Smartphone and Tablet Graduation Gift Ideas

Find the right gift with the right security

Graduation season is just around the corner, and nothing says, “I am Johnny’s coolest relative!” quite like the gift of a mobile device. Be it a smartphone or tablet, your accomplished loved one will use it for work and play – and if all goes well, to call or Skype you.

Whether your friend or family member is completing high school or college, the following tablet and smartphone graduation gift ideas offer versatility within a range of prices.

iPad

While the the new iPad might not be within everyone’s reach, with its eye-popping price tag of $499 to $829, it arguably offers the best user experience out there, with its 3.1 million pixels, thanks to Apple’s new A5X Chip technology.

Looking for a more affordable Apple? The iPad 2 is hardly out of date, and deals on refurbished products are prime for the picking.

Samsung Galaxy S III

The predecessor of one of the most-anticipated smartphones out there has sold over 20 million units worldwide and was awarded “Best Smartphone” at the Mobile World Congress 2012. Needless to say, tech geeks are on pins and needles waiting for May 3 when the Galaxy S III bursts onto the market, because if predictions come true, this phone will be among the most popular of the year. 

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Amazon Kindle

There are now seven makes of the popular e-reader that comprise the Kindle, Kindle Touch, Kindle 3G and Kindle Fire family, so there’s bound to be one that fits the “perfect graduation present” bill. They come in Wi-Fi only or Wi-Fi plus free 3G options for as low as $79, making it the most affordable gift in this guide.

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It comes in three sizes: 6, 7 or 9.7 inches.

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Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime

Super light and a mere 8.3 millimeters thin, the first quad-core tablet in the world features a bright 10-inch display. In addition to sleek looks, it boasts Android’s most powerful phone and tablet integration software, Ice Cream Sandwich.

Its versatility – that is, three different input methods – and mid-range price tag make it an attractive mobile device for students continuing their education, or recent college grads entering the workforce.

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Any of these smartphone or tablet options definitely earn you a spot on the “best gift giver” list, but going the extra mile to ensure their security is recommended. Getting hacked isn’t just a pain -- it costs a lot of time and money in the long run.

Give your gift already fully protected, so the graduate in your life can spend money on e-books, music and apps instead.

By Amy Granite