Okay, I know you’re sitting on the edge debating what to get that special, tech-savvy lawyer in your life. Well, here are five of my suggestions to make that lawyer love you more.
Google Chromecast (and Amazon Fire TV Stick)
I love the Chromecast dongle more than anyone can know. It’s versatile and allows me to watch content from my devices on my big screen. This was one of my suggestions for 2013, and despite the release of the Nexus Player, remains one of my top picks for 2014.
Plus, if you hurry and purchase a Chromecast between now and December 21, 2014, Google is giving you $20 to spend on Google Play Movies.
In reality, that makes Chromecast a $15 purchase.
If you really want to make your loveable lawyer happy, throw in an Amazon Fire TV Stick ($39.00) — currently out of stock until January 15, 2015.
The Fire TV Stick adds Amazon Prime Movies to the repertoire of quick-access viewing.
Now your lawyer friend’s going to have problems getting off the couch or out of the office.
Swingbyte 2 Golf Training Device
When I first reviewed the Swingbyte 2, I wasn’t too enamored. However, I persisted with using the device, reading up on some more training, and the Swingbyte folks added some Android app enhancements to help.
Now, I quite enjoy pulling out this little device and hitting around a few golf balls. Any lawyer who loves golfing (or technology) will love the Swingbyte 2 Golf Training Device ($127.46).
Nexus 6, Samsung Galaxy Note 4, LG G 3, or Moto X
Four of favorite phones are the Nexus 6, Galaxy Note 4, LG G3, and Moto X. I haven’t written reviews about the Nexus 6 (it’s nice but still lack-luster in some areas) or the Note 4 (this makes me want to move to Samsung), but they’re both really good phones, especially if you’re looking for product quality. If your lawyer is a camera conscious individual, the LG G3 has an easy-to-use camera that takes great pictures. And, if you want to try your luck, I’m giving away a Moto X (2014).
Regardless of the phone you choose, your lawyer will love you.
I love my LG G Watch. It’s on the lower end of the Android Wear devices, but at prices like $99 (MSPR $229.00) you can get a great watch for a great price.
Of course, there are other Android Wear devices that will provide your lawyer with mobile functionality. My two favorite Android Wear features are the on-demand notifications (short vibrations on my wrist for new emails and calls), and the Google Fit, especially step counting, integration.
Voice-over IP, or internet telephony, is a double-edged sword. In one realm, VOiP enables lawyers to work from anywhere, at anytime. Thus, if you’d like to see more of your hardworking lawyer, VOiP gives him or her the ability to move out of the office and on the road. On the other hand, increased access, or always available, availability might mean your special lawyer friend is working more nights and weekends from the comfort of the couch.
Fonality and Switch.co are two great options. Switch is a little more limited (you can’t port numbers, yet), but includes Google Apps for Work integration. Fonality is a great all around, feature-filled program, but might be a little too much for some smaller firms.
Either way, VOiP is a great way to get your lawyer out of the office and back into your life. Even if he/she is still working.