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Holiday Gift Guide: Top Phones of 2012

You almost can’t go wrong with a cell phone as a christmas present. It’s no longer about one phone anymore. There are many choices out there. Here are the top smartphone contenders for 2012!

Windows 8 Phones:

Windows Phones have been more popular this year . With the release of Windows 8 computer software; Windows Phone 8 has been highly anticipated.

HTC 8X:

Price: $199 With Contract / $549 without contract
With the option of four colors this phone is already personalized. The unique unibody design of the 8X fits simply and comfortably in your hand. Great for smartphone photogs; the HTC 8X gets more of the landscape, more people in the shot, The Windows 8 live tiles look crisp on the 4.3″ scratch-resistant screen. Music sounds rich with the dedicated built-in amp and beats audio.

SPECS:
Display:4.3″ (1280 x 720 resolution)
Cameras:8 mp rear-facing camera LED flash/ 2 megapixel front-facing camera
Processor: Qualcomm Dual core S4 1.5 Ghz / 1 GB RAM /
Carriers: Verizon Wireless, AT&T, T-Mobile

Nokia Lumia 920

Price: $ 199 With Contract / $549 without contract
The successor to the Lumia 900, the Lumia 920 is back bolder and better! With cool features such as wireless charging; the 920 would make a great present for those who like to live wirelessly. It’s available in unique colors like cyan, and yellow. With turn by turn navigation; a screen that is sensitive to the touch of gloves, the Lumia 920 is full of great features!
SPECS:
Display:  4.5″ (1280 x 768 resolution)
Cameras: 8 mp rearcamera with Pureview/ 1.3 mp front-facing camera
Processor: Dual core 1.5 Ghz / 1 GB RAM
Carriers: AT&T

Nokia  Lumia 822

Price: $49 With Contract / $449 without contract
Enjoy the features of Windows Phone 8 on this great looking phone. With features like Nokia Drive and Nokia Music; you get the most out of your smartphone. On Verizon’s 4G LTE Network LiveTiles will be refreshing in true time.  The great price on this phone (with contract) makes it an easy gift.

SPECS:
Display:  4.5″ (1280 x 768 resolution)
Cameras: 8 mp rearcamera / 1.2 mp front-facing camera
Processor: Dual core  1.5 Ghz / 1 GB RAM /
Carriers: Verizon Wireless

Android Phones

Android Phones have been getting bigger and more popular. There have been a few big releases this year.

Samsung Galaxy S III

Price: $ 199 With Contract / $599 without contract
Released just six  months ago, this smartphone has taken the world by storm. Providing an abundant list of innovative features; this phone fits nearly every type of person out there. With a 4.8″ AMOLED screen, 2 GB of RAM, S Beam, and NFC capabilities; this phone has all corners covered. You can even get this phone on a prepaid network.
SPECS:
Display:  4.8″ Super AMOLED (1280 x 720 resolution)
Cameras: 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with Pureview/ 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera
Processor: Qualcomm S4 Dual core 1.5 Ghz / 2 GB RAM /
Carriers: AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, Metro PCS 

LG Optimus G

Price: $ 199 With Contract / $549 without contract
LG has had a great year with the release of the Optimus G. Boasting a quad-core processor; the phone has zippy speeds and fluid UI interaction. A crisp display and a 13 megapixel camera make this a must-have android.
SPECS:
Display:  4.7″ (1268 x 768 resolution) True HD
Cameras: 13 Megapixel rear-facing camera / 1.3 megapixel front facing camera
Processor: 1.5 Ghz quad core processor
Carriers: AT&T, and Sprint

HTC One X+

Price: $ 199 With Contract / $549 without contract
The phone has been released just in time for the hoiidays. Lacking a SD card slot, the HTC One X+ comes with 64 GB of storage. The massive amount of storage along with a quad core processor makes this a powerhouse of a device!
SPECS:
Display:  4.7″ (1280 x 720 resolution) Super LCD
Cameras: 8 Megapixel rear-facing camera / 1.6 mp front facing camera
Processor: 1.7 Ghz quad core processor
Carriers: AT&T

Motorola RAZR M

Price: $ 49 With Contract / $549 without contract
If you need a beautiful simplistic phone (on the Verizon Wireless network) that does everything; the RAZR M might be a good fit. Fitting comfortably in your hand and in your pocket; the size of this phone doesn’t stop it from boasting a clear 4.3″ screen. The Kevlar fiber coating gives the phone protection from scuffs and scratches.
SPECS:
Display:  4.3″ (960 x 540 resolution) Super LCD
Cameras: 8 Megapixel rear-facing camera /  0.3 megapixel VGA front facing camera
Processor: 1.5 Ghz dual core processor
Carriers: Verizon

Samsung Galaxy Note II

The smartphone AKA phablet (phone + tablet) that pushed the boundaries of all smartphones this year has gained mass popularity. So much that the original and the successor were released in the same year. The massive 5.5″ screen and quad core processor allow for lots of multi-tasking. Let’s not forget the comeback of the stylus with Samsung’s S Pen. This gift is great for those who don’t mind carrying a slightly larger phone and need to get lots of work done on the go.
SPECS:
Display:  5.5″ (1280 x 720 resolution) Super AMOLED
Cameras: 8 Megapixel rear-facing camera / 1.9 megapixel front facing camera
Processor: 1.6 Ghz quad core processor
Carriers: AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless

HTC Droid DNA

Price: $ 199 With Contract / $599 without contract
The first phone to feature a 1080p display, the DROID DNA, is a beauty to have. This phone has it all: great, crisp HD display; rich audio (amplified by Beats Audio); and fast processing. The sleek polycarbonate unibody is lightweight and not a burden on your hands or pocket space. It ships with Android Jellybean 4.1 and HTC Sense 4+

SPECS:
Display:  5″ (1280 x 720 resolution) Super LCD
Cameras: 8 Megapixel rear-facing camera / 1.6 megapixel front facing camera
Processor: 1.7 Ghz quad core processor
Carriers: Verizon Wireless

 

iPhone 5

Price: $199 With Contract / $599 without contract
Apple finally made the screen a little bigger, but also a lot lighter. The new 4” retina displays apps beautifully. For those on your list that don’t do very well with Android or Windows phone OS; the iPhone 5 is for them. Available in black or white; the iPhone has the largest selection of cases out there.
SPECS:
Display:  4” Retina display (1136 x 640 resolution)
Cameras: 8 Megapixel rear-facing camera / 1.2 megapixel front facing camera
Processor: A6 procesor
Carriers: AT&T, Sprint, Verizon Wireless

 

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