Smartphones are all the rage these days. If you’re planning on buying a smartphone as a gift for someone this holiday season, here’s a list of 5 of the best smartphones that you can choose from to give as gifts.
1. iPhone X
The iPhone X is the newest and most expensive iPhone to date. It has a 5.8in an OLED display, the same size as the iPhone 8 Plus. The display has a 2436×1125-pixel resolution and 458ppi and is protected by a layer of the strongest glass ever used in an iPhone.The technology used in the display allows the iPhone X to do 5x thicker in the case, which makes the phone extremely durable. It’s also faster than the previous generation by about 20%.
The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max track-spec with 5G and WiFi, have similar camera options and have an integrated fingerprint sensor that works 100x better than a pattern.
The iPhone XR captures ultra-high detail and is Apple’s top-performing iPhone to date with a magnificent 13.1 incredible PPI. The phone also has 4G connectivity for faster downloads and faster bases around the world.
The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max doubt Qualcomm has worked closely with Apple on the design and specs of the iPhone XS Max and unveiled it at Apple’s September event. The phone is available in six different colors, including Classic Gold, Ghost White, Graphite Black, and Product Red.
While the iPhone XS and XS Max have similar specs, for the most part, the XS Max offers a slightly better camera system with an f / 1.8 lens and 11-megapixel front wide-angle camera. The iPhone XS has an 8-megapixel telephoto lens on the front and an f / 2.4 lens on the rear.
The iPhone XR is the ideal device for people with smaller hands, and those who want an all-day experience, on-the-go. It has a sleek, aluminum frame and a 21-megapixel wide-angle camera on the back. Using the wide-angle camera allows you to get a more expansive shot.
Crucially, the iPhone XS and XS Max still support the lightning port for your current accessories. If you need a case, they’re still available, and you can buy the phone with the cases still in-store.
2. iPhone 8 Plus
The new iPhone 8 Plus is the best camera I’ve ever had. Apple had most of their smartphone lineup change a lot, which means there are several new contenders at the top of this list. The addition of 5G really hasn’t affected any of the iPhones that stood out in this list. The iPhone 8 Plus’ camera is one of the best and most versatile camera systems that any smartphone has the opportunity to have. The camera isn’t the fastest out there, but with the addition of dual lenses, the versatility is something special.
According to John Gruber, the main reason why Apple makes the best phone camera is due to its optical image stabilization system and the lens they use. The system allows those with older smartphone models to move up to a smartphone that is at least an iPhone 8 or newer with the help of special improved ‘jiggling’ hardware in the telephoto lens.
The second reason, from Gruber, is due to Apple’s focus on video, and the overall ease of use that comes with the iPhone’s camera and image stabilization. It looks like they are trying to keep it simple for new users, with a simple setup process and great swiping functionality to get all the settings in place. Adding to that, the overall design and feel of the camera are very sleek and make everything easier to see.
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3. Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus is a great smartphone with a lot of useful features, but the best one is the camera. The Galaxy S9 Plus has a dual-lens camera that allows users to adjust the depth of field after taking the photo. That means that even if you don’t like your portrait shot, you can adjust it later to get the best result.
The Galaxy S9 Plus also comes with an electronic image stabilization technology and box that protects the phone. This smartphone protects your phone with IP67 dust and water resistance. These features create a smartphone that you can take to any outdoor activity.
The little device is equipped with a 6.55-inch AMOLED display panel, which gives users a big display for consuming media like media streamed on Netflix, YouTube, and Instagram. It comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. Along with the display, there’s a 64-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 16-megapixel selfie shooter, so users get a lot of upgrade potential if they decide to upgrade later.
The Galaxy S9 Plus is a solid smartphone that can create an excellent video calling experience. This smartphone has a 21-megapixel main camera, which donates to an ultrawide camera that users can use their smartphone like a professional camera. With a video refresher feature, users can make video calls with crisp graphics, but it also comes with a comfortably wide shooting angle.
4. LG G7 ThinQ
The LG G7 ThinQ is a flagship smartphone running Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box, with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset, 4GB of RAM, a 3,000mAh battery, and either 64GB or 128GB of storage. It has a 6.4-inch non-glass OLED and 12.2-megapixel main camera.
The LG G8 Ultra is a 5.8-inch compact smartphone that has little in the way of a physical Home button but is otherwise identical to the G7. Like the G7, it has a 6.9-inch non-glass OLED panel, 12-megapixel main camera, and 5G/Faster LTE connectivity.
The LG G8K ThinQ is a 6.4-inch smartphone that has little in the way of a physical Home button but is otherwise identical to the G8. It has the same 3,100mAh battery as the G8 and has USB-C and wired 4G connectivity, as well.
The Samsung Galaxy J2 is a mid-range smartphone that is a capable and affordable choice for anyone looking to upgrade. The Galaxy J2 has a 5.8-inch full HD AMOLED display, 8GB of RAM, and a 3,100mAh battery. It has a presold 5G/Faster LTE and USB-C/OTG connectivity and is only available in Midnight Green, Black, and Space Gray.
5. Google Pixel 2 XL
The Google Pixel 2 XL is a great Android device. The Pixel 2 XL, like its smaller sibling, the Pixel 2, is a great Android device with an amazing camera, fast performance, and snappy software that’s constantly being updated by Google.
The Motorola Razr is a great smartphone in the Motorola portfolio. You’ll get a lot for this device, but for just a $100 price tag, you can get one great and well-built device and an Android operating system that’s starting to gain traction among consumers. It’s a great purchase for Android phone geeks and Android purists alike.
The LG V60 is a pretty solid and well-built handset. On the downside, though, it runs LG’s Skinny UX, so you might want to turn up the premium experience even if you’re not a fan of the customization options.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 is the standard in the business when it comes to consumer electronics. It’s an impressive smartphone with a huge screen and battery life that mere mortals could only dream of.
Finally, the iPhone SE is a solid handset that competes well with the top-tier smartphones on this list. Like the iPhone XS, there’s an announcement every year of the “next” iPhone, so you can anticipate when that is. If you’re looking for an affordable and practical handset for your loved ones, the iPhone SE is that phone.