In time for the rush of holiday shoppers, tech companies have been releasing some of their best and brightest gadgets.
If you’re in the market for a new phone or tablet, check out the hot new releases we’ve profiled below. Whether you’re shopping for yourself or someone else, there’s a good chance you’ll find one that’s the perfect fit.
The Nexus 5 is the first phone to feature Android 4.4, KitKat. This phone also offers a 5-inch screen, 4G, LTE and Wi-Fi capabilities, easy access to Google right from the home screen and an 8-megapixel camera. A Snapdragon 800 processor and 2 GB of ram are packed into its 4.8-ounce frame. Wireless charging is an added bonus. The Nexus 5 is available through T-Mobile and Sprint. Without a contract, the 16 GB version is $349, or upgrade to 32 GB for $399.
The Moto G offers a 4.5-inch screen and a Snapdragon 400 processor. The phone currently runs on Android 4.3, Jelly Bean, but includes a guaranteed update to 4.4, KitKat, in the near future. It comes with 8 or 16 GB of memory, and both versions include two free years of 50 GB of Google Drive storage. Unfortunately, the Moto G won’t be available for U.S. purchase until shortly after the first of the year, so if you want to give this as a Christmas gift, it will have to be in the form of an IOU. The 8 GB phone, available from major carriers, retails for just $179 without a contract.
Is it a phone? Is it a tablet? Some are calling it a phablet. The Lumia 1520’s six-inch display is on the large end for a phone, so it gives you all the capabilities of a Windows 8 phone, but also many of the perks that are normally reserved for tablets. For example, Microsoft Office is built right in. The camera boasts an impressive 20 megapixels, and the Nokia Storyteller software offers creative photo editing options. Other features include wireless charging, a Snapdragon 800 processor and up to 25.1 hours of talk time. The Lumia 1520 is available on the AT&T network, with a price of $584.99 or $199.99 with a two-year contract.
Verizon’s exclusive new tablet is the first member of their Ellipsis lineup. Its seven-inch HD screen is comfortable to hold, but is large enough for easily interacting with apps, reading books or watching movies. A front- or rear-facing 3.2-megapixel camera is handy for video chatting, and Verizon Messages allows for texting right from the tablet. Access the internet over Wi-Fi or Verizon’s cellular network. When purchased without a 2-year contract, this 8 GB tablet costs $249.
Weighing in at just one pound, the 7.5-millimeter thick iPad Air is 28 percent lighter and 20 percent thinner than its predecessor. However, it offers CPU and graphics performance that’s twice as fast as its predecessor’s. It also packs in two attenae for enhanced Wi-Fi performance. The variety of built-in apps will look stunning on the iPad Air’s 9.7-inch Retina display. All models have Wi-Fi capability, and cellular data connectivity is optional. Memory options range from 16 GB to 128 GB, and prices range from $499 to $929.
The latest version of the iPad Mini sports a stunning 7.9-inch Retina display, which boasts more than 3.1 million pixels. The tablet runs on iOS 7, has a battery that lasts up to 10 hours and weighs less than three-quarters of a pound. Many of Apple’s exclusive apps come with the iPad Mini or are downloadable for no extra charge. In fact, its features are equal to those of the iPad Air, just in a smaller package. Both Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi plus cellular data versions are available, and memory ranges from 16 GB to 128 GB. Prices start at $399.
Packed with new features, fast speeds and handy app capabilities, these phones and tablets offer something for everyone. They offer high-tech options for staying organized, entertained and in touch with loved ones near and far. Add one of these gadgets to your Christmas list, or wrap one up as a much-appreciated gift.