Top Smartphones for the Holidays

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By: Rich DeMuro
Dec. 10, 2012

It’s that time of the year again–Holiday gifting season–and smartphone’s are a popular gift choice. But, with so much selection, it can get tricky to figure out which model to purchase.

Rich DeMuro is breaking down his top picks of smartphones for this year!

Apple is king of smartphones because it just works! It’s a great form factor and offers fast LTE speeds. In addition, the Apple ecosystem provides the best selection of apps and accessories.

 The Samsung Galaxy S III is a favorite in the Android market. It’s the full-featured Android answer to the iPhone.

The S III is loaded with the latest features including Near-field Communication for sharing files to other devices nearby and multi-app support so you can run more than one app at once. It’s a great phone but it’s big and more complicated, so it’s best for power users.

Nexus 4 and the Motorola’s RAZR M are two other excellent Android choices. No LTE on the Nexus 4, but it’s unlocked so it can be used on any GSM carrier around the world.

Motorola’s RAZR M offers the Android experience in a comfortable comfortable to hold size. Android phones offer seamless integration with Google Apps like Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Picasa, and Google Voice. Plus if navigation is important, Android provides the best turn-by-turn guidance.

Finally, Windows 8 is new to the scene, but it’s worth giving a serious look if you’re looking for a simple smartphone experience.

 The HTC 8x is great for first-time smartphone buyers. Facebook and Twitter are tightly integrated into the Windows Phone operating system and live tiles keep you up to date.

Parents will love a feature called Kid’s Corner that let’s them hand their phone over to the little ones without having to worry about them changing settings, making calls or messing up apps.

For a more high-end Windows Phone experience, check out the Nokia Lumia 920. It comes with a free downloadable music software through Nokia Music and an excellent camera. All the features come at price though–it’s bulky.

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