Father’s Day 2011 Apps Gifts: iOS & Android Ideas

Father’s Day 2011 is fast approaching and this weekend kids and adults alike will be showing appreciation for their Dad. Today if you’re still not sure how to show you care or are looking for gift suggestions then we have some ideas of Father’s Day apps for smartphones that might do the trick. Most of the apps in the selection that follows are free, but after all isn’t it the thought that counts!

As we move with the times many modern Dads might be reluctant to say they don’t want slippers or socks (again!). Just the other day OSM’s Tim Ollason gave readers some great ideas for tech gifts for Father’s Day so this selection of apps will give you some more suggestions. If you’ve already brought the smartphone that Dad wanted what about pre-loading it with some apps. Firstly we’ll give you some Android apps but obviously some of these apps are available on other platforms too.

What Dad wouldn’t enjoy Skype. It’s a great way for students to keep in touch while they’re off studying and will reassure Dad to be able to see his kid’s faces when they get to chat. What’s more not only are Skype calls free but the app is too so this is one cheap gift! Alternatively if you’re Dad is an enthusiastic golfer then GolfCard Pro is a good bet at $10.99. It will keep track of scores, features a GPS range finder and much more. Another free Android app that most Dads will enjoy, especially useful for those family get-togethers, is Omaha Steaks Steak Time. When it’s time for the barbecues and grilling to begin this has recipes, videos and even a steak timer to get it just right.

What about some iPhone apps next? Many Dads are motor enthusiasts and would appreciate the eBay Motors for iPhone app, which is yet another free app and also helps the user to track down accessories and motor parts. Another app that will really appeal to the more sentimental Dad and is a very sweet idea is the Tracks app, which is also free. Kids and other family members can all make their own contributions to a Father’s Day track with poems, photos and anecdotes for example. You can then send the track to Dad so he can weep unashamedly. If your Dad is a keep-fit lover then how about the US Army APFT-Body Fat Calculator, again it’s a free app. One suggestion is to challenge your Dad to a physical fitness test on the app and then keep up the tradition every year.

These are just a few ideas to keep you going but you can check out the sources below for some more. Will you be downloading one of these apps for your Dad this Father’s Day or have you any other good app suggestions? Let us know with your comments.

Sources: Appolicious (1) and (2)