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Gadget ideas for last-minute Father's Day gifts

Consumer Reports News: June 12, 2012 04:38 PM

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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.

For more suggestions, read Top 7 electronics gifts for dads and grads.

Carol Mangis

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