Must-Have Tech Gizmos for Father’s Day

According to the U.S. Census, there are an estimated 70.1 million fathers throughout the United States. Of that total, all of them like tech gear. Well, most of them anyway, at least according to a highly unscientific and unofficial poll. That’s not to say being a dad makes you tech savvy. If your dad, like all dads, loves tech gear and gadgets it’ll be easy to make this Father’s Day special.

For the King of the BBQ

Grilling burgers

Assuming he already has a novelty apron and a grill with sufficient square footage, it’s time for the gift of a fabulous Grill Alert Talking Meat Thermometer. This handy device runs about $70 and gives the gift of food safety. It tells the grill master the exact temperature of any meat he’s cooking. And that’s not all. He’ll also get the gift of gab and the opportunity for a fresh, cold beer at his leisure. Because this ingenious meat thermometer comes with a wireless belt-clip that will allow dad to hang out with the guests – up to 300 feet away from the grill.

For the Man With the Plan

Man on rotary phone.

If your Dad is still in the proverbial Stone Age when it comes to his mobile phone, it’s time to look at new smartphones. Whether it’s teaching him to text or giving him the gift of mobile updates on his favorite baseball team, the stylish BlackBerry Z10 smartphone is a solid choice. It offers a unique 4.2 inch touch screen, 2 GB of Ram, 16 GB of internal storage, a Qualcomm® Snapdragon S4 1.5GHz dual-core processor. The phone runs on the new BlackBerry® 10 operating system. The removable battery holds a charge that lasts for 10 hours of talk time when the phone is used on the 3G network. With space for a MicroSD memory card, one USB 2.0 port and a micro HDMI port, the phone screams with loads of advanced high-tech features that will appeal to any gadget loving or technology savvy dad.

The cost of the phone varies, depending on whether or not you have a contract with a wireless provider, and who the provider is. The phone is also available with different amounts of internal storage, so the more storage you get in the phone, the higher the cost will be. Prices range from $99 with a two-year AT&T contract, to $599 to purchase outright without a contract.

For the Guy on the Go

Dad and daughter biking

Have an athletic father who’d rather bike than drive? Give him a GPS watch. The Garmin Forerunner looks sleek enough to wear all the time and keeps track of important workout information. Paired with the Garmin Connect website, he can set goals and track the distance he runs or bikes, his heart rate, and the time of his workouts. The newest model retails for $450, but older models can still be found at a significant discount. The watch also has a highly sensitive GPS receiver that won’t lose connection to the satellite, regardless of whether you’re in the city among high rises, or in a park surrounded by trees.

What are you getting your dad this year? We’d love to hear from you in the comments!

Grill photo from Flickr user Rick Stilwell / rickcaffeinated.

Phone photo from Flickr user _FXR.

Dad & daughter biking photo from Flickr user mjtmail (tiggy).

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