FatherÃ¯Â¿Â½s Day can be a tough one for gifting, dadÃ¯Â¿Â½s tend to buy
themselves gear all the time.
But IÃ¯Â¿Â½ve got a great sure-fire list
that, as long as your dad isnÃ¯Â¿Â½t that dumb-ass in the AT&T
Wireless commercial who canÃ¯Â¿Â½t figure out how Ã¯Â¿Â½the cableÃ¯Â¿Â½s
invisibleÃ¯Â¿Â½, is gonnaÃ¯Â¿Â½ make him obsessively play with his new gift
the whole time youÃ¯Â¿Â½re at brunch.
#5 Amazon Kindle 2011, the basic Kindle.
Bells & whistles
arenÃ¯Â¿Â½t the point with e-Book readers and this one gets that.
Compact, light, endless battery life and and a great read-
anywhere screen, plus it accesses AmazonÃ¯Â¿Â½s massive bookstore.
Not touch screen on this $79 model, Dad will need to be on Wi-Fi
to download books and there are a few ads, but theyÃ¯Â¿Â½re
Unless DadÃ¯Â¿Â½s illiterate, you canÃ¯Â¿Â½t go wrong here.
And even if he is, you can upload PDF drawings to it.
#4 same street, different address: The Asus Transformer
A full blown tablet, not just a reader, and one that we
love for being thin, light, HD, and 8-megapixel.
ItÃ¯Â¿Â½s like a handful
of gifts in one.
You can probably skip the keyboard dock thing
that turns it into sort of wimpy laptop.
Doing that keeps us right at
$500 for one of the best iPad challengers.
#3 staying mobile here, the HP Folio 13 ultrabook laptop.
thin without being trendy, long battery life -- just like a tablet, but
this is a full-bore laptop with a great keyboard and plenty of
power and storage.
$899 brings it in $100 below the cheapest
MacBook Air which would still need Windows installed at extra
cost if thatÃ¯Â¿Â½s dadÃ¯Â¿Â½s OS.
#2 is a great TV.
If youÃ¯Â¿Â½re got the scratch, get him the Panasonic
Even the jaded CNET TV editors think it has a great
picture and thanks to being a plasma youÃ¯Â¿Â½ll get that great picture
almost anywhere you sit in the room.
Like if heÃ¯Â¿Â½s in front of it
watching golf and youÃ¯Â¿Â½re over on the side chair stone bored.
is a 3D set, but nobody cares so its fine that it doesnÃ¯Â¿Â½t include
any 3D glasses.
You can get a 50Ã¯Â¿Â½ for about $1,500.
#1 the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx.
ThereÃ¯Â¿Â½s a pretty good
chance Dad doesnÃ¯Â¿Â½t have a smartphone yet and this one would
CATAPULT him out of the 19th century.
ItÃ¯Â¿Â½s got an alluring
combination of super fast 4G data and crazy battery life -- hence
the MAXX moniker -- along with all the other features of todayÃ¯Â¿Â½s
On the downside its only on Verizon and
kind of a problem if Dad has small hands (commiserate with
Mom on that one).
Like most top phones it $200 with contract.
Check our whole CNET guide at dads.cnet.com.
Cooley, thanks for watching.