2011 holiday tech gift guide

The two most-hyped shopping days of the year -- Black Friday and Cyber Monday -- have passed with recording-breaking sales. But did you get all the gifts you need for your family, friends and colleagues? Are you sure?

Don't fret -- Computerworld's annual gift guide will help you handle all those last-minute gift decisions.

Every year, we poll our readers to find out what types of tech gear they want to give and/or receive for the holidays. But this year, while the top five categories they chose are pretty much the same as in 2010 -- tablets, e-readers, smartphones, laptops and HDTVs -- the products themselves have changed significantly.

For example, while Apple's elegant iPhone 4S and iPad 2 still top many gift lists, Android powerhouses such as the Samsung Galaxy Nexus phone and the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime tablet are strong contenders. And a new type of tablet has entered the race -- e-readers with color touch screens like Amazon's Kindle Fire have become popular alternatives. We've also added a few interesting tech gadgets that we thought could top up any gift list.

As always, we've done our best to make our gift guide as useful as possible, especially for those last-minute decisions. Along with descriptions of each item, we've included links to product pages, places to shop, product specs, informative videos and, of course, prices. When possible, we've included a range of prices as offered by various vendors, but be aware that prices fluctuate, especially at this time of year.

Keep in mind, too, that while we've focused on the most up-to-date versions of these products, you can often save a chunk of change by opting for earlier models if your gift recipients don't mind.

Of course, if you have a suggestion for a holiday tech gift that you don't see here, feel free to add it in our Comments section. And most important -- have a wonderful holiday season!

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