HotHardware Holiday Gift Guide 2010

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What's Christmas without calling far-away siblings and wishing them the happiest of holidays? It's a craptastic Christmas, we'll tell ya! Here are a list of our favorite smartphones from this year...just be sure to mention that you're not picking up the monthly bill to whoever gets one!

BlackBerry Torch 9800 - $0.01 on a 2-year AT&T contract


RIM claims BlackBerry 6 "retains the familiar and trusted features that distinguish the BlackBerry brand while delivering a fresh, approachable and engaging experience that’s powerful and easy to use." In other words, RIM says it has taken everything you like about a BlackBerry and added some cool new features and options that will improve your overall experience with the phone. Many long-time BlackBerry users will tell you this is exactly what they want—familiarity but with a more powerful and faster web browser, more social networking capabilities, better support for multimedia, etc.

HTC Droid Incredible - $0.01 on 2-year Verizon contract

The word "incredible" certainly invokes high expectations, so you can bet users will demand great things from this phone or there will be plenty of complaints. Given that the phone is made by HTC, a long-time and very popular player in the smartphone space, and the fact that the Incredible is hitched to Verizon Wireless' network, the phone certainly has a few things going for it; with HTC's Sense UI probably the best feature of all.

HTC EVO 4G (Sprint) - $99

HTC's EVO 4G isn't just America's first 4G handset, it's also the hottest selling Sprint phone of all time. Some might say it's no real surprise given the hype surrounding it, but we're not so sure that HTC and Sprint don't deserve even more credit for the accomplishment. Be warned, though: this smartphone requires a $10/month extra data fee atop the standard $30/month fee, so be sure to only give this to friends in 4G places.

Samsung Epic 4G Android Smartphone - $180 on 2-year Sprint contract

The most popular and powerful Android phones currently available are quite possibly members of the Samsung Galaxy S line. Powered by Samsung’s very own 1GHz Cortex A8-based Hummingbird processor and featuring a four-inch Super-AMOLED (active matrix organic light-emitting diode) capacitive touchscreen with a 480x800 resolution, it’s no wonder that Samsung has already sold over 5 million Galaxy S-branded phones. The latest member of the Galaxy S family is the Samsung Epic 4G Android Smartphone, which adds two unique features that the other Galaxy S handsets lack: a slide-out keyboard and 4G capabilities.

Apple iPhone 4
- $199+ on 2-year AT&T contract

Apple's design and hardware changes are all rather impressive, and despite adding more CPU horsepower, Apple has managed to improve battery life over the prior iPhone models. We wish that they would've taken the opportunity to add physical Orientation Lock and Camera Shutter buttons to the edges (the button layout around the edges is effectively the same as on the iPhone 3GS and 3G), but those are minor quibbles in the grand scheme of things. The phone's new display is simply awe-inspiring and gorgeous.

Dell Streak Android Tablet / Phone - $350+ on an AT&T contract

The Dell Streak Android tablet is available right now. (In fact, not only has it already been available in the U.K. since June, but we first got a glimpse of it back in January, when it was still being called the Dell Mini 5.) With an 800x480, five-inch (diagonal) screen, some might question the Streak’s claim as a tablet—especially when you consider that the current über-tablet, the Apple iPad, has a 1024x768, 9.7-inch screen. But a five-inch display is really too big for a phone—even the HTC Evo 4G has only a 4.3-inch screen. So the Streak really fits somewhere between a phone and a tablet—you could call it a “phablet.”  Recently Dell updated the Streak with Android 2.2 aka FroYo, along with their Stage UI, so it also has been freshly dialed-up with software and performance.

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3vi1 3 years ago

>> Have you been naughty or nice?


Oh sure... throw that in my face.


I have the Samsung SyncMaster P2770 (not FH), and highly recommend it.  Even with 2ms time (same contrast ratio), I never notice ghosting or blurring.  The FH model sounds like an awesome gift.

amdcrankitup 3 years ago

Very nice gift guide for sure. If I had some deeeeeeeeep pockets I would have a great time going through that list and would come up with a real kick ass Rig.

Thats terrible temptation and my birthday is DEC 24 also the BIG 55 years old I need a rich uncle or something!!! Or one good lottery ticket!

realneil 3 years ago

[quote user="amdcrankitup"]and my birthday is DEC 24 also the BIG 55 years old[/quote]

I turned 57 today,...........

BTW: good list of bling,.....I like too much of it for my own good.

The ASUS WiCast EW2000 Wireless HD Video Transmitter and Receiver is especially tempting to me.

fat78 3 years ago

Now i need to find some one with a wallet big enough to buy me those gaming desktops

InfinityzeN1 3 years ago

I'm actually happy that I already have several things on the list.

Something to add in, for those people like I was with six (yes SIX) remotes on my coffee table is the Logitech Harmony series of remotes.  The Harmony One for those who don't need RF, the Harmony 900 (which I picked up) for those who do.

I fell in love with the remote less than an hour after opening it.  Replaced all my remotes, actually handles all the I/O and on/off for any activities you use it for, full color touch screen.  Review it guys!

rapid1 3 years ago

Nice gift list really like the list. Specifically the GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD5is an awesome 1366 socket board which I have used on one rig for close to a year now with no issues at all. The NZXT Phantom and Corsair Cases are awesome, as are the headphones (of which I need a new pair of, just because I want some )). I could personally really use a flat screen monitor as well 22.5" or bigger (as it is always better) will do, just hit me up for my address when you wanna send me one.

der meister 3 years ago

I want a T-rex on the front page.... that or the 27" 3d monitor...

realneil 3 years ago

[quote user="Der Meister"]I want a T-rex on the front page.... that or the 27" 3d monitor...[/quote]

I wouldn't mind a T-Rex to keep my neighbor's dog from crapping on my lawn,............


mentaldisorder 3 years ago

Might I add that the 40gb agility 2 is on sale and with rebate will cost you $96.  The Vertex 2 costs $84.99 after rebate.

ed007 3 years ago

print- hand wifey... go shopping woman! :)

Specjre 3 years ago

Great list I will have to look at a few of these to put under the tree.  Just wonder if I will be able to resist the urge to put my name on them.

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