Barnes & Noble's new Nook is great for book lovers, but it's a good tool for reading documents as well. The E Ink display mimics paper, but still sports a touch screen, making it easy on the eyes and the brain. Add Wi-Fi connectivity, e-book lending, the ability to share passages to social networks, and notes, and the Nook is a robust little reader. (www.nook.com; $139)
Are your associates tired of hunting for Wi-Fi hotspots while on the go? The MiFi 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot for Sprint may be the answer. It allows users to connect up to five devices at once. It also includes a microSD slot so they can share stored files with any other connected device. (www.sprint.com; $279/$79 with contract)
The enterprise-minded want more than just a toy that can check e-mail. Enter the ThinkPad tablet from Lenovo. This 10.1-inch slate features the Android 3.1 operating system, a powerful processor, and a scratch and impact-resistant Gorilla Glass display. It also has a stylus and plenty of ports: full-size and micro USB; full-size SD card slot; and a mini HDMI output for presentations. Buy it with the optional keyboard folio for even greater productivity. (www.lenovo.com ;$499, $529 with stylus; $99 Keyboard Folio)
Know someone who spends most of their day on the phone? The Plantronics Voyager PRO UC does double duty, allowing users to simultaneously connect to a computer and a phone. It seamlessly handles the handoff between the two, so users can go right from a Skype call to a cell without having to reconnect. (www.plantronics.com: $199.95)
Increase productivity with this combo keyboard and stand from Logitech. Available for Android tablets (3.0 and up) and the iPad, this full-size keyboard connects via Bluetooth--no app or wires required. The cover doubles as a stand to sit the tablet in portrait or landscape mode. When you're done, fold it back into its slim case. (www.logitech.com; $69.99)
CORPORATE GIFTING DOESN'T HAVE TO BE BORING OR IMPERSONAL, especially when you can help your employees stay connected and productive wherever they are with these mobile tech gift ideas. These days everyone from top executives to new associates might work remotely, travel frequently, or simply spend more time in the field than in the office. Give them the tools to get the job done no matter the circumstances or the location.
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