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Google Nexus 4
Consider this Technocrat's midrange Android option for your Christmas list. Designed by LG, the Nexus 4 is Google's idea of what a modern smartphone should be. At 9mm thin, with a glass back à la the iPhone 4 (though it's made of tough Gorilla Glass, unlike Apple's smash-prone device), it's a slick handset with minimal branding. Nexus 4 comes with NFC, an 8MP camera, a quad-core Snapdragon CPU, 4.7-inch 1280x768 screen (320ppi), 2GB of RAM, wireless charging, and, the Nexus lineup's main feature, stock Android -- no carrier bloatware, no skins, just pure Android as Google intended it to be. None of the above suggests a midrange device. In fact, the Nexus 4 is a relative powerhouse, and perfect for Android devotees or those who appreciate its clean software experience. Why is it our midrange handset, then? Try $299 for the 8GB version. That's it. No carrier fees, no contract, just $299. Available directly from Google, the Nexus 4 is a steal.