Holiday Gift Guide 2012: Best Smartphones

Buying a smartphone for a loved one this holiday season will not be an easy task given the amount of options on the table. From Apple’s iOS to Google’s Android to Microsoft’s brand new Windows Phone 8 operating system, holiday shoppers have immense choice when it comes to selecting a quality smartphone for a loved one.

Shopping for a new smartphone is not an easy task. Some smartphones have larger batteries that are perfect for power users. Others have larger screens for content consumers. And some have higher resolution displays for those that truly want crisp content on display. Of course, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. But shopping for a new high-end smartphone doesn’t need to be that complicated and we’re here to help point shoppers in the right direction.

Whether it’s someones first smartphone or the latest in their collection, there is a smartphone option out there that will suitable for just about every need. And maybe the best thing about this year’s holiday smartphone shopping season is the fact that there are plenty of high-end, top-notch smartphones out there that won’t break the bank.

Here, we take a look at what we consider the best smartphones for sale for the rest of 2012. Some of the phones average shoppers will recognize. However, there are a few that may have just been slight blips on the radar up until now. All of them though are solid options and should be at the top of the list for those looking to snag a new smartphone for a loved one in the next few weeks.

iPhone 5

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iPhone 5

Apple's iPhone 5 might just be the best iPhone yet with its 4-inch display, its 4G LTE data speeds, and its beautiful industrial design that features metal, aluminum and glass.

Read: iPhone 5 Review: A Month with the new iPhone.

It also helps that it features a speedy A6 processor, one of the best rear cameras on the market, an HD front-facing camera for video chat, and top-of-the-line battery life.

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Apple also offers users a choice of 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of storage space, something not always available on high-end smartphones. With a $199 starting price, the iPhone 5 is certainly a good device to look at for someone's first smartphone as it's an all-around great device.

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