Price: $300 (two-year contract)

The most anticipated smartphone of the holidays not manufactured by Apple just so happens to be the season’s best. Samsung equipped its next-gen phablet with killer specs like a jaw-dropping 5.7” Ultra HD screen, speedy quad-core processor, and 16MP camera with optical image stabilization. Run multiple applications at once via Multi Window mode and use the S-Pen’s new multifunction button to enable shortcut gestures for faster input.