Top 10 Smartphones for the 2013 Holiday Season

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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.

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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.

Top Five Holiday Gift Ideas for 2013

It isn’t difficult to find hot holiday gift ideas for everyone on your list this year. The 2013 electronics market is booming with many new game consoles, tablets and cell phones ready to hit the market just in time for the holidays.¬†Before you go the easy route and just hand out gift cards or cash, consider some of these top gift ideas for 2013 (although who wouldn’t love some extra money to spend at ¬†!?)

H20 Vibe Waterproof Shower Bluetooth Speaker

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This is the perfect gift for the music lovers on your list, but it is also a great idea for anyone who is overworked and in need of serious rest and relaxation. The stylish speaker unit can hang or sit anywhere in a shower stall or bathtub and will stream music or audio files from any electronic device with Bluetooth capability. If the speaker is synced with a cell phone, you can even answer phone calls and talk while you shower or relax in the bathtub.

Jabra DRIVE Bluetooth In-Car Speakerphone

car speakerphoneDo you have someone on your holiday gift list who loves to talk while they drive? That is a dangerous habit that causes many car accidents everyday, so do your loved one and other drivers a favor by giving them a safe alternative. A Bluetooth in-car speakerphone will allow them to connect to their cell phone and make calls without holding the phone to their ear. They simple speak out loud while keeping their hands safely on the steering wheel.

Wireless Media Boxes

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Many people have theater systems installed in their homes today, but not everyone has gone wireless. Wireless media boxes eliminate all of the wires and remotes that create tangled messes and confusion. All media is streamed through a wireless connection, and watching television and movies at home becomes far more enjoyable. If someone on your gift list is caught in the mess of home theater wires, find a wireless media box compatible with their television set and untangle them for 2014.

Flip Headphones/Speakers

white flip audio headphonesAll of the music lovers on your list will enjoy these unique headphones that double as portable speakers. They plug into most standard electronic devices with a 3.5mm jack. When turned in to cover the ears, they offer high-quality sound as headphones. When flipped out away from the ears, they broadcast that high-quality sound so others can enjoy the tunes as well.


yota phoneDo you have any book lovers on your holiday list? If so, give them a cell phone that doubles as an e-reader. It looks like a standard touchscreen cell phone on one side, but when you flip it over a monochromatic e-ink screen is revealed. One screen is for making calls, sending texts, and taking pictures. The other is for reading electronic files.

These holiday gift ideas are far more exciting than gift cards. Get creative, and give everyone you care about something to remember this year.