Are you thinking about giving someone a smartphone this holiday season, but are unsure which one to purchase? With so many brands and models available today, the choice can be quite difficult, indeed. Nevertheless, to ensure that your gift recipient will be pleased, we’ve compiled a list of 2013’s hottest smartphones on the market for this holiday season.
1. Apple iPhone 5s
This phone has the same form factor as the iPhone 5; however, it has an improved 64-bit A-7 processor and a fingerprint-enabled touch ID central home button. iOS 7 first launched with the 5s bringing improved Siri integration and notifications.
2. Samsung Galaxy S4 Active
One of the most sought-after Android phones today is the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, due mainly to its water-resistant features. The Active can survive a 3 foot plunge for up to 30 minutes. The device also boasts a built-in TV remote and an 8-MP camera.
3. HTC One X
The HTC One is known most for its speedy photo abilities, and the new HTC One X is even faster. This phone has a beautiful LCD display and top-class hardware offering a fantastic user experience.
4. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
The Galaxy Note 3 is perhaps the most capable Android device on the market today. With its large 5.7 inch display, 13 megapixel rear camera, 16GB internal memory and 3,200 mAh removable battery, this phone is one of the best around.
5. Google Nexus 5
The Nexus 5 flaunts many great features including, a Snapdragon 800 processor, Qi wireless charging and an eight megapixel camera with optical image stabilization. This phone is the first device with Android 4.4 offering a terrific user experience.
6. Kyocera Torque
Looking for an indestructible phone? The Kyocera Torque is the perfect choice. This phone is extremely sturdy, waterproof and provides Smart Sonic technology, which allows you to transmit call audio through headphones or a helmet.
7. Moto X
Motorola’s Moto X is assembled in the U.S. and offers excellent voice control functioning and active notifications on a lock screen. The Moto X also boasts an extremely long battery life. As the first smartphone that lets you customize the colors, this is sure to be a big hit this holiday season for those wanting to add a personal touch.
8. Motorola Droid Maxx
Next to the Note 3, the Droid Maxx offers the best when it comes to memory and battery swap capabilities. This phone comes with a five inch AMOLED display, 10 megapixel camera, Qi wireless charging and 32GB internal storage.
9. Sony Xperia Z1
Another top choice in the waterproof category, the Sony Xperia offers a high-powered 20.7 megapixel camera, a five inch HD display and a 16GB internal storage.
10. Nokia Lumia 1020
The Lumia 1020 may be the best device that Windows Phone is offering today. This phone is a must-have for people who love to take pictures as it rivals some of the best point-and-shoot cameras on the market. Popular apps for the Lumia 1020 include advanced camera lenses, Nokia Music+ and HERE Map’s turn-by-turn voice-led navigation.
It seems as if everyone either has a smartphone today or certainly has it marked down on their wish list. If you have a friend or family member who would love to have a smartphone, why not consider giving him or her one of the top smartphones for the holiday season? All of these phones have great features, and any one of them will be sure to please that special person in your life.