Forget the Necktie, What’s the Best iPad and Apps for Dad?

Published On June 14, 2013 | Electronics

Are you looking for a way to show your dad how much you love and appreciate him on Father’s Day? If you’re feeling generous this year, you can’t go wrong with an iPad tablet. Sleek, fast and loaded with features, the iPad is a top-selling gadget sure to make your dad smile. The portable device offers sports, games, entertainment, web browsing, photography and email — all at his fingertips. Apple currently sells a few iterations of the iPad; here’s how to select the model best suited to your dad’s personal taste and needs.

iPad

The iPad offers a 9.7-inch display and weighs 1.33 pounds. The base model comes with 16GB storage, and 32GB, 64GB and 128GB models are available for additional money. Buy as much storage as you can reasonably afford, because you cannot upgrade the storage features in the future. Apple offers a Wi-Fi model or a Wi-Fi plus Cellular Data model. If you think your dad will regularly use his iPad away from Wi-Fi hotspots, experts say don’t skimp — buy the iPad with cellular data.

iPad Mini

iPad minis are exploding in popularity as more people enjoy the ease and convenience of the smaller and lighter model. With a 7.9-inch display, the iPad mini weighs .68 pounds and can be comfortably held in one hand without causing any finger cramps. It runs the same apps as the traditional iPad, but retails at a more wallet-friendly price point.

iPad with Retina Display

Retina display offers an enhanced visual iPad experience. With a higher resolution, rich color saturation and a million times more pixels than an HDTV, your dad will love the robust experience of surfing the web, reading an e-book or watching a movie on his tiny tablet.

Apps for Dad

No iPad is complete without a stocked library of apps. There are hundreds of thousands of free and paid apps for the iPad. If you’d like to pre-load your dad’s new iPad with the coolest apps or surprise him by loading some new apps onto his existing iPad, follow this checklist of the top apps.

For the Sports Lover

  • WatchESPN
  • MLB.com at Bat
  • GolfLogix GPS
  • NBC Sports Live Extra

For the Foodie

  • Yelp
  • Open Table
  • Epicurious
  • Urbanspoon

For the Book/Movie Fan

  • Netflix
  • IMDB
  • Kindle
  • Amazon

For the Social Dad

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Instagram
  • Google+

For the Gamer

  • Angry Birds
  • Candy Crush Saga
  • Tetris
  • Minecraft
  • Words with Friends

For the Fit Father

  • Nike+ Running
  • RunKeeper
  • WebMD
  • FitBit
  • Couch-to-5K

If an iPad isn’t in the cards this year, don’t feel bad. No dad can resist a home-cooked meal or a handwritten card.  Happy Father’s Day!

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