What the Tech: Four gadgets not to buy

We’re all getting inundated with sales and deals, there’s a lot to choose from, but there are some things you should steer away from this holiday season.

Handheld games were all the rage a few years ago. Gameboys and Nintendo DS. They were great expect for one thing, the games themselves cost around $50. With some many people carrying large phones or tablets, a screen’s worth of video game apps might set you back a whole $20.

A GPS used to sit on the dashboard of every car Now, who needs a separate device just to tell you where to go. Smartphone apps like Google maps, Mapquest, or Waze not only give you directions, but tells you where things are slow and how to get around traffic jams.

Point and shoot cameras are still good for some things, but for everyday sharpshooters, the camera on your phone is more than enough. The drawback is not being able to zoom in very close.

Big screen TVs are a great gift and they’re always popular at Christmas, but this is not the best time of year to buy one. That would be a month from now when TV manufacturers introduce their newest televisions at the Consumer Electronics Show. When those new TVs are on the horizon, the price starts dropping on last year’s big new thing. If you really want to give someone at TV, fine. But if you’ve been waiting on Christmas sales for yourself, try to be patient for a few more weeks.

iPads and tablets are expected to be a hot item again this year, but sales of those have tumbled on those devices as consumers aren’t upgrading as often. Look for better bargains on tablets as we get closer to Christmas.