Best Smartphones to Gift in 2012

Steve Thompson
Yahoo! Contributor Network
Best Smartphones to Gift in 2012
Gift a smartphone based on the recipient's interests, whether it be taking photos or playing 3D games.

These days, just about everybody could benefit from a new smartphone. The technology changes quickly, and it's easy for us to get comfortable with the phones we already use, so we don't always think about upgrading. If you're going to gift a smartphone in 2012, here are a few excellent options to consider.

Samsung Stratosphere

If your friend or loved one has never owned a smartphone before, the Samsung Stratosphere is an excellent choice. It's a simple, intuitive device with accurate GPS and crystal clear reception. It's also the first slider phone with a QWERTY keyboard, which will be comfortingly familiar for people who are used to computer keyboards.

The 5MP camera is also a good reason to choose the Stratosphere for a new user. Built-in flash and continual auto-focus makes it an excellent camera as well as a phone, so the recipient will have double reasons to be thankful.

Motorola Droid Razr HD

The original Motorola Razr was one of the most popular devices ever to hit the market, so the Motorola Droid Razr HD has a lot to live up to. Fortunately, it seems to outperform other devices in its category on a lot of different points. This would make an excellent gift for the on-the-go professional in your life. If the recipient is going to use it for surfing the web, making phone calls, finding nearby stores, and getting directions, he will be pleased with the Razr's speed and precision.

It is also a very ergonomic phone, with a slim, comfortable design. The outside is protected by a splash guard just in case the phone comes into contact with water, and the screen is specifically designed to resist scratches. In other words, this is also a great gift for your accident-prone loved one. It comes in both white and black, and it also includes a front-facing web cam for video chat.

Blackberry Bold 9930

If you're struggling for gift ideas for a Blackberry user, consider the Blackberry Bold 9930. This model is deceptively similar to those that came before, but it's received excellent reviews for call clarity, screen resolution, speed, and excellent video quality.

The vastly improved OS is the main reason to help a loved one upgrade to the 9930. The intuitive user interface and extra pixels on the screen make it a worthy investment, especially if the recipient's current phone is way out of date.

A fancy smartphone is an excellent gift choice for people who are difficult to shop for, or who don't upgrade their phones on their own.