Top 10 Smartphones This Holiday Shopping Season

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There are a lot of smartphones on the market. This means that there are many options to choose from, but picking the right one can be a challenge. The Brighthand editorial staff has some suggestions that might make this easier — below are their picks for the ten best smartphones available for this shopping season. There’s probably one on there that’s right for the student, busy executive, or soccer mom in your life.

Smartphone Holiday Buyers Guide

To get you started, these have been arranged into some categories. Consider the person you’re buying for and look at the devices that might aply to them.

 

BEST ALL-AROUND SMARTPHONES

Motorola Droid Bionic – This Android smartphone is well-supplied with cutting-edge features such as a 4.3-inch qHD (960 x 540) touchscreen, and a 1GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor. It can connect to Verizon’s 4G LTE network, and sports an 8 megapixel camera. The right accessories can turn this Webtop-enabled device into a simple laptop or desktop. Read a Review

Motorola Droid Bionic

Apple iPhone 4S – The fifth-generation iPhone wasn’t what many had expected, but it’s still selling very well. It’s a moderately-updated version of its predecessor, with a 1GHz dual-core processor and an 8 megapixel camera. The Retina screen and over-all design of the handset have not changed. The device is available from AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint. Read a Review

Apple iPhone 4S

Samsung Galaxy S II – The Galaxy S II is the follow-up to the very popular smartphone from 2010. It has a larger display than its predecessor, a faster processor, and better camera. This model runs Android OS 2.3 (Gingerbread) on a 1.5GHz dual-core processor with TouchWiz as its user interface. It includes an 8.0-megapixel camera, while a 2.0-megapixel front-facing camera can be used for video conferencing.

It is available from T-Mobile. Sprint has it too, but has re-named it the Samsung Epic 4G Touch. Read a Review

Samsung Galaxy S II

BEST CONSUMER SMARTPHONES

Apple iPhone 4 – Apple’s fourth-generation smartphone has been surpassed by the iPhone 4S, but it’s still available at a cheaper price: $100 with contract. It has a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera with a flash?and 8GB of storage. The model can be purchased from AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint. Read a Review

Apple iPhone 4

HTC Titan – The HTC Titan is going to live up to its name, as it will sport a 4.7-inch touchscreen. And with its 1.5 GHz processor, this is likely to be the new flagship device for Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7.5 operating system. Other features will include 16GB of internal storage and an 8 megapixel camera. It is headed for AT&T. Read a Preview

HTC Titan

BEST BUSINESS SMARTPHONES

HTC EVO 4G – The HTC EVO 4G came out last year, but it has stood the test of time. It has a 4.3-inch touchscreen, 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, and support for Sprint’s WiMAX network. It runs Google’s Android OS, and has HTC Sense, this company’s alternate user interface that expands on Google’s standard one. Read a Review

HTC EVO 4G

BlackBerry Bold 9930 – The most powerful of RIM’s latest models is the Bold 9930, which runs the newly-released BlackBerry OS 7 on a 1.2GHz processor. This is the first in Bold series with a 2.8-inch touchscreen as well as a keyboard. It is offered by both Verizon and Sprint, and T-Mobile has a version called the Bold 9900. Read a Review

BlackBerry Bold 9930

BEST BUDGET SMARTPHONES

LG Enlighten – This Android device is an inexpensive option for those looking for their first smartphone. The LG Enlighten has a basic featureset, but sports a useful sliding QWERTY keyboard. It has a 3.2-inch touchscreen, 8 MHz processor, and a 3.2 MP camera. This model is available now from Verizon Wireless for free with contract. Read a Review

LG Enlighten

Apple iPhone 3GS – This model has been on the market for over two years, but it’s the only option for those who want an Apple iPhone for no money down. the 3GS runs the latest version of the iOS, and has a 3.5-inch 320 by 480 pixels (HVGA) display, 8GB of internal storage,?and a 3.0 MP camera. Read a Review

Apple iPhone 3G S

Samsung Infuse 4G – This smartphone has a 4.5-inch, WVGA (800 x 480) touchscreen, and runs Android OS on a 1.2GHz single-core processor. The Infuse 4G supports AT&T’s HSPA network, plus it has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS. This device also has front- and rear-facing cameras, and is selling for $50 with contract. Read a Review

Samsung Infuse 4G

 

 

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