Top Father’s Day Gifts for Techie Dads
Father’s Day is just days away, and soon we’ll all be scrambling to find the pitch-perfect present to demonstrate our gratitude for everything the dads in our lives do daily. But when it comes to many fathers, it’s often tough to find a gift for a guy who already has almost everything.
Don’t worry — we’ve got you covered. While many dads love high-tech toys, it’s even better when those gadgets merge elegant forms and practical functions. So if the deserving dad in your life is a self-proclaimed (or closeted) techie, we’ve got some top-notch suggestions that’ll surely delight them this Father’s Day.
Sony SmartWatch 3 SWR50
Wearables are obviously the hot tech topic of 2015. If you want to help dear old dad get in on this exciting tech trend, the Sony SmartWatch 3 is a fantastic wearable that offers hard-core functionality without the sticker shock of other models.
When paired with your Android smartphone, Sony’s take on the smart watch concept brings many of your phone’s best features right to your wrist. With voice commands (just keep them simple), a solid build and trans-reflective screen, the SmartWatch is a strong contender in the wearable category.
The design has a decidedly casual tilt with its rectangular 1.6-inch screen and chunky silicon band, but its guts are packed with 512 MB of RAM and 4 GB of internal memory. And the built-in GPS and water-resistant casing makes it a dreamy replacement for a sports watch. So, if pops is a fitness fan, this watch is a sensible option to consider.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S LTE 8.4
Price: $480, or $20 in monthly installments through Bell
For mobile multi-taskers who need a tablet that works as hard as it plays, check out Samsung’s latest iteration in the Galaxy line.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S LTE 8.4 is an ultra-slim and portable slate that combines an elegant look and feel with the high-powered innards needed to allow busy dads to shoot off a dozen emails, finish that lengthy spreadsheet or catch up on the latest episodes of their favourite show on CraveTV, all on the go. And seamless syncing across every device makes toggling projects between smartphone, tablet and desktop easier than ever.
That said, both of the two options (8.4-inch versus 10.5-inch) are light enough to store in a shoulder bag for dad’s daily commute, or to slip seamlessly into carry-on baggage without sacrificing much space.
Samsung Qi Wireless Charging Pad
This gadget is for those fathers who get flustered over those ever-elusive phone charger cables. Samsung is offering a simple new solution in its recently released Qi Wireless Charging Pad.
As the name implies, this practical little device will charge your Samsung device without the need for that pesky (and often misplaced) USB cable. The Qi Pad, which resembles a small flying saucer, charges your smartphone when you lay it flat against the rubber grip circling its top. And a handy LED light indicates your phone’s charging stage: blue for charging and green for a full battery.
At just 3.75 inches wide, this sleek charging pad is small enough to nestle in a corner on a work desk or perch on a nightstand. The pad is also compatible with most of the latest Samsung smartphone models, including the Galaxy S4 through S6 and S6 Edge, as well as the Note 3 and Note 4.
Sony Mobile Game Control Mount
This accessory is a perfect present for gamer dads. When this clever contraption is mounted to a mobile device, gamers can partake in wireless game play from anywhere in the house via WiFi.
With a simple setup, this seamless mobile merger provides a truly interactive gaming experience right in dad’s hands.
The bottom line
Of all the fatherly types around, tech-loving dads who have almost everything already are the toughest to buy for when it comes to Father’s Day gifts. But whether he’s a mobile master or he just tinkers with tech, the list above should offer a gift to suit every dad’s disparate taste.
Do you have other high-tech ideas for gifts for your dear, old dad? Share your suggestions with our community in the comments below.