Android: Holidays 2012

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Whether you’re shopping for your brother or your grandma, smartphones and tablets are a perfect gift idea this Christmas season.

People don’t call them “smart” for nothing: they can stream audio and video, surf the web, and take pictures, not to mention all the apps! Regardless of which function fascinates you, these devices become more and more sophisticated with each passing year.

How do you decide which one to buy? They are all so shiny and exciting!

Your friendly Neighborhood Nerds have chosen our favorite Android phone and tablet to help you better play Santa.

Different services offer a variety phones, but our top phone choice can be found with every major provider. The Samsung Galaxy S3 is the smartphone of smartphones. With the latest hardware, software, and camera, this phone is a winner because of its reasonable price and compact size. If you are looking for a reliable, relevant smartphone for 2013, the Galaxy is the phone for you.

If you are in the market for a tablet, you also have many good options. We’ll give you a choice on this one: The Google Nexus 7 or 10. With a powerhouse like Google behind it, it’s got to be good, right? This tablet syncs up with a service called “Google Play.”

You can upload your music, photos, games, books, and more to this service and access them wherever you are. These tablets put the power of a computer in a sleek, compact design. If you expect to make your tablet a new staple of your technology use, we recommend the Google Nexus 10. If you aren’t needing as much from your tablet, the Google Nexus 7 is still an affordable powerhouse, suitable for both tablet beginners and veterans.