The last minute gifts: Smartphones
It may be only one shopping day until Christmas, but I’d be willing to bet money that some people are still frantically working their way through their Christmas lists. So in the spirit of the season, here’s a few last minute gift ideas for the smartphone addict that might cross a few people of your lists.
Apple iPhone 4S
It’s shiny, it’s Apple, it’s got a digital assistant that give you attitude…What more do you want? A step up from the iPhone 4, the camera has been improved (8megapixels compared with 5megapixels previously) and it’s got a shiny new chip that makes everything run a bit faster, the same one that’s in the iPad. Plus Apple has tried to sort out the antenna issues, making the 4S a world phone that can roam on CDMA networks as well as GSM.
Samsung Galaxy Nexus
[update: Now with the correct phone! I blame excessive Christmas spirit]
The first Android handset to come with Android’s latest cersion (4.0 or Ice Cream Sandwich if you prefer), the Nexus has all the usually bells, whistles and shiny things. Like near field communications, for when you’ll use your phone to pay for things. Or face recognition to unlock the handset so you don’t even have to lift a finger to access your phone. Aside from that it’s got a huge screen (4.65in) and shoots HD video. The 5megapixel still camera isn’t the highest quality on the market but it will get the job done. It is almost imperceptibly curved too, so it sits nicely against your face.
HTC Sensation XE
Remember a while back when HTC bought a stake in Dr Dre’s Beats? Well the audio technology is now being used in its handsets. The Android phone has everything from custom sound profiles to the Beats ear buds in the box. But aside from that link, it’s a solid phone too. The dual core processor has been increased to 1.5GHz, so it’s reasonably fast, and it has a 4.3inch screen.
Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S
The Arc caused a bit of a stir when it was unveiled last year. The Arc S is a slightly improved version of its predecessor. It comes with a 1.4GHz processor, and the ability to take sweeping panorama shots. On top of that, it has some Bravia technology in there – Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine to be precise – that keeps your video crisp and clear. It’s Android too. And, of course, it looks good.
Windows Phone 7 might be a small part of the market now, but it’s certainly got its fans. And with Nokia taking on the operating system, sidelining its Symbian software and snubbing Android, WP7 may grow further in 2012.
The HTC Radar comes with the latest version, Mango (or WP7.5), installed, and sticks to Microsoft’s usual hardware profile – 5megapixel camera, 1GHz processor.
It’s also got HTC’s aluminium body.