Six of the best gadgets and gizmos on a theme. This week: Six of the best gadgets for stylish techies.
By Peter Jenkinson
As a constantly connected generation, it's hard not to find yourself laden with the latest technology.
But as highly functional as your gadgets may be, they could be lacking a touch of style.
Here are some bright ideas to make you stand out from the crowd.
Wrist Candy - Accurist Acctiv - from £60 at http://direct.accurist.co.uk/acctiv
New from iconic British brand Accurist, one of these Acctiv watches is sure to make a bold statement. The range has a selection of face and strap colours to choose from, plus each watch packs in top-quality craftsmanship. Water-resistant up to 100m, you'll never need to take it off.
Dark Side - Star Wars Ties - £39.99 from www.firebox.com
The tie appears to be making a bit of a comeback, with open-collared shirts falling out of favour with the entrepreneur. For the techie in your life, these ties are some of the most stylish around. You can choose from the Stormtrooper pattern or Darth Vader crest design.
Boldly Go... - Star Trek iPhone 4 Cases - £9.99 from www.firebox.com
Regardless of the fantastic built-in features of many smartphones, everyone should have their own distinctive case. And these superb Star Trek-inspired protectors are colour coded to represent Science (Blue), Command (Yellow), Engineering (Red) and Mirror Universe (Silver). Just pick your department.
Device Depot - Kilkenny - £145 from www.knomo.com
Far fewer of us are having to lug around a laptop these days thanks to the tidal wave of tablet devices on offer. These soft leather over-the-shoulder numbers are achingly cool and perfect for stashing your kit on the commute - available in tan, black or brown.
Ear Warmers - Soul-Ludacris SL300 Headphones - £269.99 from www.currys.co.uk
With weather conditions set to be on the much cooler side for the foreseeable, these colourful headphones could double up to keep your audio-listening devices warm. These highly rated headphones have an in-line control, so you needn't delve into your pocket to make adjustments, and there is also a microphone for taking calls mid-tune.
Frequent Traveller - SuitSuit Cases - £99.99 from www.firebox.com
You'll be the envy of just about anyone at the airport with one of these in tow. These stowable wheelie cases certainly stand out from the average jet-setter. Show your patriotic side with the Union Jack design, make a statement with the boombox on wheels, or go totally over the top with the washing machine style.
App of the week: Fish It - Free app on iTunes and Google Play
Despite the surprising number of fishing apps available, this is one of the best on the market. You can fish in some of the most extreme waters of the world, from the American Lakes, Bahamas, Greenland and Tokyo. While in search of more than 60 different species of fish, you'll find a few surprises along the way. Plus you can buy the dedicated AppToyz fishing rod attachment for some extra fun.