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Top smartphones for dads and grads
It's that time of year: Students are graduating and we also spend a day honoring dear old dad. A smartphone is a very nice gift for both grads and dads, and I offer up my top five picks for each group in this image gallery.
Many dads are fans of mobile technology and for this group I picked the best high end smartphones that are available today. One phone is not yet available from a carrier in the US, but is readily available from online vendors, including Amazon. Three phones are available on all major US carriers.
Students are more concerned about pricing, like to use their phone for social networking, and also are more likely to drop a phone given they are carrying them around campus, in backpacks, at parties, and on the bus.
As you can see in my image gallery, I have one phone that I picked across both lists and that is the iPhone 5s. I know it is very expensive, but it is also still my top smartphone of the year and offers superb functionality with little compromise across the board.
Dad pick: Sony Xperia Z2
I spent a lot of money last month on a Sony Xperia Z2, but still feel it is the best Android smartphone available today and maybe even the best phone available today. You can find it for about $650 online, which is less than the iPhone 5s and about the same as all the other high end smartphones.
Your dad will love the high end glass and metal design, solid camera, and awesome media experiences. Make sure to pick up a docking cradle that lets you charge up the Z2 without removing any covers while also serving as a photo frame on his desk.