Friday, 15 July 2016 15:19

Father’s Day – Life should be good

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Father’s Day is on Sunday, 4 September. Most dads get socks, jocks, and chocs. LG has asked iTWire to promote a switched-on dad, a tech dad, and one who will release his inner geek.

Few realise, that in 1966 US President Lyndon Johnson (married to Lady Bird) issued a proclamation designating the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. Tricky Dicky President Nixon made this law in 1972. In Australia, it is celebrated on the first Sunday in September so that the little tykes can save enough money after Mother’s Day.

Realising that most tech items are a little beyond the two shillings budget (sorry, it was pre-decimal when I was a lad), and always obtained at the last minute from 7/11, LG suggests that children and their mothers pool resources and get dad something special this year.

iTWire has reviewed many of these items and can attest to being “fit for dad’s purpose”. And if money is too hard to come by then these also make excellent Christmas gifts too. So here is the blatant plug for all things Life’s Good.

Smartphones

If dad’s smartphone is looking decidedly dumb, then it is time to consider a good, better, best strategy.

Good is the LG K10 at $299, and it is one of the better value phones with a 5.3” HD, screen, 13MP rear camera, 5MP front camera with fill light, Android 6.x (important for security) and dual SIM slots (one for personal and the other for work). iTWire has a first looks article here.

Better is the LG Stylus DAB+ LGK520K smartphone at $449 that has full DAB+ digital radio tuner (no more streaming costs) and a stylus pen for notes and drawings on the go. It has a huge, phablet-sized premium, 5.7” phablet IPS, LED, HD screen, a 3000mAh battery, 13MP rear camera, 8MP selfie and Android 6.x. iTWire reviewed this and said that LG quality and support is always a bonus and the features punch well above their price bracket.

 

 

My favourite, however, is the new flagship LG G5 that at $1099 ticks all the boxes for a premium phone – and then some more like removable battery, amazing power, one of the best cameras and it is just so good. iTWire has a review here. If the budget does not extend the last year’s leather clad flagship G4 model is a fantastic phone and a steal (it has an RRP of $799 but look around for a bargain).

 

 

 

 

 

Camera in the round

If dad is a budding photographer, then the LG 360 Cam provides one of the best entrees to what we call the photosphere – 360° photography. Seen from a kid’s perspective it is all about what is happening all around you – up, down, left, right, under … No more boring photos – here you can see all the action and move around the shots exploring what is in front and behind the lens. iTWire has a review here and can thoroughly recommend it for fun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A new computer screen – a big one


Most dads have to do some work at home – whether it is managing the finances, work-work, faux work, Facebooking, playing games or watching movies in the man cave. Most dads probably have a single 17” VGA “crappy, eye strain causing” one which with they put up.

LG is one of the bigger monitor makers and has a range of office, IPS, gaming, 4K, and ultra-wide 21:9 monitors in flat and curved. It has recently released its top-end IPS, 21:9 ultra-wide, 34” monitors in curved or flat at $1499. Not suggesting these are for dad, but they have a range of ultra-wide monitors starting from 25” at $369 that any dad would be impressed by – hell, buy him two.

Smart TV – OLED is amazing


If your dad is a bit of a “Norm” a.k.a. Couch potato, go straight to the top of the class and fork out $10K for the best of the best of the best – LG’s amazing 65G6T 65” OLED, 4K, HRD, Dolby Vision signature TV – I know I would love my [adult] children more if they bought me one. iTWire has more here.

But back to reality while OLED is the best and also more expensive to make,if budget is an issue a 55” curved starts at $3999. And if that is too much LG have pretty good LED Smart TVs too. Its 55” 4K LED 55UH652T is only $2999.

OK, tell him he is dreaming. But the footy, cricket, Olympics, etc., look so good on a big screen. Then, of course, you will need a sound bar and home theatre.

I’m living in the 70s

LG’s X-BOOM Freestyler may release his inner DJ or just be a good addition to the man cave. This $599 stereo speaker has 600W RMS of power and pretty flashing LED lights as well. iTWire has an article here.

Or a more affordable $399 DVD microSystem with DAB and Bluetooth may be just the ticket.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And to prove men are sensitive new age guys too

Why not give dad a vacuum cleaner – seriously, it's the same as him giving mum a powertool. LG have released its CordZero vacuums from $449 to $1799 with amazing technology, and your mum will be delighted that dad can now vacuum using the best tech.

OK, these are not two shillings – but they are useful gifts, and every dad is worth it.


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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

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