Holiday gift guide 2012 – smartphones and tablets
- 1 Holiday gift guide 2012 – smartphones and tablets
- 2 Verizon 2012 Holiday smartphone and tablet gift guide
- 3 AT&T 2012 Holiday smartphone and tablet gift guide
- 4 Sprint 2012 Holiday smartphone and tablet gift guide
- 5 T-Mobile 2012 Holiday smartphone and gift guide
- 6 International 2012 Holiday smartphone and tablet gift guide
With the summer over, and the fall in full swing, it’s about time to start thinking about those Holiday season presents. Sure, it might be a bit in advance, but if you are in store for the latest and greatest technology as a gift, research would definitely help.
Luckily, this Holiday, you won’t have a shortage of options to choose from. If you are ready to become the geeky Santa Claus with gadgets in your gift bag, the good news is that this time there will be worthy smartphones on all three biggest platforms: iOS, Android and Windows Phone.
While in 2011 we still didn’t have a completely mature smartphone ecosystem and we could still see flaws. Now, in 2012, we finally got rid of lag on Android, Microsoft polished Windows Phone 8, and the iPhone got even better. Android has almost closed the app gap with the App Store, and Windows Phone is starting to catch up too.
But what you should really care about is the all-around products, devices that are both aesthetically pleasing and crazy fast. We’ve picked out the best for the U.S. carriers and international in the slideshows below.
27. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)
So not getting a GS3, way better phones are coming out
BTW, have any of u seen the GN 2?!?!? It's as big as my FACE!!!!! I never thought a phone would be that large
It just needs . 7 inches and it'd be a tablet. I think it's only available at sprint
It is SO AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
42. PAPINYC (Posts: 1947; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)
Wow, they re-posted the same story from two weeks ago but, now they've included the disclaimer that,
"This story is sponsored by Sprint. PhoneArena's opinions in this article have not been affected in any way!"
Yes PhoneArena, we know, you're still iBiased and love Apple; that will never change or be 'affected in any way'.
2. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3425; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
We really need to know about these new Nexi that are coming out. I really want to know if there is going to be a HTC Nexus 5. Also what about the HTC DLX?
There really can't truly be a holiday 2012 list without knowing anything about the Nexi.
Maybe a week before black Friday is the time for an article like this. This is too preemptive for my liking. Too many BIG names missing. Why get a Galaxy S III when there are literally BEASTS coming out? lol
28. darkskoliro (Posts: 830; Member since: 07 May 2012)
Funny, my holiday list is going to contain
Windows RT/Pro or Transformer Infinity
and International version of the HTC 5" 1080p
So none of the above in the slideshow.
36. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
Amen, I was looking for the rest of the Nexus that are coming out from other manufacturers... The news on them pretty much died out.
The LG Nexus doesn't impress me one bit.
33. PAPINYC (Posts: 1947; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)
plz Santa, no new iPad this year....?????
41. Aeires (unregistered)
Totally agree, SAMOLED+ is the way to go.
11. -box- (Posts: 3534; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
They haven't had a compelling lineup in years, and really, nothing has ever been super compelling with them. The EVO was OK, but without a strong WiMax deployment there wasn't much to it. Everything else they've come out with lately that has been decent has an equivalent model on a different carrier (usually AT&T, oddly), so even less compulsion
6. NexusKoolaid (Posts: 252; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)
The timing of these wish lists is puzzling, with Apple, Microsoft and Google having some major events and officially outing some new tech goodies in the next few days.
9. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3425; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
1080p HTC Nexus 5 with the SLCD3 has my eye. Let's hope it does pan out!
26. Aeires (unregistered)
For me, that's the biggest disappointment with the cancelled Google event. I was hoping to see a lineup of Nexus phones, not just the N4. So far I'm planning on getting the N4, but I was hoping for a Samsung 5" screen Nexus.
8. 14545 (Posts: 975; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
I can't believe the IP5 is tops on both the VZW list and the ATT list. It's not the best piece of hardware out there.
23. darkkjedii (Posts: 8877; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Doesn't have to b the best, it's just the most wanted. Being the best is subjective.
45. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
whats the best then?
seeing as nothing is ever the best otherwise tech would stop. it could be better then some for a certain person but never the best
12. Naitto (Posts: 44; Member since: 15 Sep 2012)
It's like they said this list is way too early and sponsored by Sprint, which has no more phones to put out.
13. Commentator (Posts: 2080; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
It seems like this article was released a little prematurely. In a little over a week we'll have all the info we'll need on the new line of Nexus devices, as well as how well MS's surface and Windows 8 in general works. Heck, PA could've held off on this article for at least 24 hours to let Apple get its iPad Mini word in edgewise.
14. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 533; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)
In so many ways fail... So many. PS I love how the Lumia 920 is pictured with the HTC Windows Phone 8X...
15. blattlaus (Posts: 56; Member since: 12 Dec 2010)
For AT&T you are showing a picture of the 820 for the 920.
16. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)
all i want for christmas is BB10, Nokia 808 PureView, Nokia N9, Nokia Lumia 920, Microsoft Surface/Nokia Lumia Tablet, Galaxy Note 10/Nexus 10 and Apple iPod
18. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)
thats why i have a whole year to save money! :)
19. No_Nonsense (Posts: 826; Member since: 17 Aug 2012)
What? You want devices this Christmas or the next?
20. Martine (Posts: 102; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)
how come Galaxy SIII and Note 10.1 are both missing on the International 2012 Holiday smartphone and tablet gift guide?
21. Martine (Posts: 102; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)
Also, why is Surface missing on the international list? is Apple iPad the only tablet option?
Too bad I couldn't edit my previous comment.
22. fanboy1974 (Posts: 940; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
List is just not complete/released too soon. You have the Note 2 which was not released in the states but you left off the LG models and the Verizon HTC DLX could be a killer phone released in time for the holidays. You got the iPad 3 but we will have a iPad mini event today that "could" be a better value. And then on T-Mobile you have the Note 2 over the S3 but on every other carrier you have the Note 2 after the S3.
Last but not least is the iPhone being number one against better Android devices; there should have been a 3 way tie between iPhone, Samsung S3 and the Note 2. Or just do away with the numbering system all together.
24. pandambaba (Posts: 28; Member since: 18 Feb 2012)
ipad mini in white you fat bastard, i mean santa,
29. fwaits (Posts: 1; Member since: 01 Nov 2012)
You have the Lumia 820 showing as the picture for the Lumia 920 in this slideshow...
37. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
The Nexus 10 should definitely be on that list. Not to mention the ASUS PadFone 2(Not that we could afford giving away as gifts tho.)!!!
43. fistigons (Posts: 258; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)
I'm hoping somebody will sell a cheap unlocked SIII for black friday.
46. dorianb (Posts: 324; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
I figured the Droid DNA would of replaced the Galaxy SIII since the Note II was listed as well. Go figure.
Still no Surface listed either.
Get it together!!!
47. blattlaus (Posts: 56; Member since: 12 Dec 2010)
They keep using a picture of a Lumia 820 for the 920.