We all have much-loved classics that we couldn’t do without. That perfect sundress that’s seen us through more summers than we care to remember. The heels that are just the right height for daytime as well as dancing. It’s the same when it comes to our gadgets - headphones that stay put no matter how hard you’re working out. The smartphone that seems to be indestructible, regardless of how many times its been dropped on the floor. But there comes a time when your old faithfuls no longer work their magic, and its time to see what’s new. Here, Lady Geek, our tech gurus picks five new takes on great gadgets.
1. Evernote Smart Notebook by Moleskine
Used by artists, poets and writers, you don’t get more classic than a Moleskine notebook. But if you want to be able to save your sketches and jottings digitally, you don’t need to compromise thanks to this new collaboration between Moleskine and digital note-taking application Evernote. Fill the pages by hand, then using the Evernote app, you can swiftly scan your work to your device.
2. HTC One
If your mobile is fading fast, try new HTC One, which is a real forever phone. Thanks to a huge, crystal-clear display, elegant design and some very clever features - check out the BlinkFeed homescreen that lets you keep up with customisable content at a glance, or use the HTC One as an infrared remote control - it marries form and function in one sleek, chic smartphone.
Available on 4G for £69.99 on a £41 price plan with EE, ee.co.uk
3. Sol Republic Master Tracks
A pair of white earbuds used to be the last work in headphone chic, but that was then. If yours are grubby, grey and prone to leaking sound, it’s time to upgrade, but don’t follow the herd with a pair of Beats - try some slightly more under-the-radar Sol Republic ‘phones. The new Master Tracks offer amazing sound, keep your tunes under wraps and have interchangeable headbands. They’re also damn near indestructible.
£169.99 Available from John Lewis, Dixons and Apple stores
4. JBL Charge
Still relying on your dad’s old stereo speakers? It’s time to enter the 21st century with a portable speaker that packs a punch. Whether you want room-filling sound at home or on holiday, or to take your audio alfresco, the JBL Charge connects to your music library via Bluetooth and has battery life to make a boombox blush. You won’t believe a sound this good comes from a speaker this teeny.
5. Nikon 1 S1 Red
Camera phones have changed the way we take photographs - and seen Instagram selfies conquer the world - but there are times when only a proper camera will do. Light, portable, easy to use and available in a range of cool colours (take that, iPhone camera!) the Nikon 1 S1 offers a great compromise between a bog-standard compact and an SLR, thanks to the S1 series’ interchangeable lenses. A modern classic in the making.
From around £440, europe-nikon.com