Holiday Guide: Top Devices

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Ok, boys and girls, that time of the year is getting closer and closer again. The holidays are coming and more than likely you want to surprise your family and friends with some great gifts. If you are into giving the gift of mobility, then let us help you make up your mind and choose the perfect devices for your loved ones. Are you interested in a particular OS? Maybe features? Or maybe you want to spend little money. Whichever the case is, this guide is here to help you.

T-Mobile

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HTC HD2

This is the mother of all WM devices. Equipped with some of the hottest technology out there for mobile devices, the HD2 sports a huge 4.3 inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen, a 5 MP camera, dual LED flash, and so much more. To put the cherry on top, T-Mobile offers the device with a free 16 GB microSD card preloaded with Transformers 1 and 2. This top pick is one of the hottest devices on XDA for several reasons: lots of development on it allows for many tweaks and hacks that enable functionality such as Wifi N, install custom roms of many different flavors, and much more. But its best current development, is its ability to run Android and Ubuntu almost perfectly. So, you get the best of three worlds in a single device.

Price with 2 year Contract: $149.99

Price without Contract: $449.99

The HD2 can be purchased directly from the T-Mobile website.

The HD2 has a home in XDA.

Samsung Vibrant

The Samsung Vibrant belongs to the Galaxy S series of smartphones recently released by Samsung. It packs a powerful 1 GHz processor as well as 16 GB of built in memory. The AMOLED screen gives the device a very crisp and sharp picture, so watching movies and videos is a real pleasure. The development of this device on XDA started a little before the Vibrant was even released and therefore has many goodies that can be enabled by tweaking the device a bit. Sleek and powerful, this device would make the perfect gift for someone who wants power right out of the box.

Price with 2 year Contract: $199.99

Price without Contract: $499.99

The Vibrant can be purchased directly from the T-Mobile website.

The Vibrant has a home in XDA.

AT&T

The following are the best devices equipped with Android that AT&T has to offer:

Sony Xperia X10

It wasn’t until recently that Sony decided to start getting into the world of WM and Android. The first installment was the ever popular Sony Xperia X1, which ran on WM and had a querty keyboard. Since then, Sony has been studying the market up close and decided to release the X10, an Android powered device, sporting a large screen, a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, and a whooping 8.1 MP camera. The device has been under heavy development in our forums and has gone to great lengths so far. Very robust and powerful, the device has been a hit in all markets (both US and international), and with a nice price tag, you simply cannot go wrong with this device.

Price with 2 year Contract: $349.99

Price without Contract: $149.99

The X10 can be purchased directly from the AT&T website.

The X10 has a home in XDA.

Samsung Captivate

The Samsung Captivate belongs to the Galaxy S series of smartphones recently released by Samsung. Just like its T-Mobile counterpart, the Vibrant, it is equipped with a powerful 1 GHz processor as well as 16 GB of built in memory. To top it off, AT&T’s 7.2 mbps 3G connection makes this device a blazing fast option for a gift to that person you love. The 5 MP camera can also shoot really high quality pictures to share with friends and family. A very nice addition to the AT&T family.

Price with 2 year Contract: $199.99

Price without Contract: $499.99

The Captivate can be purchased directly from the AT&T website.

The Captivate has a home in XDA.

Sprint

The only network to offer 4G speeds also offers fantastic devices to make the best out of them:

HTC EVO 4G

We simply couldn’t help but to add this wonderful piece of work to the list. The first device to hit US markets capable of using 4G has been a hit among the crowds since day 1. This device is the HD2’s Android counterpart in many aspects, but with many improvements over its predecessor. Improvements like an 8 MP camera capable of shooting 720p video, a front facing CMOS camera for video conferencing/chatting, HDMI output, and did we mention that it could use Sprint’s 4G network (where available)? The device is indeed a masterpiece by HTC and should be considered to be one of the hottest devices of the year.

Price with 2 year Contract: $199.99

Price without Contract: $449.99

The EVO can be purchased directly from the Sprint website.

The EVO has a home in XDA.

Samsung Epic 4G

Although the Epic is not out yet (and will not be until the end of August), the device lives up to its name. This is the first 4G device featuring a physical slide-out querty keyboard, and comes equipped with all the goodies that can be expected in a Galaxy S family member: 1 GHz Hummingbird processor, dual cameras, 720p capable, an much more. This is also a great device if you are into texting, as the previously mentioned slide-out querty makes typing a breeze. This device will be out on August 31st, according to Sprint’s official website.

Price with 2 year Contract: $249.99

Price without Contract: $499.99

The Epic can be purchased directly from the Sprint website.

The Epic has a home in XDA.

Verizon Wireless

No list would be complete without including the “big red”. Their wide selection has something for the “techno geek” in all of us:

Motorola Droid X

This is Motorola’s answer to HTC’s EVO 4G. The Droid series of phones has been paramount in Verizon’s entrance into the Android user base. This fantastic device features a magnificent 4.3 inch WVGA screen, 1 GHz processor, 8 MP camera, and the (now) mandatory 16 GB microSD card. The device can record and play video in 720p HD out of the box, so this has no need for rooting, updating, or patching to get this working. Lastly, although this has been ported to other devices, who can forget about the fact that the Droid X comes with the revolutionary multi-touch keyboard? This software is a first of its kind and has skyrocketed the device to the top of many user charts. This is the creme de la creme for the big red, if you are looking for an upgrade.

Price with 2 year Contract: $199.99

Price without Contract: $569.99

The Droid X can be purchased directly from the Verizon website.

The Droid X has a home in XDA.

Motorola Droid 2

While the Droid X seems to be the ultimate piece of hardware that you will ever need, it lacks one thing… a physical keyboard. Motorola decided that since the original Droid was so overwhelmingly popular, and that a physical keyboard is the preferred method for texting as well as for many professionals, they released the much anticipated update to the Droid: the Motorola Droid 2. While it is not as featured pack as its bigger brother, the X, this device packs enough of a punch to keep you happy for a long time. The device features a 5 MP camera, 1 GHz processor, and a 3.7 inch WVGA screen, which is a blessing for us with smaller pockets. The most talked about feature of the Droid 2 (aside from the keyboard) is the fact that it comes with Android 2.2 from factory, so until Gingerbread or Honeycomb hit the markets, you are equipped with the latest of the latest in Android tech. So, if you thumbs are itching for some live Froyo action, this device is for you.

Price with 2 year Contract: $199.99

Price without Contract: $559.99

The Droid 2 can be purchased directly from the Verizon website.

The Droid 2 has a home in XDA.

At this point, you may be thinking: “Great! But I already know or own some of these. Isn’t there anything new coming this Holiday Season? I need a good reason to wake up at 2 am in the cold winter weather for Black Friday.” Worry not, your prayers have been heard:

HTC Vanguard (T-Mobile G2)

If you thought that nothing could top the speed of the EVO, you should certainly swing by a T-Mobile store and take the G2 for a test drive. The device is fitted to use T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network to be a speed devil capable of up to 21 Mbps. The device sport a QWERTY keyboard just like the G1 (hence, T-Mobile’s name selection). On top of that, both GPU and CPU clock speed tests scored about 50% higher than the Galaxy S and the iPhone 4. Other interesting factoids about this device are: preloaded with delicious Froyo 2.2, 5 MP camera capable of shooting 720p video with LED flash, track pad (replacing the G1’s trackball), and 8 GB microSD card (included).

Price with 2 year Contract: $99.99

Price without Contract: $399.99

The G2 can be purchased in the Amazon Wireless store.

The G2 has home in XDA

HTC HD7

The time is finally getting close as more and more release dates of the WP7 devices are surfacing almost daily. Most major players have “leaked” some information regarding the new wave, and just in time for the holidays too. HTC is the closest one we have seen about to make device availability become a reality for US markets. This device is scheduled to go live sometime in November, according to sources (on pre-order via sites like Amazon). If you are hungry for details, some of the best specs of this device are: Windows Phone 7 OS, a 1 GHz processor, built in 16 GB of internal storage, 5 MP camera, dual LED flash, 720p video recording, and just like its predecessor (the HD2), it offers a huge 4.3 inch WVGA screen.

Price with 2 year Contract: $169.99

Price without Contract: $549.99

Availability: November 2010 (T-Mobile USA)

The HD7 has home in XDA.

HTC Surround

As WP7 will be coming out initially for GSM carriers, AT&T decided to jump into the band wagon and offer three devices equipped with the new OS from Microsoft. However, the one that stands out the most is the HTC Surround. The newly announced device offers the very distinct feature of a slide out surround sound capable speaker (hence, the name of the device), which is rather uncommon for a PDA type phone. Other specs include a 1 GHz processor, 16 GB of built in memory, 5 MP camera, a crisp 3.8 in WVGA screen, and of course, Windows Phone 7 as its OS. So, get ready to blast some music with your phone the way it was always intended.

Price: Unknown/unconfirmed yet…

Availability: November 2010 (AT&T)

The Surround has home in XDA.

We hope that you enjoyed this little guide and that we have helped you in any way to make up your mind on what your next device will be, or what you will be giving to your loved ones in this Holiday Season.

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