But wouldn’t you rather wow him with an excellent tablet? What’s cooler than getting pops a device he can use to do all kinds of cool stuff on? How are you going to choose which tablet to get for dad? Don’t worry. We’ll show you 5 of the best tablets that’ll make the perfect gift!
Whether you’re an Apple fan or not, you really can’t get around the fact that the iPad is a killer tablet. The Pro takes everything great about the original iPad and cranks it up to 11. However, while the 12.9-inch model is the top of the pack as far as iPads go, we think the 9.7-inch makes a more sensible Father’s day present, as it comes with a more reasonable price tag of $599 and a form-factor that’s a bit more reasonable to carry around.
- 9.7-inch Retina (high-resolution) display
- Louder speakers than other iPad models
- Support for Pencil and Smart Keyboard to serve as a laptop replacement
- Access to Apple App Store and the slew of apps that come with it
Reviewers all over the web praise the iPad Pro 9.7. Our own Tim Brooks said: “The best iPad yet, if you can justify the additional expense.” Our verdict of the iPad Pro 9.7: 9/10.” CNET calls it “the best iPad ever made,” with a score of 9/10. Yahoo says it’s “a dazzling tablet.”
To put it simply, if your dad is an Apple fan, or has expressed interest in owning an iPad, this is the one to get him.
Calling the Surface Pro 4 a tablet is almost insulting to the device. It can do everything a traditional laptop can, but with a slightly more portable form factor. However, all of its functionality comes with a higher price tag. Starting at $899 (not including the all but required keyboard that sells for $129,) your wallet will be taking a hit. That said, you’re getting serious bang for your buck. If your dad is not all that tech savvy (but has a basic understanding of Windows) he’ll be able to use the Surface Pro 4 easily.
- Runs all Windows apps (full Photoshop, Office, etc.)
- Huge 12.3-inch screen rivals the displays of most laptops
- Fantastic stylus feels as close to a real pen as you’ll find
- Light enough to carry around while still featuring respectable power output
The reviews are in, and while not a perfect device, the Surface Pro 4 hits most of the right notes. We gave it a 7/10, citing that someone “looking for a flexible portable hybrid computer, one that is capable of replacing your notebook and iPad or Android tablet, the Surface Pro 4 Core M3 device is a perfectly adequate replacement.” CNET gives it an 8.5/10, calling it a “best-in-class Windows tablet.”
Since this article was published, Microsoft has released a new version of the tablet, the Microsoft Surface Pro.
When Google puts its name on an Android tablet, then you know the other devices need to move out of the way. Watch out iPad, because this is the Android device that can easily replace it. For a dad who wants big performance with all the freedom that the Android OS delivers, this is the Father’s Day present that’ll bring a smile to his face.
- Super lightweight aluminum build that still feels durable and sturdy
- Incredible performance and long-lasting battery
- Larger-than-average 10.2-inch, 2,560×1,800 display
- Massive battery life promising over 12 hours of continuous video playback
There’s no question that when it comes to Android tablets, this beast is the king. To put it simply, CNET calls it “the best Android tablet money can buy,” while giving it an impressive 8.6/10 rating. If only the best will do for your dad (and he doesn’t want Windows or iOS,) this is the one to get him!
You can’t talk about the best tablets without mentioning Samsung. Its Galaxy line pushes things forward with all kinds of new features, and the Tab S2 is no exception. It’s a little more budget-friendly than some of the above models, and much of that savings comes from the smaller, 8-inch screen. For the dad who still wants a powerful device, but wants a little more portability, this is the one you want to grab.
- Thinner and lighter than the iPad Mini 4
- Features Samsung TouchWiz interface
- 4:3 aspect ratio screen makes device ideal for the dad who wants to read
- Fingerprint scanner provides easy unlocking
As for the reviews, CNET gives it an 8.1/10, saying it has a ” bright and vividly colorful screen,” and saying that “ its rail-thin design is comfortable and ultracompact.” It’s not just the press that’s happy, as Google’s user ratings aggregate a score of 4.8/5. And while it’s MSRP is a little high at over $400, you can get it all over (including on Amazon), for $349!
We end where we begin with another iPad. This one is meant for budget-aware dads who want a smaller, more portable Apple device. Don’t let the (relatively) low price tag fool you, though. This is still all iPad. It’s just a tad smaller.
- 7.9-inch Retina display will let dad read books, watch movies, and play games anywhere he wants
- Full access to the wealth of the tools on the App Store
- Effortlessly handles browsing, social networking
- Solid battery life with about 9 hours of continuous video play
It’s an iPad. No surprise, it’s going to get solid reviews. That being said, the scores are beyond impressive, with CNET giving it an 8.5/10, saying it’s “ perfect for traveling and iOS remains a superior user experience on tablets.” Yahoo says it’s “ among the best 8-inch tablets you can buy.” If your dad wants an iPad, and doesn’t need the extra performance and size offered by an iPad Pro 9.7, this is the perfect device to get him this Father’s Day.
Father’s Day is Coming, Are You Ready?
If your dad is all about cool gadgets, then a tablet could make the perfect gift. Whether you want to get your dad an iPad, an Android, or a Windows tablet, then one of the above will be perfect for him. If you want to spend a thousand dollars or a few hundred, you’re sure to be his favorite child this Father’s Day!
Which tablet do you think is perfect for your dad this Father’s Day, or do you have another gift in mind? Share your thoughts in the comments.
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