Ring in the festive season by buying a loved one a phone they'll truly enjoy. There are great options at your beck and call for every platform. Christmas+smartphone=awesome!
We've noted the 'official' outright buy price for these phones, but you'll often be able to get a better deal by shopping around. We've also drawn heavily on the reviewing expertise of our sibling site Gizmodo in picking these phones. Thanks Giz!
Google Nexus 4 ($399)
OK, the Nexus 4 keeps selling out, and you'll have to be a slightly lucky elf to actually order one between now and Christmas Eve. But it's worth keeping a close eye on the ordering page, since this is an excellent value handset which offers you up-to-the-minute Android goodness. As Luke at Gizmodo put it: "This is the perfect Android device."
Apple iPhone 4 ($449)
Yes, the iPhone 4 is effectively two generations old. But at $449 for the 8GB it's a damn sight more affordable than the iPhone 5, and not everyone wants that extra row of icons. You still get the so-called retina display and a huge selection of apps.
Motorola Razr HD
If you want Android and you want battery life, this phone is the clear choice; Gizmodo notes that even with heavy usage, two days between charges was possible. It's a Telstra exclusive until the end of the year.
Nokia Lumia 920
OK, you can go cheaper with the Lumia 820 (and choose from a wider range of carriers). But if you want to experience all the good parts of Windows Phone 8, the Lumia 920 is the way to go. Gizmodo readers (a very picky phone crowd) chose it as the best phone of 2012.
Samsung Galaxy Note II
The iPhone 5 isn't the most interesting big screen in town. If you want a larger screen for video consumption or casual scribbling, the Note II is an impressive piece of equipment. The large size also gives it impressive battery life, and its performance is much stronger than the original Note.