Mother’s Day is May 9th, and you’ll want to show the mom in your life how much you love and appreciate her, right? So nevermind just sending flowers and a card — though we’re sure she’ll love them — and back away from the electronic cleaning supplies. Trust us, that’s not what she wants. Instead, peruse our list of Top 10 Gadget Gifts for Mom to find the perfect present. Whether she’s looking for a smart phone to keep in touch, a notebook with style, or a digital photo frame you can e-mail pictures to, this list has it all.
Does the mom in your life need a new notebook? Cover all the bases with the Samsung R780. This powerful 17.3-inch notebook makes a statement with its red-and-black Touch of Color design, and it backs up those good looks with excellent speakers and impressive power. The Core i5 processor and 1GB Nvidia graphics make multitasking a breeze. Though the R780 is light for its size, more mobile moms may appreciate the 15.6-inch model in this series, the $829 R580.
Netbooks are great gifts for both less tech-savvy moms and experienced road warriors. The Eee PC 1001P looks good, performs decently, and has a great keyboard — the perfect combination. The large battery will keep mom mobile for over 8 hours, so she can slip the Eee PC in her bag or briefcase and leave the power cord behind. At $299 you can be frugal without sacrificing quality, something that will make any mom proud.
With its 9.7-inch multitouch display and intuitive interface, Apple’s first tablet is a delight to use, whether Mom wants to check Facebook from the sofa or fire up ABC Player to catch the latest episode of Modern Family. Browsing the Web on this sleek, 1.5-pound device feels great, and she can stay unplugged for nearly 10 hours. The iPad also doubles as a photo frame, and the iBooks app makes a good case for kicking that Kindle to curb.
The Devour isn’t overtly aimed at women, but it includes a lot of features that appeal to them. The sleek, slim design is aesthetically pleasing, and the slide out keyboard is a great choice for users with fingernails. Plus, the Devour is the perfect phone for social butterfly moms who take their tweets and Facebook status updates very seriously. It’s also a good phone for moms who need an interface that’s easy to understand and use yet is also flexible and customizable.
Chances are, if you’re a mom, you have fingernails. They look nice, but make it hard to manipulate the capacitive touchscreens on the iPad, Devour, and other devices. When nails get in the way what’s a mom to do? Get her a Pogo Stylus for the iPhone or Pogo Sketch for smart phones, tablets, and other devices to take the hassle out of dealing with touchscreens. She’ll still need fingers to pull off multitouch gestures, but everything else from tapping to swiping to selecting is far easier.
This is a must for book-loving moms. Especially if they’re voracious readers who go through mass market paperbacks the way other people go through magazines. Buying and downloading books is easy with the Nook’s 3G-enabled portal to Barnes & Noble’s eBook store. The catalog of over a million books includes classics and NYTimes bestsellers alike. The secondary color screen provides an intuitive way to navigate her collection.
Does the mom on your list love music? Whether she’s tethered to her MP3 player 24/7 or just enjoys curling up with a good audiobook or NPR podcast, she needs earbuds that look as good as they sound. That’s where Heartbeats by Lady Gaga come in. Crafted by the same people who brought you Beats by Dr. Dre, these buds have a touch of the feminine without being too precious (or condescending) about it.
Moms who are always snapping pictures will appreciate how easy it is to get a great shot with Panasonic’s DMC-Fz35 camera. This 12.1 megapixel digicam features creative shooting modes, video capture, and 18x optical zoom (perfect for capturing game-winning goals and home runs). Keep zoomed images and video free of blur with the Power O.I.S. image stabilization. This camera is great for moms who want to hone or build their photography skills.
Digital frames are a great idea for Mother’s Day, especially when the mom in question lives far away from her kids, grandkids, or other family members. But if the recipient isn’t all that tech-savvy, setting up a digital frame or loading new pictures onto it isn’t always easy. The Kodak Pulse frame takes some of the hassle out of the equation. The frame gets its own e-mail address, so family and friends can send pics directly. And the full touch screen makes setup and operation simple.
Whether the mom on your list fancies herself the next Penny Marshall or she just likes to preserve family memories, she’ll dig the Flip Mino HD. This little camcorder makes everything a cinch, from shooting video to uploading clips to the computer or the web. And this little guy will capture everything in clear, crisp HD. So those embarrassing childhood baths or game-winning touchdowns will be cinema (or YouTube) worthy right out of the camera.