Buying a smartphone for anyone that isn’t you can seem like a daunting task. If you plan on buying a phone as a gift this holiday season, you need to consider cost, plan details, and compatibility. You will also need to decide whether to go with Apple or Android, or for the super technology-dedicated, a Microsoft, Firefox, or Amazon phone. There are many smartphones to choose from, with a handful of iPhones to dozens of Androids and the lesser known phones like Ubuntu.
Android and Apple control around 99% of the smartphone market, with Windows, Firefox, and the others amounting to a about 1%. Unless the person you’re getting the gift for knows exactly what they want, you’re safer sticking with Android or Apple.
Next, you must pick a carrier for your chosen smartphone. There are only 4 main carriers that cover a wide area in the United States: AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile. Remember, you don’t want to splurge on a phone that is trapped in a network that doesn’t extend outside of your town.
Price is another major factor that you should consider when buying a smartphone as a gift. This guide will arrange phones by low-end ($0-$400), midrange ($401-$700), and luxury ($701+).
Buying a smartphone for your partner
If you are buying a smartphone for your spouse, you should consider splurging a little. A smartphone is a multi-year investment that will form the core of most of that person’s interaction with the Internet, their friends, phone calls, and more.
Starting with the low-end option, the Moto Z Play is a solid device for $350. This smartphone features impressive customization and is available unlocked, so it can pair with most networks. It also features a water-repellant coat, 16 MP camera, 16 or 32 gigs of space, and a slot of a microSD slot for expandable storage.
The mid-tier option that could be best for your spouse is the Samsung Galaxy. While many people associate Samsung with high-end smartphones, off contract, they can come in under $700 keeping it midrange. The S7 has been given numerous awards, including best camera phone in 2016. It has a large screen, plenty of RAM, 32 gigs of memory, and an expandable microSD slot. Although there are newer Samsung phones, this model can still be a great gift in 2017.
Finally, in the luxury end, you can’t go wrong with the iPhone X. The waiting list is pushed out to 2018 for this smartphone. However, if your partner is a fan of Apple, being on the list can still be an exciting gift. The iPhone X is the closest to an “all-display” Apple smartphone and features FaceID and dramatically increased performance over the iPhone 7. This phone is $1,000, but the cost may be worth it. If your partner is an Android fan, the Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+ also features state of the art technology like retina scanners. This smartphone is cheaper than Apple’s newest product.
Buying for your kids
Technology was once very different when it came to who used what. Carphones were reserved for business people who needed access to contacts, pagers for teenagers and young adults, and flip phones for almost anyone. Now, most kids and adults have a smartphone. Smartphones don’t have to be luxurious items. They are a necessary part of everyday life, and your child can be safer and more in-the-know with one.
If you are planning on buying your child or teenager a smartphone as a present, try to steer clear of the more expensive options. Like their clothes, they are going to outgrow them at best or destroy them at worst. You need a phone that is durable and cheaper to replace, so luxury phones are out.
The under-appreciated iPhone SE is a great choice for a child. The SE is the iPhone 6S on an iPhone 5S body. Its smaller form is ideal for small hands and it has durable body. Although this phone may not seem quick, it packs plenty of processing power for your child’s needs. The SE boasts a 12MP camera, the A9 Processor, and a midrange cost.
If you want to go low-end, you can choose to go with Motorola. This company produces the best budget smartphones on the market. The Moto G4 is a fitted with 2 gigs of RAM and 16 gigs of memory. However, pictures will fill that space up quickly if your child isn’t diligent about syncing them to a computer every few months. The G4 comes without most of the bloatware associated with Samsungs and other android phones as well, so consider external storage if possible. This smartphone has a large screen with decent quality. In short, the Moto G4 costs less than $200 and provides many of the features present on premium phones.
Finding the best smartphone gifts for your family
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