Father’s Day is right around the corner, and it’s time to show him the love. Forget about golf club covers or singing fish; what he really wants is a gadget or two (or three) that makes work and play more fun. Whether he’s a golfer, baseball fan, late sleeper, or outdoor enthusiast, our list of top Father’s Day gifts is sure to have something for everyone.
Dad might enjoy curling up with a good book, but with the Barnes & Noble Nook he can have his whole library at his fingertips. The E-Ink display is easy on his eyes, while its integrated 3G connection can download content in seconds. A bright 3.5-inch color touchscreen below the main display makes it simple to browse titles while the battery will last up to 10 days. The 2GB of integrated storage will hold up to a whopping 1,500 eBooks, and an expandable microSD slot lets him pack in even more.
For the avid golfer in your life, the Garmin Approach G3 is the perfect fairway companion. This rugged touchscreen golf device comes with thousands of preloaded golf course maps, and it uses an extremely sensitive GPS receiver to gauge individual shots and display the precise distance to fairways, hazards, and greens. Does Dad have trouble eyeballing yardage for his next shot? Touch any point on the sunlight-readable display, the Approach G3 will tell him the exact distance to that spot. Plus, the device doubles as a digital scorecard.
About the size and shape of a bagel, the Hillcrest Loop is an intuitive 3D mouse that works from up to 10 feet away. Powered by two AA batteries, it will make it easy for Dad to check out his favorite online content on his big screen TV. The bundled Kylo browser is slick and easy to navigate with large, bright icons, delivering shows and video clips from 128 different sites that offer streaming content.
$49 (until May 20; regularly $99); www.hillcrestlabs.com
You want to get Dad a sleek notebook with good specs, but also need to keep an eye on your bank account. Enter the HP G62t, a budget 15-incher that boasts a 2.13-GHz Intel Core i3-330M processor, 4GB of RAM, a huge 7,200-rpm, 500GB hard drive, and Windows 7 Home Premium. It has a slick, sophisticated taupe color both inside and out, and it performed very well in our battery of benchmark tests, lasting 4 hours on a charge.
Is Dad a sleepyhead? Help him out with the iA5, iHome’s first app-enhanced alarm clock speaker system for the iPhone and iPod touch. In addition to snooze, there’s a time sync button (to sync the iA5’s time with his iPhone/iPod touch clock) and it boasts crystal-clear sound. Uniquely, this alarm clock is compatibile with the company’s free iHome+Sleep app, which lets him control the iA5 from the iPhone. The app offers up to 18 software and nap alarms, local weather information, advanced equalizer settings, and custom 7.5.2 alarm settings (weekdays, work days, and weekends). If your father’s particularly social, he can even connect and share wake-up and bedtime status updates via Facebook and Twitter.
Keep his hands on the wheel and his eyes on the road while he’s chatting away in the car with the Jabra Extreme Bluetooth headset. The ultimate-fit eargels and ear hook promote all-day comfort, while the duel-mic noise blackout extreme technology helps to eliminate background noise. The Extreme’s holder doubles as a convenient car charger, and its multiuse feature lets him connect to two devices at once. He can expect up to 5.5 hours of talk time, and up to 10.5 days on standby.
Your dad loves his iPhone, but he’ll love it even more with the Gorillamobile. This iPhone case comes with three flexible, bendable legs, he’ll be able to securely position his device however he likes, whether it’s wrapped around a pole or propped up tripod-style on a table. More than two dozen leg joints bend and rotate 360 degrees for maximum versatility, and the rubberized ring and foot grips enhance stability on even themost unruly of terrain. And Pop can finally get in the shot with Joby’s free Gorillacam iPhone app, which includes a self-timer that’s great for group shots and self portraits.
Help him capture every swing at Junior’s baseball games this summer with the Kodak Playsport. The full 1080p HD video capabilities, built-in electronic image stabilization, and an LCD Glare Shield feature helps him clearly view his Jeter-in-training even in highly reflective outdoor conditions. This mini-cam is built to handle its fair share of hard knocks, and is waterproof up to 10 feet for fun underwater shooting. Plus, it’s easy for him to share video clips on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube with the built-in software and USB cable. While the Playsport comes with 128MB of internal memory, it’s expandable via SD/SDHC Card up to a whopping 32GB (about 10 hours of footage). Available in black, blue, and purple.
Now that you can gift apps from the iTunes App Store, you’ll want to keep Dad in touch with his favorite baseball teams with MLB.com At Bat 2010. While the iPhone and iPod touch versions include such goodies as live streaming games, push notifications, in-game highlights, and up-to-the-minute box scores and player stats, the iPad version introduces the visually striking Live Game simulation, which is designed exclusively for the device’s large multitouch display. He’ll be able to track the location, speed, and type of every pitch in real time, as well as listen to live audio broadcasts (where available).
For outdoorsy dads who like bringing their gadgets into the wild, the Solio Rocsta-i is an excellent solar charger that can power 3,200-plus devices, thanks to its compatibility with a plethora of iGo charging tips ($9.95 each). Featuring a built-in carabiner clip and integrated charge-out cable, the Rocsta-i makes it easy for Pop to keep all his gadgets juiced when he’s on the go. Plus, its shell is made of an aerospace-grade polymer, making it tough enough to handle occasional abuse. For times when the sun’s playing coy, the Rocsta-i can also charge via the included USB cable or an optional wall charger ($15.95), and it holds a charge for up to a year.