If you are a card-carrying technophobe then you do not need to worry, as this short guide to five of the most popular gadgets around at the moment should help you avoid embarrassment.
The launch of the third-generation iPad occurred recently, with millions of pre-orders in place and happy customers from across the globe queuing to get Apple’s latest tablet computer.
The iPad is basically a more portable alternative to a laptop, ditching the physical keypad and instead requiring the user to interact with the software via a touchscreen display.
The iPad has a very intuitive user interface and the software is renowned for being simple to get to grips with, so it is a good place to start if you are new to the tablet market.
HTC One X
The HTC One X is one of the most powerful smart phones on the planet at the moment, easily outdoing its predecessors when it comes to performance.
You will be able to use it to make calls, send text messages and communicate with friends on social-networking sites.
You can also take pictures using its eight-megapixel camera and record high-definition video clips as well.
Sony’s latest portable games console is designed to give you an interactive experience which rivals home consoles when it comes to the quality of the graphics.
The PlayStation Vita also introduces new ways to manipulate games thanks to touch-sensitive panels at the front and rear, so you will not just be relying on the thumbsticks and physical buttons to stay in control.
Nokia Lumia 900
The Lumia 900 occupies a space in the market somewhere between the Apple iPhone and the HTC One X.
It is as easy to use and as intuitive as an Apple device but it has the larger display and unique design more readily associated with Android smart phones.
You can use it for gaming or browsing the web to research debt management plans, since its large OLED display makes everything look great.
Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime
This is a tablet computer similar to the iPad, although it uses the Android operating system and so behaves slightly differently than an Apple device.
The Eee Pad Transformer Prime’s real trick is its ability to dock with a separate keyboard, allowing you to use it as if it were a fully fledged laptop computer while still having the option to detach it to make it more portable.