Back to school gadgets with Techno Dad

August 14, 2012 10:44:31 AM PDT
It's Techno Dad Mike Ferrara has some high-tech and affordable products that are perfect for the new college students on campus or in their dorm rooms.

ABOUT TECHNO DAD Mike Ferrara,, has been covering consumer technology for over 15 years and is a frequent guest on ABC7.


  • for the Apple iPad 3rd Gen
  • from NewerTech
    HTC Radar (Windows 7 phone) on TMobile Network
  • Fast 4G performance
  • Larger 3.8-inch screen
  • Single-piece metal construction
  • $99 with 2-year agreement
    Digipower 'chargecard'
  • Credit-card sized power booster for smartphones
  • Fits in wallet or purse
  • Get up to 2 hours extra talktime
  • $29.99
    Grace Digital radio
  • Can play Pandora, SiriusXM and other internet stations
  • Built-in rechargeable battery
  • 5 alarm presets with snooze and sleep buttons
  • $179.99
    Verizon Jetpack 4G Moible Hotspot
  • Connect up to 10 devices at one time
  • Up to 10X faster than 3G
  • $19.99 with 2-year agreement
    General Electric X400 Digital Camera
  • Sharp lens, 15x zoom, panoramic feature
  • Sturdy metal construction
  • Uses standard AA batteries
  • $129.99
    Griffin Binder Insert Case for iPad
  • Clip your iPad into your 3-ring binder
  • Works with 2nd and 3rd generation iPads
  • $24.99
    Palo Alto Cubik Digital Speakers
  • Uses lossless digital USB streaming
  • Refined design with buit-in stands
  • $199.95