While it appears there won't be a Magenta Lumia 900 available for Mother's Day that doesn't mean we should forget good old mom. While we are sure many were dead set on getting the magenta Lumia 900 for their mother this weekend, we thought we'd give you a few options to fall back on.
WPCentral's Mother's Day Gift Guide
Nokia Lumia 900 Magenta Gel Case ($20.00): Okay... so it's not a magenta Lumia 900 exactly. But from a distance it would be hard to tell, right? The Magenta Gel Case (and all the other colors) can be found here at AT&T's website or at your local AT&T retail store.
BodyGuardz Armor ($22.95): This is something new over at the WPCentral Accessory Store. BodyGuardz is offering a carbon fiber hard shell case for the Lumia 900 in red, white and black. Might be an option if your mom was really wanting that white Lumia 900 but had to settle on the black model. You can find the BodyGuardz cases here at the WPCentral Accessory Store.
Jabra Freeway Bluetooth Car Kit ($109.95): We all want mom to drive safely and a hands free solution for the car may make a great gift. The Jabra Freeway has three speakers for rich and crisp sound, audible caller id, and voice guidance on device status (battery level, pairing, status, etc.). The Freeway has a low profile design and clips securely to your car's overhead visor. You can find the Jabra Freeway Bluetooth Car Kit here at the Accessory Store.
Incipio NGP Semi-Rigid Soft Case ($17.95): Did your mom opt for the Lumia 710? Liked the smaller form factor better? Incipio offers a soft shell case to offer a bit of protection for the Lumia 710. It's available in black, translucent and magenta. The low-profile case is available here at the WPCentral Accessory Store.
iClooly Phone Stand ($39.95): Does your mom miss the days when phones were connected by cords? With its corded handset, the iClooly Phone Stand will bring back memories of days gone by. The stand connects to your Windows Phone via the 3.5mm jack. Add a charger and you've got a nifty little phone stand. The stand comes in white or black and you can get more information on the iClooly Phone Stand here at the Accessory Store.
Dooney and Burke Case ($44.95): How about a fashion inspired case for your mom's Windows Phone? Check out the Dooney and Burke case here at the WPCentral Accessory Store. The horizontal case has interior pockets for her driver's license/credit cards plus a removable wrist strap for a stylish carry option. The case fits an assortment of Windows Phones including the HTC Radar and Trophy.
Apps: If your mom already has a Windows Phone, she could always use more apps. Maybe you could give her a VISA Gift Card to use with her Windows Phone Marketplace Account to buy some apps and games? Toss in a note suggesting which apps she might like such as:
- Amazon Kindle Reader (Free): Optimized for Windows Phone, the Kindle Reader will let your mom tap into over 750,000 books from the Amazon Kindle bookstore. You might want to also toss in an Amazon.com Gift Card with this recommendation.
- Garmin Streetpilot ($29.99): This navigation app will help your mom get around town and find the nearby shopping spots.
- Livescape ($4.99): Help your mom track nutritional, health and exercise stats with Livescape. The app also can sync with Microsoft's HealthVault.
- Text Twist 2 ($2.99): This Xbox Live game is an entertaining word game to help mom pass the time. She can test her spelling skills by finding all the words from random groupings of letters.
- Zune Pass ($9.99 a month/$99.99 annually): While not an app, a Zune Pass will give your mom access to the complete Microsoft Zune music library. You can save a little when you splurge on the Annual Zune Pass for $99.99.
Windows Phone: Why not? It's your mom. She's done your laundry, cooked your meals, made sure you got to school on time, and watched out for you all these years. Take her out to lunch this Sunday and swing by your local wireless retailer and surprise her with an upgrade to her old feature phone or an out right brand new Windows Phone.
You've got plenty of options these days with the Nokia Lumia 900 being offered under $100 over at AT&T and the Nokia Lumia 710 and HTC Radar are both under $100 over at T-Mobile. Verizon still has the HTC Trophy (which isn't a bad Windows Phone) and even Sprint customers still have the HTC Arrive hanging around. Then there's third party vendors such as Amazon Wireless that you could probably find a better deal through.
So there you have it...a gift guide for Mothers Day. While most will go with a card and a bouquet of flowers or maybe something from Edible Arrangements (my kid's choice), why not consider giving her something techie for a change.
If you've got any suggestions on a Windows Phone gift for mom, feel free to share it in the comments.
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George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.