recommended for finding gadgets this Christmas.

Wii Fit seems to be the most popular gadget this year and can be hard to find so Dallas recommended checking to find stock.

And if you’ve left all your shopping to the last minute, try and order gifts, vouchers or media gifts such as iTunes which can be emailed or the recipient or you can print off a voucher.

Also this week was the grand result of what we viewers have voted the Gadget of the Year for 2008 which was the Apple iPhone 3G but I loved one of the other contenders, the Sony Reader. It was a marvellous bit of kit that was shaped like a book, with text that read like a book and it could hold a veritable library’s worth of them! However, as it was around £200, I’ll have to save up for one.

Finally, this week’s competition included dozens of gadgets and as it’s Christmas there’s to be four winners so get entering! It’s worth £28,000 – go to to enter for free.

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.