Jingle Through the Holidays with These Smartphones

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Just about everyone on your shopping list probably has a smartphone, but the holiday season is a perfect time to treat them to an upgrade. Many people keep the same phone for years — even as much better, faster and smarter models hit the market — so a new device will be an especially appreciated and useful gift.

Here are the top five smartphones for the 2018 holiday season.

1. Samsung Galaxy Note 9, $999
Though it’s one of the priciest smartphones on the market, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has so much going for it and would be a fantastic gift for the tech-savvy person in your life who wants the best of the best. For starters, it has a big, beautiful display and a powerful stylus. It also boasts tons of storage space, a best-in-class processor and a huge battery, which is a major perk for anyone whose phone always seems to be dying in the middle of the day.
Specs
Display: 6.4 inches
Memory (RAM): 4 GB
Storage: 128 GB
Battery capacity: 3,300 mAh

2. LG V30+, $775
With plenty of storage, high-tech audio capabilities and decent earphones included, this is the perfect phone for the music lover in your life. It also has a large battery that will last all day. (The upcoming LG V40 is rumored to have even more great features, including a button for Google Assistant and a fingerprint sensor on the back.)
Specs
Display: 6 inches
Memory (RAM): 4 GB
Storage: 128 GB
Battery capacity: 3,300 mAh

3. Motorola Moto G6, $219.97
One of the most affordable smartphones you’ll find, the Moto G6 still packs quite a punch, and is widely considered the best bargain smartphone on the market. Some of the biggest draws (beyond the extreme affordability) include a headphone jack, sleek design and a fast-charging feature. Some users have lamented that it’s splash-proof (not waterproof) and the camera sometimes runs slowly, but overall, this is a solid phone at an incredible price point.
Specs
Display: 5.7 inches
Memory (RAM): 3 GB
Storage: 32 GB
Battery capacity: 3000 mAh

4. Apple iPhone Xs Max, $1099 and up
You can never go wrong gifting someone the latest iPhone model. The Xs is the largest iPhone to date, and one of the most popular features on the newest iPhones is Portrait Mode, which creates a depth-of-field effect, keeping your subject sharp against a blurred background. This allows you to take professional-looking photos right on your phone. It includes a faster processor and updated face-detecting technology to replace home buttons and fingerprint sensors.
Specs
Display:6.5 inches
Memory (RAM): 4 GB
Storage: 64-512 GB
Battery capacity: 2658

5. Google Pixel 2, $649
Many consider this to be the best smartphone camera out there, so this is a fantastic gift for the photography nerd or aspiring Instagram influencer in your life. It also boasts waterproofing and a larger version called the Pixel 2 XL for optimal display. Be on the lookout for the latest upgraded version, which is rumored to include an even better camera with a “super selfies” feature.
Specs
Display: 5 inches
Memory (RAM): 4 GB
Storage: 64 GB
Battery capacity: 2,000 mAh
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