Lifehacker Gift Guide: Android Phones

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Lifehacker Gift Guide: Android Phones

Lifehacker readers love Android, and naturally we want to share that love with the rest of the world. Here’s a range of options for the deserving Android recipient in your life.

Obviously with any phone purchase, you have two choices: buying it outright from a carrier or online store, or signing up for a contract. For a Christmas gift, the former is marginally more likely (and hence what we’ve usually quoted), but parents might consider the contract route as well.

BEST CHOICES

Motorola Milestone 2

Cost: TBC (released on Optus and Vodafone in December)
Where to get it: See above
Why it's a good choice: If you want a physical keyboard as well as a touch screen on Android, this is easily the best pick.[imgclear]

Dell Streak

Cost: $649
Where to get it: Optus
Why it's a good choice: Gotta love that big, shiny screen for video and general browsing. Just make sure you upgrade it to Froyo.
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HTC Desire HD

Cost: Buy on a plan
Where to get it: Vodafone
Why it's a good choice: HTC's Sense platform is an Android platform expansion that actually kinda makes sense. Plus, it's gorgeous.
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BUDGET CHOICES

Telstra T-Touch Tab

Cost: $299
Where to get it: Telstra
Why it's a good choice: Sure, it's a basic device with a resistive screen, but for $299 it's a good choice for getting less tech-obsessed family online.[imgclear]

LG Optimus GT650f

Cost: $504
Where to get it: Telstra
Why it's a good choice: It's pretty much the cheapest Android model from a carrier right now.
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Android Plush Doll

Cost: $47.11
Where to get it: Dino Direct
Why it's a good choice: OK, it's not a phone. But if you want a budget option that won't cause you stress when a youthful recipient loses it at school, look no further.
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