Father’s Day Gift Guide: Great handsets for the mobile phone lover

We’ve shortlisted a range of great mobile phones to suit any dad -- from the tech lover to the Luddite -- this Father’s Day.

Even though your dad's cool factor is probably well past its expiry date, he probably thinks he's keeping up with cutting-edge technology. There's no better way to help him do that than getting him one of the latest mobile phones.

Just like dads, no two mobile phones are the same. Sure, some might have fewer features than others, but that doesn't mean that they don't offer their own unique qualities, fashion appeal and coolness that your dad is hoping will rub off on him. To help you narrow down the choices, we've picked out a selection of mobile phones — both smartphones and budget buys — to suit any dad this Father’s Day.

Smartphones for smart dads

Apple iPhone 3GS, RRP: $1040 Let’s look at the most popular choice for dad. Although it has a high price tag, the Apple iPhone 3GS is bound to be at the top of your dad’s wishlist. With the newest model, the 3GS, your dad can zoom through third-party apps and games quicker than ever and use the built-in compass to have some fun. The iPhone 3GS is perfect for any dad who wants to show off with the latest smartphone.

HTC Touch Pro2, RRP: $1499 HTC's premium smartphone, the HTC Touch Pro2, includes a full QWERTY keypad and offers a great touch-screen experience that’s enhanced by HTC's overhaul of the Windows Mobile 6.1 operating system. The powerful features of Windows Mobile still remain, allowing you to work in the office as well as on the move. Well-built and feature-rich, this smartphone is perfect for the dad who's all business.

HTC Magic, RRP: $899 The HTC Magic features Google's new Android mobile operating system and is a great choice for anyone who loves tinkering with settings and customising their phone. Like the Touch Pro2, the HTC Magic is well-built and refined, running the latest full Android release with an on-screen soft keyboard. It's almost as stylish as the iPhone, too.

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