Last week, we posted our Mother’s Day gift guide for the Travel Mama. Now, we bring you ten gift recommendations for the Gadget Mama this Mother’s Day. If your mama enjoys both travel and tech — lucky you! You’ll definitely find something among our suggestions that will bring a sweet smile to her face.
1. Gadget charger: make sure Mom never runs out of juice on her gadget! Check out these super-duper chargers:
a) Brookstone 4-in1 Power Charger ($39.95): works with iPhone, iPod, BlackBerry, Samsung, Motorola Droid, Nokia, digital cameras and other micro/mini USB powered devices. Mom has a choice of four power sources: a standard wall plug, car power socket, computer USB port or 9-volt battery (battery sold separately).
b) iGo Charge Anywhere ($39.99): works with multiple devices, including mobile phones, Bluetooth headsets, smartphones/PDAs, MP3 players, portable gaming devices, digital cameras, GPS devices and more. This is a portable charger/battery with two USB outputs for charging devices anywhere.
c) Powermat Portable Mat with Powercube ($59.99): compatible with most mobile devices and simultaneously charges up to three devices.
2. Extended gadget battery: perfect for those situations (e.g., conferences) when Mom doesn’t have access to a power outlet. All she has to do is install an extended battery, and she’s good to go for a few extra hours. Here are three extended batteries that we like:
a) iGo Universal Laptop Battery ($129.99): provides up to 4 hours of extra run time for just about every laptop on the market.
b) Brookstone Rechargeable Backup Battery for iPod and iPhone Devices ($39.99): provides 3.5 extra hours of talk time, up to 7 hours of video, or up to 36 hours of music.
c) Trent iCruiser External Battery Pack and Charger via Amazon ($79.95): compatible with iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Blackberry, HTC Android EVO, Incredible Nexus, Droid, Samsung Galaxy S, Kindle, Nintendo DS and Sony PSP. Extends battery life up to about fifty hours!
3. Samsung Digital Camera with Wi-Fi (various prices): if Mom loves snapping photos and sharing them through email and Facebook, then she’ll love the high-quality Wi-Fi enabled digital cameras from Boingo partner, Samsung. We’ve tried and tested the following cameras that connect seamlessly with a Boingo Mobile account (see our review and demo here):
a) Samsung CL80 ($349.99): 14.2 megapixels, 7x Optical Zoom, 720p HD video recording, 3.7″ AMOLED Display and smart filters for adding special effects.
b) Samsung ST80 ($249.99): 14.2 megapixels, 3x optical zoom, 720p HD video recording, 3.0″ LCD Screen and smart filters for adding special effects.
c) Samsung SH100 ($199.99): 14.2 megapixels, 5x optical zoom, 720p HD video recording, 3.0” LCD touch screen and Magic Frame feature for adding special templates.
4. Fitness gadgets: enhance Mom’s exercise routine with a device that helps her keep track of her efforts. Here are three with high customer ratings:
a) Garmin GPS Receiver With Heart Rate Monitor via Amazon ($128.54): Mom can wear this on her wrist during workouts to monitor: speed, distance, pace, heart rate and calories burned. GPS capabilities include: mapping, waypoint marking, and routing. Workout data can be uploaded to a computer. And the device is waterproof!
b) Nike+ SportWatch GPS powered by TomTom ($199.99): this is another device that Mom can wear on her wrist during workouts to monitor: time, distance, pace, heart rate and calories burned. It also shows mapped route, with pace data, and changes in elevation. Connects to a USB port on a computer to upload run data and recharge the battery.
c) Kinect for Xbox 360 ($299.99): the Kinect isn’t just for gamers — it’s also a fun workout machine that Mom can use in the comfort of her own home. With fitness games such as Your Shape Fitness Evolved, Biggest Loser: Ultimate Workout and Dance Central, Mom will have a blast working up a sweat.
5. Barnes and Noble NOOK Color eReader ($249): if Mom is a book lover, she’ll be thrilled with the compact NOOK Color eReader. It’s Wi-Fi enabled and can be used with a Boingo Mobile account that enables Mom to get online to browse the Internet and access email (see this post announcing our partnership with Barnes and Noble). Additional NOOK Color features include: 7-inch color touchscreen, interactive picture book experience and access to the NOOK Apps Shop with an array of applications that can be used on the NOOK.
6. Gadget case: Mom can keep her gadgets protected with stylish cases. These three pretty cases caught our eye:
a) Talon Hard Shell Case for Motorola Droid X via Android Community ($14.95). Click here to see covers for additional Android phones.
b) Boxwave Stealth Fiber Pouch for iPad ($29.95).
c) The Dalton Envelope (leather) for NOOK eReaders via Barnes and Noble ($39.95).
7. Laptop bag: does Mom still use a black, shapeless and bulky laptop bag? Upgrade her to a more fashionable, compact bag! We love these stylish ones via eBags:
a) Mobile Edge ScanFast Checkpoint Friendly Laptop Bag (suede) for $67.49.
b) The North Face Base Camp Laptop Messenger Bag (polyester) for $79.99.
c) Piel Multi-Pocket Laptop Backpack (leather) for $165.75.
8. Car accessories: if Mom spends a significant amount of time in her car, arm her with some essential tools to ease her driving experience. Check out these accessories:
a) The BlueAnt Supertooth speakerphone ($74.94) via Amazon: great for moms who don’t want to wear an ear-piece for hands-free talking. Key features: attaches to the sun-visor via a two sided magnetic clip, announces who is calling and has DSP noise cancellation/echo cancellation.
b) Brookstone Seat Buddy for iPhone and iPod devices ($20.00): perfect for moms who need to keep children entertained in the backseat. Here’s another option that is iPad-compatible.
c) AAA 73 Piece Adventurer Road Assistance Kit ($59.95) via Amazon: ensure that Mom is safe should she run into trouble on the road. The kit contains: booster cables, an air compressor, emergency whistle, a dual LED flashlight, work gloves, emergency poncho, duct tape, pliers, flat head screwdriver, Phillips head screwdriver, utility knife, emergency whistle, bungee cord, shop cloths, 10 cable ties, and a 45 piece first-aid kit — all in a compact carrying bag.
9. Digital frame: Moms who love decorating the home or office with framed photos often have a difficult time choosing which photos to feature. With a digital frame, Mom can upload a bunch of photos for a rotating display. Here’s a round-up of three digital frames with an impressive host of features:
a) KODAK PULSE 7″ Digital Frame ($129.99): features include: 7-inch frame, 5.6 x 4.2 display area, touch screen, 512 MB internal memory, built-in stereo speakers and built-in Wi-Fi. Photos can be uploaded via email, smartphone, memory card, USB and Facebook photo albums.
b) Toshiba DMF82XKU 8″ Digital Media Frame ($169.99) via Conn’s: features include: 8-inch display area, 1-GB internal memory, built-in stereo speakers and built-in Wi-Fi for access to online photo albums via Picasa, Flickr or Facebook. Photos can also be uploaded via USB. Can be configured to display latest weather reports, news, stocks and sports. .
c) Sony 10″ Widescreen Digital Photo Frame ($129.99) via BestBuy: features include: 128MB internal memory and built-in memory card slots. Upload photos via USB.
10. Boingo Wi-Fi: keep Mom connected, whether she’s on-the-go around town or traveling in another city. Boingo Wi-Fi provides a high-speed connection at 325,000 hotspots all over the world. We have various plan options, depending on Mom’s geographic and device requirements. Here are three examples (click here to view the complete portfolio of Boingo plans):
a) Boingo Mobile for $7.95/month: Mom can connect on her mobile device to Boingo’s entire global network. Compatible with most mobile devices including: Apple iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad, Android, Windows Mobile, BlackBerry, select digital cameras, the Barnes and Noble NOOK Color and more.
b) Boingo Global for $59/month: this plan is ideal for Moms who travel all over the world. With Boingo Global, Mom can connect her laptop and mobile device to Boingo’s entire global network. Compatible with Windows and Mac PCs, as well as most mobile devices.
c) Boingo Unlimited Americas for $9.99/month: this plan is ideal for Moms who need laptop connectivity in North and South America. Compatible with Windows and Mac PCs. See also our Wi-Fi plans for the U.K. + Ireland and Europe.