Apple iPhone 4
Let's face it, there is simply no better handset in AT&T's lineup than the Apple iPhone 4. Cupertino's latest and greatest will surely amaze you with its responsiveness and functionality, but most of all, with its breathtaking design, constructed out of premium materials. An inseparable part of every geek's wish list, the iPhone 4 is capable of keeping you constantly entertained, thanks to hundreds of thousands of quality apps and games available on the App Store.
Being a Galaxy S smartphone, the Samsung Captivate just can't escape from its high-end nature that's allowing it to stand out with a gorgeous 4-inch Super AMOLED screen and a zippy 1GHz Hummingbird chipset. However, the Captivate doesn't impress with its hardware alone, as the Android platform it is running has a respectful place in the current smartphone market. With its more than 100,000 apps, Android can easily captivate you with the aid of this phone's outstanding hardware.
HTC Surround or Samsung Focus
What could make a better present than а phone that will make you feel different? The Windows Phone 7-powered HTC Surround and Samsung Focus are just that. Having a handset that's running a brand new and yet unproved operating system is undoubtedly an exciting experience for every smartphone fanatic out there, especially if it's a long-awaited Microsoft OS. Each of these offerings will manage to deliver a fantastic performance, with the Surround having the advantage of a kickstand and a powerful loudspeaker, and the Focus sporting a brilliant 4” Super-AMOLED screen.
RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G
Even though the last thing we think about during the Holidays is work, business is business. And it often can't wait. Feeling overwhelmed by the numerous tasks that have to be accomplished, coupled with emails constantly pouring into the inbox? Well, it's a tough situation, but certainly not unsolvable, and we know just the right solution – a BlackBerry! The Curve 3G by AT&T is an inexpensive smartphone, packing a very good QWERTY keyboard, which will make responding to texts and emails a breeze, while on the go.
Not everyone's into all that smartphone hysteria though. For those of you who don't care about stuff like mobile OS's, native applications or cloud computing, there's the LG Encore – a touchscreen feature phone, which will keep things simple and most importantly, safe for your budget. Plus, you won't be missing that much, as the Encore is decently equipped with a 3” screen, 3MP camera and GPS.
This year AT&T managed to pick up some pretty decent handsets alongside of the iPhone 4, which is evident with the aforementioned devices. However, the 3rd-largest carrier in the U.S. - Sprint – is not to be overlooked, as the WiMAX-promoting company's portfolio is more spectacular than ever.