You know who's not messing around? HTC. A super phone striving for best-in-class, the HTC Rezound features a gorgeous full HD display, a great 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with tons of controls, a front-facing VGA camera for video chats, support for 1080p HD video. It also comes with the HTC Beats by Dr. Dre headphones for extra jazzed audio, and Verizon's blazing 4G LTE speeds.
The Droid Razr is the latest leader in the Droid world, and no wonder. It's a speed demon in both the CPU and data departments, with a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and support for Verizon's 4G/LTE network. It also throws in plenty of multimedia goodies, like an 8-
megapixel camera with 1080p HD video capture, HDMI capabilities, a Flash-enabled Web
browser, and more. If you want a pure powerhouse of a phone, the Droid Razr is certainly
one to put on the wish list.
Samsung Galaxy S II/Skyrocket (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile)
The Samsung Galaxy S II makes a great gift for anyone. It packs tons of features and
power for the demanding user and also offers a sleek design and ease of use for smartphone newbies. Plus, it's available from AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint, where it's known as the Samsung Epic 4G, so you have your choice of carrier as well. AT&T is serving up a second version of this phone, the 4.5-inch Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket, which is one of the carrier's first two 4G LTE handsets.
The 3D display is pretty cool (especially since you won't need those dorky glasses), but there are so many other reasons to pick up the HTC Evo 3D as a holiday gift. The Android device offers a dual-core processor, a solid design, and good battery life among other things, and is sure to please any smartphone fanatic.
If you're holiday shopping for a workaholic, the Motorola Photon 4G is a good pick. The dual-core smartphone has the power to keep up with multiple tasks, but it's also got a great display and built-in kickstand, so they can kick back and watch videos or listen to music and relax every once in a while.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play 4G isn't your typical smartphone. It features dedicated gaming controls and comes preloaded with a number of games, such as Madden NFL 11 and The Sims 3. A smartphone and a gaming handheld? It's like two gifts in one!