Holiday Special – Gift Guide – Smartphones


Holiday Special – Gift Guide – Smartphones
This has been a particularly good year in the cell phone world, with each new handset seemingly outdoing everything that had come before it. Choosing the best one for yourself or as a gift for a loved one is certainly a lot trickier than it has been in recent times, but that’s why we’re here!
Samsung Galaxy SIII
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Samsung Galaxy S III

As anyone who keeps up to date with the latest tech news will no doubt be aware, Samsung has seen more than its fair share of the inside of courtrooms this year thanks to its seemingly never ending litigation with Apple. Thankfully it hasn’t resulted in the company taking its eye off the ball when it comes to delivering best in class Android goodness, and the Galaxy S III shows exactly why Apple is so scared of Samsung these days. Arguably the best smartphone on the market today, the GSIII comes with Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 as standard, a gigantic 4.8” AMOLED screen which is ideal for surfing the web, reading eBooks, watching movies and playing games, and a super fast 1.5GHz dual-core processor backed with 1GB of RAM. It’s a monster in every sense of the word, and really should be top of your holiday hit-list!

Sony Xperia Ion
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Sony Xperia Ion

Even though most people seem to drawn to the other major phone manufacturers these days, Sony continues to go about its business, delivering increasingly impressive Android handsets without ever feeling the need to shout too loudly about them. This is both a shame and a blessing, as it means that those who are looking for something different to the norm without sacrificing quality have brilliant handsets like the Xperia Ion to choose from. The Ion boasts a 4.6” Mobile Bravia screen capable of 720p resolution, as well as an unrivalled 12MP camera capable of recording 1080p video. It’s fully LTE compatible and although it only runs Android 2.3, the savings in processing power are passed on to the user, making the experience of using the handset a real joy!

Apple iPhone 5
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Apple iPhone 5

Since it debuted in 2007, the iPhone has gone on to become synonymous with the smartphone revolution. Pioneering countless technologies and user experiences, the handset went on to be a smash hit, while also siring five follow ups, the latest of which is the iPhone 5. While each of the previous new iterations sported relatively few external changes, aside perhaps from the squaring off of the rear of the iPhone 4, the iPhone 5 has brought with it an increased screen size for the first time. It now offers a 4” Retina LCD display with a resolution of 1136 x 640 pixels, on top of a faster processor and 1GB of RAM. It’s not the undisputed smartphone king any more due to the Galaxy S III, but it’s at least still joint top of the pile!

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Having come from almost nowhere to dominate the Android smartphone market for the best part of 18 months, 2012 will have been a disappointing year for HTC. A change in focus from quantity to quality has seen a marked improvement in the standard of handset released by the company from the middle of the year onwards however, and the One X LTE is easily the cream of a very good crop. This sexy little devil has a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of built in storage, with Android 4.0 running the show. It's made all the more desirable thanks to an impressive 8MP camera , 4.7" TFT touch screen and a battery that's capable of lasting for up to 8.5 hours during actual use. For anyone on a budget looking for a top end smartphone, this is definitely the best choice available right now.

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