2. Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Carrier/Price: Verizon, $300

Google's first Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone sports a feature set that bests any other phone on the market. Stamped as the must-own handset of the Christmas season, the successor to the Nexus S bears the hardware prowess of a champion: a colossal 4.6-inch HD Super AMOLED PenTile screen that generates 1280×720-pixel resolution, and a tenacious 1.2GHz dual-core processor capable of boosting speeds. The LTE-enabled phone guarantees fast data speeds from Verizon's 4G network and sits on 32GB of internal storage. As far as Android 4.0 goes, where do we begin? The new Android Beam function uses NFC technology to transfer content (maps, contact info, etc.), you can unlock the phone using a trick facial-recognition feature, and the “developer options” setting gives users access to view CPU usage, force GPU rendering, and much more. That's just some of ICS' goodies. Suffice to say, the Galaxy Nexus is the ultimate Android smartphone, for now at least.