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Father's day gift guide

We help you choose a tech gift for your Dad

It's that time of year again, and no we don't mean summer. It's Father's Day on June 17, the one day of the year when you thank your Papa for all the help he's given you over the past year. And what better way to show your dad just how much you love him, with some state of the art techno logy. Here's our round-up of some of the best gadgets out that'll sure you put a smile on your father's face.

Tablet PCs

We're not quite sure what your budget is when it comes to a Father's Day present, but if your planning to splash the cash, then a tablet PC will be more than appreciated. The iPad 2 – the successor to Apple's massively successful tablet PC the iPad – is worth investing in. Admittedly, it's a pricey gift – starting from £399, but for that your Dad will enjoy a dual-core A5 processor, which Apple says is up to two times faster than the chip found in the previous iPad. Smaller and lighter than its predecessor, the iPad 2 also benefits from front and rear facing camera, so the device can be used to make video calls using Facetime. The devices also runs Apple's iOS 4.3operating system. The Apple iPad 2 is available in 16, 32 or 64GB capacities and Wi-Fi only or Wi-Fi and 3G version.

Alternatively, if Pa's more a fan of Google's Android OS, there's plenty of tablets suitable. The 10.1in Eee Pad Transformer is priced at £429 and also lets users convert the tablet to a netbook computer by attaching a keyboard, which also adds extra battery power to the tablet. The tablet on its own has eight hours of battery life, while the keyboard would add another eight hours. Powered by the nVvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor, the device also benefits from support for Flash and full HD multimedia.
The Motorola Xoom, is the first device to run Google Android Honeycomb, the version of the OS which has been optimised for tablet PCs. The £479.99 10.1in tablet PC features an nVidia Tegra 2 dual core processor and can deliver up to 2GHz of power, since each core runs at 1GHz. It has two digital cameras on board: a front-facing 2Mp camera acts as a webcam for video chat, and a 5Mp camera on the back is for photos and 720p high-definition video capture.

For more Dad's that want to work and play from their tablet PC, the BlackBerry PlayBook is a great buy. The tablet PC has 7in WSVGA capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 1024x600 pixels and runs off a 1GHz dual-core processor. The 16GB Wi-Fi version is priced at £399, while the 32GB and 64GB Wi-Fi models cost £479 and £559 respectively. It's available to pre-order now from Insight, Currys, PC World, the Carphone Warehouse, and Phones 4u, and with a release date of June 16 it may even arrive in time for Father's Day itself.

NEXT PAGE: Smartphones

Index:

  1. Show Dad you care with a gadget
  2. Smartphones
  3. Snap-happy Dads
  4. Satnavs
  5. It's the thought that counts


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