Geek, chic, or super [tech] freak?

Geek, chic, or super [tech] freak?

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, all of the above, or none, one thing’s for certain: the holidays mean giving and receiving gifts. But acrylic scarves, holiday ties, itchy wool socks, and cheap cologne won’t cut it (those are so 1988!). For techies, at least, geek has gone chic. Here’s a look at which gadgets are making everyone drool.

Games and gizmos are cool, but sometimes you need to get down to business. The Moto Q9m is all business up front, but an all-out party on the back end. The razor-thin device runs on Windows Mobile 6.0 and offers dual stereo-quality speakers, supports eight audio formats as well as image (JPEG, GIF87a, GIF89a) and video formats, and PIM functionality with Picture Caller ID. (; $199.99)

The ultimate geek gift, the Ultreo Ultrasound Toothbrush uses ultrasound (the same technology found in dentists’ offices), which creates microbubbles that vibrate more than 20,000 times per second to scrub away plaque. (; $169.99)

The Palm Treo 755p smartphone, packed with business tools, screams smart. But its sophisticated, streamlined design and color touch screen say cool. If you must work, the 755p features wireless e-mail, a built-in Web browser, and rich media capabilities; it also offers built-in support for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and PDF documents. (www.; $199 with contract)

High-end features that once placed quality digital cameras out of reach for many are now standard, but Canon manages to push the envelope even further with the PowerShot SX100 IS. The sophisticated digital camera features an 8-megapixel image sensor, enhanced face-detecting technology, and the Face Selector and track function, which lets you assign priority to an individual face from up to 35 detected in the frame. (; $299.99)

If you thought acquiring those Mission: Impossible gadgets were, well, impossible, think again. The Sony Ericsson Bluetooth Watch (the MBW-150 Executive Edition) delivers on the geek factor but in a super-stylish way, of course. The sleek silver watch lets you control your music and phone calls, connecting wirelessly to your handset; it also alerts you to text and picture messages and displays caller ID. (; $399)

The GE E850, an intermediate point-and-shoot, offers the best features of higher-end cameras at a price that won’t break the bank. The 8-megapixel shooter features face-detection technology, panorama stitching (which creates panoramic shots by stitching three images into one), 5x optical and 4.5x digital zoom, and a super-sized 3-inch LCD screen. (; $200)

Compatible with both Macs and PCs, the sleek black Epson MovieMate 50 all-in-one projector/DVD/CD player offers movie theater features in a compact, easy-to-use package. You can project images from 80 inches to 12 feet on any white wall, making it perfect for movies and 5.1 Dolby Digital and DTS super-sized gaming. And the projector’s grab-and-go handle means you can take the theater with you. (www.Epson; $799)

If you’ve had your eye on the Nokia N95 since its European release, you’re in luck. The cool sophisticate will soon make its way to our shores. But the question with the N95 isn’t what does it do,