December 4, 2009 | by Aram Vartian
Tech by type

A holiday gift gadget for everyone in your life.

Technology is personal. From cell phones to laptops to mp3 players — and even the bags we carry to lug around our gadgets — the devices we purchase say something about our personality. If you’re shopping for a technophile, we’ve compiled a list of ideas by personality type: the twink, the leather aficionado, the jock and the suit. There’s something for every gay stereotype in your life.

for the suit

You know the type — the kind that wears a tie to a bar on a Saturday night or power-walks in a pantsuit. These gadgets are all business, all the time.

mp3 player/cell phone
BlackBerry Bold 9700
RIM
$199.99 (with contract)

Blackberry is still the king of the Suit crowd, and while they still can’t seem to get a touchscreen right, the BlackBerry Bold 9700 manages to line up nicely against the iPhone.

laptop
Envy 15
HP
$2299.99

With its shiny black surface and the red Beats logo, it looks like Darth Vader’s laptop. The laptop comes with Beats by Dr. Dre Studio High-Definition headphones, dual stereo outputs and Traktor DJ software, so you can practice for that weekend DJ gig in your office without blowing your cover.

headphones
Jawbone Prime
Aliph
$129.95

The Jawbone is dead sexy. And while it is impossible to not be a tool shouting into your Bluetooth ear peace while riding the Red Line, I am tempted to try it, just to see if the noise reduction really is as good as their advertising claims.

bag
Imagination Messenger Bag
Tumi
$495

This is a very serious bag. It has a serious gray color and a small, serious Tumi logo badge. It has a back you can zip open to secure it over the extended handle of your rolling luggage. Even the price is serious.

for the glam/twink

Technology is no longer just about how a device performs. For many, it is as much a fashion statement as the Prada shoes on your feet. Sure, they are functional as footwear, but describing them as such is missing the point. A few ideas for the fashion-forward twink in your life:

mp3 player/cell phone
iPhone
Apple
$99 – 299.99 (with contract)

A phone that can play Lady GaGa while you cruise guys on Grindr? Sold. Be sure to get the white one. You know you want to.

laptop tablet
Courier
Microsoft
Price not available

You don’t need a laptop to check Facebook, or read your e-mail or schedule your social life. And you certainly don’t want to lug the thing to the bar with you. Enter the newest computer on the block: the touch-screen tablets.

As the twinks break from the Apple line of products (and I should note that they plan a tablet of their own for release sometime next year), the Courier tablet looks to provide jaw-dropping user interaction. It sports a pair of roughly seven-inch touch screens that work together similar to a dual-monitor setup, but with specific finger/stylus gestures and functionality in mind.

headphones
Apple In-Ear Headphones with Remote and Mic
Apple
$79.00

An upgrade from the plastic earbuds that ship with every iPhone, these in-ear headphones sport soft rubber heads that conform to the inside of your ear for a tight fit and clear sound. A “control capsule” is built into the cord, giving you full control to skip songs, raise and lower the volume, even answer phone calls. And with voice-recognition apps like Google’s “Voice Search,” you never have to type in the address for Town again.

bag
A-Style pouch
YOOX Collection
$59

Just the right size for your iPhone, the Courier and your pack of “weekend cigarettes.”

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