Jamie Sorcher, Technology & Entertainment CorrespondentBest known for her television work as the original 'Gizmo Girl' on ESPN's Cold Pizza morning show and numerous appearances on network television, Jamie Sorcher is a seasoned technology and entertainment correspondent with more than 15 years experience in print, broadcast, and online media.
Black Friday is just around the corner! Have you started your holiday shopping yet? There's plenty of time--you just need a gameplan, a budget, and a mobile phone to do it right. The deals are happening right now and gadgets are at the top of everyone's give and get lists. Check out my suggestions for the family, the outdoor enthusiast, shopping queens, tweens, and the smartphone addict!
LG's EG9100-- Here's the way to binge-watch all your favorite holiday movies this winter right in the comfort of your own living room. The 55-inch OLED 4K TV is a gorgeous TV with a curved screen for a more immersive experience. OLED is a new category of TV because it delivers revolutionary picture quality. It offers a breathtaking image with perfect blacks, amazing color, and a wide viewing angle. There's not a bad seat in the room! Since so many of us are streaming content these days, you'll want a Smart TV platform like webOS. It allows you to find and then easily switch back and forth between all of your content options whether it's broadcast TV, streaming services or an external device.
Casio ProTrek PRG 300-- The ideal gift for that outdoor enthusiast or athlete on your list. This Casio watch is equipped with Casio's Triple Sensor Version 3 engine. Whew! That means it measures altitude, gives compass readings and has a barometric tendency alarm so you are always one step ahead of Mother Nature. Know when that next polar vortex is coming! It also is low-temperature and water-resistant, has 5 daily alarms you can, world clock, stopwatch, and comes in lots of fun colors. Design and durability rolled into a timepiece that makes a statement!
You're ready to brave the crowds for Black Friday. You've sifted through circular after circular to find the best prices for everything on your list. But there is a better way. Check out Flipp. This is a location-based app that you download to your mobile phone and it does all the work for you. It gathers digital circulars from more than 800 retailers (from the big box to the little shops) in your area so you can find the best bargains--not only for Black Friday, but during your weekly shopping trips to get all that fun stuff like toilet paper and toothpaste. You can search for deals by store, brand or item. Even better, you can do cost comparisons and you can even create a built-in shopping list by tapping an item from the circular and clipping it.
Otterbox Symmetry Series --Otterbox is known for its protection and with its Symmetry Series, it is known for its sleek styling, too. This fashion forward collection of smartphone cases is the perfect gift for anyone who is addicted to their smartphone. The slim cases protect your phone from the inevitable drops, dings and scratches. Available in a variety of colors and designer patterns, this is the gift of peace of mind! The Symmetry Series is available for most smartphone brands including LG.
U/R Powered-- Okay, so the other day I was juggling a cup of coffee, my phone, my car keys, and trying to respond to a text. And did I mention my fingers were freezing? With winter weather approaching, it's time to wear some gloves, but now I can do that without sacrificing my connectivity! These high-tech touchscreen gloves are fully capacitive. Translation: the entire glove is micro conductive not just the threads in the fingertips so you've got a mobile media grip and can perform all touch gestures with confidence. The colors and styles of the gloves are incredible and, if you want to go the extra step, add in some audio headwear (caps and hats with speaker built right in).
Some shopping tips: Do your holiday homework by researching products online before you hit the stores. Follow your favorite retailers on social media for advance notice about sales and for insider-only deals. Ask for an email receipt where possible. Many stores offer print, email, or both options. if your receipt is emailed to you, all you will need is your smartphone for a return. No stressing about tracking down a receipt. I like these additional tips from Good Housekeeping--just click the link below.