5 gadgets to get you through the credit crunch

A year ago, a credit crunch just sounded like an expensive chocolate bar. Now it’s that thing that’s not only threatening to leave you hom

A year ago, a credit crunch just sounded like an expensive chocolate bar. Now it’s that thing that’s not only threatening to leave you homeless but also bring an end to the halcyon days of lashing hundreds on gadgets.

So, we thought we’d bring together a string of killer bargain toys to get you through the impending recession.

Acer Aspire One

www.acer.com

Just a few months ago, netbooks were dirt-cheap. Now there’s a million to choose from and price tags to make you weep (hello HP Mini–Note). We say keep it cheap and simple and grab yourself a £199 Acer Aspire One. It looks good, you can get online and you can do your tax return on it.

www.firebox.com

So, the 1080p Sony TGR3 looks awesome, but costs more than a month’s mortgage repayments. This dinky new version of the killer Flip video should sate your camcorder appetite and will be out in time for Christmas. Ok, it’s not HD, but that hardly matters in these financially challenging times does it?

www.lge.com

Forget that iPhone 3G PAYG. Now it’s all about older phones on a SIM only deal. You can snag one of these bad boys for about £60. Ok, you’ll look a bit 2006, but it’s better than working one of those £8 numbers you find down the local Lidl. And it's still incredibly sexy. Plus you'll save yourself a packet.

www.sandisk.com

Time to forget those new iPod nanos. If you’re skint and need a decent MP3 player, the Sansa Fuze is where it’s at. 4GB of storage should be more than enough for your new tunes and at least it looks a bit like an iPod from a distance, eh? Plus the sound quality’s the business.

www.pentax.com

The Canon EOS 50D isn’t a goer now Alistair Darling says we’re on a hiding to nothing. However, you can take great snaps with this little budget monster, and it only costs £90. Ok, it’s only 4MP, but that isn’t the issue here. The days of dreaming of aping David Bailey are over.

Now you know what gadgets to snaffle, make sure you check out our pick of the best budget services to beat the credit crunch.