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Top three mobile phones to give as a Christmas present - for him, for her or for younger family members

Christmas is only days away and time is running out for that essential gift, for him, for her or for the younger family members.

With that in mind, we thought we would cast our festive eye over the latest high-street offerings in terms of presents and with help from our recently merged mobile phone sister title, OneMobileRing.

In this guide, we are publishing the best mobile phones to be offered as presents, along with the best prices for these devices on contract or pay as you go deals.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus - for him

The ultimate gift for a man has to be a top-tier, flagship handset that ticks all the boxes in terms of screen quality; processing power; memory; the latest operating system and feature set.

Samsung's Galaxy Nexus is the world's first mobile phone to arrive running the very latest Android ‘Ice Cream Sandwich' 4.0 OS, with a full HD 720p 4.65-inch Super AMOLED touch screen - whilst powered by a dual core 1.2GHz processor, with a 5 megapixel camera capable of 1080p video capture, plus NFC and 16GB of memory.

All the boxes are ticked in the Galaxy Nexus handset and this can be the ideal present for someone that could really benefit from all that the phone has to offer.

Three UK has the phone with the cheapest deals attached on both contract and pay as you go, for £34 a month or for £499.00 on prepay - here.

HTC Rhyme - for her

It is rare to have a mobile phone designed especially for women, doubly so for a handset manufacture to openly declare such a thing. The HTC Rhyme is one of these very phones, with accessories that identify it in such a way - besides containing a far more friendly design.

HTC's Rhyme is billed as being elegant, sleek, fresh and stylish with a unibody design that is synonymous with the Taiwanese outfit. This is coupled with a 3.7-inch WVGA 480x800 Super LCD touch screen display, a 1GHz processor, a 5 megapixel camera and 4GB of internal storage.

There's an accessory for the handset that makes the phone stand out - called ‘Charm'. This essentially is a cord that attaches to the phone and ends in a small light-emitting cube.

This in turn alerts the phone's owner to incoming calls or messages by discretely glowing, with the cube end of the cord dangling outside of a handbag. This offers an extra feature, of being able to be used to quickly pull the phone out of a bag, much like an anchor.

O2 is exclusively carrying the phone in plum on a £24 a month contract, or on pay as you go for £349.99 - here.

BlackBerry Curve 9380 - for the kids

Research In Motion mobile phones are increasingly becoming more and more popular with everyone and not just as a business phone.

This is thanks in part to the BlackBerry Messenger, or BBM, as a way of communicating between other RIM device owners - along with the low cost of some of the mobiles and the accompanying tariffs.

The budget range of BlackBerry mobiles are the Curve devices. These are low in price thanks to the materials used and with a lesser set of specifications, compared to their flagship counterparts.

Touch sceen phones are very popular handsets and are the best selling types of mobiles around today.

There has never been a touch display version in the Curve series, let alone a full-touch screen mobile - until now.

RIM's BlackBerry Curve 9380 is that very device, with a full touch 3.2-inch 360x480 HVGA+ screen, whilst powered by a 800MHz processor, with 512MB of internal storage, support for 32GB microSD cards, NFC and a 5 megapixel camera.

There's a low cost attached to the Curve 9380, making this an idea gift for perhaps a younger member of the family looking for a BlackBerry mobile phone - without the high cost attached of the Torch 9860.

O2 is the only network carrying the BlackBerry Curve 9380, on contract for £18.50 a month or £199.99 on pay as you go deals - here.

Rob Kerr is a journalist with more than 14 years experience of news, reviews and feature writing on titles such as Wired, PC Magazine, The Register, The Inquirer, Pocket-Lint, Mobile Industry Review, Know Your Mobile and The Gadget Show. The mobile phone world is his real passion and forte, having owned a handset as far back as 1994 where he has seen them grow from just a business tool to a necessity in everyone’s everyday life.