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Holiday Gift Guide 2007

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Nov 21, 2007, 1:55 PM   by Eric Lin and Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

There is, no doubt, someone on your holiday gift list who wants a new phone. Our gift guide will help you pick the perfect gift for anyone.

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The holiday season is upon us, and with it comes our annual buyer's guide. We've done all the work for you, narrowing down the best choices for every person on your gift list on every national carrier. Because you have many people on your gift list, we've tried to limit our selections to phones that sell for $200, most cost much less — especially with a contract. The only exceptions are a few phones in our Feature Focus section that are either sold unlocked or are so feature-rich that they will cost much more.

We believe the first step in choosing the right phone for someone is to choose the right carrier. The freedom to choose a carrier near you with the best coverage, calling plans or just the one he's been on forever ensures the gift recipient the best experience once he or she has the right phone to use on that network.

To choose what phone to buy your loved ones as a gift, we've given you two routes to try. We've selected phones for every age group, but these recommendations are for the majority of people in an age group and may not meet your recipient's specific needs. In that case, we've also selected phones for specific features - music, photography, etc., that might be more suitable for your loved one regardless of age. Find the type of person you're buying for, and in most cases you'll find a phone for him on whichever network you deem the best choice.

After you've picked out the perfect phone, there's still one more thing to do. When you or the lucky person you're giving a phone to has moved everything off of the old phone, don't just toss it in your junk drawer or a closet corner, recycle it. If you want to know anything about phone recycling, from reasons to do it to where to take your phone, check out our Cell Phone Recycling Guide.



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Nov 23, 2007, 1:16 AM


8130 for verizon for the neitzens category: dedicated facebook app, access to im (jivetalk), blackberry messenger, streaming video support, camera for flickr and youtube. Media player and storage for up to 4 gigs i think. Definitely a better pick than the Q9m.
my guess is that the blackberry line didn't score as highly ontheir charts due to the fact that Blackberry access plans are a lot more expensive than other phones. $30 for sprint, $40 - $60 for everyone else. Rich and Eric can back me up on this or ...

Nov 23, 2007, 11:41 PM

LG VX100000? ... »
I think you have one to many Zeros listed Smile
Are you kidding me? Haven't you seen the latest Tooth/ocular implant device from LG? It just blows everything else out of the water. So much better then Motorola's crappy MLAR implants.

Dec 1, 2007, 10:38 AM

sanyo 3200???

I find it odd that you picked the 3200 over the katana2. At least in my area, the 3200 is often exchanged for the katana2 in almost every instance. it just seems to get a signal signal than any other phone. Besides, most people think the katana2 looks lot better than the 3200.

Nov 21, 2007, 8:45 PM

Since when..

...did T-mobile start carrying sony products again? T-Mobile, for one, wouldn't invest in a phone with such high-end features of the K850. I'm pretty sure its AT&T who's carrying this one.
please correct me if I am just completely wrong on this.
Tmobile doesn't care sony phones anymore. We haven't had SE phone since the t610.
An unlocked K850 could easily be used on T-Mobile. The beauty of SIM cards.
As the text says:

For the discerning shutterbug, you may have to find an unlocked model to really get their creative juices flowing. The models listed here are not easy to find. You'll have to search the Internet and big-box retail outl

Nov 22, 2007, 9:00 AM

more choices

Why didnt you guys include the ocean? or any of the helio products i noticed you guy went fot tmo,sprint,verizon,att, virgin, and jitterbug. there are other options besides those.
We're making the assumption that holiday gift shopping isn't like typical new-phone shopping that happens when a contract is up. While I'm sure some people buy new phones + new service as a gift, we're assuming that most people - or most of our reader...

Nov 21, 2007, 3:24 PM

Maybe its just where I live...

but people under 16 have the phones that are in the older age categories. I know two 14 year olds with iPhones.
But great job on putting this together guys! Very Happy
I see that too. Actually, I see kids that age who WANT the higher end devices, but many of the parents won't shell out the cash for their 14 year old to feel least not in my neighborhood. Obviously, based on posts I've read on PS, there ar...
Yeah, most every person I know under 16 has either the enV or Samsung U740.
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