How to be a smart­phone Santa

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soft­ware up­dates sooner than most other de­vices and has great se­cu­rity fea­tures, too. Its cam­era is good and it has a fin­ger­print scan­ner and alu­minium case.

The Oppo R15 ($599) is one of the few mid-range phones that looks like a high-end model as it has a ‘‘notch’’ around the lens.

If you want a mid-range Ap­ple de­vice, then look at the iPhone 7 ($829). While it may look small and dated com­pared to the lat­est iPhones, it’s still a great de­vice.

You could also con­sider the iPhone 6 ($479) which, while get­ting old, is still a re­li­able hand­set.

High end

Buy­ing a high-end smart­phone is in some ways eas­ier be­cause every model in this price range is ex­cel­lent. But if you’re look­ing at this cat­e­gory for a gift, that of­ten means the per­son is a power-user and will be more dis­cern­ing about what they want.

The best buy for an An­droid phone is the Sam­sung S9 ($1399). It has all the lat­est tech, has a great de­sign and can take ex­cel­lent pho­tos.

A more af­ford­able op­tion is the Huawei P20 ($899), which has many of the same fea­tures as the S9 and a sim­i­lar look, in­clud­ing an edge-toedge screen and a taller de­sign.

Un­for­tu­nately, the Google Pixel 3, one of this year’s best-re­viewed phones, is not avail­able here.

For Ap­ple, the best buy is the iPhone XR (from $1399). It’s not the top-end iPhone but it fea­tures a sim­i­lar de­sign and per­for­mance to the iPhone XS, which costs $500 more.

Sur­pris­ing your loved one with a smart­phone isn’t hard if you fol­low these sim­ple rules.

Ap­ple’s iPhone Xr, above, (from $1399) is a good high­end op­tion and $500 cheaper than the iPhone X; far left, the Nokia 3.1 has a nice durable de­sign and the cam­era takes ac­cept­able pic­tures; left, the Oppo R15 is one of the few mid-range phones that looks like a high-end model.

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