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Which smartphone to buy for Christmas?
If you're looking for a last-minute Christmas gift, a smartphone could be the way to go, but from Android to Apple -- the choices are endless. Consumer Reports has partnered exclusively with 7 On Your Side to reveal this season's top smartphone picks.
Smartphones are getting smarter and smarter. They've added a long list of features like wireless sharing and advanced cameras. Consumer Reports tested more than 100 phones to help shoppers focus in on the features they really need.
There's no end to the "smart" things these devices can do. Apple's iPhone 5S can scan your fingertip to unlock the screen. One Samsung phone lets you just wave your hand to answer calls. Sony's got a phone that can survive a dunk in water.
"The newest phones do loads of things, but you can easily get lost in all their features. In our labs, we've identified the essentials," says Mike Gikas with Consumer Reports.
A high-quality display is a must-have. It makes surfing the web, reading an e-book, or watching video a pleasure. "Displays of 4.5 inches used to be the exception but now, we're seeing more phones with even bigger screens squeezed into cases that fit your hand," Gikas says.
Next, a really good camera, no phone should be without it. "Cameras keep improving and a lot of new phones have controls and editing tools that make your pictures even better," Gikas explains.
Also important is battery life. What good is a phone that can't keep up with you? "There are some that actually let you talk for more than 24 hours on a single charge," Gikas says.
And if you're shopping for a phone, Consumer Reports found many to recommend. Among Androids, Samsung's Galaxy S4 is top-rated. It has a high-quality display, a great camera, and long-lasting battery life.
Also consider the LG G2 for its excellent display and super battery. If you prefer Apple's operating system, Consumer Reports says the iIhone 5S is the best iPhone yet.
Consumer Reports also tested apple's new iPhone 5C -- that's the one that comes in fun colors like blue, green, and pink. It's a chunkier and less costly alternative to the 5S, but they share a lot features like a top-notch camera and excellent 4-inch display.
Consumer Reports is published by Consumers Union. Both Consumer Reports and Consumers Union are not-for-profit organizations that accept no advertising. Neither has any commercial relationship with any advertiser or sponsor on this site.
(All Consumer Reports Material Copyright 2010. Consumers Union of U.S. Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.)
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