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With the holidays rapidly approaching, smartphones are taking on a whole new level of importance. Not only just for staying in contact with friends and family out of town, but a good one can be a welcome distraction from those visitors that have over stayed their welcome. So it’s no surprise that smartphones top everyone’s Christmas list. But with more options than Santa has reindeer, we have narrowed down the 5 that should be on your nice list.

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Nokia Lumia 1320

$340

Nothing makes a person happier than seeing something big under the tree for them and the Nokia Lumia 1320 available at  Cricket Wireless is sure to get some smiles. Boasting a screen that’s an impressive 6 inches, this Windows device is still able to keep impressive battery life, good screen display and the ability to switch out back covers to add some customization to your device is always a welcome bonus.  The Lumia 1320 is a great value at a pricetag few phones of this size have. The ZTE Grand X Max is another great option for phablet lovers.

If you’re going for the Nokia Lumina, definitely consider Cricket Wireless who have awesome promotions running for this holiday season:

  • A free HTC Desire 510 or Nokia Lumia 635 (after $75 mail-in rebate)
  • Up to $75 off select smartphones and phablets from HTC, Nokia, Samsung, Motorola, ZTE and more
  • A $100 switcher credit for T-Mobile, Metro PCS, Sprint, Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile and Cincinnati Bell customers
  • A 3-month free trial promotion with Cricket International

 

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4

$600

Have a Type A personality on your list or that person who is just a tad on the other side of control freak? May we suggest the smart phone that could be life’s remote control, Samsung’s Note 4. The Note 4 packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, a 3.7 front and 16MP rear camera, and a beautiful 5.7 inch screen that is large enough for you to see just how much you are getting done. Add to that an improved S Pen and the ability to manage multiple applications on a single screen and this is the Phablet for the productive person. Maybe think about getting Santa one too, I’m sure his naughty list must be getting huge.

 

 

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$650 / $750

Apple aficionados have finally been satiated when the company decided that they would finally get into phablet business and announced a regular and a larger size of the 6. The new 6 has a sleek new design, upgraded camera and the new and improved iOS 8. What’s the difference between the two? The standard has a 4.7 inch Retina HD display and the Plus touts a 5.5 inch screen. That’s it. To some people size matters.

21-e1409752481702Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

$950

What’s better than one screen? Two, of course. And Samsung is betting that there dual-screen concept turned reality device will give them the edge over other smartphone makers. The Galaxy Note Edge packs similar specs to the Note 4 but comes with a side screen that gives users access to all of their notifications without interrupting their experience on the main screen. If you’re a fan of the tablet/phone hybrid,

HTC-One-M8-windowsHTC One M8 for Windows

$650

While Windows has been often regulated to the Island of misfit OS in the smartphone market, it looks like their day has finally come with HTC using the platform on their One M8. The Windows One M8 keeps the brilliant display, excellent sound, and premium design of the M8 making it easily the go to for Windows fans who want a more adult feel than the Nokia designs.

LG_G3_1LG G3

$600

The LG G3 is just a beautiful device with specs that sound like something out of Star Wars. 5.5 inch 1440p HD display, 13 MP camera, laser-assisted auto focus, and a metallic finish in the back all give LG’s new flagship device a high-end polished look which will make the receiver of this device all smiles when they see it under the tree. It also keeps that signature button on the back which is just that little extra that sets LG apart from the crowd.

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