Father's Day 2011 is fast approaching. Don't get dad another tie. He wants some cool tech! There are a lot of great choices for gadgets that will make his life easier or just fun.
Encourage the photographer in him, make it easier for him to stay in touch, make his favorite coffee drink, grill dinner to perfection, or just relax. Here's our top ten list of great Father's Day gift ideas.
1. iPad 2
Taking the original iPad and making it faster, lighter and thinner does take it up a notch. But add front- and rear-facing cameras and he can video conference with Skype or Apple’s own Facetime, plus shoot HD videos and high resolution still photos with ease, on the easiest to use Apple iPad 2.
With over 300,000 apps, there’s an app for everything, from games to web browsing, social media, productivity tools and apps, and much more. All are easily found at the Apple App Store and backed up with iTunes. There are plenty of accessories to make it even better, from Apple’s own Smartcover to keyboards and other cases.
He’ll just plain feel cool having the latest iPad.
For more information or to purchase an Apple iPad 2
, visit Amazon.com
The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Kaldi, named after the African goatherder who discovered coffee, can instantly brew you a cup of your favorite coffee, espresso or tea drink in any size you’d like. The unique dual pressure system can make high-pressure (15 bar) espresso that tastes exactly like it was pulled at his favorite coffee bar, or can make regular coffee or tea at lower pressure. The easy to read and easy to use display on the front lets him pick the type of drink, and individual containers of coffee or tea placed into the top of the Kaldi make a perfectly measured cup. A storage drawer below stores the spent containers and makes cleanup a cinch.
The Kaldi comes with 12 sample flavors and is available in three color combinations to fit every kitchen: silver/red, silver/blue, and silver/white.
For more information or to purchase a Kaldi,
3. Blackberry Playbook
If he’s a Blackberry user, or as some people call them, crackberry (because they do seem addictive), he needs the tablet that fits his system. The all new Playbook is the RIM tablet that offers integration with the Blackberry, including BBM, and a full-featured browser that even supports Adobe Flash so all websites can easily be viewed. In fact, it offers a full web experience, not a mobile one.
It has a 7-inch diagonal display at an ultra high resolution 1024x600 pixels. the 1 GHz dual core processor offers a lot of power for multitasking, built-in accelerometer and motion-sensing gyroscope, digital compass and GPS, MicroUSB port and more. Waking it from sleep just requires him to swipe a finger across the screen.
Wireless connectivity comes through Wi-Fi (a/b/g/n) and 4G, as well as full Bluetooth 2.1+EDR for Skype calling, music streaming and more.
For more information or to purchase a Blackberry Playbook
, visit Amazon.com
4. Motorola Atrix w/Laptop dock
The Motorola Atrix answers the question, “When is a phone not a phone?”. It is a phone, but with the fastest dual-core processor running at 1 GHz and 4G connectivity, it’s better than most netbooks. It has a very high resolution display, and to make it truly unique and productive, it has a Laptop Dock. He can plug the phone in, and it becomes the brain for a small laptop that has a full keyboard, track pad (can use a mouse) and a nice-sized LCD screen that makes browsing web pages a really good experience. It runs the Android operating system, so it can view Adobe Flash content on websites and can use any of the over 100,000 apps on the Android market.
Possibly the coolest part of this is that it’s like having a netbook or laptop that can be put away and he can just use the phone, but his phone has everything
right inside it. At a price well under most laptops, and with a very high speed 4G connection built-in.
For more information or to purchase the Motorola Atrix
, visit Amazon.com
5. Bloggie 3D
Sony’s Bloggie 3D is the smallest, cheapest way to get into 3D on the market today. It’s a tiny, 3D, full HD camera that is perfect for shooting sports, plays, and vlogs in 3D. Dad won’t even need a 3D HDTV to view the content, he can view it in 3D without 3D glasses on the LCD on the back of the camera thanks to special technology. It’s small enough for him to put in his pocket, is very simple to operate (one button recording), and transfers very simply to his computer via a flip-out USB plug.
The Bloggie 3D can record up to 4 hours of full HD, 3D video or a whole lot of 5 megapixel 3D photos.
For more information or to purchase a Sony Bloggie 3D
, visit Amazon.com
6. Pyle PLCM36 3.5'' Slim TFT LCD License Plate Mount Rearview
If he drives a lot, he’ll appreciate having a backup camera. Pyle’s PLCM36 Slim TFT LCD License Plate Mount Rearview Camera System is very inexpensive, at under 100 bucks. The camera mounts on the rear license plate and has infrared lights to work even in total darkness. It can be professionally installed or he can do it himself, and it turns on either when he shifts the car into reverse or can be wired to work full-time when the car is running so he can see cars behind him easier.
The coolest thing is that he doesn’t need a new car for this to work. It works great in any car, any model, any year.
For more information or to purchase a Pyle PLCM36,
7 Canon EOS Rebel T3
If Dad is a photographer, he needs a good camera. One he can learn and grow with.
The Canon EOS Rebel T3 (aka the 1100D) is a great entry level digital SLR. He can use it on intelligent automatic or take over the controls and shoot in partial or full manual settings. It comes with a 18-55mm Image Stabilized kit lens and any other interchangeable EOS lens can be used with this camera.
The 12.2 megapixel sensor also shoots HD video at 720p and even works well in low light.
For more information or to purchase a Canon EOS Rebel T3 camera, visit Amazon.com
8. Oregon Scientific Talking Wireless BBQ/Oven Thermometer
Oregon Scientific’s Talking Wireless BBQ/Oven Thermometer helps him get perfectly cooked meat, every time. The probe sticks into the meat, he select the type and how done he’d like the meat, then walk away. The monitor tells him when the meat is cooked properly in any of five different languages. It will even warn him when it’s almost done. He can sit inside in full comfort, even on a hot day, because the receiver is wireless and works up to a football field away!
For more information or to purchase a Oregon Scientific Talking Wireless BBQ/Oven Thermometer
, visit Amazon.com
9. Garmin nuvi 1490LMT
If he drives a lot for work or drives the family everywhere, he’ll love the Garmin nuvi 1490LMT. It features a big, easy to see, bright LCD display. It comes preloaded with City Navigator NT for the lower 48 states, Hawaii and Puerto Rico, with nearly 6 million points of interest. The maps are updated for life, and so is traffic so if there are new streets or a way to get around a traffic snarl, you’ll know it.
It will show you which lane to be in at junctions, offers voice prompting for turn-by-turn directions, and you can use the built-in ecoRoute software to save fuel. Integrated Bluetooth wireless technology and a built-in microphone and speaker also make this a perfect hands-free speakerphone.
For more information or to purchase a Garmin nuvi 1490LMT,
10. Novatel 4510L 4G MiFi
Novatel's 4G MiFi is a personal 4G hotspot that's smaller than a deck of cards. If dad's a road warrior or just likes to be outside while surfing the web, watching movies, etc., this is a great device for him. He can connect up to 5 devices at once, e.g. an iPad 2, a Blackberry Playbook or phone, Kindle, laptop, anything that can use a Wi-Fi connection. This works on any Verizon 3G or 4G/LTE network, and with 4G, speeds are often as fast as any broadband home connection. Now he won't have to buy the 3G or 4G version of a device, he can save money on buying the Wi-Fi only version.
For more information or to purchase an Novatel 4510L 4G MiFi
, visit Verizon Wireless