Whether you’re buying for others or preparing a wish list for yourself, here are 12 gift-giving ideas.
By Geri L. Dreiling, Esq.
If the “Twelve Days of Christmas” were modernized, the partridge in the pear tree would likely be supplanted by an iPad 2 with a Bluetooth keyboard. For a busy lawyer, the iPad is certainly more useful and, unlike the partridge, there’s no cage cleaning required.
With the holidays fast approaching, Lawyer Tech Review has compiled a list of gadgets, ranging from $10 to $1000 that lawyers and legal professionals would love to give – or receive. (Affiliate links)
Trent iCruiser External Battery Pack
To make our gadgets go, they need energy — lots of it. The versatile Trent iCruiser external battery pack charges a number of different devices including the iPad 2, iPad, iPhone 4S 4 3Gs 3G (AT&T and Verizon), iPod Touch (1G 2G 3G 4G 5G), HTC Android EVO, Blackberry, Samsung Galaxy Tablet, Samsung Galaxy S, Droid, Nintendo, Sony PSP and more. Normally listed at $79.95, it is currently priced on Amazon at $52.95.
Belkin Dual-USB Charger
There never seem to be enough outlets to accommodate all our devices. Turn one outlet into many with the Belkin Mini Surge Protector and Dual-USB charger. The charger, which has space for three electrical outlet plugs and two USB charger slots, rotates 360 degrees. Normally listed for $21.99, it is currently priced on Amazon at $12.00.
Apple Wireless Keyboard
Apple’s cable-free Bluetooth keyboard is a smart gift choice for those who prefer a standalone keyboard for their iPad or Mac. The compact keyboard is 24 percent smaller than the full-sized keyboard and requires two AA batteries. The Apple wireless keyboard is $68.54.
Trent Airbender iPad 2 Case with Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard
Turning a tablet into a mini-laptop typically requires a keyboard. Trent offers an iPad 2 case that comes with a wireless Bluetooth keyboard.
The case adjusts into four different positions that making using your iPad easier. Normally listed for $99.95, the Trent Airbender case with keyboard is currently priced at $39.95.
BoxWave Capacitive Stylus for the iPad, iPad 2 and Kindle Fire
When you want to scribble a note or sketch a diagram, a keyboard just won’t do. The BoxWave Capacitive Stylus has attracted a significant following because of rubber tip that can be used at a typical writing angle.
A perfect stocking stuffer, this stylus is listed on Amazon at $24.95 but is currently priced at $10.00.
Documents to Go iPad App
An iPad needs apps. A great gift iPad app to give any legal professional on your list is Documents to Go. This iPad app allows users to write and edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents while on the go.
If you’re going to give this app, the $16.99 premium version is the best choice.
247 Credit-Card Case for the iPhone 4
For quick errands, a smartphone credit-card case makes sense. Simply slip a credit card and driver’s license into the pouch on the back of the phone case, grab your keys and go. Judging from the out-of-stock notices on Amazon, they’re also very popular gifts. The company 247 offers a black credit-card ID case for the iPhone 4, 4S that is currently priced at $7.99. Case-Mate and Speck also offer useful credit-card cases. However, at the time we were writing this post, both brands were temporarily out of stock.
Amazon and iTunes Gift Cards
For the practical giver, there are always gift cards. An iTunes gift card is great for not only purchasing music but also apps and movies.
Dragon Naturally Speaking
Using your voice, rather than your fingers, to draft documents can save time and reduce the physical toll of using a keyboard for an extended period. Dragon’s latest software has received rave reviews for being efficient and intuitive.
For lawyers, Dragon Naturally Speaking Legal is the deluxe model of the voice-recognition software. If you’re still experimenting with Dragon products, Dragon Naturally Speaking Premium 11 is a basic offering that is a good starter model. Dragon Naturally Speaking Legal is listed at $799.99 but is currently priced at $645.24. Dragon Naturally Speaking Premium 11 is listed at $199.99 but is currently priced at $129.99.
Amazon Kindle Fire
With the Kindle Fire, Amazon entered the red-hot tablet market. The Kindle Fire offers Web browsing, movies, apps, games and cloud storage at an affordable price of $199. To compare the technical specifications of the Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Apple’s iPad 2, see our recent infographic.
Apple iPhone 4S
How about a sassy personal assistant for the holidays? Siri, the iPhone 4S personal assistant tool, gives directions, sends text messages and reads emails. The new iPhone 4S also features an improved camera and video capabilities. If an iPhone 4S is on your gift list, don’t wait to order. The supplies for the 16 gigabyte iPhone 4S for AT&T, priced at $699.98, were dwindling as of this writing.
And if your gift recipient has been especially nice this year and does a lot of traveling, consider the unlocked iPhone 4S model. It is priced at $996.99 and, like the locked version, supplies are dwindling.
Apple iPad 2
The legal profession has embraced the iPad as a productivity tool. According to a recent ABA Technology survey, the iPad is the tablet of choice among lawyers and judges. This holiday season, the iPad 2 is a can’t-miss gift choice. A 16 gigabyte, Wi-Fi model is currently listed on Amazon for sale at $519.
Are there gadgets you would add to the list? If so, please add your comments below and let our readers know which holiday gifts you’re planning on giving.