Holiday Gift Guide: What Smartphone Should You Buy This Christmas

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Now I know this is probably one of the hardest Holiday Gift Guide’s I have written so far, with so many smartphones out their in the big wide world it can be hard for you guys to find the one you want too, will it be an Android, Apple or even Windows Phone or even made by Samsung, Nokia, HTC the list really does go on.

Thanks god for this Holiday Gift Guide then to lead you onto the right path this Christmas.

So to start of with we are going to separate this list in 4 different lists Apple, Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry, of course Apple and BlackBerry make their own phones so that part of the list may be a little small…

Apple iPhone 5

Lets start of with the iPhone as it’s probably the easiest of the 4, the iPhone 5 was recently released and packs a 4-inch multi-touch display with a 1136×640-pixel resolution at 326 ppi, all of this with Apple’s new A6 chip that means you will get everything twice as fast when compared to the A5 chip used in the 4S (this also allows for twice as fast graphics too).

Also included is 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi with Bluetooth 4.0 technology, GPS, 3G and 4G LTE connectivity and 8-megapixel iSight camera that’s capable of recording 30fps 1080p videos with autofocus and LED flash.

 

Android phones

The iPhone 5 really is a great phone to choose from but that all depends on what mobile operating system you prefer, if you are not an Apple fan than Android is probably more for you with a wide selection of phones to choose from, really there’s a ton.

Samsung Galaxy Note II

Samsung is defiantly one of the best manufactures for Android smartphones with a wide selection to choose from you really are spoiled for choice, our favorite out of the bunch though has to be the new Galaxy Note II with a massive 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED multi-touch display that can be controlled with Samsung’s innovative S Pen for great functionality within apps.

The phone runs the latest version of Android Jelly Bean, with an 8 Megapixel Camera with LED Flash as well as the 1.9 Megapixel Front facing camera there’s no problem with taking snaps on the go, the phone also includes 16GB Internal Memory, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, NFC, 3G and of course that mighty 1.6GHz quad-core processor to run it all.

Samsung Galaxy S III

Of course that’s not the only Android phone Samsung has on the block with the S III they have a second major contender in the line-up, even if it does only run Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) it makes it up with its impressive 4.8″ HD SuperAMOLED Display with Gorilla Glass 2, 8 Megapixel Camera with 1080p HD video recording and of course an LED flash.

There’s also 16 GB Internal Memory (which can be expanded with a MicroSD card), Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC technology and a 1.4 GHz Quad-core Cortex-A9 processor.

HTC One XL

But we cannot forget HTC in the Android section of this list as they are most probably the one manufacturer that made the phone as big as it is today, their latest model the One XL also includes Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and 8 Megapixel Camera with Autofocus and LED flash as well as a 4.7″ Screen with 720 x 1280px resolution, Gorilla Glass display and a Dedicated Graphics Processor.

The XL also includes Beats Audio Technology and 3G connectivity as well as a Dual-core 1.5GHz Krait processor.

 

Windows Phones

And were still not finished yet as Windows have their own operating system to add to the list, Windows Phone 8/7.5 depending on the phone you choose.

Nokia Lumia 920

When you think of Windows Phone the manufacture that is likely to pop in your head has to be Nokia, With the Lumia 920 they managed to do something not many thought was possible, make Windows Phone look cool.

The 920 packs the latest Windows Phone 8 operating system, and arguably the best camera out of the entire list with 8.7MPs, 1080p Video Recording, Carl Zeiss optics and the Pureview Technology Nokia has today become known for.

In terms of a screen you get a 4.5″ PureMotion HD+ Display, 768 x 1280 pixel resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass 2 technology. There’s also 1GB RAM, 32GB of internal memory, 3G and 4G connectivity, NFC support and a 1.5GHz Dual-core Processor.

Windows Phone 8X by HTC

Another phone to pack the latest Windows Phone 8 operating system is the Windows Phone 8X by HTC which includes a 4.3-inch touchscreen display which has a HD 720p Screen Resolution, Ambient light sensor and 341ppi, there’s also 16GB Internal Memory, Beats Audio and of course 3G, WiFi and NFC capabilities.

There’s also an 8 Megapixel Camera with LED Flash, with 1080p Video Recording, Autofocus, BSI sensor, f/2.0 aperture and 28mm lens, Dedicated HTC ImageChip and a 2.1 megapixel front facing camera, oh and of course there’s also a Qualcomm S4 1.5 GHz dual-core processor.

BlackBerry Curve 9360

If I’m honest I’m not really a fan of BlackBerry as it has a dead operating system with a dead app store lack of developers and a lack of design, but I do like to cater for everyone here on TechNutty so I will feature it anyway, for which I only have one phone as to be honest there aren’t many to choose from.

The BlackBerry Curve 9360 includes the BlackBerry 7 operating system with a 5 Megapixel Camera that includes LED Flash. There’s also a 2.4” Display (the smallest in the list by far) that includes “Touch-Sensitive Controls”. There’s also Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n and GPS, there’s also 512 MB RAM.

 

However one resounding factor for BlackBerry is that they are about to reveal their new BB10 phones, after which I will update this section of the list to better represent the section, you never know I might be surprised, also I wanted to add the Samsung ATIV S to the Windows Phone list but there wasn’t enough details available for that, so I will update that too if more gets revealed.


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