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A six-pack of tech gifts for Fathers Day
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A six-pack of tech gifts for Fathers Day

With Fathers day just around the corner I combed through my most recent reviews looking for things I thought would make great Fathers Day gifts. I came up with a six-pack of ideas that I think will work for pretty much every Dad.

1: HTC One Series Smartphones

You can’t go wrong with any one of these three smartphones..each best in its class. The HTC One X with a 4.7″ 1080×720 pixel screen in the king of the big screen multimedia smartphones..Next in line is the HTC One S a gorgeous smartphone with a 4.3″ 540×960 pixel Super Amoled screen is by any measure the best smartphone you can buy. Finally the HTC One V the only budget smartphone running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. If you want the best budget phone, this is it.

 

2: Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook

Does Dad need a top-notch light notebook to take on his travels? Look no further than the Dell XPS 13. This is one sweet looking notebook with a distinctive design. The carbon fiber base has a pleasant soft-touch and grippy feel. The matte-black magnesium-alloy keyboard deck and the aluminum lid add rigidity where it’s needed. The whole package weighs just under 3 pounds.  Dell likes to say that it put a 13-inch screen into an 11-inch chassis, well, not quite, but with a 31.6 x 20.5 cm footprint this Ultrabook’s compactness is impressive.  The Dell XPS 13 is a delight to use, a good weight and a design triumph. Is it the one? For me…absolutely! It blows the doors off the MacBook Air without looking like a clone.  This is hands down the best Ultrabook currently on the market. It certainly disabused me of any temptation to buy a MacBook Air. It is priced competitively at $1099 for the model I tested up to $1699 with an i7 CPU and a 256Gb SSD. [button link=”http://wp.me/p1CzTI-1pu” size=”small” color=”teal”]More details[/button]

3: Cadet Laptop Bag from Tom Bihn

Tom Bihn Cadet bagIf Dad needs a bag to carry his new laptop, you can’t go wrong with a Tom Bihn product..He makes a full line from tiny utility bags to travel bags to backpacks.. I have been using one of his Ristretto bags for my iPad for over a year… I love it and it still attracts remarks for its cool look. The Cadet Laptop bag is available in two sizes, 11/iPad or 15/13 in six colour combinations. The price is $170 including the Cache Laptop Sleeve and standard shoulder strap..I also recommend the Absolute Shoulder Strap for an extra $20 especially if you are planning to carry a heavier 15″ laptop. You can order online at Tom Bihn’s website. [button link=”http://wp.me/p1CzTI-1mh” size=”small” color=”teal”]More details[/button]

4: Ooma Telo VOIP Phone System

This is an interesting product that actually works as advertised and offers a lot of interesting features. The Ooma Telo is available in Canada for as low as $199.99  online from Amazon,  London Drugs, Best Buy, Future Shop, Canada Computers, Costco, and Walmart. Now that price may seem steep in comparison to some of the “As Seen on TV” gadgets but this one works and based on the average Canadian phone bill payback is less than 6 months, after that it is all gravy. Loaded with features the Ooma with add on premium package ($9.99/mo) is powerful enough to run a small business. The Ooma Telo also comes with a one year limited warranty and a 30 money back guarantee.  Ooma has added the formerly premium 911 Alerts feature to the basic service. Once the emergency notification group is set up (up to three email addresses or mobile phone numbers), Ooma will automatically send alert messages to specified recipients whenever 911 is called from the subscriber’s Ooma phone number. Now, that’s peace of mind for those with elderly parents living alone. [button link=”http://wp.me/p1CzTI-V4″ color=”teal”]More details[/button]

5: Kobo Touch eReader

Kobo TouchWhen I first picked up the Kobo Touch eReader  I was struck by the weight..it feels like a feather in my hand. With a six inch screen, it is the perfect size and weight for reading on the go. The Kobo Touch is easy to hold, is comfortable in the hand and it doesn’t feel like it might slip thanks to the quilted finish on the back. You couldn’t get a  much simpler device a screen, a power switch, a home button..and a micro USB port for charging and syncing with your computer. Plus! the Kobo touch has a direct link to the Kobo eBook store which I think is the finest eBook store on the Internet..more book titles than I could ever read..the latest best sellers at better than competitive prices. All the listed titles are available in Canada and there are loads of free books available

The Home page provides buttons for setting, Help and refresh plus links to my Library, the Kobo Store and Kobo’s Reading Life program a kind of incentive program to keep track of your reading and share with friends..it’s an acquired taste. There is also a web browser that is a bit slow but it does work for some basic web browsing..something handy to have. When the Kobo Touch is sleeping or off it displays the cover of the book you are currently reading which I thought a nice touch. The Kobo eReader Touch Edition is available for $99 at Chapters, Indigo and Coles book stores as well as Best Buy and Future Shop in Canada as well as Best Buy in the US. [button link=”http://wp.me/p1CzTI-Bg” size=”small” color=”teal”]More details[/button]

6: PressReader

PressReaderIf Dad likes to keep up with the latest news on the road you can’t go wrong with a subscription ($29.95/mo) to PressReader. Available for Android, iPhone and iPad, Blackberry Playbook and  Windows Phone Press reader provides access to 2,100 full-content newspapers from 95 countries in 54 languages. It is one of those special apps that somehow manages to maintain tradition while taking advantages of the features of modern electronic devices. Not only can you search, share and discuss articles from thousands of titles, the publications you access via PressReader are enhanced with interactive features such as clickable URLs, telephone numbers, email addresses and “continued on page…” links. It is my number one choice for a news reader. [button link=”http://wp.me/p1CzTI-1to” size=”small” color=”teal”]More Details[/button]

Bob Benedetti

Former RCAF Fighter Pilot Bob worked for CTV Montreal as a Reporter, Producer and Executive producer for 35 years retiring in 2004. Bob started reporting on personal technology in 1995 at CTV and continues today at Home Technology Montreal

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