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The best gadget gifts for college graduates

The best gadget gifts for college graduates

5/14/2014

The end of the school year is fast approaching. By the end of May, a new wave of college students will graduate, beginning the next stage of their lives. Some will go on to graduate school, while others will enter the job market.

If you have a family member, friend or loved one graduating next month, you're quite possibly in the market for a nice gift. But what's the best item to give to a new college graduate? Here are four gadgets to consider.

1. Apple iPad Air
The Apple iPad has been around for a while, but it's lost none of its luster. It was the first truly popular, mainstream tablet device, and many experts believe it remains the best. The iPad is ideal for browsing the web, watching videos, reading, playing games and much more.

The latest version of this tablet is the iPad Air. Starting at $499 for the base model, the iPad Air weighs only one pound, but features a 9.7-inch screen. This makes the iPad Air even more portable than earlier versions, without sacrificing screen size or quality, or any other features. Consequently, the iPad Air is particularly useful for college grads as they either begin new jobs or go on to graduate school - in both cases, a light, powerful computing device is invaluable.

2. Kindle Fire
If the recent college grad in your life is not a fan of the Apple family of products, you can still buy him or her a fantastic tablet in the form of Amazon's Kindle Fire. The Kindle Fire 7" HD tablet is now available for as little as $139 and offers an experience comparable to that of the Apple iPad. Or, you could go for one of the higher-end models, such as the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9" device. Starting at $379, this gadget is lighter than earlier generations and features a screen with unmatched pixel density. While the Amazon Appstore is not as well-stocked as Apple's, there are more than 100,000 apps and games available for download.

3. Barnes & Noble Nook GlowLight
If you think the recent grad would only use his or her tablet for reading, then the Barnes & Noble Nook GlowLight might be your best option. With a cost of $119, this eReader features a 6-inch screen, E Ink Display and built-in reading light, all of which make the reading experience as easy on the eyes and enjoyable as possible. This model's battery life represents a major improvement over earlier versions, with a single charge lasting as long as 8 weeks.

4. Apple iPhone
The Apple iPhone, much like the iPad, revolutionized its field. And, just like the iPad, the iPhone is still seen as one of the best offerings in this arena. Any college grad who doesn't have an iPhone would likely love to receive one, and if they do have one, they'd probably be thrilled with an upgrade.

The most advanced iPhone available is the 5s, which starts at $199. The 5s is similar in size to the previous model, the 5c, but features a more advanced chip and motion coprocessor. The device also offers an upgraded fingerprint identity sensor, to better protect the owner's security. Considering most college graduates' busy and demanding lifestyles, these improved capabilities and protections are invaluable.

To more fully protect your college grad's device, you should consider ProtectCELL's iPhone warranty. Such a plan ensures that if your gift is lost or stolen, the owner will be completely covered.

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