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Tech Guide’s 12 Days of Christmas gift ideas: Day 1- Smartphones


Christmas is nearly here and Tech Guide has kicked off its annual 12 Days of Christmas gifts ideas with one popular category each day that includes recommendations and products we’ve reviewed during the year.

Technology gifts are going to be popular this Christmas but where do you start?

Tech Guide’s 12-day Christmas gift guide kicks off today with one of the most popular products we use every day – smartphones.

We’ll also include some smartphone accessories to give you even more choice when looking for the ideal Christmas present.

Here are the Tech Guide 12 Days of Christmas:

Day 1: Smartphones

Day 2: Cameras

Day 3: Wearables/Activity trackers

Day 4: Tablets

Day 5: Speakers

Day 6: Gadgets

Day 7: Gaming

Day 8: Smartwatches

Day 9: TVs/Blu-ray Discs

Day 10: Computers

Day 11: Sport Gadgets

Day 12: Headphones


Christmas is a great time to give a smartphone as a gift. And it’s often given to a first time user like a child about to start high school the following year.

There are lots of choices with affordable smartphones that will make an ideal gift.

The Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3
The Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3


Alcatel OneTouch is now the third most popular smartphone brand in Australia behind Apple and Samsung.

The company reached that impressive place in the market by offering smartphones that were not only excellent quality but also excellent value.

Case in point is the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 which proves you don’t have to spend big money to buy a quality device that’s loaded with features.

The Idol 3 runs the Android operating system and has a 5.5-inch full high definition screen, 13-megapixel camera and with a thickness of just 7.3mm.

The Idol 3 is also reversible which means the screen will always be the right way up no matter how you pull it put of your pocket or bag.

You can read our complete review of the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 here.

The Sony Xperia E4


Sony’s Xperia E4 is 3G smartphone that’s available exclusively through Boost Mobile with a price of just $129.

The device is running Android KitKat 4.4.4 and has a 5-inch screen, 5-megapixel camera and a 1.3Ghz quad core processor.

It has a smooth design with curved corners and a battery that’s going to last all day – and night – thanks to the onboard Stamina Mode.

The HTC Desire 626
The HTC Desire 626

HTC DESIRE 626 – $360

The HTC Desire is a 4GX smartphone that is compatible with Telstra’s high-speed mobile network. It will also work on other Australian mobile networks.

It has a 5-inch full high definition screen and a 13-megapixel camera and feature’s HTC Sense user interface that runs on top of the Android operating system.

The HTC Desire 626 has 32GB of internal memory but also has a microSD card slot to expand the storage even further.

The device is available in a striking Blue Lagoon two-tone colour combination.

Here are the links to other smartphones Tech Guide has reviewed this year.

iPhone 6S Plus

Samsung Note5

Samsung Edge S6 Edge+

Moto X Style

Huawei P8


And it’s not just smartphones you can give for Christmas but also smartphone accessories as well.

Here are a range of the best smartphone accessories we reviewed in 2015.

Lifeproof Fre iPhone 6/6S waterproof battery case

OlloClip Lens for iPhone

Belkin Charge Dock for iPhone and Apple Watch

Microsoft Universal Foldable Keyboard