The IntoMobile Holiday Gift Guide isn’t just fun to look through, it’s a good tool to help you wrap up your last-minute holiday gift shopping. This round, we’re highlighting the mobile phones that we consider to be “geek chic.” In other words, they’re smartphones that aren’t just smart, they’re also stylish and sleek – just like the users that carry them.
If that “special someone” in your life needs a smartphone, but also likes the finer things in life, the phones below will make a perfect gift. Or, maybe that special someone is yourself, in which case, pick through the selections below as you get ready to shop for the most important person in your life – you!
Oh, and don’t forget to check out the full IntoMobile Holiday Gift Guide here!
$199.99 with new AT&T contract
Sometimes, you can be “chic” and “geek” at the same time – just as the AT&T Samsung Focus. With the brand-new Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system from Microsoft running the show, the Samsung Focus is one of this year’s most unique and fashionable smartphones. The WP7 operating system is a testament to how beautiful you can make a smartphone OS when you focus first on clean, high-concept design aesthetics and intuitive user interfaces. The Focus does the Windows Phone 7 platform proud by offering a likewise sleek design that focuses on clean lines and stylish details. And, with a 1GHz processor, 5-megapixel camera, 3G data connection, WiFi, GPS, and microSD card slot (not swappable), the Samsung Focus isn’t just high-tech, it’s clearly high-style. “Geek chic,” as it were.
$199.99 with new AT&T contract
LG has been struggling to catch up in the high-end smartphone game, and the LG Quantum might just be the tip of the Windows Phone 7 spear that LG will use to regain a foothold in the crowded US smartphone market. With some of the best industrial design that we’ve yet seen from LG and the WP7 platform making everything on the screen all nice and pretty, the LG Quantum is one impressive handset. It’s got some serious eye-appeal and powerful hardware to boot. The 1GHz processor, 5-megapixel camera, 16GB of onboard storage, WiFi, GPS, DLNA support, physical navigation buttons, and 3.8-inch capacitive touchscreen give the Quantum some geek cred, while the glossy magazine-look of Windows Phone 7 gives it the “chic” factor that you’re looking for.
$199.99 with new T-Mobile contract
It’s not easy being a geek and chic a the same time. There’s a special balance of high-tech and high-style that have to line up just right. The HTC HD7 hits that sweet spot right on the head. With the largest multitouch display of any Windows Phone 7 smartphone today, and support for T-Mobile’s blazing fast HSPA network, the HD7 is as high-tech as you could hope for in a WP7 phone. The full aluminum-unibody construction gives the HTC HD7 an unrivaled in-hand feel that will satisfy even geekiest of geeks out there, while the slim package and uniquely sexy display will have the most fashion-forward users out there nodding their heads in approval. If you’re looking for the highest-tech handset to run the eye-candy Windows Phone 7 OS, the HTC HD7 is a winner.
HTC EVO 4G
$199.99 with new Sprint contract
When it comes to having the latest and greatest technology, the Sprint HTC EVO 4G fits the bill. Speedy WiMAX data connection? Check. 4.3-inch WVGA multitouch display? Check. HDMI port? Check. Integrated kickstand? You betcha. Add a dash of 1GHz Snapdragon processor, a pinch of WiFi (b/g/n), some Mobile WiFi HotSpot, and a sprinkle of GPS (with compass) to this state-of-the-art dish, and you’ve got a recipe for one of this year’s most technologically advanced Android phones. If the integrated video-viewing kickstand, expansive 4.3-inch display, and HDMI-port didn’t give it away, the EVO 4G is a multimedia beast of an Android phone.