Eight smartphone stocking stuffers for this Christmas

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and the shopping dates left before the holiday are ticking steadily away. If you’ve got a gadget geek on your list, here are eight mobile devices any smartphone lover would be happy to unwrap.

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LG G2

The LG G2 is powered by a 2.26GHz processor and 2GB of RAM, and for the budding photographers it features a 13 megapixel camera with image stabilization and 8x digital zoom. It runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

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Nokia Lumia 1020

You want megapixels for your camera? Well Nokia’s Lumia 1020 camera has 41 megapixels, which should be enough for anyone, plus a number of add-on camera accessories. It’s also a smartphone though, running Windows Phone 8 with a 4.5” display powered by 2GB of RAM.

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Sony Xperia Z Ultra

Looking for a big display? The Sony Xperia Z Ultra’s display is 6.4” of glorious HD. It features a 2.2GHz quad-core processor and an 8 megapixel camera on a phone running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Sony has put a lot of emphasis on video and audio playback.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Part phone and part tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 comes with a stylus and is features a 5.7” dull HD super AMOLED display powered by a 2.3GHz quad core processor and 3GB RAM. It weighs-in at 168g and runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.

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Apple iPhone 5S

The newest smartphone on the market from Apple is the iPhone 5S. It features an A7 chip with a 64-bit architecture, a Touch ID fingerprint sensor for added security and a new 8 megapizel iSight camera and a new FaceTime HD camera. It runs Apple’s iOS7.

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Blackberry Z30

The new flagship smartphone for BlackBerry is the Z30, running its new BlackBerry OS 10.2. It’s a 5” HD display device powered by an 1.7GHz dual-core processor with 2GB of RAM and featuring an 8 megapixel camera.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini

Don’t need one of those huge phones? Consider the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini. It features a 4.3” Super AMOLED qHD display, powered by a 1.7GHz processor and 1.5GB RAM. It runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and features an 8 megapixel camera for your photography needs.

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HTC Desire

Another small phone option is the HTC desire, with its 4.5” qHD display. It’s powered by an 1.4GHz dual core processor and 1GB RAM, and features a five megapixel camera while running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

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A veteran technology and business journalist, Jeff Jedras began his career in technology journalism in the late 1990s, covering the booming (and later busting) Ottawa technology sector for Silicon Valley North and the Ottawa Business Journal, as well as everything from municipal politics to real estate. He later covered the technology scene in Vancouver before joining IT World Canada in Toronto in 2005, covering enterprise IT for ComputerWorld Canada. He would go on to cover the channel as an assistant editor with CDN. His writing has appeared in the Vancouver Sun, the Ottawa Citizen and a wide range of industry trade publications.