|Top smartphones for Christmas
Posted on 23 November 2012
With Christmas now just around the corner, you'll probably be looking for new a smartphone for yourself, a family member or a significant other. Well, here's Carphone Warehouse's guide to the phones you might want to add to your Christmas shopping list.
Best high-end smartphones for the tech savvy.
New screen, ultra thin body, more powerful, super lightweight, aluminium casing - iPhone 5 looks and feels every inch a top of the range smartphone. Inside it has everything you can think of. There's 4G connectivity so you can access the UK's fastest mobile internet, Siri for voice control, Apple Maps with the glorious 3D flyover mode and one of the best 8MP cameras we've ever seen. The camera has loads of features to keep you busy too, with panoramic mode, 1080p HD recording and HDR mode for catching bright shots. The brain of iPhone 5 makes all this possible – the A6 chip is mighty, so even the best apps developers can throw at it will run perfectly.
Samsung Galaxy S III
The S III is a phone packed with features. There's Smart Stay that uses the front facing camera to keep the screen awake only when you're looking at it, S Voice for voice control, Pop Up Play for playing videos at the same time as texting or web surfing, or Smart Alert, a feature that makes the vibrate if you've missed a call or email as soon as you pick it up. More? The 8MP camera is high tech, featuring Social Tag and Buddy Share, features that make it simple to tag multiple friends and share with them. Take a photo while recording 1080p HD? That's there too. The 4.7" Super AMOLED touchscreen is fantastic for checking photos, or for watching HD videos.
Best multimedia devices for movie and music lovers.
Samsung Galaxy Note II
If you want a smartphone that doubles as a portable video machine, there's nothing that can touch the Note II and its mammoth 5.5" touchscreen. While the phone might be too large for some, it is very thin and surprisingly light, so go and see one first before declaring it too big. Remember the size has allowed Samsung to put in a huge battery. At 3,100 mAh it gives you well over 11 hours of video playback. The Note II has plenty of other features, and is one of the most well equipped smartphones around, so you'll be getting a top of the range smartphone that also just happens to be the best for HD movies too.
Windows® Phone 8X by HTC®
The 8X has a 4.3" touchscreen that, while smaller than the Note II, uses Super LCD 2 technology, so it's ultra realistic and super sharp with a sky-high pixel per inch count of 342. iPhone 5 only manages 326ppi. This gives images and videos a real edge for out and out quality. The 8X also has Beats Audio™ built in, a technology that enhances the sound quality inside the phone, making it crisper, fuller and basically more enjoyable. It works for more than just your MP3 player too, so movies, YouTube™ videos and games all benefit, making the 8X a real entertainment machine.
Best business phones for the workaholic.
Nokia Lumia 820
The Lumia 820 runs Windows Phone 8, which is its secret weapon for the business user. A nice and simple homescreen makes it easy to create important shortcuts to contacts, groups and locations, and the whole phone is really intuitive. The calendar app is big and bold, while the email app makes organising multiple inboxes simple, with nice previews, and it's the clearest software for emailing. There's also the superb built-in Nokia Maps with free turn-by-turn voice navigation, traffic alerts and speed warnings. The real icing on the cake is the preinstalled Microsoft Office, so you can work on your Word, PowerPoint and Excel documents anywhere.
BlackBerry® Bold™ 9900
BlackBerry smartphones are renowned as business devices, and the best is the Bold™ 9900. If emails are the most important part of your day, the 9900 is perfect. The BlackBerry server means emails arrive instantaneously, so you'll get emails immediately. There's also the QWERTY keyboard, giving you the ability to type quickly but above all super accurately. With built-in encryption you can send information safely, and the ever-popular BlackBerry® Messenger allows free messaging to anyone else with a BlackBerry, perfect for keeping in touch with colleagues.
Best budget smartphones for first-time users.
LG Optimus L3
Never owned a smartphone before? Well the LG Optimus L3 is a perfect upgrade from the 'feature phone' you've owned for years. On the front is a 3.2" touchscreen, a good size for reading texts easily and even internet browsing when you've got used to the phone. Touchscreens make smartphones very easy to use – just tap the parts you want. Because the screen is relatively small on the L3, it means it's a nice portable size. And, if you want to get into apps, the L3 lets you choose from over 675,000, everything from extra features to games.
Samsung Galaxy Ace
The Ace is a stylish smartphone with looks well above its low cost price. It's light and portable, while the 3.5" touchscreen is also of high quality, supporting all the features you need in a good smartphone - accurate colour representation, pinch & zoom and responsive. It welcomes you into the world of phone cameras with a decent 5MP camera, and all in all it's a solid, easy to use little phone. Things can get more advanced too, if you want, just go to the Google Play Store to see what apps are about – with 675,000+, you can enhance your phone in seconds with new features, backgrounds, games and much more.
So there you go, just a few suggestions for getting you on your way to finding the perfect smartphone. Want to see the rest of our range? Just follow this link to get to our Phone Finder.