Digital Christmas: Smartphones for a smart Christmas

4 Dec 2010

Keep in contact with that special someone this Christmas with one of these top smartphones.

Samsung Galaxy S

The Samsung Galaxy S is a powerful Android smartphone with impressive media features. With a vibrant 4-inch SUPER AMOLED screen and HD playback, you can upload videos onto it for portable viewing.

It can also let its media content – such as pictures, music and movies – be viewable and playable wirelessly on compatible PCs and TVs.

The Galaxy S includes a Daily Brief app, which delivers the top headlines, stock information, weather forecast and your schedule directly to the phone, keeping you organised.

Not only that, but in an in-car mount, the Galaxy S works as a car assistant, providing you with Google maps and navigational services. You can speak the request to the phone, making this a great phone for travellers.

From 3, Vodafone, eMobile, Meteor, O2 and Carphone Warehouse.

iPhone 4

iPhone 4

It’s the phone that needs no introduction. Apple’s latest update to the iPhone range comes with many great new features. Its Facetime feature allows you to video call your friends, with a VGA camera at the front and a 5MP camera that the back.

Its Retina display offers four times the contrast ratio than older models, meaning it’s the brightest iPhone display ever.

The iPhone 4 also provides multitasking capabilities, letting you switch between multiple apps quickly. Not to mention it now has HD video-recording abilities and you can edit the footage on the phone itself.

From Vodafone, O2, 3 and Carphone Warehouse.

Nokia N8

Nokia N8

The Nokia N8 features a powerful 12MP camera and a Xenon flash, producing high quality images on a smartphone.

You can film and edit HD footage on the phone, with Dolby Digital Plus surround sound support for when you want to plug it into a home theatre system.

The home screen has an app that lets you update your status, location and photos on Facebook and Twitter. You can also view live feeds from these services on the home screen, too.

From Meteor, eMobile, 3, Vodafone and O2.

LG Optimus 7

 LG Optimus 7

The LG Optimus 7 is one of the first phones to run on Microsoft’s new mobile operating system, Windows Phone 7. It also features a 3.8-inch WVGA touchscreen display, making browsing online quick and easy.

It has a 5MP camera, which can shoot HD video (720p). Not only that, but it can take 360-degree panoramic photos for an all-around view of where you are.

The Optimus 7 has some great apps for it, too, including Scansearch, an augmented reality app that can search out restaurants, bars and hospitals within a 5km radius simply by pointing your phone in a certain direction. Pretty handy!

Billpay: From Vodafone and Carphone Warehouse.

HTC Wildfire

HTC Wildfire

The HTC Wildfire is a great Android phone for social networking. It features HTC’s sleek Sense interface, making browsing through the phone a breeze.

With Friendstream built in, users can consolidate all their social networking haunts – Facebook, Twitter and Flickr – in one area, allowing them to check all updates at once.

Equipped with a 5MP camera and a LED flash, it can capture great quality shots. It also includes the ability to share Android apps, letting users send the link directly to friends quickly and easily.

From 3, eMobile, Meteor and Carphone Warehouse.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X8

Sony Xperia X8

The Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 is focused on entertainment. It includes a built-in music player and FM radio for music on the move. It also has TrackID, which, when you record a song you don’t know on it, will find out what the title of it is for you.

It includes Timescape, which fuses all sorts of communication into one area – Facebook updates, Twitter posts, texts and missed calls.

With a 16-million colour TFT display, it’s a pretty bright screen and navigation is fast and responsive.

From Meteor, Vodafone, eMobile and Carphone Warehouse.