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Finalize your holiday wish list with smartphone comparisons

Finalize your holiday wish list with smartphone comparisons

12/12/2013

The excitement of crafting your holiday wish list is undeniable - and if you're a tech lover in the market for a new smartphone this year, the sheer number of options alone is enough to induce giddiness. 

What's more, you're far from alone in your enthusiasm: According to the Consumer Electronics Association, 35 percent of shoppers purchased a tech device over Thanksgiving Weekend, and among those, 19 percent bought a smartphone, while 29 percent shelled out for a new tablet.

If you already know you'll be unwrapping a smartphone come Dec. 25 but are still deciding between your options, here are the specifications of a few of the top models to help you make your choice.

Google Nexus 5
A great option for Android enthusiasts with limited budgets, Google's Nexus 5 performs well beyond its relatively low price point. Engadget noted that the new smartphone, which was manufactured by LG, more than meets widespread expectations that the device would be highly attractive. It's not a small or unimpressive phone, either: Its 4.95-inch screen boasts 1080p resolution, and a 8-megapixel camera is included on the rear. What's more, the Nexus 5 comes with a quad-core Snapdragon processor and up to 32 gigabytes of storage.

iPhone 5C
In terms of price range, the Apple fan's equivalent to the Nexus 5 is the iPhone 5C. With a polyurethane body, it's more affordable than the simultaneously released 5S - but Engadget noted that the 5C's shell is reinforced with steel, so it's far from flimsy. Like its pricier sibling, the 5C boasts a 4-inch screen, making it more compact than the Nexus 5. Gizmag pointed out that the Apple phone - which comes in five bright color options - can hold either 16 or 32 gigabytes of internal storage and features an 8-megapixel camera, though it doesn't have the motion-tracking processor of the 5S.

iPhone 5S
​The 5S is the cream of the current crop in terms of Apple's smartphone offerings and boasts a few notable improvements over the 5C. According to Gizmag, the iPhone 5S's 64-bit internal processor stands alone among popular devices in terms of power; even equally impressive Androids like the Galaxy Note 3 and LG G2 are still running on 32-bit units. And while the camera is still an 8-megapixel model, dual LED flash capabilities mean that the 5S can produce sharper photos even in low lighting.

Engadget aptly summed up the excitement surrounding the 5S.

"If you're determined to win the 'best gift' prize this year, you've got three choices. You can build your nearest and dearest a flying car, grab 'em a trip on a Virgin Galactic flight to space or buy Apple's latest iPhone," the source wrote.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Granted, the iPhone isn't for everyone, but some Android users may be looking for a smartphone with a level of luxuriousness similar to the 5S. If you're among that contingent, Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 should be on your radar.

Bear in mind, however, that the Note 3 is a phablet - a phone-tablet hybrid, that is. As such, it's considerably bigger than the iPhone or the Nexus 5, so it might become unwieldy. On the other hand, though, the Note 3's tablet-like features may make it a great choice for those who find themselves stuck between the choice of a smartphone or a slate this holiday season.

Engadget noted that the users can take advantage of the S Pen - Samsung's stylus - on a variety of apps that look great on the Note 3's 5.7-inch screen. The device also sports an impressive 13-megapixel rear camera.

Meanwhile, if Android or iPhone insurance doesn't satisfy your desire to keep your new device safe from harm, consider the added security of phone buyback and data protection offered by one of ProtectCELL's smartphone plans.

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