Seven Tech Gifts for Father's Day
Looking for that last-minute gift for Dad? Well, if he likes his gadgets, there is no shortage of choice – from the revolutionary iPad to state-of-the-art camcorders, the stores are full of electronic devices that will bring a smile to any dad’s face.
Here are seven of The Online Mom’s top tech picks for Father’s Day 2010!
Apple iPad (Wi-Fi version)
Apple’s iPad is revolutionizing the world of portable computing. The sleek tablet combines multi-media entertainment with web browsing, e-mail, iBooks and more. From movies to games to helping out with those business presentations, the iPad can do it all. The iPad starts at $499 and, with the Wi-Fi version, you won’t have to worry about signing up for a long-term data plan.
Where to buy in time for Father’s Day: Any Apple Store
Bose QuietComfort® 15 headphones
The latest QuietComfort 15 Noise Cancelling headphones from Bose feature the latest in noise reduction technology that lets you enjoy your favorite music, movies and audio files in a way you have never heard them before. The comfortable round-the-ear fit makes you forget that you have headphones on and are ideal for long flights and business trips. One AAA battery provides up to 35 hours of use and a smart carrying case keeps them safe and always at-hand. Priced at $299.95
Where to buy in time for Father’s Day: Any Bose Store, Best Buy or Amazon.com
Kodak Playsport Video Camera
Priced at just $149.99, the Kodak Playsport is just the kind of no-frills pocket camcorder that Dad will love! It’s incredibly easy to use and offers a variety of capture modes, including full 1080p HD and 5-megapixel still shots. You can even shoot video underwater. The front of the camera is white, while the rugged rubber-style case comes in purple, blue or charcoal gray. Navigating and operating the device is so intuitive that Dad will probably never even have to open the manual!
Where to buy before Father’s Day: Best Buy, Sears or Amazon.com
Powermat Home & Office Mat
Tired of searching for phone chargers and other cables? Lose the chargers altogether with Powermat’s Home & Office Mat charging system. This thin black, lightweight mat can be placed almost anywhere and its rubber underside ensures it won’t slip around. Once it’s plugged in, three magnetic points on the mat deliver power to a universal receiver. Just connect your device to any of the eight connection points on the receiver and the charging process begins immediately. Works with the iPhone 3G as well most other cell phones and smart phones. Can also charge most iPods, Nintendo’s DS and Dsi, and dozens of other devices. Priced at $99.99.
Where to buy before Father’s Day: Best Buy, Walmart or Amazon.com
Verizon MiFi™ 2200 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot
With both mobile broadband service and WiFi capability, the MiFi 2200 provides a mobile wireless hub for up to five WiFi-enabled devices. No more searching for a hotspot or worrying about the strength of a signal. The lightweight MiFi and its rechargeable battery provide the ultimate in on-the-go, always connected flexibility. Requires a one or two-year Verizon data contract. Priced as low as $29.99 with a 2-year contract and the Verizon online discount.
Where to buy before Father’s Day: Any Verizon store or online at VerizonWireless.com
Toshiba BDX2700 Blu-ray Disc Player
OK, so you have HD TVs all over the house but you are still missing out on the highest available quality when it comes to movies. That can all change with Toshiba’s BDX2700 Blu-ray Disc Player. With built-in WiFi, the BDX2700 comes with Internet apps from Netflix and Blockbuster that together offer more than 3,000 movies on demand. You can also stream content from VUDU and Pandora. The BDX2700 features full 1080p HD video and high-definition audio, as well as BD-Live capability to access all the extras embedded in the latest Blu-ray movies. Suggested retail price: $249.99.
Where to buy before Father’s Day: Best Buy or Amazon.com
The new Xbox 360
The sleek new Xbox 360 is now the ultimate gaming and entertainment experience. Featuring a massive 250GB hard drive and built-in WiFi, there is plenty of space to store the biggest media collection and stream additional movies and TV programming from the Xbox LIVE Marketplace. Plus, the Xbox 360 is “Kinect-ready”, already set-up to work seamlessly with Microsoft’s Kinect controller-free sensor coming this Fall. Xbox LIVE also lets you connect with friends and fellow gamers from all over the world for tournaments, challenges or just plain old chat.
Where to buy before Father’s Day: Best Buy, Costco, Walmart or Amazon.com