Holiday gift guide 2011 – smartphones and tablets
The Samsung Epic 4G Touch is arguably the most potent smartphone that you can find in Sprint's lineup, and any geeky individual with an affinity for Android would love to find one inside their stockings this year. It is powered by a mighty dual-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz, its back is graced by an 8-megapixel camera capable of shooting 1080p video, and hooking you up to the web is the smartphone's 4G WiMAX radio. Oh, and about the display, those 4.52 inches of Super AMOLED Plus goodness should please anyone's eye.
Motorola Photon 4G
The Motorola Photon 4G is another powerful Android smartphone with support for 4G WiMAX connectivity from Sprint, and if you have a tech-savvy person in the family, this handset would be the right device for them. It offers a brilliant, 4.3-inch qHD display and a dual-core Tegra 2 processor, which make the smartphone great for surfing the web, watching videos, and playing 3D video games.
HTC Evo Design 4G
The HTC EVO Design 4G is an offering that we would recommend grabbing if $100 is all you can spend. However, that doesn't mean that you will be getting anything less of a decent Android smartphone. What you see on its front is a 4-inch qHD display, and a 5-megapixel camera is situated on its back. Adding a twist to the Android experience is the pretty HTC Sense user interface, while that 4G in the smartphone's title means you will be riding on Sprint's WiMAX airwaves. All of that treats are encased in a sturdy aluminum body.
Apple iPhone 4S
After a flurry of leaks, rumors, and plain guesses, Sprint officially got a hold of the iPhone 4S this year. However, while it is virtually no different from the AT&T and Verizon models in terms of both hardware and software, what makes the Sprint iPhone 4S special is that you get a truly unlimited data plan along with the device. That being said, the Sprint iPhone 4S would be a suitable present for internet addicts and iPhone lovers alike.
With its portrait-style QWERTY keyboard, the Motorola Admiral, powered by Android 2.3, would be a recommendation for business professionals. At the same time, it is likely to suit the tastes of those who simply cannot stand typing on a virtual keyboard. In terms of hardware, you get a 3.1-inch VGA touchscreen, a 1.2GHz single-core processor, a 5-megapixel camera, and 4 gigs of on-board storage. Last but not least, the Motorola Admiral is resistant to dust, shock, vibration, and extreme temperatures, so it can handle much more abuse than your every-day handset.
1. jubbing (Posts: 150; Member since: 20 Aug 2008)
Interesting, no Windows Phones from the AT&T section, with the release of 3 I would have thought maybe 1 might have taken PhoneArena's fancy!
2. Jyakotu (Posts: 814; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)
I noticed that too. The Samsung Focus Flash, Samsung Focus S, and HTC Titan are excellent Windows Phone devices. One of them should have been included.
3. davecann2 (Posts: 460; Member since: 15 Mar 2011)
I hate to disagree with you guys but I have to be honest. I don’t think Windows Phones are going to catch on. Both Android and IOS have cornered the market and continue to push the competition out. I just don't see an iOS or Android fan switching to Windows Phones. It’s just not going to happen. Just ask Blackberry.
5. jubbing (Posts: 150; Member since: 20 Aug 2008)
And I disagree there. With Nokia coming on board, they'll be the real deciding factor for WP7 and so, especially with their brand awareness and marketing power. Just see how much Europe (mainly UK) has been hit by the Lumia 800 ads everywhere.
Fully expect that marketing blitz to hit the states when it comes. If it doesn't work after that, then yea WP7 won't do well.
6. davecann2 (Posts: 460; Member since: 15 Mar 2011)
Good points and I agree. If the marketing for WP7 is strong it may change the industry with a valid three way competition assuming RIM doesn’t have a game changer up their sleeve.
I just recall the strong marketing for the hyped release of the Motorola XOOM and then it failed.
13. Sniggly (Posts: 6695; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Trouble is that there wasn't really very strong marketing around the XOOM. Sure, it got a cute Superbowl ad (which I loved) but other than that, there wasn't much. Its in store marketing was horrible too, as at Best Buy, the only retailer that sold it besides the carrier stores, it was thrown off to the side while the iPad 2 got its own endcap. Not to mention the salespeople weren't really trained on it so they didn't know how to sell it.
Also, the release was botched by only releasing the 32 gig model with 3G connectivity, which gave the illusion that it was overpriced (when in reality it was only 70 bucks more than an equivalent iPad 2).
Trouble is, Microsoft is kind of botching its marketing up too. They also have yet to get any manufacturer to release a WP7 device with compelling hardware. Hopefully that will change with Nokia's involvement, as WP7 is definitely worth a look for many reasons.
15. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
so? Android was nothing 3 years ago. The same IOS. You think they will last forever?
4. kpfirefighter (Posts: 160; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)
The Galaaxy Nexus would be a great gift............ oh wait they can't decide when to release the phone so maybe a new years resalution!
7. ivanko34 (Posts: 617; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)
My brother wants a Samsung galaxy note as me
9. SuperEd (Posts: 112; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
If media like Phonearena, CNET, ZD, etc keep playing down WP7 and in this classic example, don't even mention the TITAN...then of course it will be doomed. Problem is all the media authors have no objective perspective and have their heads up their um...their phones 3mm earbud phone jacks on their driod or iWhatever. Don't get me wrong. i LOVE apple anything, but i also love my windows phone. it really rocks and like it better than my iPhone that i just got rid of. It's just personal preference. I can't help it if the media is ignorant. Maybe we need more media outlets. :-)
10. Cwebb (Posts: 501; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
Um, wheres the Evo 3d? Even 6 months later its a better phone than the SGS2ET4G and equal to if not better than the Photon. Heck, they even put the design in their instead of the awesome white 3d, which is one of the best phones in the US
11. Ivan6479 (Posts: 243; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
I find it quite funny that they put the iPhone at the top of the list. LMFAO!!!
12. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)
P.A. gimme a break and please stop putting iphone at top of everything. its a great phone but is no longer the best phone. putting it on top of galaxy nexus or sgs II is very stupid.