Holiday gift guide 2014 – smartphones

Holiday gift guide 2014 – smartphones
Can you hear it? Can you feel it? Can you sense its presence in the air around? That's the holiday season nearing, and you surely know what this means. It is the year's most joyful time – time to share meals, to have fun, and, of course, to exchange gifts with loved ones. 

But picking the right gift can be quite a challenge, even if you know the person really well. That's why we thought we'd come to your aid with a series of posts highlighting the coolest smartphones, tablets, and accessories you can possibly pick. Today's category – smartphones.  

For this year's holiday shopping guide on smartphones, we've chosen to go with two categories – one dedicated to the best smartphones you can possibly get regardless of the price, and another where we've put some attention-worthy yet budget-friendly handsets. Keep in mind that while the phones have been selected with the US market in mind, most of the offerings you'll find below are available internationally. 

So, which phone would you buy for a family member or significant other? Which would you love to receive as a gift? Let us know in the comments!

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14 Comments

1. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Priorities damn straight !

2. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2265; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

NEXUS 6...

3. Ziggy

Posts: 79; Member since: Oct 03, 2014

If I were to list what phones to get for me and my family based on how much I care for them and their daily needs then: Mom & Dad: Moto G Brother and sister: iphone 6 Me(self gift ftw): Nexus 6.

4. iamamrith

Posts: 4; Member since: Jun 25, 2014

Why don't I see the RedMi 1S or any of the Android One phone's under the budget section. Biased much?

5. YourNickname

Posts: 127; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Poor people don't celebrate christmas properly. Peasant much?

7. sgodsell

Posts: 7431; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Considering the Android One devices are only in India and a few other countries around their. The Android One doesn't come into play for the rest of the globe.

6. zachki17

Posts: 294; Member since: Sep 14, 2014

LG G3 and note 4 Nice work LG and Samsung

8. wilsong17 unregistered

Note 3 and 4.. nexus 6 n 5... moto g lte.. Motorola turbo

9. bigmaster

Posts: 198; Member since: Sep 05, 2014

Best one "Note 4"FTW!!

10. Deaconclgi

Posts: 405; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Unless I missed it.....I didn't see the Lumia 1520 or the HTC M8 for Windows on the list or the Lumia 830 either. It is all about presenting choice to the consumer in an unbiased fashion. Just because a person may prefer Android or iOS doesn't mean that the next person prefers those OSes and there are representatives from the Windows ecosystem that technically fit in the two categories presented here. By the way, the Lumia 635 is an amazing budget phone. It offers access to amazing services (free offline music, offline navigation, free map updates, built in pedometer for fitness apps like FitBit and Adidas miCoach, Nokia Rich Recording audio capture and more) for the money. I also can't wait to get Lollipop on my Nexus 5!

11. Classique

Posts: 73; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

lumia 830 should be there mio

12. ivanprskalo

Posts: 124; Member since: Dec 09, 2010

Lumia 930 should be there too. But anyways, I'll give myself this holiday season this: Xperia Z3!!!! I have iPhone 6 (unwanted gift from business partner) and I'll give it to my wife... My old LG G2 goes to my brother, xperia Z ultra to other brother, my dad will get Lumia 630 (which I get form my carrier for free), and mom will get Sony xperia SP from bro that gets Z ultra... (only thing that's missing is xperia Z3 compact, which I like to have as my activity phone since I do a lot of MTBiking but my old pal xperia V will do just fine until spring when I plan to get Z3 compact...)

13. p00tis

Posts: 12; Member since: Nov 07, 2014

iPhone 6 yeaaahhhh Can't wait, I'm getting mine soon when my contract expires for ny iPhone 5. Apple to the end!

14. eng.nezar

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 09, 2014

iphone 6 for mom iphone 6+ for dad moto turbo for my brother note 4 for my sister nexus 6 for me ^ــ^

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