Christmas is rapidly approaching, but don't fear: tech is always a good choice and there are some great devices to choose from. We're looking at smartphones today, and what a year it has been. You're spoiled for choice if you do decide to invest in a smartphone for a loved one, or if you use Christmas to appreciate yourself by getting a-gift-from-me-to-me, so here are five of the latest and greatest handsets.
Apple iPhone 5S
One device that's sure to be popular this Christmas is the iPhone 5S. The 5S is certainly a step up from its predecessor; it is the world's first smartphone with 64-bit desktop-class architecture which, along with the new A7 chip, ensures blisteringly fast performance in the palm of your hand. Of course, the iPhone 5S looks the part as well with Apple's dedication to design evident across the device.
For the snap-happy, the 5S comes with the all-new 8 megapixel iSight camera with True Tone flash. And, for the security conscious, the 5S includes the much-publicized Touch ID so that others can't access your device and data.
Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung proved that it had a viable alternative to Apple in the form of the S3 and built upon this solid foundation with the Galaxy S4. It has an incredible screen, making it perfect for displaying pictures or videos, that really will blow you away the first time you turn on your device.
And, thankfully, the Samsung Galaxy S4 features equally impressive specs. With a 1.9 GHz quad-core processor and 2 GB RAM, the S4 is blisteringly fast and runs apps effortlessly. The Galaxy S4 is a masterpiece of design that combines practical features and functions with a gorgeous design, so it's no wonder that it's so sought after.
Sony Xperia Z1
Some smartphones have impressive specs, while others triumph with their camera offerings, but the Sony Xperia Z1 acts as the best of both worlds. It features a stunning 5-inch display, a 2.2 GHz quad-core processor, 2GB RAM and 16GB of internal storage.
But the goal of the Z1 is to be the 'best imaging handset available on the market.' It has a Sony G Lens, an Exmor RS for mobile sensor with 20.7 megapixels and a separate processor for imaging in the form of BIONZ for mobile. If you're looking for a smart social camera that can fit in your pocket and perform all the duties of a smartphone, the Xperia Z1 should be at the top of your Christmas list.
HTC was one of the first to switch the focus of the smartphone battleground and tried something different with the use of UltraPixel technology to allow more light into the sensor. The result is sharper images and better performance in low light. HTC also implemented the Zoe feature, which takes up to 20 photos and a 3-second video to create a living gallery.
HTC backed up this impressive camera and additional features with some serious internal firepower including a 1.7 GHz quad-core processor, 2 GB RAM and a stunning screen. Throw in HTC's Blinkfeed aggregator and you've got an innovative, stylish and powerful handset.
Nokia Lumia 1020
The Windows Phone OS is gain a foothold in the operating system battle, but if you are thinking of making the leap we would heartily recommend the Nokia Lumia 1020. At the heart of the Lumia 1020 is its impressive41 megapixel camera sensor and extra photography features.By capturing super high resolution shots, the Lumia 1020 can be used to zoom into specific points or details, while a smaller image is captured for instant sharing.
Of course, if you only wanted a camera, you'd get a camera, but the Lumia 1020 has impressive specs to boot. Housed behind the 4.5-inch screen you'll find a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus processor, 2 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage and a 2,000 mAh battery.