The holidays are just a week away, and as our thoughts turn to celebration, food, drink and gifts, we're here to bring you a run-down of some of the top Android-centric gift ideas from around the web. Phil, Jerry and Richard have already delivered their gift guides, and now it's my turn to write up an Android-themed holiday wish list.
It's a mix of the shiny, the useful, the cheap, the expensive and the delicious. And you'll find it all after the break.
LG Nexus 4
Sure, it’s not the best all-rounder. But the Nexus 4 is my favorite Android device of the year, and if you can get hold of it at the Google Play Store price, it’s the best value smartphone on the planet. Android nerds know that nothing beats a Nexus, and this Nexus is the best Nexus. It’s got killer specs, the best, fastest version of Android yet, and it’s available unlocked, meaning it’s good to go on any GSM/HSPA carrier worldwide.
Wires suck. Anyone who owns a smartphone is familiar with the daily chore of hooking their device up to a wall for hours at a time. But the most recent batch of high-end phones has started supporting wireless charging through a few competing standards.
This ZENS model is marketed as Nokia Lumia 920-compatible, but it’s based on the Qi wireless charging standard, so it’ll work just fine with phones like the Nexus 4 and Droid DNA. (Double-check that your phone supports Qi before buying.)
More and more high-end phones are ditching removable batteries in order to cut down on thickness and improve build quality. So you might need some kind of external charging solution if you’re going to be away from wall outlets for any length of time.
Innergie’s Pocket Cell isn’t the highest capacity external battery, but it is incredibly compact, and it charges at up to 2.1 amps. That means it’s good for tablets, and phones should charge in double-quick time, too.
Samsung Galaxy Camera
I’m probably in the minority here, but I think Samsung’s Galaxy Camera is one of the most exciting and innovative Android devices we’ve seen this year. It’s a point-and-shoot camera powered by Galaxy S3 internals, running Jelly Bean and TouchWiz, not to mention 3G/4G and Wifi connectivity.
The Galaxy Camera delivers way better image quality than you’d get from a smartphone, with all the benefits of an Android-based mobile device. The only downside is that it ain’t cheap, retailing for $500 in the US and £350 in the UK.
Assorted Lloyd swag
A few great stocking fillers for Android fans, emblazoned with the image of the one and only Lloyd. Cover your meaty husk with a Lloyd t-shirt and pins, or attach him to other stuff with a Lloyd sticker.
J&D's bacon lip balm
An essential (and delicious) accessory, don't go under the mistletoe this holiday season without authentic bacon-flavored lip balm.