Sharp Aquos Crystal
The Sharp Aquos Crystal is the first Sharp smartphone to make its way into the US, and onto a carrier. It's a near bezel-less smartphone with mid-range specs. Including a 5-inch 720p display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 2GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage. But the big deal here is the bezel-less display. It looks so amazing.
HTC One E8
The HTC One E8 is basically the plastic, or polycarbonate version of the HTC One M8. It's slightly cheaper as well. We're looking at a 5-inch 1080p display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor here with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. It's a sleek looking smartphone from HTC that's running Android 4.4 KitKat.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is one of the most anticipated smartphones of the year. Samsung's Galaxy Note lineup is always mega popular, and this year was no different. With it's 5.7-inch Quad HD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, it definitely would please anyone on your list this year.
LG G3 Vigor
The LG G3 Vigor is a mid-range smartphone from LG. It has a 5-inch 720p display, along with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 and 1GB of RAM. It also has a 2540mAh battery, which should be enough to last you all day long.
HTC Desire 510
The HTC Desire 510 is also a mid-range smartphone from HTC. We're looking at a 4.7-inch 854x480 resolution display here, with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor inside and a gig of RAM. Additionally it does have front-facing Boomsound speakers. Which is what everyone seems to be clamoring for these days.
The LG G3 is one of the best flagships of the year. It's sporting a 5.5-inch 2560x1440 Quad HD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with 3GB of RAM. This one is available on all four carriers as well. I used this phone for the most of the year, and absolutely loved the thing.
HTC One M8 Harman Kardon edition
Sprint managed to get themselves an exclusive on a Harman Kardon edition of the HTC One M8. Other than the Harman Kardon branding and it being available in black, it's identical to the regular HTC One M8. Which features a 5-inch 1080p display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor and 2GB of RAM.
Samsung Galaxy S5
Samsung's Galaxy S5 has been a very popular phone this year, and there's no doubt as to why. It's got a 5.1-inch 1920x1080 resolution display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, and 2GB of RAM. It also has a slightly changed design over the Galaxy S4 which is welcomed.
Kyocera Hydro Vibe
Kyocera has a few phones out this holiday season as well. This is the Hydro Vibe on Sprint which has the exclusive too. As you'd expect from the name, the Hydro Vibe is a water-resistant device. It's not rugged like the Brigadier, but it is water proof and has a Snapdragon 400 processor inside with 1GB of RAM.
Google Nexus 6
The Google Nexus 6 should be at the top of everyone's list. It's the must have smartphone right now, from Google. It's got a 5.96-inch 2560x1440 resolution display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB or 64GB of storage along with a 13MP camera on the back.