Mobile Phones for Christmas 2010

December is heading towards its end gradually, and Christmas is getting nearer with every passing moment. This is an event when all the family members will sit together, have nice chit chat and amazing dinner. Adding a flavor of gifts to this delightful get together will not only make everyone happier, but will add to your own excitement by seeing your loved ones contented. I have compiled a list of top 20 smartphones that can be presented as a gift to your loved ones on the enchanting festival. Let us have a look at the list, and I hope you will find this article helpful.

1. Google Nexus S:

Finally, fairly hyped Google Nexus S buzzed and launched in the cell phone market, said to be the Next generation of Nexus and a joint work of Google and Samsung comes with a weight of 129.0 grams, and 4.0 inches Samsung’s Super AMOLED display. Google Nexus S Android phone is comparatively attributed with Google Android 2.3 Gingerbread with 1 GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird processor and 16GB internal flash memory. Its 1500mAH Lithium Ion battery gives 6.7 hours of talk time on 3G, and 5 megapixel camera and 720p video recording satisfy your quest of photography to some extent. It comes with pre-installed with some of the best of Google apps and facilitated with newest and most popular features like true multi-tasking, Wi-Fi hotspot, Internet Calling, and full web browsing etc.

2. HTC Desire HD:

Market is full with lots of options for Smartphones with 3.5 inch screen display, quite saturating now; HTC Desire HD marked market as a complete package of entertainment, comes with a gigantic and cinematic 4.3 inch display, 164 grams (5.78 ounces) with battery and a touch screen with pinch-to-zoom capability, and SRS virtual surround sound.  8 megapixel color camera, auto focus and dual LED flash and 720p HD video recording create spell for a few quick pictures. It comes with 1GHz Snapdragon processor and Android-powered OS with a plenty of storage capacity.  Websites, videos, music, games and apps boost it to next level HTC Desire HD, an online feature of this cell phone allows you to lock and wipe a lost or stolen phone.

3. Nokia N8:

Nokia N8 buzzed mobile phone market with its awesome feature which is, now known to everyone….Yes!! N8 carries a 12 megapixel Carl Zeiss optics with a high-definition video with 16 GB of internal memory which can be easily plugged into the TV. It stepped forward with some more features which we now get almost in all smart phones. This attractive mobile phone comes in Weight (with battery): 4.76 oz with a 3.5 inch screen size with a capacitive touch screen, AMOLED screen and BL-4D 1200 mAh Li-Ion battery. Over all it’s a good option in comparison with 7mp digital cameras, which are an extra baggage to carry. Nokia N8 makes you feasible to add/ edit music, images, text everything from your smart-phone from anywhere.

4 . Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro:

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro clutches the cell phone market with its compact touchscreen, QWERTY keyboard Android phone, it is weighing up it quality and standard with a Qualcomm MSM7227 600MHz processor, 2.55-inch 240 x 320 LCD capacitive touchscreen, 5 megapixel autofocus camera, microSD expansion up to 16 GB, 128 MB phone memory, micro-USB port, FM radio, A-GPS, Bluetooth with A2DP, and 802.11b/g WiFi, and is available in 6 colors – Black ,Red, Pearl, White , Pink  and Lime.

You can experience Android in your own way, Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro gives option to choose a number of apps on Android Market just by one click, download and get all of your apps directly to your phone. Entertainment is its key, to watch latest video clips on YouTube are in your hands now. Either to be on Facebook and other social network, or your access to emails and browsing web, its 3G has the power to speed up your work, overall this product from Sony Ericsson is loaded with ‘n’ number of features.

5. HTC HD7:

HTC HD 7 stands among the first end list of Windows Phone 7 based smartphones, loaded with “n” of high-tech features. Its 3 awesome features; to experience Cinematic mood, to play games anywhere and to make your own movies in HD anytime are the central attraction or in other words it’s “Unique Selling Points”.  This highly configured smartphone weighs around 162 grams (5.7 ounces) with battery; is a touch screen with pinch-to-zoom capability and comes with a huge 4.3” high resolution screen. It has an integrated kickstand which gives the full flavor of a flat screen TV; and undoubtedly it has completely enhanced the thrill of your favorite movies and video clips. There is an Auto focus and dual LED flash equipped 5 megapixel color camera and 720p HD video recording with built-in scenes (including candlelight, landscape, and portrait) that match the environment of your subject. In nutshell, the Special Features of this phone are a kickstand, console-quality video games with Xbox LIVE and cinematic experience. It surely can be a good gift for your close buddies.

6. Apple iPhone:

With a Capacity of 16GB/32GB flash drive, Apple iPhone 4 comes with Retina display. It weighs around 137 grams and owns a 3.5-inch diagonal widescreen Multi-Touch display. You can get this handset only in black or white colors. There is a 5 megapixel camera with the ability of HD Video recording. It features LED flash, tap to focus and photo and video geo-tagging. When it comes to battery, it has built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery that can be charged via USB to computer system or power adapter. As an ending note, I can say that it is a modified version of iPhone with its key strength of Retina display with FaceTime video calling as well as the ability to run multiple apps at a time.

7. Samsung Omnia 7:

Huge touchscreen, vivid and crisp display, great looks, very fine camera with HD recoding, Zune and Xbox Live integration and great performance; this is what the sparkling Samsung Omnia 7 is about! You get a big 4” Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with wide viewing angle and great picture, indeed. The 5 MP camera, though sounds just okay in comparison with the 8 and 12 MP beasts, works very nicely and does not leave you unsatisfied. The 1GHz processor gives appreciable speed to the phone, and Windows Phone 7 OS helps in this regard. There are, though, some limitations in the Omnia 7; the power button has been given an awkward place on the right side of the phone which becomes reason of unwanted power-off instances; the phone is big enough for one-hand handling; expanding the memory isn’t an option here and the apps and games are pretty scarce right now. Overall, this is certainly not a phone to be missed!!

8. BlackBerry Torch 9800:

No matter how much iPhone and Android-run smartphones are being adored by the world, Blackberry will never lose its charm. This version is even better, with the hallmark of Blackberry phones; a full QWERTY keyboard. Not only this, but we get a 3.2” touchscreen that slides upwards to unveil the full keyboard. It is equipped with GPS, 3G, Wi-Fi, a 5 MP camera, expandable memory and an enhanced user interface. The made over BB OS 6 offers integrated social feeds and universal search. As far as discrepancies are concerned, the BlackBerry Torch 9800 only records VGA video, does not have a high resolution display and its performance is not out of this world. Also, you can save the apps only on phone memory. Otherwise, this is definitely a nice addition to touchscreen smartphone market.

9. Samsung Beam i8520:

USP of this Android based Samsung smartphone is the built in projector. The front shows a 3.7” Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display which has scratch resistant surface. Android 2.1 runs the phone but unfortunately, we haven’t heard about an upgrade yet. The phone is undoubtedly best for you if you need to have a projector every now and then. Otherwise, its performance as smartphone isn’t enviable at all. Visual Presenter will let you project anything that you see; a document in front of you, a product under discussion or anything at all. Just place the object under the phone and hold the latter above it; that object will be projected on the screen or wall in front of you. You can also use the projector feature as a torch (in four colors). Also, the speakers are good enough to suffice a projection in a small meeting. Wi-Fi is there, 3G is there, and even an 8 MP camera capable of HD video recording is present. This is a real nice phone considering the projector feature which is certainly not found anywhere else.

10. BlackBerry Curve 8520:

You must be surprised to see a non-touchscreen smartphone amidst the whole long list of touch sensitive huge displays! It is only because of the performance level and ease of usage this phone offers. We get Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, full QWERTY keyboard, a responsive optical trackpad and a 512 MHz processing unit. A 2 MP camera works pretty well and gives nice picture results. On the downside, there is no GPS or 3G. it looks nice and works well, this is all about BlackBerry Curve 8520.

11. Samsung Galaxy S:

Samsung Galaxy S is one the finest Android-run handhelds in the market. Though it looks like an iPhone, it is certainly not one!! The crisp 4.0 inches Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display works great with the TouchWiz 3.0 UI and its home screens. Other notable display features include Gorilla Glass, multi touch input method, touch sensitive controls, proximity sensor for auto turn off, accelerometer sensor for UI auto rotate and SWYPE text input. The ARM Cortex A8 1 GHz processing unit, 512 MB RAM and 2 GB ROM are the key running factors. Connectivity options liked 3G and Wi-Fi keep you connected while on the go. Anyways, Samsung widgets have again failed to make many fans. It runs on Android OS 2.1 Éclair which gives access to the Android Apps Market.

There are two memory storage options with 8 GB and 16 GB, extendable to 32 GB. A 5MP camera with auto focus, touch focus, smile detection, face detection, Geo-tagging and HD video recording will satisfy the artistic sense of photographers. For video conferencing, you get another front facing smaller camera. Navigation becomes pretty easy with GPS and A-GPS. On the whole, this fully tech loaded smartphone has everything that can be dreamed of, except for the plastic feel.

12. Motorola Milestone XT720:

Beautifully designed, Motorola Milestone XT720 is a hit indeed. The phone features 3.7” TFT capacitive touchscreen with Gorilla Glass, multi touch, accelerometer, proximity sensor and touch sensitive navigation controls. The 720 MHz ARM Cortex A8 processing unit runs on Android 2.1 and works quite nicely, though at moments you might get annoyed because of the occasional sluggish performance. It boasts an 8 MP camera with Xenon flash which has the capability of capturing HD video. Beware of the price factor before making your mind to buy the smartphone.

13. HTC Legend:

It seems as if every brand is running after Android to power their handhelds. HTC Legend was released in March 2010, as an upgrade to the HTC Hero. The solid built as well as speedier processor both are indeed prominent features of a successful upgrade. 3.2” of AMOLED display keep the promise of less power consumption along with vivid and bright colors. You get 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity to keep in touch with your contacts; whether they are your work contacts or family and friends. For camera lovers, there is a 5MP capturing device with LED flash, though the quality is not amazing.

14. HTC Desire Z:

Finally there is an Android touchscreen smartphone from HTC that features a stylish and fully functional QWERTY keyboard. Virtual keyboards are nice in fact, but they are no match for a physical one. The S-LCD capacitive touchscreen is of 3.7” size, which slides away to give way to the hidden keyboard. When you hold the Desire Z, it will be more like holding Android 2.2, 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS and a 5 MP camera in your hands. A great feature is the association with Logging in to the website lets you locate your phone if you are unable to find it (and it is in fact under your bed); enables you to handle your phone remotely in case you left it at home; and even gives you the option of wiping the data off your Desire Z in case someone stole it! Nice one, isn’t it?

15. LG Optimus 7:

Let us talk about something else than Android! What comes to your mind when you hear about a Windows Phone 7 powered smartphone? Yes, you are right; access to Xbox Live and Zune Marketplace (ensuring good deal of music, videos and games for you; fun time!!) The 5MP camera lets you record HD video and send it to an HDTV wirelessly for enjoying the big screen. It is stylish, affordable, big (3.8” capacitive touchscreen), solid built and fully loaded with tech features. Let us not forget about the UI; it is simple, attractive and very useful.

16. Nokia E7:

Here we have something adorable to look at; a beautiful 4” AMOLED touchscreen which captivates the eyes as well as a full QWERTY keyboard that spares you the not-very-comfortable-typing on typical virtual keyboard. It is powered by Symbian 3 OS (which surely is not as impressive as Android). When the screen slides away to reveal the veiled stylish keyboard, it tilts and stays at a nice angle to give you comfortable view of the screen while you are typing. Your mails, documents, appointments and schedules stay in your reach at every moment if you have Nokia E7. Social network live updates, IM and threaded SMS view don’t let you miss a single update of a friend or a rare moment to chat with your loved one. This nice handheld offers you HD video recording with a high end 8 MP camera, direct upload to YouTube and Web TV. You get this phone; you get a good number of high end tech features.

17. HTC Wildfire:

What’s better than having a (slightly) inexpensive smartphone in your hand which by no means looks cheap? Wildfire doesn’t rob you off your savings, yet it has looks as good as any expensive smartphone can. Anyhow, we know that inexpensiveness comes with some major compromises; and some have certainly been made here. Slow response and low resolution display are two big compromises indeed. The latter won’t let you enjoy the photos and videos as well as web pages to their best. Friend Stream enables you to get updates from your friends as well as update your own status and profiles from and by a single platform. The supported social networks are Facebook, Twitter and Flickr. Also, the phone shows caller’s Facebook status as well as their birthdates. 5 MP camera, stereo FM radio, Android 2.1, GPS, Wi-Fi and 3G make it a nice bargain.

18. Palm Pre Plus:

Palm can’t let go of its QWERTY keyboard even if it is making a big touchscreen. Therefore, the Palm Pre Plus has a full keyboard hidden underneath the nice 3.1 inches TFT capacitive touchscreen. In comparison with the other competitors, the Pre Plus stays a step behind them when it comes to camera. Where no other brand is offering a camera smaller than 5 MP, Pre Plus comes with 3.15 MP; an ordinary feature you can have in an inexpensive phone. You get a unified email inbox, multitasking feature and great web browser. There are some cons, too, like the virtual keyboard is missing whereas some people might want it desperately (as they might feel that Pre Plus has a small keyboard), there is no memory expansion slot and the battery life is not likeable.

19. Dell Streak:

Is it s phone? Is it a tablet? No one has been able to decide it yet, so let us not enter the debate and instead be happy about the wonderful invention. Dell Streak is a personal favorite with its huge 5” LCD capacitive touchscreen coated with Gorilla Glass. The 5 MP camera gives ample functionality for your photography needs and the secondary VGA one suffices your video conferencing issues. It is packed with great tech features, but the Android 1.6 is certainly not what we were expecting. We will have to wait till it gets upgraded and updated with latest versions of the OS.

20. Samsung Galaxy Europa GT-i5500:

This is comparatively smaller smartphone as compared to the other phones included in our list, with 2.8” touchscreen having a low resolution of 240 x 320 pixels. You can well understand that it would be better not to expect great photo, video and web browsing experience from the Galaxy Europa. The 2 MP camera is also not noteworthy at all, as this is a feature available on every other mobile handset we see in the market. Wi-Fi, 3G and Bluetooth help it stand with pride, but no Flash and multi touch support are enough to wobble its feet. Overall, it is a nice phone with touchscreen, Android OS, camera, Wi-Fi, 3G and SWYPE texting.

With this, we come to the end of our list. I hope that it was supportive for you in the search of a nice mobile phone you want to present to someone on the Christmas 2010.

Comments (2)

  1. They are all good phones, but I’d keep out the Palm and the Sony Ericsson for sure. HTC Desire (the classic one) and HTC Mozart 7 are missing, as well as Samsung Wave to represent Bada OS. Surprised to see the Wildfire and the Legend, which I love but which is not at the level of many others, and Motorola represented by a device with excellent camera but in general a step below others.

  2. I got my I Phone 4 and I want Blackberry

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