The Ultimate Last-Minute Holiday Buyer’s Guide For Android Smartphones

If you’re doing some last minute shopping in the week ahead of Christmas, you’re not alone. Modern day society moves at such a quick pace, that sometimes holiday shopping doesn’t fit into the equation until the last possible minute.

Thankfully, iFans has prepared the Ultimate Last-Minute Holiday Buyer’s Guide for Android Smartphones to make shopping for that new device a little easier. Choose from Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S III or Galaxy Note II, or perhaps you’ll favor Google’s low-priced Nexus 4 or the HTC One X.

The HTC One X is without doubt one of the best phones on the market.  The One X’s 4.7-inch screen has a hair better pixel density than the Samsung Galaxy S III at 312 PPI, but its screen has far better color accuracy.

The One X delivers a fast and fluid experience with its quad-core 1.5 Ghz processor and, if you like Nvidia, this phone sports Tegra 3 graphics for your app and gaming needs. You do sacrifice battery life to have some of these things, and the HTC One X is only available exclusively through AT&T. The smartphone does not have a MicroSD slot for expanding memory, but does come with more internal storage than the Galaxy S III for the base model.

Speaking of the Samsung Galaxy S III, this flagship handset is a chilling reminder that the iPhone isn’t the only mainstream smartphone on the market. The Galaxy S III boasts a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED screen, a joy to look at with a pixel density of 306 PPI.

This is a very capable smartphone that both looks and feels great in your hand. If you like the custom TouchWiz interface over stock Android, this is a great smartphone choice. Its processor will tear apart what you throw at it with its quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A9 packed inside, all while getting excellent battery life. You can even expand the memory storage with a MicroSD card. 

Samsung’s flagship phone is currently the Galaxy Note II. The Note II is great if you are looking for some serious screen estate, although its 5.5-inch screen only has a pixel density of 267 PPI. Nevertheless, the Note II steps up the game with a 1.6 GHz quad-core processor, 2 GB of RAM and up to 128 GB of internal storage.

The best thing about the Note II is the stylus, especially if you are drawing a picture, signing for a credit card payment, or simply using the phone for general purposes. The handset has expandable memory, but lacks NFC capability just like the iPhone 5. Thankfully, Samsung has put a stellar battery inside the Note II that makes the One X battery life seem like a joke.

The Nexus 4. This Google-branded smartphone is one of the only Android devices out there to offer instant updates to newer versions of Android. In addition to having a low price, you can tell why this handset has been selling like hotcakes since its release in early November.

The Nexus 4 comes with a 4.7-inch screen, 2 GB of RAM, a 1.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 8 GB or 16 GB of internal storage, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, and one of the most beautiful smartphone designs on the market. One drawback is that the Nexus 4’s screen does not have particularly accurate colors, especially when you place it next to an iPhone. Besides that, the Nexus 4 is without doubt an excellent smartphone choice.

All of these smartphones are truly great devices, so it really depends on what features you are looking for specifically. Do you need a large screen and good battery life, or perhaps more RAM and better build quality?  The choice — albeit tough — is yours. Which Android smartphone is on your wish list? Happy holidays and happy last minute shopping.

Joe Rossignol contributed to this report.

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