Samsung Epic 4G
Sprint's second 4G WiMAX phone managed to enchant us with its wonderful capabilities and features. If there's a tech-savvy person in the family, than this is the Sprint phone for them. With a giant 4” Super AMOLED screen, ultra-fast processor and groovy 5MP camera, the Android-running Samsung Epic 4G is a pure winner. Of course, its most-valued feature is its WiMAX support, which can get you lightning-quick data speeds wherever you are (read: wherever there's coverage).
A nicely-balanced Android smartphone can be found in the form of the Samsung Transform. This mid-range device has all the prerequisites to be a great companion, especially when you take into account its more than decent 3.5” display and slide-out physical QWERTY keyboard, which will surely come in handy for all the heavy texters out there.
LG Optimus S
What better present than a full-featured and at the same time affordable smartphone? If you are looking for just that, the LG Optimus S fits the bill with its $50 on-contract price and Android 2.2 operating system. What you get is a healthy-sized 3.2” capacitive display, decent 3.2MP camera, GPS and over 100,000 applications in Android Market.
RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G
The BlackBerry Curve 3G seems to be subscribed to this year's Holiday Gift Guide! Indeed, RIM's mid-range handset comes with a pretty decent price-value ratio, which makes it more appealing than most of the competition in this price range. Throw in a traditionally great physical QWERTY keyboard, and the Curve 3G becomes the ultimate texting fiend.
Sanyo Innuendo by Kyocera
Available for free on contract, the Sanyo Innuendo is a phone that boasts an intriguing design that will never leave it unnoticed. With a side-opening clamshell form-factor, the Innuendo manages to fit a full QWERTY keyboard and a 2.8” screen. The front is quite futuristic with a clean, flat surface that hosts an external display and touch-sensitive numpad keys. Great for science fiction-loving youngsters, who also happen to text heavily.
Quite impressive stuff indeed by the nation's third-largest carrier. Let's now turn our attention to the company that recently launched the first devices to take advantage of its blazing-fast HSPA+ network, namely T-Mobile!