It’s not just Eve. Most of us by now have had a bite of Apple. And with Steve Jobs’ team churning out new gadgets faster than we can review them, keeping up can be something of a full-time pursuit. However, even we had to start wondering how the new iMac could be bettered. A magic mouse with multi-touch technology (basically meaning you no longer have to take out the mouse marble and roll it around the desk to scroll down), wireless keyboard and an all-in-one screen (i.e. no more hard drives, however small) makes this the Granny Smith of the range: crisp, clean and aesthetically a winner. Available from iMachines - Hoora 17 574 334 and iSpace - Hamala 17 611 922 from BD590.
Lights, action, camera
The Canon IXUS series has been around for so long that practically everyone has had one, though most people have graduated to something, well, a little less common. One reason to return to the range is the Canon IXUS 980 IS. The first time Canon have actually thought about the body design, the new model also comes with an impressive 14.7 megapixels, which is well above what many of the SLR’s are offering. Best of all, it’s on sale for a comparative song. Home Electronics, Isa Town, BD 154.990.
Getting a file storage device for Christmas is like receiving a chopping board from an elderly aunt. You might well need one, but receiving one as a gift feels like confirmation that you were adopted. The new Hyperdrive Colorspace UDMA is the first file storage device that you would actually bother to unwrap. With a large LCD colour screen and with a body that supports 14 different memory cards, having a hyperdrive means you no longer have to lug around a laptop. The Camera Shop, City Centre Mall. From BD145 for 160GB.
Although it certainly tries its best, Time Out can’t be everywhere. Which is why the new Vertu Constellation Ayxta, launched late in September, should be on the list of anyone who’s loaded. With the phone’s legendary concierge service, which claims to get you tables at some of the world’s most exclusive restaurants at a moment’s notice, now being copied by the likes of Quintessentially and other high-end fashionable fixers, Vertu’s latest sales pitch is a slew of city briefs at the touch of a button. Touched down in Tangiers and looking for the hottest restaurant in town? Needing help with cultural etiquette in Caracas? Bin the Blackberry and leaf out the lucre for something truly exclusive. Vertu, Seef Mall and Moda Mall. Vertu Constellation Ayxta from BD2,465.
The best of Bahrain
A real gem Bahrain’s pearl trade might well be a fraction of what it once was, but that doesn’t mean the the country isn’t one of the best places in the world (indeed, one of the only ones) to pick up a natural pearl. With prices from just BD30, you can design your own ring, fill up a necklace or simply stock up on beads. Head down to the Gold Souk and be prepared to haggle.
High-class date If there’s one product that defines Bahrain’s contribution to international cuisine, it’s dates. And there is no better way to bulk out a present than fill it with these fragrant palm fruits. One of the Gulf’s leading retailer of dates is Bateel. Hailing from Saudi Arabia (the address is in Arabic, so you can usually blag that it’s Bahraini), each of their stores is the date equivalent of a high class confectioners, with packaging that wouldn’t look out of place in a shop selling luxury brands. Bateel, Seef Mall.