Holiday Gift Guide:
Gifting a loved one a smartphone can be a great way to show your affection towards them. Maybe your father has a really old phone that needs to be replaced, or maybe you have a younger sibling who is in college and can’t afford to get an upgrade. No matter the occasion or the person, receiving a phone as a present will definitely put a smile on anyone’s face.
If you’re confused or completely lost for ideas, check out our list of recommendations down below:
Although the vast majority of people subscribe to the ideology ‘the bigger the better’, when it comes to smartphone sizes, there is still a large number of people who have more petite preferences. If not the size, the nostalgia factor could definitely be a reason for you to buy an iPhone SE for your special person this year.
Powered by the A13 Bionic chip, the iPhone SE has a small 4.7-inch Retina display, an IP67 waterproof and dust resistance rating and a single-lens 12MP f/1.8 rear camera. The phone is available in three shades, Black, White and PRODUCT(RED). You can purchase the Apple device for upwards of $299.
Mi Note 10
Are you searching for a flagship phone on a budget? If you are, look no further because Xiaomi’s Mi Note 10 is the perfect choice for you. Powered by the SnapDragon 730G, it has a 6.47-inch curved AMOLED screen, a gigantic 5260mAh battery, a penta-camera setup on the rear led by a 108MP main camera, 30W fast charging support, and an in-screen fingerprint sensor. It even has a headphone jack, which is something unusual for a 2020 flagship.
The Chinese all-rounder comes in three colours, has 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. If you are interested in purchasing the Mi Note 10, you can find it here for about $499.
If your special someone is really environmentally conscious, perhaps this might be a great gift. The whole idea behind the Fairphone 3+ or any of the other Fairphone devices is to create sustainable, eco-friendly phones. In line with this philosophy, they use recycled materials and try to make their smartphones as long-lasting as possible. Most of the components in the smartphone can be replaced, upgraded or repaired very easily.
The base Fairphone 3+ sports a 5.65-inch IPS LCD screen, 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage, 3,040mAh and is powered by the Snapdragon 632 chipset. You can check out our review here and purchase the device for €469 here.
One of the prettiest looking phones this year would have to be the OnePlus 8 in Interstellar Glow – a colour option best described as the colour of the sky just before the sun sets. For that one flamboyant person in your life who is bright, perky and a lover of unicorns and all things rainbow, this shade hits the nail right on the head.
Not only is the OnePlus 8 a real good looker, but it also has great guts. The slim smartphone boasts a 6.55-inch fluid AMOLED display, 5G support, Snapdragon 865, 4,300mAh battery, Warp Charge 30T and a bunch of other features for a starting price of $699. You can check out our review here or purchase the OnePlus device on Amazon for a discounted price of $599.
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE
Lastly, we have the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE, an elegant smartphone that serves as the perfect finish for our list. The Galaxy device has a 6.5-inch flat Super AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate and is available in a wide range of assorted colours. Apart from the colour options, another plus point is that the device supports 5G.
Other noteworthy tech specs include a water resistance rating of IP68, RAM options of 6GB and 8GB, 128GB or 256GB of internal storage, a 4,500mAh battery, Fast Wireless Charging 2.0 support and an under-the-screen optical fingerprint sensor. Currently, you can acquire a unit of the Galaxy S20 FE for $50 less than its usual price tag of $699 on Amazon.