HBSuper collection,


HoodieBuddie, founded in 2010 and based in Los Angeles, is known for making garments that incorporate in-ear headphones, and its new collection, HBSuper, continues that trend with new lightweight hoodies, varsity jackets, flannels, raincoats and other styles.

Each garment includes a 3.5-millimeter headphone jack hidden inside a zippered pocket. The jack is connected through embedded cables to in-ear headphones built discreetly into the garment’s drawstrings. Just plug in any MP3 player or smartphone, and you’re good to go. It certainly saves time searching for headphones. And unlike earbud cables, the drawstrings are mercifully tangle-free.

The HoodieBuddie garments, which are available on the company’s website and at stores worldwide, have been updated to include a microphone and remote button in the drawstring with controls for playing music or taking a phone call. The garments are also machine-washable; just don’t forget to remove your music player from the pocket first.

With a $54 forest-green fleece hoodie, the headphones fit comfortably in the ears, although the sound was a little muffled. The remote responded well, but volume control would be helpful.




Polaroid Kids Tablet, $150,


The Polaroid Kids Tablet is yet another 7-inch Android 4.0 portable option for children. It’s worth a second look, however, because unlike the now dozens of others, both the power and volume controls are well marked and easy to find right there on the front panel. You can’t miss them.

This might seem like a small detail, but when you mix this simplicity with a drop-proof rubber bumper, 35 preinstalled apps and a book and music player, you can see an Android-based tablet that is as easy to use as the more toylike LeapPad2 and InnoTab 2. The price is comparable, too, once you consider the batteries and game cartridges required by the LeapPad and the InnoTab.

Unlike the toy options, this tablet gives you Wi-Fi and access to thousands of Android apps. A group of children who tried out our test tablet did not want to give it back.