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Top 10 Smartphones Available Before the Holiday Season

Have you given any thought to what you want under your tree this Christmas? Holidays are just around the corner and all the major companies prepare releases to give you a hand in choosing the best gadget and having Santa deliver it to your door step.

Motorola, Samsung, Apple and HTC have already released their new smartphones on the market and they make out a great Christmas gift for any technology freak out there. You’ll still have to decide what features would you want in your next smartphone and choose wisely before you invest your money.

Right now, there’s a wide array of options available on several platforms, including iOS 5, Android, MeeGo, Symbian or BlackBerry OS. If you want top notch quality and features you’d better choose from one of the products listed below as they are the best of the best this year.

iPhone 4S

iPhone 4S is the leader of the pack and for good reason. It’s the latest and most popular Apple release yet and it’s just been announced for many countries just in time for the holidays.

iPhone 4S packs top notch processing power with the new A5 dual-core processor, improved camera that will allow you to record 1080p HD video and the Siri virtual assistant. Siri has stirred the imagination of many these days and you can find its funny answers to life’s important questions everywhere online.

The iPhone 4S definitely deserves your money and if you intend to make a gift this year, you won’t go wrong with this Apple product.

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Motorola Droid RAZR

Motorola managed to pull out of the hat the thinnest smartphone on the market. The Motorola Droid RAZR comes with a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED advanced display and access to the MotoCast service as well as a file sharing service similar to the iCloud.

The Droid RAZR also packs a 1.2 Ghz processor and two cameras both on the front for video chatting and on the back for high definition recording. You’ll get 1GB of DDR 2 and a 16GB SD card for your storage needs.
Although the Droid RAZR runs Gingerbread when you pick it up in form the store, it will be among the first to receive the Android Ice Cream Sandwich update.

It’s a great smartphone that’s worth every penny and it will make for a great Christmas gift this year.

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Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Here’s iPhone 4S’ rival this year. The Samsung Galaxy Nexus packs the latest Android Ice Cream Sandwich OS featuring the new face recognition software. The new features in Android Ice Cream Sandwich will definitely give iPhone 4S a run for its money while the Galaxy Nexus is the latest smartphone on the market packing enough features to take it on.

Smasung’s Galaxy Nexus features a 1.2 Ghz processor and a 5MB camera and is equipped with the vocal assistant app, Iris. Iris is Android’s version for Siri and we’ll see if it can compete with the virtual assistant coming with the iPhone 4S. Galaxy Nexus also brings in support for mobile payments and will cost your around $650 unlocked.

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Samsung Galaxy S 2

Another major Samsung success comes in the form of the Samsung Galaxy S 2. A slim design, long battery-life and 4.3-inch touchscreen are the main features that make the Galaxy S 2 a great gift this year.

The Galaxy S 2 is running Android Gingerbread and comes with two cameras, one 2MP camera on the front and one 8MP camera on the rear for high definition recording. You can get the Samsung Galaxy S 2 for $540 this holiday season.

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Motorola Droid Bionic

The Motorola Droid Bionic is a high-end smartphone available on Verizon. You’ll get a 4G LTE, a 4.3-inch display and 1080p high definition recording capabilities with the aid of its 8 MP camera.

The Droid Bionic has received many great reviews lately and it has a pretty decent price tag on a 2-year contract with Verizon.

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HTC Sensation 4G

If you prefer T-Mobile you can opt for the HTC Sensation 4G. HTC’s Sensation is a great smartphone running on Android Gingerbread and the Sense 3.0 skin and it’s the best choice for a samrtphone if you prefer T-Mobile.

HTC Sensation runs on Android 2.3 and is powered by a dual-core 1.2 Ghz processor. There’s a 4.3-inch qHD display with amazing clarity and an 8 megapixel camera with 1080p recording capabilities on board.

You can get it with a 2-year contract for $199.99.

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Motorola Photon 4G

Motorola Photon 4G is the option you have if you prefer Sprint. You’ll can get the Photon 4G with a 2-year contract for only $200.

The specs are pretty high-end as the Motorola Photon 4G comes with a dual-core 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 CPU, 1GB RAM and 16GB SD card for all your storage needs. There’s the 8 megapixel camera on the rear of the Photon 4G which will enable 720p HD recording and LED flash.

Motorola Photon 4G also adds a 4.3” qHD display to the equation to sweeten the deal and make you want this smartphone under your Christmas tree this year.

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Motorola Atrix 2

Motorola Atrix 2 is another great smartphone available all around the world just before the holidays season. Atrix 2 packs an OMAP4 dual-core processor running at 1GHz and runs on Gingerbread. The Atrix 2 also features a 4.3 inch qHD display, 8 megapixel camera with LED flash and a pretty slim design.

On the down side, Atrix 2 comes with only 4GB SD card which isn’t quite enough. It is still a decent phone and best of all it comes with an affordable price tag, at only $100, targeting average consumers.

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Samsung Infuse 4G

Here’s another great smartphone if you prefer AT&T. The Samsung Infuse 4G will only cost you $200 with a 2-year contract on AT&T and is powered by a 1.2 GHz processor and Android 2.2. A feature worth mentioning is the 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus display that’s also available with the Samsung Galaxy S2. There’s 16GB of internal memory available and a 8 megapixel camera with 720p HD recording.

It’s a great and affordable option at only $200 with a 2-year contract from AT&T.

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HTC Titan

HTC Titan is brand new smartphone running on Windows OS. It’s powered by a 1.5 GHz processor and an impressive 4.7-inch screen. It comes in a slim profile, measuring only 9.9 mm thickness and is highly recommended for multi-tasking and is ready to meet all your office demands. It’s great for business people who can edit documents, write emails and surf the web in style.

Also, it’s a perfect multimedia phone offering a complete media experience due to its processing power and large screen.

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These are some of the high-end smartphones available this holiday season. If you want a stylish gift for your techie friend, either one of these smartphones listed above are guaranteed to bring a smile to anyone’s face.

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4 Responses to "Top 10 Smartphones Available Before the Holiday Season"

  1. Thomas says:

    Hi Marty

    That is some very nice phones. I just got myself a HTC Radar. It is a smaller version of the HTC Titan that you have on your list, also running Windows Phone Mango . I thought the HTC Titan was too big for a smartphone. However it has some cool specs.
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  2. Charles Orr says:

    I have had the Droid Bionic since release day and have absolutely loved it. I do have my eye on the Galaxy Nexus now. There are just so many quality phones out now.
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  3. Harriet says:

    I really like the look of the new iPhone. However I do think that the sirus part of the phone is as good as some people are claiming its going to be! Maybe the proof will be in the pudding as they say!
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  4. LongeLiner says:

    I have the Atrix and absolutely adore it. The phone is fast and responsive and has an amazing battery life – the likes of which I haven’t seen with my own phones or friends’ phones since before the days any of them were smart at all.
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