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Holiday gift guide 2011 – smartphones and tablets

Holiday gift guide 2011 – smartphones and tablets

Apple iPhone 4S

Holiday gift guide 2011 – smartphones and tablets
Masterfully crafted out of glass and stainless steel, the iPhone 4S is undoubtedly a gift that anyone would love. Its beautiful Retina Display treats you with a generous dose of eye-candy, and its snappy 8-megapixel camera captures those special moments with great precision. The icing on the cake is iOS 5, which brings along iCloud, iMessage, Siri, and a ton of other tweaks and features that make the iPhone experience complete.

Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket

Holiday gift guide 2011 – smartphones and tablets
The Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket is a blend between the raw speed of 4G LTE connectivity and the sheer computing power of a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, which makes it a perfect gift for Android enthusiasts. It's also very suitable for surfing the web or watching a flick while on the go as it packs a spacious 4.5-inch WVGA display. If that is not enough, an 8-megapixel camera that can capture 1080p video is thrown in the set, so the smartphone's owner will always have something in their pocket to capture their holiday mischiefs with.

Motorola ATRIX 2

Holiday gift guide 2011 – smartphones and tablets
Back in the days (of early 2011), the Motorola ATRIX 4G was marketed as being the world's most powerful smartphone. Well, its successor, the Motorola ATRIX 2 does not brag with such bold claims, yet it hits the sweet spot with its great value for money ratio. For $99 you get a 1GHz dual-core processor, 4.3-inch qHD display, 4G HSPA+ connectivity at up to 21Mbps and an 8-megapixel snapper that can shoot 1080p video. And that is quite a lot of bang for your buck.

HTC Status

Holiday gift guide 2011 – smartphones and tablets
Facebook junkies need a smartphone to go along with their social lifestyle, and the HTC Status is surely a worthy candidate. Built with social networking in mind, the HTC Status offers a dedicated Facebook button that serves as a shortcut to your profile page and lets you quickly share your photos, location and status with your online buddies. Besides, the full QWERTY keyboard is there to make typing those messages an effortless process. Sure, its tech specs put it right in the lower mid-range category, but that is compensated by its fair $50 price tag.

Apple iPad 2

Holiday gift guide 2011 – smartphones and tablets
Just like the iPhone 4S, the iPad 2 is a gift that clearly nobody would pass on. Sure, if specs is all you look at you may find better tablets on the market, but the iPad's extensive software catalog is something that no other mobile platform is likely to beat in the near future. It is a great gift for couch potatoes who can enjoy watching their favorite TV shows on its crisp 9.7-inch display, and its dual-core A5 chip is powerful enough to satisfy the needs of the casual gamer.

Samsung GALAXY Tab 8.9 LTE

Holiday gift guide 2011 – smartphones and tablets
If you have to pick a tablet for someone who hates following the crowd, the Samsung GALAXY Tab 8.9 LTE is what we would recommend. And while it may not have a selection of apps as extensive as the iPad's, it is a whopping 0.2 millimeters thinner than Apple's second-gen slate! Oh, and it also comes with 4G LTE connectivity. Can an iPad do that? No. Well, there is a catch, namely that AT&T's LTE network is available in only a handful of markets, so you better make sure the recipient of your generous gift is covered first.

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posted on 21 Nov 2011, 09:43 2

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!

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 09:56 4

2. Jyakotu (Posts: 852; 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.

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 10:11 4

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.

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 10:15 5

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.

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 11:05

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.

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 23:43 1

13. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; 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.

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 12:44

8. SuperEd (Posts: 132; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

ha ha...you're wrong.

posted on 24 Nov 2011, 06:09

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?

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 10:13 1

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!

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 11:56 1

7. ivanko34 (Posts: 617; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)

My brother wants a Samsung galaxy note as me

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 12:48 3

9. SuperEd (Posts: 132; 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. :-)

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 13:39

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

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 15:03 1

11. Ivan6479 (Posts: 250; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

I find it quite funny that they put the iPhone at the top of the list. LMFAO!!!

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 19:40 1

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.

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