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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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