It’s almost June, and you know what that means. The holiday of the month this time is Father’s Day, which makes things easier for the technology-minded, because if there is one thing that dad loves, it’s a sweet new gadget that he can play with for hours while mom, regretful for having any part in picking out the gift, yells at him to do the chores he’s now neglecting. But, knowing how hard he works throughout the year, you know he deserves something new to mess around with – whether it’s a shiny big new toy like a Samsung Smart TV or an E-Ink watch. Or you could always try and win a Motorola Atrix Smartphone from AT&T for Dad.
We’re giving away the Motorola Atrix Smartphone. Here is how to enter to win:
1. Tweet at us “I want to win the Motorola Atrix Smartphone for Father’s Day http://bit.ly/kub8Kd @chip_chick @motorola #giveaway”
2. Leave a comment on this post telling us why you want the Motorola Atrix 4G for dad.
And without further ado, here are our top picks for dad for this year’s Father’s Day (and don’t forget, it’s on June 19th this year).
It’s not cheap, but it’s a gift guaranteed to be up at the top of the list of pretty much every dad this year. The wave of Smart TVs is currently crashing down on the market, ready for the rush of people eager to try out new tech. Samsung’s Smart TV marries the Internet to the television, connecting it to online features through apps like Netflix and Hulu, so dad can access his favorite old movies or beloved YouTube videos when he’s not regular, old school channel surfing. Plus, it has that LED backlighting that is giving newer LCD TVs even sharper images. The question isn’t whether or not dad will absolutely love it – it’s a question of whether or not you’ve got $1,299 in your pocket to make it happen.
For the business class dads out there, consider Research in Motion’s entry into the tablet foray – the BlackBerry Playbook. At 7”, it’s a little more travel friendly than a lot of the other tablets out there, and, true to the BlackBerry niche of business markets, handles multitasking more smoothly than any other tablet on the market. Dad can get his work done virtually anywhere with this machine – or, he can play with it to his heart’s content, thanks to Flash support, quality web browsing, and a sharp, clear display. It’s a new gadget in an emerging tech market – if that doesn’t sound like something perfect for dad, I don’t know what does. The Playbook currently sells for $499, and comes with the added benefit of dad thinking he’s on par with professional sports coaches.
Tired of getting dad dress shirts when all he does is eye them with apprehension and disdain? For the fashionably choosy father, there’s finally an option for a dress shirt that is impossible for him not to like. You can ruin the surprise and just stick him on the website and have him design his own shirt, or try to ferret out his preferences in secret. Either way, once someone gets onto the site, you’ll see an impressive array of customization options for each dress shirt on sale. You can choose between many different styles and colors, then customize collar style, cuff style, and pockets. You can even adjust sleeve length and collar width, so the shirt comes in as a one-of-a-kind garment made just for dad. How can he not like it? The shirts start at $55 on the Blank Label website.
Here’s something you might not have thought e-ink could be applied to – a wristwatch! But, the technology that helped make the Kindle famous is now available in wristwatches, making time a little easier on dad’s old eyes. These Phosphor E-Ink Watches are for all kinds of dads, too – there are polyurethane straps for the outdoor adventurer, metal for the fashionable dad, and good old leather for all the other dads. There are even some world time offerings that cycle through chosen time zones. The big, bold displays are a unique fashion statement on their own, without even taking e-ink into consideration. So, if dad takes time seriously, consider getting him one of these cutting-edge watches – they start out at $150.
Is your dad the one who constantly stockpiles exercise equipment that goes steadily unused after about a week after purchase? The desire is there, but the will is a little lacking. Fortunately, this Father’s Day you can help dad get in shape with the Wake Up Work Out Alarm Clock! He really won’t have a choice with this alarm clock. It’s a dumbbell with an alarm clock added on that doesn’t turn off until 30 reps of bicep curls have been completed – and the sensor promises to be able to tell if you aren’t doing them fully. No throwing this one against the wall or jamming on the snooze button. The only solution for dad will be to get on shape, or be driven mad by the endless alarm in his bedroom. We think he’ll make the right choice. You can get one now from Gadgets and Gear for $34.95.
Anyone who’s been tasked with the chore of shredding papers knows that it’s about as fun as watching paint dry, and given the task, that’s not a comparison made lightly. So, when you give dad the Swingline Stack-and-Shred this year, you aren’t really giving him a shredder. You’re giving him hours of his life back that he can use on things more enjoyable than shredding (so, just about everything). The Stack-and-Shred itself is pretty self-explanatory – you stack up to 100 sheets of papers, stick them in the receptacle, and walk away. The shredder does the rest on its own, without dad needing to do anything manually. It even takes away the second-most loathsome part of shredding: removing all the staples and paper clips by hand, one-by-one. Apparently, this is one powerful shredder – it promises to chew through staples and paper clips, no problem. If you’re wondering whether dad will really be happy getting a shredder or not, trust us, he’ll love this one – it means he doesn’t have to shred a page at a time ever again. The Stack-and-Shred retails for about $249.99 at most major office supply stores.
If it’s time for dad to upgrade his ancient (4 year old or more) laptop, check out the HP Pavilion dv7t series. It’s a pretty affordable set of machines, with most coming in between $629.99 and $749.99. Not bad for a sleek laptop sporting a 17” HD ready screen with LED technology. If dad’s big into gaming or heavy media consumption, you can grab a free RAM upgrade to 6GB, too. With Beats Audio coming standard, you’re looking at the perfect entertainment center for dad this Father’s Day. It also comes loaded with your choice of some of Intel’s more advanced processors – the i3 or the i5. It’s got most of what you’d expect in a laptop set to have some staying power in the near future (and not become obsolete by this time next year), and the price isn’t too much of a drag.
If at first you think this might be a mediocre gift from dad, you might want to take a look at what his shirt looks like after he’s done concocting that delicious, meaty tomato sauce to go with the spaghetti you’ll be devouring. You might realize this chef’s jacket is a pretty good idea, after all. Dads sometimes shy away from aprons, because hey, a guy’s got to look cool at all times, right? Now you can get him something that will protect his clothes from stains without cramping his style – this dark grey jacket, which is actually a pretty impressive piece of tech in its own right. It’s coated in fibers that are liquid repellent – it is literally impossible to stain this garment. Sauces, juices, water – it all just slides right off the jacket. Trust us, for the chef extraordinaire in the family, this thing will be a blessing. It’s on sale now for $49.99.
Dads tend to not be the most gentle creatures out there. Case-Mate understands that. You can look into their line of tough, dual-layered iPhone 4 cases, ready to withstand all the punishment that dad is ready to subject his iPhone to. The best part about these cases, though, is that they are custom made. You can grab your favorite family photo, or a good shot of the kids, and stick it on dad’s iPhone case (as if he needed another reason to show off his fancy new phone). You can also use a design tool on the website to fashion your own case out of the colors and designs they have available, but Father’s Day is all about family, so nothing really tops sticking the kids on there. One case will cost you $39.99.
OK, giving dad a vacuum for Father’s Day might be a little bit of a stretch, but hear us out. It’s a challenge getting dad to do chores around the house. So, strike a compromise. Make it a little easier for him to check some of those things off the daily to-do list this Father’s Day. The chores get done, dad expends minimal effort and there is a remote control included to boot! Everyone wins! And these days, the Roomba is getting really, really good at what it does. The latest model, the iRobot Roomba 780, doesn’t just run on the automatic gimmick. It moves around the house on its own with its solid detection capabilities, but now it’s packing Dirt Detect technology. The Roomba can now sense which areas are the dirtiest and dustiest, and focus more on deep cleaning in those areas. For $599.99, both dad and mom can breathe a huge sigh of relief.
Get dad listening to his tunes in style with these aviator-style headphones from Skullcandy. He’ll get the high-quality audio Skullcandy brings, along with that classic pilot look, perfect for the dad who’s always up in the air. Plus, just take a look at the pads on these things. If that doesn’t scream comfort, I don’t know what does. These premium headphones are selling on Skullcandy’s website for $149.99, and come in black, brown and white.
Please the inner child in dad this year with these Batman Mimobots. They’re well crafted and designed flash drives, available in sizes between 2 GB and 16 GB, and are sure to bring out the geek in your dad. Currently, Batman, Robin, the Joker, and Catwoman are on sale, each coming with bonus wallpapers, icons, avatars and screensavers. Dad will feel like a caped crusader sneaking around his sensitive information from device to device with these flash drives. The 2 GB drives cost $20, while the 16 GB drives cost $60.
Need to get a new phone for dad, but don’t want to break the bank? You can have your cake and eat it, too, thanks to the HTC Inspire 4G. Dad’s still getting cutting-edge 4G speeds, a powerful processor, and all the apps that come with an Android phone, packaged into a sleek, low to mid-range smartphone. With a crystal clear display, dad will be able to stream videos, play games, and, at some point, get a little work done (and maybe make a call or two) on his new toy. Best of all? You get that whole package from AT&T for $99, with a two-year contract.
Get an external hard drive every bit as professional as dear old dad. If the old man needs to keep up that executive look, grab this Verbatim Wallet Drive, a 640 GB USB 2.0 hard drive that…well, that looks like a wallet. The drive is enclosed in hand-stitched, genuine brown leather that looks very stylish. The Verbatim drive is very small, too – like a wallet, you can slip this sleek piece of technology into a back pocket, no problem. The drive also comes stocked with automatic data back-up and recovery software and an impressive seven year warranty. Currently, the Verbatim USB 2.0 Wallet Drive is selling from the Verbatim website for a little under $200.
Last day to submit entries is June 14th!
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6/18/11 – Congrats to Heather Z of Birdsboro, PA – She won the Motorola Atrix for her Husband and dad to her kids! Happy Father’s day!