If dad is a speed demon, then an EVO 4G from Sprint is the way to go.
Sprint is leading the race to 4G with a network that's already up and running in 32 cities. The company says it plans to add at least 14 more by the end of the year. The EVO is the first 4G-capable phone in the U.S.
The phone, which runs Google's Android 2.1 operating system and is built by HTC, boasts a crystal clear 4.3-inch screen with two cameras.
One camera is a forward-facing 1.3-megapixel camera, designed for video-chat. The other is an 8-megapixel autofocus camera on the back with an LED flash.
An HD camcorder captures video and an HDMI output lets you share it instantly on your flat-screen TV at home.
With a two-year contract, it's $199 after a $100 mail-in rebate.
Another new phone that might catch your pop's eye this year is the HTC Droid Incredible.
The blazingly fast smartphone from HTC runs on Verizon's 3G network and uses Google's Android 2.1 operating system.
It features an 8-megapixel camera and 8 GB of internal memory. To keep dad connected in every possible way, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and 3G are all onboard.
The touch screen measures 3.7 inches diagonally, and the excellent screen resolution makes it a great phone for Web browsing.
With the Incredible, you can access the 38,000 applications in the Android market. And since the phone is a multi-tasking machine, you can receive e-mail, listen to music, browse the Web and use third-party apps, all at the same time.
The phone is available for $199 with a two-year contract and after a $100 mail-in rebate.
Logitech's Harmony Remote
If dad is king of the remote, but your coffee table looks like a junk pile, introduce him to Logitech's Harmony Remote.
It's a universal remote with a color LCD screen and backlit keys. Connect it to your computer, complete a questionnaire on the company's website indicating what equipment you have and how it's connected and the software does the rest.
For about a about $50 to $150, depending on the model, Dad gets control of the TV and the coffee table.
If your dad is constantly unraveling knots of phone cords, help him go cordless with the PowerMat.
Instead of having to keep track of a mess of phone chargers and wires, the PhoneMat will let him wirelessly charge his iPhone or BlackBerry.
All he needs to do is plug the mat into the wall and put a PowerMat case or inline battery replacement into the phone. Next time he needs a charge, he can just place the device on the mat and voila! There's a charge without having to deal with the cords.
Prices range from $69.99 to $99.99, depending on how many devices and what kinds of devices you want to charge.