Phil's gift guide

Insert your favorite holiday cliche here. Go ahead. Do it. I won't judge. 'Tis the season. Deck the halls with something something. It's that time of year again.

We're starting our annual holiday gift guides. And this year, we're personalizing them. Perhaps you've already seen Jerry's glazed ham? (OK, who hasn't seen Jerry's glazed ham.) Now it's my turn. 

Read on for my must-have Android-related gifts for 2012.

The Google Nexus Q

Nexus Q

I don't care that the Nexus Q was shelved before it ever really went on sale. I don't care that we don't know if it'll ever return in its current form. I do know that a few shipped, and I love this little orb. With it I can get YouTube, Google Play movies and Google Music piped into my home entertainment center. (And don't forget it'll serve as a standalone amplifier, too -- no TV necessary!)

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You can still find the Nexus Q for sale online. EBay's got it for $200 or less. And for me, that's not a horrible price. A little bit of a splurge for something that might well be defunct. But, dammit, the Nexus Q still works, and it works well. If you can find one, get it. [Nexus Q on eBay]

SIM card cutter

SIM card cutter

These are cheap but indispensable. You might not think you need one -- until you find you need one. It's simple: Insert your mini-SIM card, and squeeze the handle. Out pops a micro-SIM. Or maybe even a nano-SIM, if that's how you roll. Your cutter likely will come with some adapters, too. Trust me, it's $4 or $5 well spent if you want to save time somewhere down the road. [Amazon]

Rechargable Bluetooth speaker

I'm still surprised at how much I use a speaker around the house. In the kitchen. Out back. On the front porch. And if you're not a Bluetooth fan (it can still be a little bit finicky), just plug in. No muss, no fuss. I've been using the Supertooth Disco 1 for what feels like forever now. If you've got some extra money to burn, step up and check out the ever-stylish Jawbone Jambox. [ShopAndroid]


Bose MIE2

I'm a bit of a headphone hog -- different sets for different uses. Cans for desk work. Less comfortable noise-canceling plugs for long flights. But my day-to-day travelers are the Bose MIE2i headsets. Good sound, a comfortable fit, and a price that, while not cheap at a little more than $100, doesn't break the bank. Plus it's got the talk/end button for calls (and that button does double duty for music apps, too). [Amazon]

A major award

Major award

OK, this is only the 20-incher. (The full 45-inch leg costs three times as much.) But c'mon, it's a major award! [Amazon]

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