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Holiday Gift Guide 2018

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Nov 20, 2018, 11:56 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

The giving season has arrived once again. Over the next few weeks, we'll experience the sights and sounds of celebrations across cultures. Many will also spend time rushing from store to store in search of that perfect gift for family and friends. In an effort to help save you time, Phone Scoop has put together a list of tech-minded gifting suggestions. Whether you're looking for accessories or phones, we've got you covered.

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Tech was made for gifting. Who doesn't relish the idea of opening a smartly-wrapped package that contains a bit of electric joy? Tech comes in all shapes and sizes, and all price points. As we head into the 2018 holiday season, it's hard not to feel overwhelmed by the sheer volume of mobile devices and accessories that are cluttering store shelves, both virtual and real. Phone Scoop is here to add a sprinkle of sanity to the merry madness.

If there is one easily-spotted trend in smartphones release over the last year, you might say "the notch." The iPhone X kicked off a veritable landslide of notch-topped phones. It's now hard to escape them. The less-obvious — but more important — trend in phones this year focused on the cameras.

Many phone makers near and far have adopted the two-camera arrangement for advanced features such as bokeh. A handful of phone makers took it a step further and jumped to three-camera arrangements for wide, normal, and zoomed shooting. More importantly, phone cameras are able to take advantage of much more powerful processors and software that is faster and smarter than before. This is good news for everyone.

A third — and unwelcome — trend in smartphones this last year was a dramatic increase in prices. The top phones from Apple, Google, and Samsung have reached the $1000 mark. This means phones may not necessarily be the most practical gift. This is why we've balanced our gift guide with a selection of affordable tech tools, such as speakers, headphones, and wearables.

Traditionally, you'd find the best deals on gifts on Black Friday but the retail industry has been changing that up. Sales are already under way and change on a daily basis. If the gift you want to buy is too expensive now, the price may drop in a few days, or next week. It pays to shop around and compare prices. Don't necessarily rely on the carriers to give you the best price.

As always, good luck shopping and Happy Holidays from Phone Scoop!

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