Holiday gift guide 2012 – smartphones and tablets
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- 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
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The Apple iPhone 5 now comes with 4G LTE, and Verizon has the best 4G coverage in the country. This combination alone is something extraordinary we’ve been waiting for years, and now it’s real. The new iPhone is also thinner, faster and with an even better camera and improved iOS 6.
The Samsung Galaxy S III is currently the most coveted high-end Android device. With its huge, gorgeous 4.8-inch display and Snapdragon S4 chip with 2GB of RAM, it’s a monster of a device. What’s more all of that power, Samsung delivers in a nature-inspired extremely thin body with extremely soft hyperglaze polycarbonate. And yes, it does have LTE as well, and is expected to become buttery smooth with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean by the time the Holidays come.
We’ve already mentioned the iPhone 5 and Galaxy S III, clearly the two devices that will sell the most these Holiday season. But both of them come with a battery life that is good for a smartphone, but not good enough for maximalists. That’s where the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD comes to fill in the gap. It will easily last you through two days of average use, and even under the toughest drain you’d find it hard to deplete the battery by the end of a day. It’s also got an HD screen, and top notch hardware.
If you’ve grown weary of Android and iPhones, you have the option of Windows Phone 8, and the HTC 8X is probably the prettiest device on the platform. It’s coming in an array of punchy fun colors, and offers the usual perfectly smooth WP8 experience with a dual-core processor along with LTE support.
The Galaxy Note II is a phablet at its best. A 5.5-inch high-res screen with LTE sounds like a dream come true for business people on the go, and the average user who wants to watch a lot of video on the commute, read or browse the web. For all of that, the Galaxy Note II is simply perfect. It also adds an S Pen for artists to sketch things on it, but you’d have to deal with not having a device that’s fit for one-handed use.
The new iPad released in 2012 with a whopping 2048 x 1536-pixel 9.7-inch display is yet to be beaten in terms of display quality, and that’s telling given the fact that it’s been out for nearly half a year. It’s still the one tablet with most apps and best all-around experience.