Gadgets to put a hop in your holiday!

This Season's Must have Gadgets

  • by onRoute
  • Mar 23, 2015
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Splash out with the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Tablet

They say that once you use an iPad Mini, you’ll never go back to using the full-size iPad. The same can be said for the slim, lightweight Xperia Z3 compact – with one notable difference: it’s also waterproof! The eight inch display on this tablet is just the right size, and the device is LTE-capable, meaning lightning fast internet access. You can even use your Z3 Compact tab to connect and game with your Playstation. It’s the perfect companion device for the holidays!

Price: TBA

With the April holidays come road trips, beach vibes and Easter egg hunts. We round up all the essentials for a sweet and sunny break.

The Jawbone Mini Jambox is for music on the move

Listening to an audio book while you catch some sunshine by the pool? Playing the Indiana Jones theme song while the kids hunt for Easter eggs in the garden? No matter where the April holidays take you, the Mini Jambox delivers quality sound. You can even connect two together with Bluetooth. Download the Jawbone app for Apple or Android and be the DJ. Plus, it looks like a giant block of Lego. We found ours at

Price: R1 999

Meet Ollie, the bot controlled with your smartphone

Ollie takes kids play to the next level. Download the companion app to your phone, then watch this cylindrical robot light up in a rainbow of LED colours as you roll, tumble and twist your way through virtual challenges. Tip: it looks especially cool at night! Ollie comes with removable hubcaps and types, so you can take him off-road and onto a variety of surfaces and terrains. The app even records video of Ollie’s tricks that you can playback. Get yours at @ R1 295 R1 369

Price: R1 299

Moleskine goes digital with Evernote

Are you one of those people who say, “Kindles are great, but nothing beats the feel and smell of a real book”? Then you probably prefer scribbling notes in your Moleskine instead of using a digital note-taker like the popular Evernote. Now you can have the best of both! Download the Evernote app to your smartphone or tablet, then snap a picture of your written notes and it will be converted to digital for safe-keeping. It will also synchronise your notes to all your devices, and comes in a variety of sizes, from pocket books to large sketchbooks. Get it from

Price: R130 to R410

More than just a pretty purse, it’s power – literally

These genuine leather, beautifully customised purses come with a built-in smartphone and tablet charger – and the best: they’re made in South Africa! The bright, colour-block style of the designs for this clever range of purses, clutch bags, and tablet covers has modern appeal. Inside is a power bank that you can charge via USB, and then draw on this extra power to charge your device while you’re on the go. It works with iPhones and the latest Samsungs (anything that has a micro-USB port). You can even customise your Take Charge purse by adding your name on the inside lining.

Price: R699 – R1 200

Get the must-have holiday pic trick – a selfie stick!

It’s awkward holding your smartphone just right to take a photo of yourself. The angle is all wrong, you can see your arm in the shot, and group photos are even worse! Introducing the Z07 selfie stick: a 105 centimetre long extendable arm that fits most Apple and Android smartphones. Pair the stick and your phone via Bluetooth, and when you’re happy with composition of your shot, press the shutter release in the handle of the selfie stick to take the photo. When you’re done, the stick collapses to fit into your bag. It charges via micro-USB.

Price: R399

The Kenwood kMix puts the icing on the cake

Whether you’re making hot cross buns or good old chocolate cake this Easter, the Kenwood kMix kitchen machine is your handy helper. It comes with a five litre stainless steel bowl, six speed control and pulse action, and several attachments (K-beater, a whisk and a dough tool). The body of the kMix is made from die-cast aluminium, making this sturdy and durable, and it comes in a solid primary colours, or funky stripes. The best price we found was at

Price: R4 699

Easter-inspired cookie cutters for the kids

Sweetly Does It is an extension of the well-known brand Kitchen Craft. This three-in-one cookie cutter collection is just the thing for the Easter holidays. They’re made of stainless steel, so they won’t rust or bend, and come in sweet pastel shades; there’s even a fail-proof cookie recipe included, plus a storage ring so that you can keep them all together. Sweetly Does It also has some of the best silicone icing bags and nozzles for when it’s time to decorate your biscuit bunnies, butterflies and chicks.

Price: R99

Get your green on with the TomTom Golfer GPS Watch

Imagine what it would do for your handicap if you could plot the lay of the course before you tee off. The TomTom Golfer tells you the length of the green, the distance to hazards, and keeps track of the score, time and distance walked. It will even tell you how many calories you’re burning. The TomTom Golfer is weatherproof and waterproof, and has a battery life of up to ten hours when it’s in GPS mode. It comes boxed with a desk dock that you can connect to your computer and upload your game information.

Price: R3 999

Print your pics on the go with Lomo’Instant

If you’re a fan of analogue photography, but you can wait to get your films printed, then this retro range of instant cameras from Lomo’Instant will snap your heart. Snap, get it? Hah! They use Fujifilm Instax Mini Film, and have three shooting modes: auto, flash off and flash on – and you can slide in coloured gel lenses when using the flash. We recommend the Sanremo model that comes with three lenses for close-ups, portraits and fish-eye shots. Don’t forget to stock up on film!

Price: $179 (includes shipping to South Africa)