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Christmas Guide 2010: Phones

Posted on Sunday, November 14th, 2010 in Mobile by Nick

With Christmas right down the corner, a lot of us are either asking for phones or giving them as presents. So I’m here to give a round up of the top phones for Christmas.

HTC Evo:
I can’t say enough about this phone. It’s arguably the best Android phone produced so far and has a large array of features, from 4G to a kickstand. Its really fast (Popular Science says ‘it is the fastest phone ever) and has a large screen that makes other phones (like the Aria) cower in its wake.

Features

  • Access to 4G speeds that are up to 10x faster than 3G
  • Dual-mode 3G/4G device, access to dependable 3G speeds and accelerated 4G speeds where available
  • 4.3-inch screen
  • Dual cameras
  • 1 GHz processor
  • Mobile Hotspot capable
  • 3G speeds where available
  • Android™ 2.2
  • Touchscreen
  • Music capable
  • Sprint TV®
  • GPS Navigation enabled
  • Web browsing capable
  • Email capable
  • Camera
  • Bluetooth® Wireless
  • Memory card slot
  • Voice activated dialing
  • Supports multiple simultaneous users

You can read a full review here or here.

Samsung Epic™ 4G
Okay, I admit I haven’t actually used this phone, but apparently it’s really good. Maximum PC says it is “Versatile, attractive, and powerful, Sprint’s new Epic 4G smartphone comes as close to perfection as any mobile device we’ve seen”

Features

  • Access to 4G speeds that are up to 10x faster than 3G
  • Dual-mode 3G/4G device, access to dependable 3G speeds and accelerated 4G speeds where available
  • Dual cameras
  • 1 GHz processor
  • Mobile Hotspot capable
  • 3G speeds where available
  • Slide-out QWERTY keyboard
  • Android™ 2.1
  • Combined IM, MMS and SMS messaging
  • All in-one calendar
  • Integrated contacts from multiple sources
  • Linked Contacts and Layered Calendar
  • Chat-style messaging
  • Touchscreen
  • Music capable
  • Sprint TV®
  • GPS Navigation enabled
  • Web browsing capable
  • Email capable
  • Camera
  • Bluetooth® Wireless
  • Memory card slot
  • Voice activated dialing
  • Supports multiple simultaneous users

You can read a full review here.

T-Mobile® G2
I know I said the HTC Evo is the best phone out there, but the T-Mobile G2 gives it a run for its money. The G2 has a touchscreen, a slide out keyboard, and a trackpad, so it fits every type of user. I love the fact that it runs an almost vanilla Android.

Features

  • Swype
  • Easy access to Google applications
  • Android Market
  • High Resolution Screen
  • 5 Megapixel Camera
  • LED Camera Flash
  • Autofocus
  • Video capture/playback
  • Customizable Home Screen
  • Auto Rotating Screen
  • 8 GB Memory Card Included
  • 3.5mm Audio Jack
  • Music player
  • HD Video Capability
  • Capable of T-Mobile’s 4G Data Speeds
  • Easily synch w/ Microsoft Outlook
  • Personal and Work E-mail*
  • QWERTY keyboard
  • Visual Voicemail
  • Wi-Fi and Mobile Calling*
  • Voice Actions from Google
  • GPS with Navigation Capability
  • Memory Card Slot (microSD)
  • One-click Google Search*
  • Trackpad for Navigation
  • Voice-activated functions
  • Vibrating alert
  • Bluetooth® connectivity

You can read a full review here.

T-Mobile® myTouch 4G
Another phone I haven’t actually used, the T-Mobile myTouch has been called “the complete ugly duckling” of the Android family of phones. Engadget says “hits almost every checkbox when it comes to features and functionality, but sadly misses the mark completely when it comes to aesthetic and “purity” of the Android vision”. I’m not trying to diss a phone that I haven’t used, but it looks really ugly (almost as bad as a prepaid phone). Also, I should note that it costs as much as a HTC Evo…

Features

  • Swype
  • Mobile Video Chat
  • HD Camcorder
  • Android Market
  • Front-facing Camera
  • 5 Megapixel Camera
  • Camera Flash
  • Camera Zoom
  • 8 GB Memory Card Included
  • Video capture/playback
  • Faves Gallery
  • Media Room
  • myModes
  • 4G capable
  • Touch Screen with On-Screen Keyboard
  • 1Ghz Processor
  • 3G Capable
  • Visual Voicemail
  • Stereo Bluetooth® Connectivity
  • Genius Button
  • Memory Card Slot (microSD)
  • GPS with Navigation Capability

You can read a full review here.

iPhone 4
If you read this blog often, then you know I hate Apple, so when I say the iPhone 4 is great, you know I mean it, and I’m saying it’s great. Even though it is crippled by some of Apple’s decisions, once jailbroken, it (gulps) beats the HTC Evo, which in my opinion is the best Android phone. If your looking into buying this phone and you don’t want AT&T’s network, Verizon is rumored to get it soon…

Features

  • FaceTime
  • Camera
  • Retina Display
  • Folders
  • Safari
  • Voice Control
  • Multitasking
  • Game Center
  • iPod
  • App Store
  • iMovie From the App Store
  • HD Video Recording
  • Maps + Compass
  • iTunes Store
  • iBooks From the App Store

You can read a full review here.

HTC Aria
Think of this as the Android phone for the rest of us. You can get it for $49 at most online stores, so it packs a punch for its price. The phone itself is quite small compared to some of the phones on this list, and that could be good or bad depending on your hand size or screen size preference.

Features

  • 600 MHz Qualcomm processor
  • Android 2.1 (with HTC Sense UI)
  • 3.2-inch HVGA touchscreen display
  • 5 megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash
  • Built-in A-GPS, proximity sensor and digital compass
  • MicroSD memory expansion slot with included 2GB microSD card
  • Only weights 4.05 ounces

You can read a full review here or here.

Motorola Droid 2
I’m not too crazy about the Droid 2, but a lot of people are and all I hear are good things about it. CNET says it “offers a number of improvements that make it a worthy upgrade from the Droid and certainly a top choice for those who want a smartphone with a physical keyboard.”

Features

  • Slider and QWERTY Keyboard
  • Global Ready
  • 3G Mobile Hotspot
  • Touch Screen
  • Android OS
  • Redefined Design
  • 3.7 Screen
  • Motoblur Software

You can read a review here.

LG Optimus T and Optimus S
Another smartphone for the rest of us, the LG Optimus T and S come in at a whopping $30 (or roughly 9 Big Macs at McDonalds). The phones are a great value considering their cost and their abilities. Best for a person that needs a smartphone but is on a budget (like me unfortunately 😛 )

Features

  • Android 2.2 (Froyo)
  • 3.2-inch screen
  • 3.2MP camera
  • microSD card slot (up to 32GB)
  • Mobile hotspot capability

You can read a full review here.

HTC Surround
One of the newer phones this holiday season, the HTC Surround runs Microsoft’s new Windows 7 operating system. There isn’t really anything special with the design of the phone, but the Metro UI is pretty nice.

Features

  • Best of the Web with full HTML web browsing on the nation’s fastest 3G network
  • Runs Windows 7
  • Full integration with Microsoft® Office, Xbox LIVE®, Bing(TM) search, and Zune®.
  • Slide-out speakers with Dolby® and SRS WOW(TM) surround sound.
  • 5 MP camera with autofocus and LED flash.

You can read a full review here.

Other Windows 7 Phones
Honestly, maybe I’m just a judgmental Android fanboy or all the Windows 7 phones have almost the same overall look. Because I’m going with the second thought though, I decided to combine all the Windows 7 phones into one list (Yes, I know there is one above this section).

HTC Incredible
I left one of the best phones for last, the HTC Incredible is the best smartphone in Verizon’s lineup, which includes the Droid 2. Engadget says “It’s better than the Droid, better than the Nexus One, and certainly beats the pants off of any previous generation handsets like the Eris, myTouch, or Cliq” At this point, that statement might be a bit outdated, but still, the HTC Incredible is a great phone.

Features

  • 1GHz Snapdragon processor
  • Android 2.1
  • FM Radio
  • 8GB of built in memory
  • 3.7 inch touch screen AMOLED display
  • 8-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash

You can read a review here or here.

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