Black Friday 2012: Top 5 Gadgets You Should Buy

By Anu Passary | Nov 23, 2012 12:46 PM EST

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This Black Friday, consumers would be looking to snag the best discounts at the lowest prices, while trying to beat the shopping mayhem. With several Black Friday deals and offers vying with each other to entice buyers, consumers would be spoilt for choice.

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The market may be inundated with the hottest tech toys (which can leave you a bit confused), but help is at hand. Here's a look at our top five gadget picks, which we think you should buy this Black Friday.

1. Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Quadricopter 

The Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Quadricopter is among one of the hottest selling tech toys. The RC helicopter is controlled by an iOS or Android app and has a 1280 x 720 camera with a 92 degree wide angle lens. This new model also has a pressure sensor that improves altitude control and new electronic assistance that enables better navigation control. The Quadricopter is available in three color options: Orange/Blue, Orange/Green, and Orange/Yellow. It is suitable for ages 14 and above and is priced at $299.99.

The complete features of the Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Quadricopter are as follows:

  • Fly your AR.Drone 2.0 with the free downloadable app for your iOS or Android Device
  • Perform advanced stunts ordinary RC helicopters can't
  • Fly up to 165 feet from your Wi-Fi device
  • See what the pilot sees with new front-facing camera
  • Capture 720p HD videos and stills to share online
  • Enjoy controlled, level flying with automatic stabilization system
  • AR.FreeFlight 2.0 app lets you save flight data (altitude, speed, duration, and place) to share online
  • Play augmented reality games that turn the world around you into a video game
  • Fly indoors or out-included hull protectors guard rotors around tight corners

2. Bose QuietComfort 15 Noise Canceling Headphones

Bose asserts that it is the "best headphones. period." and it features the company's noise reduction technology, making the headphones its quietest ever. The comfortable headphones' noise canceling technology makes sure that users "hear even less noise and more of your music." The Bose QuietComfort 15 noise canceling headphones are available in two colors - blue and silver - and will set consumers back by $299.95.

Bose QuietComfort 15 Noise Canceling Headphones(Credit:Bose | Mobile & Apps)
Bose QuietComfort 15 Noise Canceling Headphones(Credit:Bose | Mobile & Apps)

3. Wii U 

Nintendo launched its eagerly awaited console recently on Nov. 18, and it has been a long wait for the console's fans as it launched six years after the original Wii made its debut. The console is available only in white and is priced at $299.99 (Wii U Console Basic Set) and is sold out in most retail stores and online. Best Buy is offering buyers between $50 to $150 trade-in for the gaming console. Buyers will get $50 when they trade any Wii system; $100 when they trade any original model of the Xbox 360, PS Vita, or 3DS system; $125 when trading in any original model of the PS3 or Slim model Xbox 360 system; and $150 when they trade any Slim model PS3. However, this offer is valid only in-store and is available in select stores.

4. Canon Powershot SX50 HS

The Canon Powershot SX50 HS is an improvement on its predecessor, the SX40, and is a compact digital camera that isn't smaller than any entry-level DSLR. It measures 3.4 inches (height) x 4.8 inches (width) x 4.2 inches (depth) and has a 12.1-megapixel 1/2.3" CMOS image sensor, which captures high resolution images of up to 4000 x 3000 pixels. The camera weighs 1.21lbs and has a 50x optical zoom and a 4x digital zoom. The Canon Powershot SX50HS sports a 2.8-inch vari angle LCD screen. The camera can also capture full 1080p HD movies with stereo sound.

BestBuy is currently offering the Canon Powershot SX50 HS for $429.99, which is a saving of $55. The digital camera is available only in black

Canon Powershot SX50 HS (Credit: Canon)
Canon Powershot SX50 HS (Credit: Canon)

5. Nexus 4

Google recently launched its LG-made Nexus 4 smartphone, which went on sale on Nov. 13 and was sold out in the UK and the U.S. within an hour of its release on the Google Play Store. The Nexus 4 has become a hot favorite with holiday shoppers and is on backorder. The smartphone is the first handset to feature the latest Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS.

The device sports a 4.7-inch WXGA IPS display with 1280 x 768 pixels resolution (320 ppi). It is powered by a 1.5GHz -core Qualcomm Snapdragon(TM) S4 Pro processor, has 2GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, 1.3-megapixel camera, and a 2100mAh battery.

It can be purchased from the Google Play Store in either 8GB or 16GB versions for $299 and $349, respectively.

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