10 Mobile Gift Ideas for Last-Minute Shoppers

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2015-12-21
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    10 Mobile Gift Ideas for Last-Minute Shoppers

    Those looking to buy a mobile device are faced with an overwhelming number of options. These 10 deliver the kind of experience that any tech geek would love.
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    Apple's iPhone 6s Is a Winner
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    Apple's iPhone 6s Is a Winner

    Apple's iPhone 6s is one of the world's most popular smartphones. The device has a 4.7-inch screen and comes with between 16GB and 128GB of onboard storage. Not only does it run iOS 9 and provide ample power thanks to its built-in A9 processor, but the iPhone 6s also comes with a 3D Touch feature that lets owners modify the pressure they use when touching the screen to perform different functions. Pricing varies depending on the version and whether customers choose a monthly payment plan or a two-year contract.
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    For Big-Screen-Seekers, the iPhone 6s Plus Is Better
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    For Big-Screen-Seekers, the iPhone 6s Plus Is Better

    While the iPhone 6s Plus has many of the same features as the iPhone 6s, what makes it stand out is its screen size--measuring 5.5 inches. The iPhone 6s Plus will deliver a better resolution and more pixels per inch, but in terms of power and core features, like 3D Touch and Touch ID, there are no differences. The iPhone 6s Plus is more expensive than the iPhone 6s, but pricing will vary depending on the payment option customers choose.
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    Samsung's Galaxy S6 Line Offers Solid Choices
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    Samsung's Galaxy S6 Line Offers Solid Choices

    Samsung's entire line of Galaxy S6 smartphones is widely viewed as among the best in the market. The devices come in two versions: one featuring a standard bezel around the screen and one that offers an edge that adds an extra layer of usability. The Galaxy S6 line runs on Google's Android and has a quad-HD display. The devices come with an octa-core processor, and like their iPhone counterparts, support near-field communications (NFC). Like the iPhones, pricing for the Samsung devices differs based on the version customers choose and their payment options.
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    Don't Forget About the Galaxy Note 5
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    Don't Forget About the Galaxy Note 5

    Samsung's Galaxy Note 5 is another widely heralded device. The smartphone has a similar design to that of the Galaxy S6, but comes with a 5.7-inch screen, a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera and an octa-core processor. Customers will find Android 5.1 bundled with the handset, as well as 4GB of onboard memory. Perhaps the key differentiator for those who choose the Galaxy Note 5 is its support for Samsung's S Pen, which allows users to write on the screen with the stylus.
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    Google, Huawei Come Together With Nexus 6P

    Google's Nexus 6P is an outstanding smartphone that was actually developed by China-based company Huawei. It comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor and the Adreno 430 GPU. Plus, customers will find a 12.3-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 5.7-inch screen protected by Corning's Gorilla Glass 4 and USB Type-C connectivity for fast charging. The smartphone is available now, starting at $449.
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    Microsoft's Surface Pro 4 for Corporate Users
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    Microsoft's Surface Pro 4 for Corporate Users

    Microsoft's 12.3-inch Surface Pro 4 is one of the more appealing tablet options for corporate customers. The tablet, which starts at $899, runs on Windows 10 Pro and comes with a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) chip for additional enterprise-focused security. The Surface Pro 4 has a wide range of ports, including USB 3.0, and customers can choose Intel Core processors and Intel Iris graphics. Plus, a stylus makes the tablet even more useful.
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    The iPad Pro: Another Tablet Option for Corporate Users
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    The iPad Pro: Another Tablet Option for Corporate Users

    For corporate users looking for a tablet, Apple's iPad Pro is another option to consider. Like the Surface Pro 4, the iPad Pro comes with support for a stylus--the Apple Pencil. The device also has a 12.9-inch screen, ships with iOS 9 and runs on Apple's new A9X chip, which the company says can match many top-notch lightweight notebooks. For all of that, customers will need to dole out the cash: The device starts at $799.
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    Samsung's Galaxy Tab S2 Offers a Solid Experience
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    Samsung's Galaxy Tab S2 Offers a Solid Experience

    Samsung's Galaxy Tab S2 is another suitable option for those who want to buy their loved ones a tablet. The device comes in two flavors—one featuring a 9.7-inch screen and another with an 8-inch screen. Owners will also find Microsoft Office software running on the platform and can attach it to a cover that doubles as a stand and keyboard. The Android-based Galaxy Tab S2 is among Samsung's best slates. The 8-inch version goes for $350, while the 9.7-inch option is available for $400.
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    Another Google Option: The Pixel C
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    Another Google Option: The Pixel C

    The Google Pixel C is not just any tablet—it is a full-fledged two-in-one hybrid. The device, which runs on Android, has an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and up to 64GB of storage. Its screen measures 10.2 inches, and it runs on the Nvidia Tegra XI 64-bit processor. Customers will be able to connect to the Web via WiFi and charge the device with a USB Type-C charging cable. The Pixel C is available now for $499 to start.
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    Don't Forget About the New Surface Book
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    Don't Forget About the New Surface Book

    Microsoft's recently announced Surface Book is a notebook designed for those who want a Windows experience, but with the flexibility of a true hybrid. The computer, which starts at $1,499, has a hinged design that allows owners to use it as a notebook or tablet. In addition, it works with the Microsoft Surface Pen, letting users digitally write all over the screen. The Surface Book runs on Windows 10 Pro, has up to 1TB of storage and comes with Intel's Core processors. The Surface Book starts at $1,499.
 

The holiday season is quickly coming to an end, but there are still plenty of procrastinating shoppers who now must make some last-minute buying decisions. According to the latest shopping data, smartphones, tablets and notebooks, including Apple's iPhone and iPad Pro, are expected to be in high demand in the coming days, as shoppers rush out to pick up some tech goodies. Ultimately deciding which devices to buy, however, may not be so easy for those folks. There are many options and, as product reviews make abundantly clear, not all of those devices are equally as appealing. This slide show looks at 10 of the top devices available now that could fit the bill for anyone looking for a top-of-the-line mobile device to put under the Christmas tree. Some of these mobile devices may be a little pricey, but they all deliver the kind of experience that the tech geeks on your shopping list would love to get. Read on to see which mobile technology gifts last-minute shoppers should pick up as the holiday season winds down.

 
 
 
 
 
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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