So you’ve made your holiday gift-giving list, and you’ve checked it twice. You need to decide what you’re going to get for your loved ones this holiday season. Here are nine gift ideas in the form of the top smart phones of 2014.
iPhone 6 plus
Apple moves into phablet territory with the iPhone 6 Plus. It has increased screen real estate at 5.5 inches and high-definition resolution at 1,920 x 1,080 pixels. It runs on a new Apple A8 processor at 1.38GHz, with 1GB RAM and you can choose 16, 64, or 128GB of storage. The operating system is Apple’s iOS 8, with which Apple users are already familiar. New to the iPhone 6 is Apple Pay, which turns your cell phone into a credit card.
Nokia Lumia 1520
Nokia’s new Windows phone, the Lumia 1520 is yet another phablet. It features a massive 6-inch 1080 x 1920 pixel LCD screen and runs on a quad-core processor at 2.2 GHz,. Its operating system is, of course, Windows 8.1, and it has 32GB of internal storage space. You can expand that via a microSD card. Its camera is an amazing 20 megapixels, which is more than the cameras on either the iPhone 6 or the Galaxy S5.
This season, Motorola offers its latest smartphone, the Moto X. Like most of this next generation of smart phones, the X has a larger screen, which measures 5.2-inches. The phone runs on a Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor at 2.5GHz and has 2GB of RAM. Its operating system is Android 4.4.4 KitKat and it has 16GB of internal storage. Perfect for snapping up all of those holiday pictures, the Moto X features a 16 megapixel camera in the rear.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Samsung continues to be the leader in phablets with its Note 4. It has plenty of display real estate with its 5.7 inch Super AMOLED screen at 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution. You have a choice of processors between the Snapdragon 805 quad-core and Samsung’s own octa-core unit. It has 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage along with microSD card support. Using stylus technology from Wacom, its S Pen is responsive and is the best stylus in its class.
HTC One M8
The HTC One M8’s claim to fame is its twin stereo speakers along its sides. The phone also boasts another 5-inch display at the full high-definition resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat on a quad-core processor, so it’s fast enough to switch between apps quickly. It has a dual 4 megapixel camera in the rear and a 5 megapixel front-facing camera. HTC claims that the camera has great depth-of-field sensing capabilities, so if you have a photo-buff in the family, they might enjoy this phone.
Samsung Galaxy S5
Samsung’s Galaxy S5, the latest in its S series of new mobile devices, is among the top two in the industry. This solid phone features a 5.1 Super AMOLED display at 1920 x 1080 pixels, and it operates on Android 4.4.2 and is powered by a 2.5 GHz quad-core processor. It has 2GB of RAM and offers a choice of 16GB or 32GB of storage.
Sony Xperia Z3
If anyone on your list has a PS4, the Sony Xperia Z3 is the phone you want to give them. It’s currently the only smartphone on the market with Remote Play capability. The Wi-Fi feature can access games from anywhere in the house. It features a large 5.2 inch high-definition screen at 1920 x 1080 pixels, running on quad-core processor and Android 4.4.
A close competitor to Samsung, LG’s G3 has a 5.5 inch Quad high-definition display at 2560 x 1440 pixels. It is powered by a Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor at 2.5GHz and has an awesome 13 megapixel rear camera and 2.1 megapixel front camera. The LG G3 also has full microSD card support. This ultrathin smartphone makes an excellent gift for someone this holiday season.
The Nexus 5 is Google’s own 5 inch device. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat on a Snapdragon 800 processor at 2.26 GHz. Its screen is full high-definition at 1920 x 1080 pixels and it has a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera and an 8 megapixel rear camera. The Nexus 5 also comes equipped with 2GB of RAM and 16GB storage.
There are so many choices in smart phones and each one has its own benefits. There really is no wrong choice.