Just a few more shopping days till Father's Day (Sunday, June 17), and you're still figuring out what to get for your dad, husband, or grandfather? Here are a few ideas for electronic gifts that pretty much any dad would love; all are products tested and recommended by Consumer Reports.
For the multimedia dad. If he doesn't already have a tablet, or if he needs an upgrade, consider the newest Apple iPad. It's not the least expensive slate ($500 and up), but with its excellent display, quad-core graphics processor, and 11-plus hours of battery life, the iPad tops our tablet computer Ratings for 9- to 12-inch tablets.
For the butterfingers dad. Does your father tend to drop his electronics—say, on the floor or (shudder) in the toilet? The Samsung Rugby Smart phone may be a wise choice. Aside from its top-notch messaging and display quality, 4G connectivity, and other smart-phone bells and whistles, the phone ($100 with a 2-year AT&T contract) can survive being submerged in as much as a meter of water for up to 30 minutes and stand up against dust, shock, and extreme temperatures, claims Samsung.
For the shutterbug dad. If Dad's pining for a camera that does (a lot) more than a point-and-shoot but doesn't want to deal with the bulk of a digital SLR, this SLR-like advanced camera will no doubt thrill him. It's expensive, but the Sony NEX-7K ($1,350) combines a compact form factor with a plethora of features, such as burst mode (10 shots a second), as well as a HDR (high dynamic range) mode and a 3D panorama-photo mode.
Check out the Fox News video (which contains an online ad) where Paul Reynolds, our electronics editor, provides more details on each of these gift ideas.