As the holidays draw near, you have those putting in gift requests for a high-end handset and others pleading with Santa and their carriers to bless them with a generous upgrade so they can step their mobile game up. Whichever category you fall under, consider this your go-to-guide for the elite smartphones of the year. Between the number of high-end devices launched throughout the year, along with the expanded carrier and platform selections, it might be difficult narrowing down a prime choice this holiday season. Then again, you might already be keen on purchasing a specific device, but seek that extra co-sign before pulling the trigger. Either way, these are the premium smartphones you want (and need) on your wish list.