Holiday gift guide 2012 – smartphones and tablets
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With the summer over, and the fall in full swing, it’s about time to start thinking about those Holiday season presents. Sure, it might be a bit in advance, but if you are in store for the latest and greatest technology as a gift, research would definitely help.

Luckily, this Holiday, you won’t have a shortage of options to choose from. If you are ready to become the geeky Santa Claus with gadgets in your gift bag, the good news is that this time there will be worthy smartphones on all three biggest platforms: iOS, Android and Windows Phone.

While in 2011 we still didn’t have a completely mature smartphone ecosystem and we could still see flaws. Now, in 2012, we finally got rid of lag on Android, Microsoft polished Windows Phone 8, and the iPhone got even better. Android has almost closed the app gap with the App Store, and Windows Phone is starting to catch up too.

But what you should really care about is the all-around products, devices that are both aesthetically pleasing and crazy fast. We’ve picked out the best for the U.S. carriers and international in the slideshows below.

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40 Comments

1. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

SG Note 2 .......dear santa

27. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

So not getting a GS3, way better phones are coming out BTW, have any of u seen the GN 2?!?!? It's as big as my FACE!!!!! I never thought a phone would be that large It just needs . 7 inches and it'd be a tablet. I think it's only available at sprint It is SO AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!​!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

42. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Wow, they re-posted the same story from two weeks ago but, now they've included the disclaimer that, "This story is sponsored by Sprint. PhoneArena's opinions in this article have not been affected in any way!" Yes PhoneArena, we know, you're still iBiased and love Apple; that will never change or be 'affected in any way'.

2. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

We really need to know about these new Nexi that are coming out. I really want to know if there is going to be a HTC Nexus 5. Also what about the HTC DLX? There really can't truly be a holiday 2012 list without knowing anything about the Nexi. Maybe a week before black Friday is the time for an article like this. This is too preemptive for my liking. Too many BIG names missing. Why get a Galaxy S III when there are literally BEASTS coming out? lol

28. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

Funny, my holiday list is going to contain Windows RT/Pro or Transformer Infinity and International version of the HTC 5" 1080p So none of the above in the slideshow.

36. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

Amen, I was looking for the rest of the Nexus that are coming out from other manufacturers... The news on them pretty much died out. The LG Nexus doesn't impress me one bit.

3. josephnero

Posts: 773; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

plz No AMOLED this year santa

33. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

plz Santa, no new iPad this year....?????

41. Aeires unregistered

Totally agree, SAMOLED+ is the way to go.

4. imkyle

Posts: 1111; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

No Asus Pad Infinity?

5. Naitto

Posts: 50; Member since: Sep 15, 2012

Not an overwhelming line-up for Sprint

11. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

They haven't had a compelling lineup in years, and really, nothing has ever been super compelling with them. The EVO was OK, but without a strong WiMax deployment there wasn't much to it. Everything else they've come out with lately that has been decent has an equivalent model on a different carrier (usually AT&T, oddly), so even less compulsion

6. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

The timing of these wish lists is puzzling, with Apple, Microsoft and Google having some major events and officially outing some new tech goodies in the next few days.

7. josephnero

Posts: 773; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

anybody else diggin SLCD3?

9. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

1080p HTC Nexus 5 with the SLCD3 has my eye. Let's hope it does pan out! +1

26. Aeires unregistered

For me, that's the biggest disappointment with the cancelled Google event. I was hoping to see a lineup of Nexus phones, not just the N4. So far I'm planning on getting the N4, but I was hoping for a Samsung 5" screen Nexus.

8. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

I can't believe the IP5 is tops on both the VZW list and the ATT list. It's not the best piece of hardware out there.

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 30687; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Doesn't have to b the best, it's just the most wanted. Being the best is subjective.

45. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

whats the best then? seeing as nothing is ever the best otherwise tech would stop. it could be better then some for a certain person but never the best

10. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Lumia 810 for T-Mobile is missing.

12. Naitto

Posts: 50; Member since: Sep 15, 2012

It's like they said this list is way too early and sponsored by Sprint, which has no more phones to put out.

13. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

It seems like this article was released a little prematurely. In a little over a week we'll have all the info we'll need on the new line of Nexus devices, as well as how well MS's surface and Windows 8 in general works. Heck, PA could've held off on this article for at least 24 hours to let Apple get its iPad Mini word in edgewise.

14. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

In so many ways fail... So many. PS I love how the Lumia 920 is pictured with the HTC Windows Phone 8X...

15. blattlaus

Posts: 75; Member since: Dec 12, 2010

For AT&T you are showing a picture of the 820 for the 920.

16. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

all i want for christmas is BB10, Nokia 808 PureView, Nokia N9, Nokia Lumia 920, Microsoft Surface/Nokia Lumia Tablet, Galaxy Note 10/Nexus 10 and Apple iPod

17. No_Nonsense unregistered

Spend some (too much) money perhaps.

18. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

thats why i have a whole year to save money! :)

19. No_Nonsense unregistered

What? You want devices this Christmas or the next?

20. Martine

Posts: 102; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

how come Galaxy SIII and Note 10.1 are both missing on the International 2012 Holiday smartphone and tablet gift guide?

21. Martine

Posts: 102; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

Also, why is Surface missing on the international list? is Apple iPad the only tablet option? Too bad I couldn't edit my previous comment.

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