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Holiday gift guide 2011 – smartphones and tablets

Holiday gift guide 2011 – smartphones and tablets

Samsung Galaxy S II

Holiday gift guide 2011 – smartphones and tablets
Even though it has been on the European market for many months, the Samsung GALAXY S II remains one of the hottest devices your money can buy. And what your money gets you is the performance of a dual-core 1.2GHz processor and the eye-pleasing visuals delivered by a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display. Oh, and let's not forget that Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is coming to the GALAXY S II as well, so it is definitely a future-proof device we are talking about here.

HTC Sensation XE

Holiday gift guide 2011 – smartphones and tablets
Enhanced with Beats Audio, the HTC Sensation XE is the device for those who simply cannot live without their tunes. The iBeats earphones that come in the set are probably the best a smartphone has been equipped with out of the box, and the Beats Audio software profile makes sure they sound their finest. But besides a flashy portable multimedia player, the Sensation XE is a powerful smartphone too. It has a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm chipset, a gorgeous 4.3-inch qHD display, and an 8-megapixel camera that can shoot video at 1080p.

Apple iPhone 4S

Holiday gift guide 2011 – smartphones and tablets
This list would simply feel incomplete if we don't include the iPhone 4S – a smartphone outstanding both on the inside and on the outside. The iPhone 4S is what you get for someone very special, and presenting it as a gift is like saying: “Thank you for being so awesome! Please, enjoy playing with this shiny gadget!”. Your gift will be accepted with gratitude, and heck, you might even get a kiss after that!

Nokia Lumia 800

Holiday gift guide 2011 – smartphones and tablets
The Nokia Lumia 800 is the company's very first attempt at delivering a Windows Phone device, and our first hand experience with the smartphone showed that Nokia has done a pretty good job. The handset sports a slick design, its front is graced by beautiful screen, and a handful of useful apps like Nokia Maps, Drive and Music come pre-installed out of the box. If you need a gift for someone who would use no other phone but a Nokia, (and we are sure you know someone like that), the Lumia 800 is what we recommend buying.

Sony Ericsson Xperia ray

Holiday gift guide 2011 – smartphones and tablets
Being the cutie that it is, the Sony Ericsson Xperia ray would fill the heart of every lady with warmth once it is found laying in their hand. It sports a slim waistline and its petite size is a guarantee it will fit inside the tiniest of handbags. On the ray's front you will see a beautiful 3.3-inch display with a stellar for its size resolution of 480 by 854 pixels, and resting on the device's back is an 8-megapixel camera for capturing those special moments.

Apple iPad 2

Holiday gift guide 2011 – smartphones and tablets
If a smartphone simply won't cut the mustard, getting your loved one an iPad 2 is probably the best you can go with. A lot of these are going to fly off the shelves in the forthcoming months, so you might want to jump on the bandwagon as well. The iPad 2 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.


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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: 854; 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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