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Holiday gift guide 2011 – smartphones and tablets

Holiday gift guide 2011 – smartphones and tablets


Holiday gift guide 2011 – smartphones and tablets
Okay, you probably saw this one coming. The fact of the matter is that the Samsung GALAXY S II is one of the most capable smartphones that T-Mobile has to offer, which means that it is suitable for people demanding the very best. Not only that it sports an enormous 4.52-inch Super AMOLED Plus display with a resolution of 480 by 800 pixels and a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm chipset, but it can fly on T-Mobile's HSPA+ networks at speeds of up to 42Mbps. The icing on the cake is the beautiful TouchWiz UI which comes pre-loaded on top of Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread.

HTC Amaze 4G

Holiday gift guide 2011 – smartphones and tablets
Another T-Mobile smartphone that we absolutely need to include in the list is the Android-flavored HTC Amaze 4G, which brags a lot with its photographic skills. On the back of the device is situated an 8-megapixel camera with a BSI sensor and a f/2.2 aperture size for better low-light performance. But let's not forget that the snapper is virtually free of shutter lag and that is shoots 1080p videos with ease. But besides being a good substitute for a bulky point-and-shotter, the HTC Amaze 4G is a great smartphone as well. It offers a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, a marvellous 4.3-inch qHD screen, and 42Mbps 4G connectivity over HSPA+.

HTC Radar 4G

Holiday gift guide 2011 – smartphones and tablets
If the one you are searching a gift for has an aversion for supersized Androids, the mid-sized HTC Radar 4G is what they might like. It runs the elegant Windows Phone 7.5 Mango platform and catches the eye with its solid, unibody construction. On its front glows a 3.8-inch Super LCD display and a snappy 5-megapixel camera with f/2.2 aperture resides on its back. Processing power is delivered by a 1GHz single-core processor, which might seem below par at first, but it shouldn't worry you much as the Windows platform is tailored to be run by it without a hitch.

HTC Sensation 4G

Holiday gift guide 2011 – smartphones and tablets
Another Android heavyweight? Why not. The HTC Sensation 4G is both good looking and powerful, so it would be a great gift for both the tech-savvy and the design-conscious. Among the highlights of the device are its eye-pleasing 4.3-inch qHD touchscreen, its speedy 1.2GHz dual-core processor, and an 8-megapixel camera that can capture 1080p video. The Android experience is beautified by the HTC Sense interface, which brings along a ton of eye-candy like 3D animations, masterfully drawn icons, as well as the ability to launch apps straight from the lock screen.

Holiday gift guide 2011 – smartphones and tablets
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 plus

The Samsung GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus is a tablet that fuses portability and performance together. It weighs only 345 grams so it is really easy to carry around, yet inside it ticks a 1.2GHz dual-core processor for great multitasking performance. But the really cool thing about it is that it offers a 21Mbps HSPA+ radio that can keep the tablet connected to the web even when you are on the go.

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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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