Top 10 Gifts for Men – 2016

At the core this is a toy site, but we figured why not take some time to research some great gift ideas for the man in your life, whether it be your husband, boyfriend, father, or whoever.  Check out our list of Top 10 Gifts for Men.

For the Golfer: Golf Club Pen Set by Akribos

Akribos Golf Club Pen Set

Akribos Golf Club Pen Set

This classy golf club ballpoint pen set will remind the golfer in your life that when he’s doing work he should really be out on the golf course.

buy-amazon-button2Levitating Floating World Map Globe

Floating Levitating Globe

Floating Levitating Globe

We were very impressed and amazed when we saw this item.  This levitating floating globe is just awesome, and will look just as awesome on the recipient’s desk.  This affordable gift would also be great for a history teacher.

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UX5C Quadcopter with Camera

UX5C Quadcopter with Camera

Quadcopters are all the rage.  This affordable entry-level UX5C Quadcopter has an HD video camera for taking some really cool videos of parks and other public places.

buy-amazon-button2For the Tool Guy: Infrared Thermometer

Infrared Thermometer

Infrared Thermometer

Tool guys usually have all the tools they already need. But not many have the very useful infrared thermometer.  See where you’re losing heat or cold in your house, and save money in the process.

buy-amazon-button2The Incredible Amazon Echo

Amazon Echo

Amazon Echo

The Amazon Echo is a space-age device that uses voice recognition that lets you simply speak to the unit and get the answers you’re looking for.  It also plays music via your Prime account as well as other music sources.  A gift for the man that has everything.

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Best Tablets for Kids and Adults 2016

There are a tremendous selection of tablets that are appropriate for kids in 2016.  We find them broken down into two categories: General tablets, and Kid-designed tablets.  So let’s find out which are the best tablets for children in 2016.

Google Pixel C

Google Pixel C Tablet

Google Pixel C Tablet

The Google Pixel C Android tablet has a compact and slim aluminum design that feels very sturdy, and when kids are using a tablet sturdiness is what you need. It has a long-running battery and its performance is very quick.  You do have the ability to attach a keyboard, but for kids that is rarely needed (just maybe if they need to sue this for homework in the higher school grades).  In summary this is a very good tablet for the money.

Display: 10.2 inches, 2560×1800 pixels

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Apple iPad Mini 4

The Apple iPad Mini 4 comes with all the power and features of the iOS operating system that Apple is known for, with the smaller design that works better for kids’ smaller hands.  It has the 7.9″ Retina display, a dual-core A8 chip with quad-core graphics – all combining to yield top-rate performance.  The 8MP camera is world renown.  In summary we love this tablet for kids, especially if the parent are already immersed in the Apple product line.

Display: 7.9″, 2048×1536 pixels (Retina)

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8-inch tablet is a very respectable device, with a lower price point that makes it quite attractive as a kid’s tablet, even compared against the iPad Mini. It is thinner and lighter than the iPad Mini 4, and has more internal storage as well.  The HD screen is very crisp and clear. For an Android tablet this would be a very good choice for a child.

Display: 8 inch, 2048×1536 pixels

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Amazon Fire HD 8

Amazon Fire HD 8

There are three levels of the Amazon Fire Tablet (6, 8, and 10), and they all are generally less expensive than all of the other tablets listed above.  The least expensive is the Fire HD 6 with a display of only 6 inches.   We recommend at least the HD 8 if you can afford it.  We suggest you dig into the specifications of all three tablets before purchasing, but one thing to be aware of is that all three models have the same number of display pixels (even though the displays are different sizes), and they all have the same processor.  The differences are seen in the additional features such as camera quality, WIFI capability, colors, and weight.  Also, all tablets can be purchased in different memory capacity (go for the larger if you can).

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Segways are Back for 2016

Remember years ago when the Segway was a niche product that cost $5000 or more?  Only the richest people with money to burn could afford such a product.  But it’s 2016 now and the latest Segway model is much more affordable.  It’s the Segway miniPro, and let’s get into why this model is different from those preceding it.

Segway miniPro

Segway miniPro

First of all this is NOT a “hoverboard”.  You remember those hot products of 2015 that were dangerous to ride and often caught fire just while charging.  Well even though some of those are still on the market it is good to know that in 2016 there is a much safer and robust alternative for not all that much more money.

So what makes the Segway miniPro so cool?  In summary the miniPro introduces smarter software, stronger hardware, and safer features.

The miniPro has features that make it much more rideable than any “hoverboard” ever was (or will be).  It has large pneumatic tires (10″) as well as a precision steering knee bar.  These features significantly reduce the risk of an accident due to road conditions, and allow the rider to easily and quickly maneuver around any obstacles that appear.

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There is also a smartphone app that helps you to learn to ride the miniPro, as well as control the safety LEDs and the anti-theft alarm.  And finally this model has a 14 mile range and a 10 MPH top speed.

You may think the price for the miniPro is high, just think of everything you get.  In addition to everything mentioned above you are getting a product from a company with many years’ experience in self-balancing riding devices.  So you can be confident the product is great quality and will (probably) not burst into flames.

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Best Tablets for Kids – 2015

We’ve gone through and updated our list of best kids tablets for 2015.   As in 2014 there are a lot of new tablets to choose from, and not all of them are appropriate for all kids. Before you run out and plunk down a few hundred dollars, take a look at the options to figure out the best fit for your family. Here are some of today’s top choices based on age, price and overall excitement factor.

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Starter Tablets

LeapFrog LeapPad Ultra XDI

Leappad Ultra XDI

Leappad Ultra XDI

Pro: Great educational tablet for young kids
Con: The apps can get a little expensive, and not a good tablet for older kids or adults

This is a great first tablet for a young child, especially in the 4- to 9-year-old range. The LeapFrog LeapPad Ultra XDI has an education focus and is covered with plastic bumpers (for those little accidents in life), a large 7-inch touch screen, full Wi-Fi capabilities and a rechargeable battery. Kids love the front- and rear-facing cameras, the MP3 player, and that it just looks like a fun toy. While it’s tough enough to hold up well through various spills, drops and other kid-life wear and tear, this is not a tablet for the older siblings will want to be seen with.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 – Kids Edition

With a bright, easy-to-use interface, kid-friendly app store, and durable case, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids is the ideal tablet for your kids’ digital playing and learning time. Pre-loaded with top-ranked apps for kids, the lightweight Galaxy Tab 3 Kids also features a built-in camera and parental controls for access and time limits. It transforms from kid to standard mode so you can enjoy the same familiar features as a regular Galaxy Tab 3.

This tablet uses essentially the same technology of the wildly popular Samsung Galaxy 3, so right off the bat you have a certain level of assurance that you’re dealing with a quality product.

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Amazon Fire HD 6 Kid’s Edition

kindle-fire-kidsThe Amazon Fire HD 6 Kid’s Edition is not considered a toy, but a full-featured Fire HD tablet with an HD display.  Among many of the features:

– Front and Rear cameras
– Kid-proof case
– 2-year worry-free guarantee (including breakage)
– 1 year of Amazon FreeTime unlimited

We certainly like that Amazon has not created a completely different tablet for kids, but we’re not sure the additions warrant the additional cost.  This tablet may cost $50 or more over the standard HD6. But if you simply want to make a single, convenient purchase this package looks pretty good to us.  Amazon is also releasing a somewhat cheaper Kid’s Edition with a 7-inch non-HD display.

Of course prices and deals change continuously, so keep your eye out.

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Tablets to Grow With

Kindle Fire HD 8

Amazon Fire HD8

Amazon Fire HD8

The Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet is one of the flagship tablets from Amazon. It provides a ton of functionality for a reasonable price. There are variations of this tablet that are higher and lower in price, but this is right in the middle and provide a great balance of features versus cost – perfect for the tween or just about anyone on your gift list.

The features of this tablet cannot be fully described in this short post. I recommend going to the Amazon page and reading about all of the great features of this product line. Here are some feature that stand out:

  • Stunning 8-inch HD display (1280×800), plus a powerful quad-core processor
  • Quad-core processor—3x more powerful than previous generation—with 2GB of RAM and Adreno 330 GPU for fast, fluid gaming and video
  • “Mayday” Screen Sharing—Supports revolutionary, on-device tech support
  • Immersive entertainment experience—see trivia and character backgrounds with X-Ray for Movies and TV, follow along with lyrics with new X-Ray for Music, fling videos to your TV with Second Screen, and more
  • Over 100,000 apps and games available in the Amazon Appstore, including a new paid app for free every day

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MORE: There are (4) Kindle Fire tablet models at the current time – click the links to see directly them on Amazon:

  • Amazon Fire – Base model, 7-inch screen, basic display
  • Fire HD 6 – Base model with HD display, about $100
  • Fire HD 8 – Bigger screen (but same pixels), better cameras, about $50 more than the HD 6  (This seems like the best value to us)
  • Fire HD 10 – Even bigger screen (but still same pixels) than the HD 8, and about $80 more

Google Nexus 7

Google Nexus 7

Google Nexus 7

The Google Nexus 7 is another great tablet option for kids. The Nexus 7 comes loaded with your favorite Google apps – like Chrome, Gmail, YouTube, Hangouts and Google Now – so you can browse, watch, share and stay connected wherever you go. And because Google apps are designed for the cloud, everything is simple and works seamlessly across your phone, tablet and computer. Now you have all the stuff you need, when you need it.

Nexus 7 is the first tablet to ship with Android 4.3, the latest version of the world’s most popular mobile operating system so it’s fast, fun and easy to make your own. Share your tablet with friends and family – each person has a separate customizable space, including personal homescreen, wallpaper, apps, storage, and more. You can also manage access to apps and content to create an experience that’s appropriate for each member of the family.

Nexus 7 is great for gaming and with favorites like Prince of Persia, Asphalt 8, and Riptide GP 2, you can tilt, tap, and touch your way to the top. The brand new Play Games app also lets you track your achievements, play with (or against) friends and gamers around the world, and discover new exciting games. And with an ever-expanding number of tablet-optimized apps like Flipboard, Expedia, or The Fancy, you’ll find all the apps you love, and love the many new apps you’ll find.

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