Merry Christmas and happy holidays, fair Unplggd readers! I'm Joelle Alcaidinho a writer based in New York, New York. I've been contributing to the site for several years and love technology, DIY, baking, and awesome design. When I am not writing for Unplggd, I am working as a Community Manager for Mixel, a social collage app for the iPad. For this year's Top Ten I tried to mix it up by including some items that you might not know I love, as opposed to filling it with items that many readers know I use every day and am obsessed with (oh hi, iPad).
I use both my iPhone 4 and Samsung Focus S running Windows Phone 7 daily. My primary handset is the iPhone 4 due to the better camera, Skype, iCal syncing, and Instagram. I use the Windows Phone for gaming, listening to podcasts (or should I say zunecasts?), and reading the updates of friends on various social networks. Since I do take many photos with my phone my next handsets will most likely be the iPhone 4S and Nokia Lumia 800.
Case Logic Carry-on Luggage:
I picked up this piece of luggage, attracted to it thanks to the bright colour, early in the year at CES. I travel fairly often and it has quickly become my favourite carry-on. This lightweight luggage has plenty of space for tech and even has a compartment in the front for easily siding your laptop in and out. I love the bright yellow colour and it has really held up well, especially considering how inexpensive it is.
Mint Plus Floor Cleaner:
I really dislike cleaning, but enjoy having clean floors. Living in a city, it is challenging to keep the floors tidy and this little robot has been a godsend. Returning the review unit of this happy little robot (it emits little ditties while it works) was something I was loathe to do and I am currently waging a campaign to have one given to me for Christmas.
Bodum Milk Whip:
I enjoy drinking hot chai but do not enjoy paying fancy prices for this tea. My solution has been to make the tea at home, and an integral part in getting it to taste like it came from a fancy coffee shop is to have bubbly milk. Since I don't own a milk frother or a fancy espresso machine with one attached, I heat the milk in a mug and then use this little device from Bodum to make it thick and bubbly.
Mimobot Flash Drives:
These two flash drives are usually either on my desk where I can see them or in my purse. They are adorable to look at and handy to use. If you're going to use a flash drive, might as well have one that is fun!
I drink a lot of water and really love sparkling water. Living in a walk-up apartment means either lugging bottles of sparkling water up the stairs frequently or using an at-home soda maker like the Fizz. I love the Fizz, it is very useful for making sparkling water as well as flavoured drinks that I like to add gin to in order to make boozy punch.
Polaroid Sun 600:
While I do primarily shoot digital, there is just something magical about Polaroid instant film. I have had this camera for years and picked it up at second hand shop during undergrad. I keep my vintage Sun 600 well stocked with film from The Impossible Project.
Every day I use my trusty MacBook Pro. I am very dependant on it and this 2011 model is my favourite version of the device to date. It has an anti-glare screen, clean uni-body design and a very long lasting battery. The Windows machine in my life that I am using more and more is a Samsung Series 9. This laptop is gorgeous and is very lightweight. The slick design of the Samsung makes the Pro look giant!
These little bugs are the only bugs I want anywhere near my computer. I like to keep them near my desk so that when a bit of writer's block arises or I feel the need to procrastinate, I can turn them on and watch them move around my workspace.
Xbox 360 & Kinect:
While I would not consider myself much of a gamer, I do love the Xbox 360 and Kinect. They have brought hours of fun into my household and are now the backbone of my media centre. I stream Netflix and listen to music through the Xbox and it's the way I have decided to make my older TV "smart." In 2012 I hope to add an Apple TV into the mix to make getting content from my Mac and iOS devices even easier.