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Sony PSP tipped as a 'must-have'
Sony's portable device has its US release on 24 March
Sony's Playstation Portable is the top UK gadget for 2005, according to a round-up of ultimate gizmos compiled by Stuff Magazine.

It beats the iPod into second place in the Top Ten Essentials list which predicts what gadget-lovers are likely to covet this year.

Owning all 10 gadgets will set the gadget lover back 7,455.

That is 1,000 cheaper than last year's list due to falling manufacturing costs making gadgets more affordable.

High street habits

Portable gadgets dominate the list, including Sharp's 902 3G mobile phone, the Pentax Optio SV digital camera and Samsung's Yepp YH-999 video jukebox.

TOP 10 GADGETS
Pentax Optio SV digital camera
Sony PSP
iPod Photo 60GB
Sharp 902 3G mobile phone
Pentax Optio SV digital camera
Sony VAIO VGN-T2 laptop
Samsung Yepp YH-999
Philips 32PF9986 Home Cinema
Pentax Optio MX4 tapeless camcorder
Blaupunkt Chicago IVDM-7002 satellite navigation
BT Aviator 10M DAB radio

"What this year's Essentials shows is that gadgets are now cheaper, sexier and more indispensable than ever. We've got to the point where we can't live our lives without certain technology," said Adam Vaughan, editor of Stuff Essentials.

The proliferation of gadgets in our homes is inexorably altering the role of the high street in our lives thinks Mr Vaughan.

"Take digital cameras, who would now pay to develop an entire film of photos? Or legitimate downloads, who would travel miles to a record shop when they could download the song in minutes for 70p?" he asks.

Next year will see a new set of technologies capturing the imaginations of gadget lovers, Stuff predicts.

The Xbox 2, high-definition TV and MP3 mobiles will be among the list of must-haves that will dominate 2006, it says.

The spring launch of the PSP in the UK is eagerly awaited by gaming fans.





SEE ALSO:
Getting to grips with Sony's PSP
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Apple laptop is 'greatest gadget'
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Gadget market 'to grow in 2005'
10 Jan 05 |  Technology
Gadgets galore on show at trade fair
05 Jan 05 |  Technology
The future in your pocket
03 Jan 05 |  Technology


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