Top 5 gadgets: iPod Nano

By Apple, 8GB $255 16GB $305. Despite being nearly half the size of the previous iPod Nanos, this next generation model doesn't skimp on performance. Its Multi-Touch interface makes it a breeze to navigate your music collection with just a few swipes and taps. It's housed in sleek anodised aluminium with several striking colours. It also has a built-in FM radio and lets you crank up to 24 hours of beats on a single battery charge. For more check out
CATEYE STRADA DOUBLE WIRELESS CADENCE COMPUTER - BLACK: $239.99. If you find a bike ride is less about seeing the sights and zero-carbon transport, and more about finding out just how quick or far you can take it on two wheels the Strada Double Wireless Cadence Computer might be one for you. It clocks your speeds, cadences and kilometres to give you comprehensive feedback of how your battle with the road is going. Note: It won't make you look any cooler in lycra. Available from
MAIL AND CHAT NOTIFIER: $39. You've got mail - sometimes. Take away the disappointment of opening your email account to the sad sight of 0 new messages with this mail and chat notifier. Simply plug it in to your PC, set it up and this LED gadget will notify you if get an email on your MS Outlook or receives a message on Skype amd MSN Messenger. Even better it glows different colours depending on what the notice is and its "intelligent colour" lets you know how many unread messages you have. Available from
FOOTBALL POPCORN MAKER: $89.95. Calling all football fans, if you've run out of fingernails to chew during penalty shootouts, how about switching to popcorn instead? This popcorn maker is a great gift for any football fan, firing out the tasty treat in just three minutes, an added bonus is that it comes with a sweet soccer bowl.

Available from Ezibuy.
PURE-FI EXPRESS PLUS: By Logitech, $169.90. Finally a speaker dock to do any Prince collection justice. Pretty in purple, this iPod/iPhone speaker dock delivers up to 10 hours of music and omnidirectional acoustics to fill a space with rich sound. It also has a wireless remote and can run on both AC power or batteries. A stylish sound delivery system that will pump up the volume and style of any room. Available exclusively from Dick Smith Electronics.

- Northern Advocate

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