Amazon Kindle Paperwhite
The Paperwhite’s 6in touchscreen has 62% more pixels than its predecessor, giving it pin-sharp text, but all you’ll care about is the built-in backlight. It’s a godsend for night-time reading, and even in sunshine the always-on light makes text sharper and ‘pages’ whiter than ever. With a solid build, grippy rubber finish and plenty of fonts, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it. Plus Amazon’s ecosystem still rules supreme. Feeling skint? The non-touch Kindle is just £70.
A light that could change reading habits — Kindle’s still on top
The age of the smartwatch begins with the Kickstarter-funded Pebble. It works well as a timepiece thanks to a crisp mono LCD and customisable faces, but the fun really starts when you sync with your iThing or Android device for notifications and apps.
Best for FUTURISTIC TIMEKEEPING
Apple iPod Touch
An iPhone without the phone, the 5th-gen Touch is lighter and thinner than ever — and it’s got a 4in Retina screen, too. With iOS 6. the 5MP iSight camera. Siri, iTunes and App Store joys, this is a media device that’s no longer just about playing the odd tune.
Best for APPS WITHOUT THE IPHONE
Nike Lunar TR1+
Can’t afford a personal trainer? The Lunar TR1+ running shoes are cheaper, and far more intelligent. Sensors at the ball, heel and toe. plus 3-axis accelerometers record how you’re moving, and an iOS app gives you feedback and workouts from top athletes.
Best for TECHED-UP WORKOUTS
Korg MS-20 Mini
If you’re looking at this and thinking of a Bletchley Park switchboard — “Churchill on the line, Sir» — this might not be for you. If you’re thinking «Why. that looks like a reboot of the original MS-20 synth, but with handy 3.5mm jack mixing”, you’re in.
Best for RETRO RAVERS
KTM Macina Race 29
Teutonic motorbike specialist KTM serves up an MTB with a four-speed 250W Bosch motor that provides torque pedalling assistance for up to 75 miles — albeit with an initial weight penalty. Bigger 29in wheels and quality Shimano bits keep things rolling.
Best for CYCLING WITH POWER