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Monday, 8 June 2015

Father's Day Gift Guide - Gadgets & Gizmos

If your dad is techy, geeky or IT mad, here are a selection of gifts which will make him happy.

CoPilot GPS - the award winning sat nav app.




This app was voted by Which? as the 'only best sat nav app' in 2014 and it has some very useful key features to take the stress out of those daily commutes and weekend family trips to help make driving an enjoyable experience. For instance:-

Calcuate Fuel Costs – calculate your estimated fuel costs for a trip before you leave, so you’re well prepared for the journey ahead.

Google Local Search – search the internet to find your favourite nearby stores, local businesses or services to navigate to, call or check out the user reviews.

Find My Car – CoPilot works offline, so you won’t have to worry about racking up mammoth data roaming bills.

Voice Command - CoPilot now responds to voice commands for hands-free control. Just say, “CoPilot, take me home,” or “CoPilot, take me to work,” and the app will do just that.

CommuteMe - This takes the hassle out of the daily drive by intelligently learning a driver’s preferred route to and from work. It then automatically scans the route for traffic to avoid delays and provide an accurate arrival time. If a driver starts to prefer a new route, CommuteMe recognizes the change and proactively adapts.

The app is also very easy to gift by simply going to iTunes and searching for CoPilot GPS. Once you have selected the appropriate version of the app, scroll down and you’ll find ‘’gift the app’’ you can then send the code to an email address with a personalised note to your dad.

CoPilot is available on IOS, Windows Phone 8 and Android! CoPilot GPS have recently partnered with leading Road Safety Charity, Brake about safer use of mobile technology when travelling by car. They have a video about their partnership you can watch here.

The app is usually priced at £19.99 for UK maps and £33.99 for EU maps (which is also available in HD for £34.99) and available on iOS, Android and Windows.

Further information is available HERE.

TabletTV (from £64.99)




TabletTV is a simple device which lets you watch Freeview TV channels via your tablet anytime, anyplace and for free.

There is no reliance on 3G, 4G or WI-FI, all you need is a TV signal, tablet and the free TabletTV app (available to download from the App Store). You can even record live TV and watch it later on – ideal for keeping the little ones quiet during long car journeys or flights.

TabletTV allows you to:-

- watch live television absolutely free on your tablet in most European Countries* without any cables, satellite or internet

- one-touch-recording so you can record and catch up on your favourite shows whenever you like

- a home network feature allowing you to easily flick between the TV and internet, so you can join in conversations on social media without interrupting your viewing

It comes in two tuner models: the mains tuner (£64.99) enabling your tablet to act as an extra screen and a portable tuner (£69.99), which easily slips into a coat pocket or bag while you are out and about.



TabletTV is available to buy via the TabletTV website www.tablettv.co.uk or Amazon.co.uk - no subscription required.

Amazon Fire HD 6 and HD 7 From £79



If your dad likes apps, entertainment and surfing the web, he’ll love one of Amazon’s Fire tablets. The Fire HD 6 and HD 7 offer dads the perfect gateway to millions of songs, movies, TV shows, books, apps and games, it even has front and rear-facing cameras - ideal for Skype or a cheeky selfie with the kids.

Amazon Kindle £59 



If dad likes to relax with a good book, Kindle offers on demand access to over three million books, magazines and newspapers. With a touchscreen display that reads like real paper and built-in Wi-Fi that means dad can download books in 60 seconds, Kindle is super simple to use and the perfect gift for any dad who loves to read.

Monster Superstar Backfloat High Definition Bluetooth Speakers RRP £11.95



From pioneering audio brand, Monster, the Superstar BackFloat is engineered to keep pumping out high performance Pure Monster Sound, even whilst floating on water! It can be used at the pool, in the shower or just use it as a speaker. It's available in Black/ Neon Blue and Black/Neon Green.


Or there's the iSport Bluetooth Wireless Superslim™ in-ear with Bluetooth RRP £129.95 - super slim, low profile wireless in-ear headphones which feature a comfortable easy-to-wear patented sport clip which stays in your ear promising a perfect and comfortable fit. It gives total noise isolation with exceptional wireless sound quality which will keep the user focused on the most intense workouts and extreme outdoor sports.




Monster products are available from www.shopmonsterproducts.co.uk and selected retailers nationwide.

One For All's new Smart Zapper (£34.99)




This will turn dad’s smartphone into a universal remote control. It is an advanced ‘bridge’ that sits on the coffee table and translates Bluetooth Smart signals into Infrared.  It will convert his tablet or smartphone into a universal remote control for all his home cinema equipment. Just use it in conjunction with the free Nevo iOS or Android app and full zapper functionality can be configured on his smart phone or tablet in under three minutes! Stockists: Maplin or www.oneforall.co.uk. The Nevo app is free from the Google Play Store or the iTunes App Store (search for Nevo under ‘Universal Electronics’).

TomTom Golfer (£179.99)



If your dad is golf mad then the TomTom Golfer could revolutionize the time that he spends on the course. It will help him to plan his game and quickly make informed decisions using the full screen graphics of hazard and green distances. It has one-button control and easy to navigate through menus. The TomTom Golfer comes pre-loaded with course data from over 34,000 different courses and is available from American Golf, Direct Golf, John Lewis and Argos.

TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio GPS Sports Watch - £209.99




The TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio GPS Sports Watch is equipped with a built-in heart monitor so there is no need to wear a bulky chest strap. He can track progress against goals and know that he’s in the right heart rate training zone whatever he wants to achieve. There are five different intensity levels from ‘easy’ to ‘fat burn’ to keep dads of every level challenged! With different colour straps to choose from including red/grey and turquoise/red, dads can ensure their gear is always as fashionable as they are. Available from Sweatshop, Runners Need, Up & Running and John Lewis.

So there you have it.  Gifts to suit the most techy of dads! I'm not letting the Husband see this.

PR samples were received from CoPilot and TabletTV
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