Holiday gift guide 2011 – smartphones and tablets
Yes, Apple's pride and joy is gracing Big Red's shelves as well. If you simply cannot decide which smartphone you should get for your loved one, the iPhone 4S would be a safe bet. They will definitely love the 3.5-inch Retina display, which delivers sharp, great-looking visuals thanks to its 326 ppi pixel density. And let's not forget that mighty 8-megapixel camera that captures some really eye-pleasing images, and can do it pretty fast too. Just keep in mind that a lot of iPhone 4S handsets will fly off the shelves this year, so don't wait for the last moment to get one.
Samsung GALAXY Nexus
Here is the perfect gift for any hardcore Android lover – the Samsung GALAXY Nexus. Not only that it has a speedy 1.2GHz dual-core processor under its hood, a 4.65-inch 720p Super AMOLED display at its front, and an LTE radio for superfast internet speeds, but it is the first device to run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, meaning that it delivers the very latest that the platform has to offer. Besides, owning Google's benchmark device is a guarantee that all the latest updates will be delivered to you in a timely manner. Just to keep things clear, the Samsung GALAXY Nexus is not available yet, but chances are that it will get released in time for the holidays.
Need a gift for someone who is crazy about music? Look no further than the HTC Rezound, which happens to be the first smartphone on the market to feature Beats Audio technology for a superior listening experience. In terms of specs, the Rezound is definitely a future-proof device thanks to the 1.5GHz dual-core processor ticking under its hood and the gorgeous 4.3-inch display with 720 by 1280 pixels of resolution. Oh, did we mention that it has a 4G LTE radio as well?
Motorola DROID RAZR
The Motorola DROID RAZR is a fusion between cutting-edge hardware and eye-catching looks, which makes it a fitting choice for someone obsessed with design. It is also the slimmest phone you could possibly find on the market, which is something that would provide the smartphone's owner with bragging rights for quite a while. Add the 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED Advanced display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, and LTE radio to the equation, and you get a smartphone that would make someone very happy if found under the Christmas tree in a box with their name on it.
Looking for a smartphone that a lady would fancy? Check out the elegant HTC Rhyme and its attractive plum outfit! Yes, we know that this Android handset is a clear mid-range offering – it comes with a 3.7-inch WVGA display, 1GHz MSM8655 chipset, and a duo of cameras, 5 and 0.3 megapixels respectively, but that technical mumbo jumbo is something girls rarely pay attention to. That light-up notification charm and the beautiful HTC Sense 3.5 UI, on the other hand, will likely grab their attention.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 LTE
If having a smartphone makes you cool, having a tablet makes you cooler! Jokes aside, the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 is a great gift for someone in need of a device that will be used primarily for surfing the web, watching videos, and perhaps playing a video game once in a while. It has a spacious 10.1-inch display, which is pretty much as big modern tablets get, and it tips the scale at only 21 ounces making it easy to carry around. And about the LTE part, rest assured that the web will be delivered at your fingertips at the blink of an eye.
Apple iPad 2
Just like we mentioned before, a shiny iPad 2 will make anyone happy if given as a gift. It is slim, sexy, and is likely to make its owner look a lot more sophisticated when checking their email at Starbucks. With a 10-hour battery life, the iPad 2 will surely last through a day of usage, and its portability is guaranteed by its weight of only 613 grams. But on the software side is where the iPad 2 truly shines. You get the joy of using all the goodies iOS 5 has to offer, and a plethora of apps from the App Store are yours to explore.
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.