GadgetGuy Holiday Gift Guide: Phones


While most smartphones have a fairly proscribed feature set -– voice calls, web browsing, apps, multimedia, email – some models offer seek a point of different by providing out-of-the ordinary functions, including 3D screens and game pads.

HTC Sensation XL

Price: No out right price; Available on Vodafone

While some manufacturers strive to achieve the “compact” ideal, HTC does the opposite with the XL, a phone that, with a 4.7 inch screen, is one of the largest currently available. Perfect for multimedia, it comes with a pair of Beats by Dr. Dre headphones.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia Play

Price: No outright price; Available on Telstra and Optus

Occupying the middle ground between smartphone and a PlayStation Portable, the Xperia Play gives a 4 inch handset a slide-out gamepad reminiscent of those used on Sony’s own gaming platforms.

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Motorola Defy+

Motorola's Defy+ doesn't look different from the original Defy model, although the innards have been upgraded.

Price: $299; Available on Telstra

A touchscreen handset that can survive the elements? Motorola’s Defy+ features a 3.7 inch scratch-resistant touchscreen and rubber seals around all the ports, making it water- and dust-resistant. It’s a little bit faster than last year’s Defy, and now features Android 2.3.

Nokia N9

Price: $799

Manufactured from the same material used in hockey pucks and running the new Meego operating system, Nokia’s N9 is a unique handset and, to our eyes, one of the best-looking smartphones on the block.

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HTC Evo 3D

Price: No outright price; Available on Telstra, Optus, and Vodafone

Between the two 3D phones released this year, this is easily our favourite. It combines a solid, textured feel, Android 2.3 OS, and for creative types, filters and effects that can be applied to 3D images. It’s coolest party trick, however, is the autostereoscopic screen – no need for 3D glasses!

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