With less than a week until everyone's favorite made-up-holiday-of-love, we remembered it was time to start in on our
annual scathing diatribe on gender constructs, identity, and politics. But we figured perhaps we might go a little more
lighthearted this Valentine's day and
hook you up with some gadgety suggestions for her, for him, or for the both of you. Sure, we'll admit up front that the
way some of these gadgets are positioned to be a bit heteronormative, but if that or Vday itself bugs you a little, at
least some of this stuff is good for a chortle. So, let's get started; you made her suffer through the Super Bowl and the
that it followed, so you better be prepared to ante up, son, Ladies first!
Now, if you're serious and want to buy her a laptop that isn't clad in shades of black, white or silver, your choices are pretty limited. Or are they? ColorWare offers PowerBooks and iBooks in over two dozen colors (including "Cotton Candy," pictured) at prices starting at about $1,600. Don't want to go Apple, or want a custom job? ColorWare can repaint just about any computer you've got (if you know how to make hers vanish undetected for a few days). The company also sells colorized iPods and accessories.
If it's a pink cellphone she's been hankering for, chances are she's expecting the RAZR. And, sure, you can go ahead and get it for her. But why not surprise her with one of these babies? The Nokia 6111 is a nice GSM slider with Bluetooth, EDGE, an FM radio, and a 1 megapixel camera, and you can pick up an unlocked pink version for about $350. If she'd prefer a clamshell, there's also a pink version of LG's C3300, which was apparently designed by a woman, for women (and don't even get us started on all the options available for the fashionphone inclined).
The Dopod 818 Pro smartphone is available in the US by special order from eXpansys. It's an unlocked quad-band GSM unit from Hong Kong, and is identical to the HTC Prophet, which means it includes WiFi, EDGE, a 2 megapixel camera, and Bluetooth. It's a special order for $759, so you're really going to have to plead with eXpansys if you want this by Valentine's Day. Either that, or hop a plane to Hong Kong and pick one up on your own (or bring her with you for a romantic getaway).
We know as well as anyone that sometimes you just can't be around, but after the week stretch of sleeping on the couch we got last year from turning over a boyfriend-arm pillow to take our place during those long tradeshow trips we're always taking, we decied to go with something a little more subtle this time. The My Beating Heart haptic pillow reproduces the sound of a heartbeat when you hug it, which we understand can be quite relaxing -- so long as it's not the sound of a telltale heart, anyway.
There's at least one girlfriend-of-Engadget who's had her eyes on the WiFi-est of all bunnies, so we figured we'd pass on the good word about Nabaztag, the ambient information wireless wabbit (now with the ability to sing and talk). We're still looking for a spot to pick one of these up that doesn't require bot-translating a French e-tailer (Nabaztag isn't yet down with countries that aren't France or Japan), but love is a resourceful thing and we figure you'll find a way to make it happen if you're so inclined. Click on to get our picks for him and the both of ya'll.