NEW YORK (
) -- Father's Day 2010 is the perfect time to upgrade dad's phone, so with that in mind, here are our smartphone gift ideas.
HTC EVO 4G
First up: The just-released HTC EVO which has the largest screen on the market (4.3-inches) and is the first smartphone to run on
super-fast 4G (WiMAX) network. In our speed tests in Philadelphia last week, the EVO 4G was able to connect at speeds of more than 5Mbps -- in a moving car. That's really, really fast. It's feature-packed, runs on
Android OS 2.1 and can output HD video. Priced at $200 (after rebate), the monthly charges are slightly higher than other smartphones, but you're getting a lot more for your money.
See our EVO review>>
SAMSUNG GALAXY S
Europe first, North America later - the Galaxy S is one of the first phones to be launched internationally and sold by 100 retailers around the world. The Galaxy S is a 3G GSM world phone that runs on Android OS 2.1, features a 4-inch AMOLED screen (that's absolutely beautiful), a 1GHz processor and it uses a SWYPE keyboard input technology, which means you slide your fingers across the screen instead of tap them. If you're going overseas, bringing back a Galaxy S for dad would be a really great gesture.
See our Galaxy review>>
PALM PRE, PIXI PLUS
ran horrible TV commercials and completely botched the launch of its Pre Plus and Pixi Plus, they're great smartphones. They're available from Sprint,
(as a worldphone) and
, and Verizon is selling them at amazingly low prices ($50 for the Pre Plus and the Pixi Plus is free). Now that
has bought Palm, expect its future WebOS phones to be even better.
See our Palm Pre review>>
It took forever for Garmin to become fully engaged in the GPS/smartphone business, but with the new Garminfone the company's come up with a big winner. Built for Garmin by computer maker
, the Garminfone is a fabulous portable GPS device that also includes a near state-of-the-art Android smartphone. The handset even sports some extra features that top-of-the-line Garmin GPS devices
they had. The phone is priced at $200 from
and runs on its near-4G-speeds data network.
See our Garminfone review>>
GOOGLE NEXUS ONE
Yes, the Nexus One is getting up there in age -- it's nearly six months old -- but it's got something new for Google to brag about: Android OS 2.2. The Nexus One is the first phone to run on the new "Froyo" version of the OS. Expect new features like the ability to tether your phone and computer -- and much faster operating speeds. The upgrade has worked wonders on my test phone. The Nexus One is available at T-Mobile (so is the 2.2 upgrade) and is rumored to be available soon on Sprint.
See our Garminfone review>>
KIN ONE / KIN TWO
quirky designs make for two new very interesting social media-centric wireless devices. They are both great for
; they store all your data, photos, etc. in the "cloud" (and not in the phone!). Aimed at the under-30 crowd (yes, there are dads that fall in that category), the Sharp-made Kin One and Kin two are great devices, although you have to search for a buried button if you ever need to make a voice call. Verizon is selling the One for $50 and the Two for $100 (with contracts).
See our Kin review>>
HTC DROID INCREDIBLE
Another Android phone masterpiece. The HTC sports a fast 1GHZ processor, an 8-megapixel camera, Skype Mobile and absolutely everything else you would expect in a modern-day Android 2.1 OS smartphone. The 3.7-inch AMOLED screen marvel is so popular that they're temporarily out of stock. If you want one for Father's Day, you'll have to order one now for delivery after June 23. The Droid Incredible is sold by Verizon and retails for $200 with a two-year contract.
See our Droid Incredible review>>
T-MOBILE myTOUCH 3G SLIDE
The newest myTouch 3G phone to hit the market, this new version of T-Mobile's popular myTouch 3G handset features a slide-out QWERTY keyboard as well as an on-screen SWYPE keyboard for information input. With a 3.4-inch screen and a five-megapixel camera, it's bound to be a hit with dads. And it's slightly easy on the pocketbook as well -- T-Mobile is offering the myTouch 3G Slide for $180 with a standard two-year smartphone contract.
Calling Dick Tracy ... Others have tried this before, but none has pulled it off so stylishly. California's
Kempler & Strauss
was showing off this beauty at CES back in January and it caught everyone's eye. It is a GSM worldphone that works with your car's Bluetooth system and the included Communicator (Bluetooth earpiece). It comes in black, white and titanium. Kempler is currently selling the W for $200 (plus $14 shipping) on its Website (http://www.kemplerusa.com/). It's up to you to obtain service from a GSM provider in your location (like AT&T or T-Mobile). Full-field test results are coming to
may call its next iPhone the 4G, but make no mistake -- it will be a 3G phone running on AT&T. Rumors predict that the next iPhone will run off Apple's own 1GHz processor (like the iPad) and will sport a new AMOLED screen. Both should improve things greatly.
Gary Krakow is TheStreet.com's senior technology correspondent.