Holiday Gift Guide 2010

Nov 15, 2010
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Food, family, festivities: the holidays can be stressful, and that's before you decide what should go inside the wrapping paper. SlashGear can't help you with the cooking, but we can cut through the sales hyperbole and help you pick the best in consumer electronics so that the only disappointment this December is the brussels sprouts. In our 2010 Holiday Gift Guide we've picked our favorite cellphones, computers, accessories and more, so read on for the best in tech this season! (We'll be updating the Holiday Gift Guide throughout the holiday season)

Mobile Phones - Sprint

HTC EVO 4G

One of the stand-out Android-based handsets on the Now Network, the EVO 4G from HTC was Sprint’s first 4G handset, and is still easily the biggest handset available on the network. The capacitive touchscreen display measures in at 4.3-inches, and features a resolution of 800 x 480. Under the hood you’ll find a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, which makes the Android 2.2 mobile Operating System tick along nicely. To add the icing to the cake, you’ll find HTC’s Sense User Interface. Other features include a kick-stand to help you watch those movies on the big screen, and an 8MP camera with dual LED flash. There’s an 8GB microSD card bundled with the device, and there’s 512MB of RAM, along with 1GB of ROM. For the $199 price tag, the EVO 4G is still one of the best devices available on Sprint. [REVIEW]

Samsung Epic 4G

The second 4G handset to hit the Now Network, the Epic 4G features a plastic manufactured frame from Samsung. The Epic is the Galaxy S variant for the Sprint network, which shares many of the same features that the other Galaxy S devices have on the other networks. However, it’s the differences that make the Epic stand out. First and foremost, it features a landscape slider with a full physical QWERTY keyboard. There’s also a front-facing camera for video calls. Plus, the connectivity to 4G can’t be ignored, as long as you’re in a 4G-supported area. You’ll find a 1GHz Hummingbird processor under the hood, along with Android 2.1 running the show. Samsung’s proprietary TouchWiz 3.0 User Interface makes the interface clean and simple to use. Price wise, you’ll be paying $249.99 to get your hands on the 4-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display. [REVIEW]

Motorola i1

If you’re looking for a rugged device, and one that has a physical build that impresses on every level, then the i1 is the device for you. A new addition to the Sprint line-up, just in time for the holiday shopping season, the Motorola i1 is the first push-to-talk Android-based handset, and utilizes the Sprint Nextel network. It’s designed to be drop and dust-proof, so it will stand up to the rigors of your every day life. It has a 3.1-inch capacitive touchscreen HVGA display, and a 5MP on the back of the device. While it has the look and feel of the previously released MOTOBLUR devices, it’s not actually connected to the BLUR servers, so the status updates won’t be flooding your homescreens. The Motorola i1 features Android 1.5 under the hood. You can grab this device for a low price of $149.99. [REVIEW]

Mobile Phones - Verizon

Motorola Droid X

The largest handset available on the Verizon network, the Motorola Droid X features a 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 854 x 480. It’s running a far more advanced version of Motorola’s proprietary MOTOBLUR User Interface, and it’s less intrusive, more intuitive and in-depth. The social networking aspect of the device is top-notch, especially with the Universal Inbox you can take full use of. Under the hood, you’ll find a 1GHz OMAP processor, and a newly updated version of Android 2.2. On the back, you’ll find an 8MP autofocus camera with dual LED flash. There’s an HDMI port as well, allowing you to watch the videos you’ve recorded with the handset on your TV, or other external display. Motorola includes a 16GB microSD memory card in the box, which will add to the 8GB of on board storage already preinstalled. You can pick up the Droid X for $199.99 on a new, two-year contract. [REVIEW]

Samsung Fascinate

The second-largest handset for Verizon, the Samsung Fascinate shares plenty of features with its Galaxy S brethren which have their own place on other networks globally. The Fascinate features primarily a 4-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display, along with the 1GHz Hummingbird processor under the hood. You can use the device as a 3G mobile hotspot, and you’ll find integrated WiFi on board as well. Samsung features their proprietary TouchWiz 3.0 User Interface atop Android 2.1. On the back of the device, you’ll find a 5MP camera on the back with LED flash. You can pick up the Fascinate for $199.99. [REVIEW]

HTC Droid Incredible

Featuring a 3.7-inch capacitive touchscreen display, the Droid Incredible is a pillar for Verizon. Manufactured by HTC, the device features an updated version of Android 2.2, along with the company’s Sense User Interface. You’ll find a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, making sure that the device reacts to your touches as quickly as possible. There’s an 8MP camera on the back of the device, with dual LED flash. The device just took a price cut for the holiday season, and can now be purchased for $149.99. [REVIEW]

Mobile Phones - AT&T

iPhone 4

The iPhone has been synonymous with the AT&T network since 2007, and in this holiday shopping season, it’s no different. The latest version of the iPhone brings plenty of alterations and improvements over the previous model. First and foremost, the Retina Display offers up the sharpest resolution for any mobile phone available on the market now, with a resolution of 960 x 640 -- with 326 pixels per inch, and a 800:1 contrast ratio. The device features a revolutionized body, compared to previous iPhone models, with an external antenna. You’ll find a 1GHz A4 processor inside the device, and the most updated version of Apple’s iOS 4 mobile Operating System. The device comes in two flavors: a 16GB model for $199, or a 32GB version for $299. You’ll get access to iTunes, as well as the iBooks catalogue of reading material, and the App Store, where you’ll be able to download all of your favorite apps right to your device. [REVIEW]

Samsung Focus

The Samsung Focus is one of the devices featuring Microsoft’s brand new Windows Phone 7 mobile Operating System. AT&T is the premiere network partner for Microsoft in the United States, so it’s no surprise that the carrier is getting the cream of the crop. The Focus, which is set to launch on November 8th for the network, features a 4-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display, and is powered by a 1GHz processor. You’ll find Windows Phone 7, in its unaltered glory, along with access to Xbox LIVE, as well as the Zune Marketplace. There’s a 5MP camera on the back of the handset, and the Focus features 8GB of on board storage right out of the box. However, you’ll be able to expand memory with an external microSD card, all the way up to 32GB. You’ll be able to pick up the Focus this holiday season for $199.99. [REVIEW]

Samsung Captivate

The Galaxy S variant for AT&T, the Captivate was the first Galaxy S device to launch in the United States. Featuring a 4-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, along with Android 2.1 under the hood running the show, the Capacitive is easily the best Android-based handset available on AT&T at present. There’s the same 1GHz Hummingbird processor inside, and you’ll still find Samsung’s proprietary TouchWiz 3.0 User Interface in full effect. The device is a 3G-enabled handset, as well. There’s a 5MP camera on the back, which offers up HD video recording. There’s WiFi, Bluetooth connectivity, as well as GPS. The Captivate can be yours for $199.99. [REVIEW]

Mobile Phones - T-Mobile

T-Mobile G2

The T-Mobile G2 is as true a successor to the original HTC G1 as anyone could expect, featuring a landscape slider physical QWERTY keyboard, and a vanilla Android experience. You’ll find an 800MHz processor under the hood, and the ability to connect to T-Mobile’s HSPA+ (4G) network. There’s a 5MP camera on the back, and an 8GB microSD card included, preinstalled. If the G2 sounds like the perfect holiday present for a loved one, you can pick one up for $199.99. [REVIEW]

HTC HD7

While AT&T may be the premiere carrier for Windows Phone 7 in the United States, that doesn’t mean that there’s no devices with the new mobile Operating System heading to any other network. T-Mobile is getting their own handset to promote the OS by the time this holiday shopping season kicks off, and they’re doing so in a big way. With the upcoming launch of the HTC HD7, featuring the largest display of any Windows Phone 7 handset at 4.3-inches, WP7 and T-Mobile are looking to make a splash. There’s a 1GHz processor inside, and you’ll also find 576MB of RAM and 512MB of ROM. There’s 16GB of flash memory on board thanks to the preinstalled microSD card, but it’s not meant to be replaceable by the user, so there’s no expandable memory. You’ll find a 5MP camera on the back of the device, and like the HTC EVO 4G, there’s a kick-stand on the back of the handset. The HD7 will be available soon for $199.99. [REVIEW]

HTC myTouch 4G

The myTouch brand is still alive and well for T-Mobile USA, and they’ve certainly added a worthy contender to the lineage with the release of the myTouch 4G. Much like the T-Mobile G2 before it, the myTouch 4G is perfectly capable of connecting to T-Mobile’s HSPA+ (4G) network. You’ll also find good use of the front-facing camera for video calls. On the back, there’s a 5MP camera, with an LED flash. There’s an 8GB microSD card included in the package as well, but there’s room for expandable memory as well. Inside, a 1GHz processor makes sure that the whole show keeps clipping along at a nice pace. HTC has included a customized User Interface on the myTouch 4G, which is a bit like Sense, and yet different in some areas. The device also features WiFi calling. The myTouch 4G can be yours for only $199.99. [REVIEW]


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